Broken Steel
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Broken Steel is the third add-on for Fallout 3, developed and published by Bethesda Softworks.

Continue your existing Fallout 3 game and finish the fight against the Enclave remnants alongside Liberty Prime. Broken Steel moves the level cap for your character from 20 to 30, allowing you to experience even more of the game, including new perks and achievements.

—official description


Broken Steel was initially released exclusively as downloadable content on Xbox Live and Games for Windows Live on May 5, 2009. After difficulties with the initial download for PC users it was re-released for Games for Windows Live on May 7, 2009. It was made available for PlayStation Store on September 24, 2009. For Xbox 360, download codes for Xbox Live are also available in retail. The add-on costs 800 Microsoft points or $9.99.

For PC and Xbox 360, Broken Steel is available as a disc version as part of the second Fallout 3 Game Add-on Pack, released on August 25, 2009. The pack also includes Point Lookout and costs $19.99.

Like all add-ons, Broken Steel is included in the Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition, to be released on October 13, 2009[1] for all platforms. It will cost $59.99 for PS3 and Xbox 360 as well as $49.99 for PC.


The Purifier, finally activated during Broken Steel.

In this add-on pack, the player joins the ranks of the Brotherhood of Steel to rid the Capital Wasteland of the Enclave remnants once and for all.

In addition to amending the game to let players continue their adventures after the end of the main quest and raising the level cap to 30, Broken Steel's quest line is of the same length as the ones of Operation: Anchorage and The Pitt. In order to access the new story content from Broken Steel, the player has to have finished the main storyline from the base game. However, the level cap expansion will take effect upon installation of the add-on, so players previously stalled at level 20 will once again accumulate XP even if they haven't finished the main storyline.

Broken Steel also adds a couple of new side quests, most of which have to do with escorting freshly processed clean water across the Wasteland and protecting it from raiders. Broken Steel takes about five hours to complete and side missions could take up to an hour to finish.

The third add-on for Fallout 3 adds new enemies including Albino Radscorpions, Feral Ghoul Reavers, Super Mutant Overlords, and Enclave Hellfire Troopers. These are equipped with new armor and weaponary which the player can acquire. Broken Steel also adds several new perks to cover the additional 10 levels as well as new encounters. (see Broken Steel encounters)

The player's action throughout Fallout 3 is woven into some of the quests in Broken Steel. For example, if the player decides to infect Project Purity with the modified FEV, it will affect how the Capital Wasteland looks as well as the interactions with the local inhabitants.


Liberty Prime approaching an Enclave base.

Broken Steel alters the ending of the original Fallout 3 to allow continued play after the end of the main quest line. This means that when it is time to go into the reactor at the end of Take it Back!, you can still go in yourself or you can send one of three side characters. However, even if you go yourself, you do not die. Instead, you survive the ordeal and wake up two weeks later at the Citadel. If you allow the Purifier to explode, the game will still end. Elder Lyons will inform you that you and Sarah Lyons were knocked unconscious by an unknown energy spike. Sarah will still be in a coma.

The new content starts about two weeks after the events of Fallout 3's main quest and begins when you regain consciousness inside the Citadel's clinic. The battle between the Brotherhood of Steel and the Enclave is still ongoing. You are then tasked with aiding a Brotherhood of Steel assault on a secret Enclave base located Southwest of the map. The attack goes horribly wrong as the Enclave use a devastating orbital strike, to great effect, in destroying the previously indomitable Liberty Prime. Tasked by Paladin Tristan to find the origin of the attack, you find only an encrypted code. While the Scribes are puzzling over the code back at the Citadel, you must find a component to create the Tesla Cannon, a new, more powerful weapon for the Brotherhood. Once you have retrieved the Tesla Coil needed to create the Tesla Cannon from Olney Powerworks, an old power plant that was experimenting with alien technology before the war, you travel to Adams Air Force Base via the Presidential Metro. Upon assaulting the Air Force Base you find a massive Mobile Enclave Crawler. Boarding it, you fight through a number of Enclave soldiers to the center computer terminal. From there you will find several targets which have been primed for attack by orbital bombardment. Choosing the Citadel, you are deemed a traitor by the Brotherhood of Steel and they will attempt to kill you. Choosing the Mobile Crawler you are rescued by Lyons' Pride, in a captured Vertibird, and are returned to the Citadel to be heralded a hero of the Brotherhood of Steel.



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Two Super Mutant Overlords.



Additional encounters



Enclave Hellfire Armor and Heavy Incinerator


The Tesla Cannon

* There are two versions of this weapon. One uses the Explosives skill, the other uses Small Guns.

