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The Capitol Building is a war zone. You'll encounter super-mutants and Talon Company mercenaries battling each other inside and outside of it, and, depending on where you are in the campaign, you might even run into some Enclave soldiers. So unless you're really feeling gung ho, or you have ammunition to spare, you should let the various factions duke it out and then take out whatever remains.
1 - Cubicle
You'll find a copy of
Tales of a Junktown Jerky Vendor
in the cubicle.
2 - Counter
You'll find a bottle of
on the counter.
3 - Locked Storage Room
If you can get past the "hard" lock on the door, then inside the storage room you'll find a first aid box and a copy of
Nikola Tesla and You
4 - Turret Control Terminal
This terminal controls the turrets in the rotunda (#5).
5 - Rotunda
You'll encounter a super-mutant behemoth in the rotunda, plus several regular super-mutants and Talon Company mercs. For the easiest battle, let the two sides beat up on each other for a while, and turn on the turrets in the room (via the turret control terminal at #3). The behemoth can only do melee damage, and it won't be able to fit through any of the doors, so when you have to attack it yourself, you can just stand in the hallway and snipe it from afar.
All of the corpses in the room will drop lots of loot, and you'll also find some shelves in the southeastern corner, where you'll be able to pick up a
, a copy of
U.S. Army: 30 Handy Flamethrower Recipes
, and some ammunition and grenades.
6 - Staircase
You can use this staircase to reach the balcony (#7).
7 - Balcony (Upper Level)
On the southern railing you'll find a copy of the
D.C. Journal of Internal Medicine
. Nearby you'll also find some
.308 Caliber Rounds
and an ammunition box.
8 - Turret Control Terminal
9 - Table
Under the table you'll find three ammunition boxes. On top of the table you'll find some ammunition and meds.
10 - Locked Storage Room
If you can get past the "hard" lock on the door, then inside the storage room you'll find a first aid box and a copy of the
Chinese Army: Spec. Ops. Training Manual
11 - Locked Storage Room
If you can get past the "average" lock on the door, then inside the storage room you'll find a first aid box.
12 - Podium
On top of the podium you'll find (what else?) a copy of
Lying, Congressional Style
. Near the podium you'll also find a pair of ammunition boxes.
13 - Staircases
You'll need to climb one of these staircases to reach the northern side of the Conference Hall.
- Exit to the wasteland (Seward Square).
- Doorway between the West Entrance and the East Entrance.
- Exit to the wasteland (The Mall).
- Doorway between the West Entrance and the Hall of Columns.
- Doorway between the Hall of Columns and the Conference Hall.
- Doorway between the Conference Hall and the West Entrance. You won't be able to reach this doorway from the main part of the West Entrance. You'll only be able to use it as an exit from the Conference Hall. When you go through the doorway, some new super-mutants and Talon Company mercs will appear in the rotunda (#5).