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Brotherhood of Steel (Fallout 4)

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FO76 questsprite bosapp01.png  Brotherhood of Steel Overviews  FO76 questsprite bosapp01.png

In our eyes, defeat is unacceptable because we're fighting for the future of mankind. Our rallying cry is more powerful than any weapon you could ever carry. Remember that.Paladin Danse

The Brotherhood of Steel is a faction in the Commonwealth led by Elder Arthur Maxson.[1]


Arthur Maxson was appointed elder at age 16, the youngest in Brotherhood history, after displaying skill as a warrior and diplomat by defeating the super mutant leader Shepherd and brokering peace with the Brotherhood Outcasts. The group began construction of an airship called the Prydwen, using parts from the Enclave mobile crawler at Adams Air Force Base. The development and construction process took a total of six years.

The Commonwealth

The Brotherhood sent three scout missions into the Commonwealth. First, an unnamed recon squad volunteered to go into the Commonwealth, then Recon Squad Artemis led by Paladin Brandis and Recon Squad Gladius led by Paladin Danse. The first scout team was successful. They brought back crates full of pre-War technology and documents and the first post-War reconnaissance of the area.

Artemis had problems beginning at their drop-off point in Malden. Ambushed by Gunners straight off the Vertibird, which resulted in abandoning and manually shorting out their power armor and the deaths of four knights. The survivors made their way to the National Guard Training Yard to regroup, which was infested with feral ghouls and resulted in the death of another knight. Brandis and his scribe left to investigate the pre-War Revere satellite array, but super mutants overcame them and claimed the second last member of the team. The only survivor was the commanding officer, Paladin Brandis, who made his way to a pre-War nuclear bunker and took shelter.[2]

Recon Squad Gladius subsequently entered the region also looking for technology and valuable documents. They encountered similar resistance from raiders as Artemis did and over the course of several weeks managed to secure a base of operations at the Cambridge Police Station but lost four knights in various confrontations.


After discovering advanced signals originating from the Institute, the Prydwen traveled to the Commonwealth. The Brotherhood established its headquarters Boston Airport. The vessel serves multiple roles for the Brotherhood, including those of aircraft carrier, command center, clinic, personnel quarters, equipment maintenance bay, and research facility.[3] In plotting a course to find, access, and destroy the Institute, Elder Maxson determined the first initiative to be repairing Liberty Prime back to working order.[4]

Apart from the three orders, Knight-Captain Cade resides in the medical bay, treating wounded soldiers and assessing new recruits in order to see if they're combat-ready. Cade is the one who refuses to clear Paladin Brandis for duty until the Sole Survivor completes either The Nuclear Option for the Brotherhood or completes the Mass Fusion quest for the Institute while working for the Railroad. Lancer-Captain Kells commands the Brotherhood's aerial units as well as controlling the flight path of the Prydwen from the command deck.


