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Fallout 4 guide and walkthrough

How to win friends, kill Raiders and influence survivors after the nukes drop

Welcome to Polygon's Fallout 4 guide and walkthrough. Bethesda's expansive post-apocalyptic role-playing game will lead players down many different paths. Whatever shape your journey takes, we're happy to help steer you toward the right paths and over any troublesome hurdles.

Whatever your experience level, our Beginner’s guide and Fallout 4 tips pages are useful primers on how to make the most of your time during the initial hours of your playthrough. Many of our tips will be familiar to Fallout fans, but a refresher never hurts.

Fallout 4 walkthrough and quest guides

Fallout 4 is an open-world game, and you can explore the wasteland at your leisure. Though it’s open-ended, Fallout 4 is filled with quests — some optional, some required — that pull you through the game.

We’ve organized these based on the likely order many players might experience during their playthroughs. It assumes you’re taking your time with the game rather than mainlining the story. Fallout 4 begins at an extreme corner of the map, which increases the likelihood that you’ll come across many of these quests in the order we did.

Main Quest

Act 1

Act 2

Faction and optional quests

Minutemen Quests

Main Faction Quests

Radiant Quests: Recruitment

Radiant Quests: Ownership

Brotherhood of Steel quests

Main Faction Quests

Miscellaneous Quests

Radiant Quests

Institute quests

Main Faction Quests

Miscellaneous Quests

Radiant Quests

Railroad quests

Main Faction Quests

Miscellaneous Quests

Radiant Quests

Side quests

System and feature explainers

This is where you’ll find a series of tips and tricks to help the unfrozen acclimate to the post-apocalyptic future.

Far Harbour

Far Harbor brings a new, story-based component to to Fallout 4, and we bring you a guide.

Main quests

Acadia quests

Children of Atom quests

Far Harbour quests

Misc quests