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Find the Water Chip.
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Quest data
LocationVault 13
Given ByOverseer Jacoren
Reward7500 XP
Removal of the time limit on the game
Related quests
leads to:
Destroy the source of the Mutants.
Destroy the Mutant leader.

Have you found the Chip?

— Jacoren

Find the Water Chip is a main quest in Fallout.

Quick walkthrough

Shady Sands

  1. Exit the Vault 13 cave entrance.
  2. Travel to Shady Sands, located on the path to Vault 15.
  3. Acquire rope.

Vault 15

  1. Travel to Vault 15 and enter the abandoned shack.
  2. Enter Vault 15 and use the rope on the broken elevator shaft.
  3. On the second level another rope can be found in the locker in a side room on the way to the second broken elevator shaft.
  4. Descend to level 3, enter the area were the command center should be (earn 500 experience for discovering the destroyed command center).

The Hub

  1. (optional) Travel to The Hub.
  2. (optional) Get the holodisk from the Library.
  3. (optional) Travel to the Water Merchants, and ask them to send water to Vault 13.


  1. Travel to Necropolis and enter the sewers.
  2. Travel to Watershed area (northern most section).
  3. Bypass Harry the super mutant with either a high Speech skill, Sneak skill, or violence.
  4. (optional) Free and speak to the imprisoned ghoul in the cell
  5. Enter the vault through the manhole in the adjacent cell to the ghoul's cell.
  6. Travel to the third floor via the elevator and take the water chip from the command center.
  7. Return to Vault 13 and hand over the water chip to the overseer, Jacoren.

Detailed walkthrough

Exit the cave and travel towards Vault 15. Enter Shady Sands (there is a green circle denoting a location uncovered during the travel to Vault 15).

Shady Sands

Locate a rope:

  • The easiest way to do this is to buy or steal it from Seth at the entrance to Shady Sands.
  • It can be found on certain bookshelves in Shady Sands.
  • It can also be purchased from certain traders. Many of these traders are located in the Hub.

After acquiring the rope, go to Vault 15.

Vault 15

The vault entrance is hidden in the uninhabited shack. Open the hatch and descend into the vault.

There are a few giant rats and mole rats in the area. Head towards the broken elevator and use the rope on the shaft to descend to the second level.

Scavenge the area for loot, including a Colt Rangemaster hunting rifle, a leather jacket, and another rope (inside the locker). Use a rope on the second shaft and descend to the third level of the vault.

Proceed to where the command center should be. Once it is in sight, 500 XP is awarded for verifying that it is not salvageable.

The Hub

After coming out of Vault 15 empty handed, travel to Shady Sands Ask Ian for directions.

Enter the large building labeled Water Merchants, and speak to the Master Water Merchant.

  • If pressed about Necropolis she will reveal its location. Alternatively, Miss Stapleton sells a holodisk with the location of Necropolis.
  • (optional) She can send water to Vault 13 for varying prices. This will add another 100 days to the time limit.

Travel to Necropolis.


Use the manhole to enter the sewers and proceed North through the sewers to the Watershed area. If the Vault Dweller takes this route, they will come across a group of friendly Ghoul refugees and they can get information on the Super mutants from their leader. After this, keep heading North through the sewers and climb up the ladder at the end. Find a building with some super mutants and an imprisoned ghoul. In order to navigate the area without combat, either convince the super mutant leader Harry with a high speech skill or sneak past. Violence is an option as well. After dealing with the super mutants, free the ghoul prisoner, (if he is still alive), and he will identify the entrance to Vault 12 in the adjacent cell. It can be opened without speaking to him.

Vault 12

Ghouls inhabit the Vault area and are hostile during nighttime. Travel to the third level using the elevator, and enter the command center area. Remove the water chip from the computer. It should be noted that doing this will cause the ghouls in the Vault to turn hostile.

After the Vault Dweller obtains the chip, head back to Vault 13 and give the chip to Overseer Jacoren.


  • 500 XP for finding the destroyed command center
  • 2500 XP for finding the water chip in Vault 12 command center, but 250 XP less per super mutant killed by player
  • 7500 XP for giving the water chip to Overseer Jacoren

Related quests


  • After completing this quest, Overseer Jacoren will give the quests Destroy the source of the Mutants. and Destroy the Mutant leader.
  • After the Vault Dweller gets the chip back to Vault 13, all Necropolis ghouls will be attacked in 30 days by invading super mutants unless Part II can be finished in time.
  • This quest is not crucial to finishing the game. Killing the Master and destroying the vats before the time limit runs out will end the game.
  • This quest can be the first the player does, leaving infinite time to finish the other quests.
  • With the addition of the most recent patch you have more time before the super mutant attack, up to a maximum of 13 in game years.


  • PCIcon pc.png To keep the water chip, simply press the 0 button when the Overseer asks the vault dweller for it. Afterwards the Vault Dweller will be at the computer, gain the 7500 XP, lose the time limit, get the new quests from the Overseer and keep the chip. If you have a Bag or Back Pack below the Water Chip in your inventory. list this will also keep the chip from disappearing.
  • PCIcon pc.png There are two ways to "reset" the quest. The easiest is to talk to the Water Merchants. The other requires that you kept the chip: returning to Necropolis and using it on the water computer there will also undo the chip quest, which means you can give the water chip to the Overseer again for 7500 more XP. Using the cheat to keep the chip you could travel between the Hub and Vault 13, gaining 8500 XP each round trip and increasing the time limit all the while.