Image Name Dialogue Location Form ID
FO3 Character Squire Maxson.png Arthur Maxson Squire Maxson/Dialogue Fallout 3
Elder Maxson/Dialogue Fallout 4
Citadel B ring Fallout 3
The Prydwen Fallout 4
000156E2 Fallout 3
000642B8 Fallout 4
FO4 Mess officer.jpg Brotherhood Mess Officer Brotherhood Mess Officer/Dialogue The Prydwen 001526A6
Dawson Wakefield.jpg Dawson Wakefield Schoelt Propane Station
Vasquez corpse.jpg Gael Vasquez Road west of Lexington
Initiate Clarke.png Initiate Clarke Initiate Clarke/Dialogue Boston Airport
Boston Airport ruins
FO4 Knight Astlin.png Knight Astlin Knight Astlin/Dialogue National Guard Training Yard 000B1E28
Keane.png Knight Keane Cambridge Police Station 000DB683
Lucia.png Knight Lucia Knight Lucia/Dialogue Boston Airport 000B26F0
Knight Rhys.jpg Knight Rhys Knight Rhys/Dialogue Cambridge Police Station 0005DE40
Knight Rylan.jpg Knight Rylan Boston Airport ruins 000C392B
Gavil.png Knight Sergeant Gavil Knight Sergeant Gavil/Dialogue Boston Airport 000B26EF
Knight Varham.png Knight Varham Ruined clinic 000B1DB3
Cade.png Knight-Captain Cade Knight-Captain Cade/Dialogue The Prydwen 000642B3
Knight-Captain Larsen.png Knight-Captain Larsen Knight-Captain Larsen/Dialogue Ruined house south of Rayburn Point
Lancer-Captain Kells.jpg Lancer Captain Kells Lancer Captain Kells/Dialogue The Prydwen 000642B2
Maria corpse.jpg Maria Harper Road, west of Lexington
Paladin Brandis.png Paladin Brandis Paladin Brandis/Dialogue Recon Bunker Theta
The Prydwen (optional)
000B1DAF (The Lost Patrol)
000B35BD (Prydwen)
Fo4 Paladin Danse.png Paladin Danse Paladin Danse/Dialogue
Paladin Danse/Companion Dialogue
Cambridge Police Station
The Prydwen (optional)
Listening Post Bravo (optional)
Proctor Ingram.jpg Proctor Ingram Proctor Ingram/Dialogue The Prydwen
Boston Airport (optional)
Mass Fusion Building (optional)
The Institute (optional)
Fo4 Proctor Quinlan.png Proctor Quinlan Proctor Quinlan/Dialogue The Prydwen 000642B6
Proctor Teagan.jpg Proctor Teagan Proctor Teagan/Dialogue The Prydwen 000642B4
RogueKnight-NukaWorld.jpg Rogue Knight Cola-cars arena xx038512
FO4 Scribe Faris.png Scribe Faris Revere satellite array 000B1DB5
Scribe Haylen.jpg Scribe Haylen Scribe Haylen/Dialogue Cambridge Police Station 0005DE3F
Neriah.png Senior Scribe Neriah Senior Scribe Neriah/Dialogue The Prydwen 000642B9
Malevolent Malfunction rogue sentinels.jpg Sentinel Power Armor The Commonwealth FEXXXF99
The Scribe.png The Scribe The Scribe/Dialogue Random encounter 0010D567


Image Name Dialogue Location Form ID
FO4 BOS Aspirant.png Aspirant Brotherhood Soldier (Fallout 4)/Dialogue 000769FA
FO4 BOS Paladin Commander.png Brotherhood Paladin-Commander Brotherhood Soldier (Fallout 4)/Dialogue 001F6B07
FO4 BOS Soldier Infobox.png Brotherhood Soldier Brotherhood Soldier (Fallout 4)/Dialogue See all
BOS squire.jpg Brotherhood Squire The Prydwen 000C868A
FO4 BOS Initiate.png Initiate Brotherhood Soldier (Fallout 4)/Dialogue See all 000769FE
FO4 BOS Knight.png Knight Brotherhood Soldier (Fallout 4)/Dialogue See all 000769FB
FO4 BOS Knight Captain.png Knight Captain Brotherhood Soldier (Fallout 4)/Dialogue 000769FD
FO4 BOS Knight Commander.png Knight Commander Brotherhood Soldier (Fallout 4)/Dialogue 001F6B05
FO4 BOS Knight Sergeant.png Knight Sergeant Brotherhood Soldier (Fallout 4)/Dialogue 000769FC
BOS Lancer.png Lancer 0012BC93
FO4 BOS Paladin.png Paladin Brotherhood Soldier (Fallout 4)/Dialogue 001F6B06
BOS Scribe.png Scribe Scribe/Dialogue 00076A00, 0015E003
00221253, 0017D882
0004F38F, 00076A05
FO4 BOS Star Paladin.png Star Paladin Brotherhood Soldier (Fallout 4)/Dialogue 00249AE9