Other items


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A hangar at Adams Air Force Base


Name Level req Other requirements Ranks Description Code
Almost Perfect 30 1 All SPECIAL stats are raised to 9. xx{{#pad:004C4B|6|0|left}}
Deep Sleep 22 1 You get the Well Rested benefit of +10% XP for eight hours no matter what bed you sleep in. xx{{#pad:003213|6|0|left}}
Devil's Highway 24 Karma not equal to Very Evil 1 Karma is instantly set to Very Evil. xx{{#pad:004C6D|6|0|left}}
Escalator to Heaven 24 Karma not equal to Very Good 1 Karma is instantly set to Very Good. xx{{#pad:004C6F|6|0|left}}
Karmic Rebalance 24 Karma not equal to neutral 1 Karma is instantly set to Neutral. xx{{#pad:004C6E|6|0|left}}
Nerves of Steel 26 AG 7 1 Action Points regenerate faster. xx{{#pad:0011C2|6|0|left}}
No Weaknesses 24 1 All SPECIAL stats lower than 5 become 5. xx{{#pad:00108E|6|0|left}}
Nuclear Anomaly 30 1 Whenever your health is reduced to 20 or less, you will erupt into a devastating nuclear explosion affecting enemies and allies alike. xx{{#pad:004C6C|6|0|left}}
Party Boy/Party Girl 28 1 You no longer suffer the withdrawal effect from alcohol addiction. xx{{#pad:0011BF|6|0|left}}
Puppies! 22 1 If Dogmeat dies, you'll be able to get a new canine companion from his litter of puppies. Just wait a bit, and you'll find your new furry friend waiting outside Vault 101. xx{{#pad:003211|6|0|left}}
Rad Absorption 28 EN 7 1 Radiation level slowly decreases automatically over time. xx{{#pad:0011BD|6|0|left}}
Rad Tolerance 26 EN 7 1 No effects from minor radiation poisoning. xx{{#pad:0011C1|6|0|left}}
Quantum Chemist 22 Science 70 1 Every 10 Nuka-Colas you acquire are automatically converted into a Nuka-Cola Quantum (Ice-Cold Nuka Colas do not count) xx{{#pad:004C71|6|0|left}}
Warmonger 26 IN 7 1 All custom weapon types become available to you without the schematics. xx{{#pad:0011BE|6|0|left}}

Quests and achievements

Main quests

Name Location(s) Given by Reward Achievement points Trophy Quest ID Image
Death From Above Citadel
Rockland Car Tunnel
Satellite Relay Station
Owyn Lyons 1300 XP 30 Silver xx{{#pad:000802|6|0|left}} Death From Above.png
Shock Value Citadel
Old Olney S. Wilson Building
Olney Powerworks
Paladin Tristan 1400 XP 30 Silver xx{{#pad:000AFD|6|0|left}} Shock Value.png
Who Dares Wins Citadel
Presidential Metro
Adams Air Force Base
Paladin Tristan 1500 XP 30 Gold xx{{#pad:0011AD|6|0|left}} Who Dares Wins.png

Side quests

Name Location(s) Given by Reward Quest ID
Holy Water Jefferson Memorial
Holy Light Monastery
Scribe Bigsley 100 XP, 300 caps xx{{#pad:004C75|6|0|left}}
Protecting the Water Way Jefferson Memorial
Rivet City
Wilhelm's Wharf
Scribe Bigsley 100 XP, Enclave Power Armor,
Enclave Power Helmet, Gatling Laser,
Plasma Pistol, Electron Charge Packs,
Energy Cells
The Amazing Aqua Cura Museum of History
Jefferson Memorial
Museum Authority Building
Griffon 100 XP xx{{#pad:003B67|6|0|left}}

Unmarked quests

Name Location(s) Given by Reward Repeatable
Fatal Attraction Presidential Metro
La Maison Beauregard
Sorry, My Darling holotape All-Nighter Nightwear, Lag-Bolt's Combat Armor, Lag-Bolt's Shades no
Some Assembly Required Citadel Scribe Rothchild 100 caps, 25 XP per Camera
75 caps, 10 XP per Sensor Module
Mutant Blood Samples Citadel Paladin Tristan 50 caps, 10 XP per sample yes

Karma achievements

Name Requirement Achievement points Trophy Image
Devil Reached Level 30 with Bad Karma 20 Bronze Devil.png
True Mortal Reached Level 30 with Neutral Karma 20 Bronze True Mortal.png
Messiah Reached Level 30 with Good Karma 20 Bronze Messiah.png





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See also


Broken Steel (add-on)