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Location: Bethesda Ruins

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Overview

At this location you'll find three different areas to enter: Bethesda Offices West, Bethesda Offices East, and Bethesda Underworks. In the first two areas you'll encounter raiders and traps. In the latter area you'll encounter lots of feral ghouls, including some glowing ones.

Every couple of days, the raiders (both inside and outside of the offices) and the ghouls will respawn. This includes the raider with the Flamer (#8), who will always drop a copy of U.S. Army: 30 Handy Flamethrower Recipes. One of the raiders outside of the offices will usually have a Sniper Rifle.


1 - Reception Desk (Lower Level)

On or near the reception desk you'll find a first aid box, a Big Book of Science, and a turret control terminal.


2 - Bed (Lower Level)

You'll be able to use the bed here. Under the bed you'll find an ammunition box.


3 - Staircase

This staircase connects the three levels of the office building.


4 - Office (Middle Level)

Inside this office you'll find two Pre-War Books (on the filing cabinets) and a Stimpak (on the desk).


5 - Shotgun Trap Room (Upper Level)

You'll find three Combat Shotguns linked to a pressure plate by the entrance to this room. If you can disarm the trap, then you'll get to claim the three Combat Shotguns plus their ammunition. Also in the room you'll find a copy of Dean's Electronics (in a crate on a desk), a Mini Nuke (under the crates by the freezer), and a bed that you can sleep on.

Note: Use the "grab" button / key (the Z key on the PC) to pick up and move the crates.


6 - Collapsed Floor

You can use the collapsed floor here to move between the two levels of the office building. In the room above you'll find some bunk beds that you can sleep on, plus a first aid box.


7 - Desk (Upper Level)

On the desk here you'll find two Missiles and a copy of the Chinese Army: Spec. Ops. Training Manual.


8 - Utility Room (Upper Level)

In this room you'll find a grenade box, some bunk beds, a workbench, the Bobblehead - Lockpick doll, a turret control terminal, and a wall safe. Somewhere nearby you should also encounter a raider with a Flamer. When he dies you'll find the Flamer, plus a key and a copy of U.S. Army: 30 Handy Flamethrower Recipes. You can use the key to unlock the safe.


9 - Rubble (Upper Level)

Near the top of the rubble, in between two file cabinets, you can pick up a Mini Nuke.


10 - Ghoul Greeting

Chances are, when you first enter the Underworks, you'll be swarmed by half a dozen ghouls, including a glowing one.


11 - Skillbook (Upper Level)

On a bucket on a bench here, you'll find a copy of Tales of a Junktown Jerky Vendor.


12 - Storage Room

In this storage room you'll find two ammunition boxes, a bottle of Nuka-Cola Quantum, a Mini Nuke (hidden under a crate), a copy of Grognak the Barbarian, and more.


Exits:
  1. Exit to the wasteland.
  2. Exit to a bridge between the western and eastern office buildings. You'll find two ammunition boxes on the bridge.