Image Name
FOT Logo Brotherhood of Steel Black.svg Archivist Knox
UI C Icon Head BOS male.png Cutler
FOT Logo Brotherhood of Steel Black.svg Flores
FOT Logo Brotherhood of Steel Black.svg Initiate Arlen
FOT Logo Brotherhood of Steel Black.svg Initiate Dresden
FOT Logo Brotherhood of Steel Black.svg Knight Bota
FOT Logo Brotherhood of Steel Black.svg Knight Brach
FOT Logo Brotherhood of Steel Black.svg Knight Cohle
FOT Logo Brotherhood of Steel Black.svg Knight Delecroix
FOT Logo Brotherhood of Steel Black.svg Knight Wagner
FOT Logo Brotherhood of Steel Black.svg Knight Worwick
FOT Logo Brotherhood of Steel Black.svg Knight-Sergeant Dawes
FOT Logo Brotherhood of Steel Black.svg Knight-Sergeant Merric
FOT Logo Brotherhood of Steel Black.svg McLaren
FOT Logo Brotherhood of Steel Black.svg Paladin Hudson
UI C Icon Head BostonHero.png Paladin Krieg
FOT Logo Brotherhood of Steel Black.svg Petris
FOT Logo Brotherhood of Steel Black.svg Rico
FOT Logo Brotherhood of Steel Black.svg Scribe Bainbridge
FOT Logo Brotherhood of Steel Black.svg Scribe Naceri
FOT Logo Brotherhood of Steel Black.svg Scribe Osridge
FOT Logo Brotherhood of Steel Black.svg Womack


Image Name Location
BostonAirport-Fallout4.jpg Boston Airport East Boston
Cambridge Police Station.png Cambridge Police Station Cambridge
The Prydwen.png The Prydwen Boston Airport
Waypoint Echo.png Waypoint Echo The Commonwealth


  • Paladin Danse mentions that the Brotherhood once ruled a quarry somewhere outside of but near the Capital Wasteland, referring to the situation as "more trouble than it was worth."[5]
  • Should the Sole Survivor choose to wipe out the synths of Acadia, the Brotherhood of Steel will establish a presence at Mount Desert Island, using Acadia as a forward operating base.
  • After completing Spoils of War the Brotherhood will use the Mass Fusion Building as an outpost, most of the soldiers will say that the building is a "goldmine" for tech and that the scribes are still searching the building.
  • After completing Ad Victoriam, the Brotherhood will take control of pre-War military checkpoints scattered throughout The Commonwealth.
  • A Brotherhood of Steel Knight aboard the Prydwen may directly reference the Capital Wasteland, saying "If you think the Commonwealth is bad, you should see the Capital Wasteland."


The Brotherhood of Steel appears in Fallout 4.



  1. Sole Survivor: "Who's Elder Maxson?"
    Danse: "Maxson is the commander of this division of the Brotherhood of Steel. He's the model of what every Brotherhood soldier hopes to become. If we're going to war, I can promise you that he'll be leading the charge. That being said, you're about to get to know the Prydwen up close and personal. I've received orders that we're both to report to her immediately. Follow me up to the roof of the police station... we're going for a little ride."
    (Danse's dialogue)
  2. Sole Survivor: "You're a "Paladin"? What does that mean?"
    Brandis: "I... I tried to do some recon. Explore a little. But I'm... I'm all alone. It was... it was just too much. Too much of a risk. So, I've been hiding. So long... three years? Yes, yes, about that. Too long."
    (Brandis' dialogue)
  3. The Prydwen terminal entries; Elder Maxson's terminal, Ingram IG-444PR - Prydwen Concerns
  4. Fallout 4 Vault Dweller's Survival Guide p. 34: "Soldiers
    Soldiers are responsible for gathering technology and enforcing the will of the Brotherhood. Individuals who demonstrate exceptional loyalty and valor are promoted up the ranks, gaining more formidable gear along the way. Most Brotherhood of Steel soldiers rely on various laser rifles, but heavy guns such as miniguns, Gatling lasers, and missile launchers are sometimes used to overwhelm the opposition. Higher ranking soldiers sometimes employ T60 Power Armor, allowing them to absorb huge amounts of damage."
    (Fallout 4 Vault Dweller's Survival Guide/Groups, Gangs, and Factions)
  5. Danse's dialogue: "The Brotherhood tried to run a quarry like this somewhere near the Capital Wasteland. It was more trouble than it was worth."