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Broken Steel
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DeveloperBethesda Game Studios
PublisherBethesda Softworks
Size746 MB
Release date
PCMay 5, 2009 (re-released May 7)
Xbox 360May 5, 2009
PlayStation 3September 24, 2009
PCGames for Windows Live
Fallout 3 Game Add-On Pack #2
Xbox 360Xbox Live
Fallout 3 Game Add-On Pack #2
PlayStation 3PlayStation Network
PatchPatch 1.5 (PC/Xbox 360)
Patch 1.6 (PlayStation 3)
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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 is the third add-on for Fallout 3, developed and published by Bethesda Softworks.

Release and availability

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.

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.

Like all add-ons, Broken Steel is included in the Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition, released on October 13, 2009 for all platforms.

For Steam users, Broken Steel, along with all the other Fallout 3 add-ons, is available, released on July 16, 2010.


The Purifier, finally activated during Broken Steel.

In this add-on, the player continues their story, joining the ranks of the Brotherhood of Steel to rid the Capital Wasteland of the Enclave remnants, once and for all. The Lone Wanderer gets to see the fruits of their father's work; Project Purity's completion, and clean water flowing into the Potomac River for the first time in centuries.

With the assistance of the Lone Wanderer, the Brotherhood of Steel tracks down numerous more Enclave installations in the vicinity of the Capital Wasteland and takes them under Brotherhood control. Using Liberty Prime to assault an Enclave satellite installation, the Brotherhood finds their main base of operation, Adams Air Force Base and sends the Lone Wanderer to infiltrate the base. The Lone wanderer is later joined by Brotherhood forces who storm the base and capture the facility and help the Lone Wanderer destroy the Mobile Base Crawler.

Broken Steel's quest line is of the same length as the ones of Operation: Anchorage and The Pitt. Unlike these add-ons, in order to access the new story content from Broken Steel, the player has to have finished the main storyline from the base game.

In addition to extending the game to let players continue their adventures after the end of the main quest, the Broken Steel add-on raises the level cap to 30. 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. This add-on also adds frightening and powerful new enemies to the wasteland. Broken Steel also adds several new perks to cover the additional 10 levels as well as new encounters (see Broken Steel encounters).


Brotherhood of Steel


Apostles of the Holy Light




Non-player characters

Additional encounters




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

Other items



Name Level req Other requirements Ranks Description Code
Almost Perfect 30 1 All SPECIAL stats are raised to 9. xx004c6b
Deep Sleep 22 1 You get the Well Rested benefit of +10% XP for eight hours no matter what bed you sleep in. xx003213
Devil's Highway 24 Karma not equal to Very Evil 1 Karma is instantly set to Very Evil. xx004c6d
Escalator to Heaven 24 Karma not equal to Very Good 1 Karma is instantly set to Very Good. xx004c6f
Karmic Rebalance 24 Karma not equal to neutral 1 Karma is instantly set to Neutral. xx004c6e
Nerves of Steel 26 Agility 7 1 Action Points regenerate faster. xx0011c2
No Weaknesses 24 1 All SPECIAL stats lower than 5 become 5. xx00108e
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. xx004c6c
Party Boy/Party Girl 28 1 You no longer suffer the withdrawal effect from alcohol addiction. xx0011bf
Puppies! 22 (Does not require having met Dogmeat prior to selscting this perk, but you will have to find him and have him die for this perk to take any effect.) 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. xx003211
Rad Absorption 28 Endurance 7 1 Radiation level slowly decreases automatically over time. xx0011bd
Rad Tolerance 26 Endurance 7 1 No effects from minor radiation poisoning. xx0011c1
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) xx004c71
Warmonger 26 Intelligence 7 1 All custom weapon types become available to you without the schematics. xx0011be

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 xx000802 Death From Above.png
Shock Value Citadel

Old Olney S. Wilson Building
Olney Powerworks

Paladin Tristan 1400 XP 30 Silver xx000afd Shock Value.png
Who Dares Wins Citadel

Presidential Metro
Adams Air Force Base

Paladin Tristan 1500 XP
Tesla cannon, various items
30 Gold xx0011ad 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 xx004c75
Protecting the Water Way Jefferson Memorial

Rivet City
Wilhelm's Wharf

Scribe Bigsley, Officer Lepelletier 100 XP, Enclave power armor and helmet, Gatling laser,
Plasma pistol, electron charge packs
Energy cells
The Amazing Aqua Cura! Museum of History

Jefferson Memorial
Museum Authority Building

Scribe Bigsley (after speech check), Griffon 100 XP and/or other possible prizes such as caps and karma xx003b67

Unmarked quests

Name Location(s) Given by Reward Repeatable
Blood Brotherhood Citadel Paladin Tristan 50 caps, 10 XP per sample Yes
Getting Ready for Prime Time Citadel Scribe Rothchild 100 caps, 25 XP per Camera
75 caps, 10 XP per sensor module
The Sorrowful Suitor Presidential Metro

La Maison Beauregard

Sorry, My Darling holotape All-nighter nightwear, Lag-Bolt's combat armor, Lag-Bolt's shades, heavy incinerator No

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




  • Broken Steel trailer

External links

Broken Steel