Fallout 4 Walkthrough: Side Quests - Taking Point: Starlight Drive-In

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Prerequisites: Complete The First Step (I think, anyway)
Trigger: Speak to Preston
Reward: 97 Bottlecaps, 126 XP

- Once you’ve started on the Minutemen quest path you’ll start getting random quests from Preston every now and then. This one should come fairly early.

- The Starlight Drive-In is located almost directly north of the Corvega Assembly Plant, assuming you’ve been there. You can find it fairly easily if you know where Thicket Excavations is located, as they’re both on the same southbound road.

- Starlight Drive-In is a fairly small location, and it’s populated by a small number of Mole Rats. No big deal, whether you’re alone or in company - just move around and eliminate any Mole Rats that dare to approach. The bigger problem here isn’t so much the Mole Rats anyway - it’s the giant sinkhole of radioactive ooze that will Rad you up whenever you get too close. Stay on the fringes of the parking lot, as this hole can shoot you up to thirteen Rads. OW.

- Once all of the Mole Rats are dead (and the game will more or less tell you when they are) you’ll have to set up a bit. You can find the Workshop in a lit shack on the side of the parking lot, behind a Novice locked door. Using this you need to pull in Settlers, and to do that you’ll need a Radio Beacon. (Watch out for Frag Mines in and around the cafe when you’re looking for raw materials. There are two, and they hurt.)

- First thing’s first: power. For a Generator - Small you need two Gears, four Steel, two Rubber, two Copper, and one Ceramic. The Gears you can get from a Silver Pocket Watch on the top floor of the cafe; the Steel is available in abundance from the cars on the lot; the Rubber you can get from the radio in the cafe, or from the street lamps; the Copper is available from the street lamps as well; and the Ceramic you can get from the sink in the cafe.

- Now for the Recruitment Radio Beacon. This sucker requires two Circuitry, two Crystal, six Copper, ten Steel, three Ceramic, and one Rubber. The Circuitry and the Crystal you’ll have to bring in from somewhere else - Circuitry you can usually find in military installations, while Crystal comes from traps, cameras, microscopes, and the like - but everything else is still available around the lot. Hook it up to the Beacon, then find Preston and speak to him to complete the mission.

- Since you’ve already hunted around plenty, you might as well poke about for items. The cafe doesn’t have a whole lot of interest, but the giant movie screen is another matter. If you enter it from the left side (from the cafe) you can find stairs up to the top of the screen. Watch out for another mine on the way up. At the top you can find, among some other useful stuff, a Back Storage Key. This will open a door back on the ground, on the side of the screen. There’s… honestly not a lot in here. However, if you look at the back of the screen, you’ll find a Novice locked door to a storage room. I here you’ll find, among lots of other stuff, a Fusion Core sitting on one of the shelves. There’s also an Expert floor safe in the corner with some more gear, ammo, and Bottlecaps. Yay!

- (Also? A Radroach will pop out of the floor in this last room. Uh, just… kill it. You’ll be fine.)

- One last thing! Now that the Beacon is up and active you’ll probably get a Settler pretty quickly. If you don’t want them to hate your guts, you may want to get started on a rudimentary settlement. The cafe is fine for shelter, there’s Mutfruit on the top of the screen that you can use for some starting food, and the stuff you found ‘round the lot will probably give you enough for defences. Anything past that you’ll probably have to gather elsewhere, though.

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