Cryo lab

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The cryo lab is a location on Mothership Zeta housing frozen humans, super mutants, feral ghouls and raiders.


Cryo lab

The deep freeze is where the aliens store the abductees they have tagged for their collections, or those they aren't currently experimenting on.

On the lower level by the entrance there is a small room containing a healing archway, 3 containers and various loot. The teleporter to the far right is used as an exit after the destruction of the generator.

In the middle of the map is a large room full of cryo-pods, aliens and a turret. The player can defrost all of these at once by pushing the button on the console below the window facing the area. This results in an AI battle between ghouls, raiders and aliens. Generally the turret is the only one left alive after the skirmish. On the bottom level is a cornucopia of Capital Wasteland items.

In the following area aliens can be viewed in a sealed room examining the bodies of three humans who Elliot Tercorien, if he is with you, will recognize as his squadmates. An enraged Elliot will activate a nearby switch freezing all those in the examination chamber, killing the aliens and opening the chamber doors. Within this room Elliot will gather some cryogenic material with which he later creates cryo grenades and cryo mines for the player. In the adjoining room Elliot contemplates what to do when he discovers two more squad mates still held in cryogenic suspension. With the player's input the squad mates can either be temporarily revived, euthanized or, on passing a speech check, merely left where they are. The squad mates will be hostile (to each other as well) if the player attempts to revive them before Elliot has restored their memories. Properly revived they will fight alongside the player and Elliot during the first few minutes of the cryo storage zone before expiring.

If the player did not opt to bring Elliot along then the examination chamber can by opened by activating the same freezing control switch, however the dead humans will appear as wastelanders instead of Elliot's squad-mates. Furthermore, there will be no opportunity to gather cryogenic material and the two cryogenic suspension containers in the adjoining room will be empty.

Cryo storage

This storage facility houses all the abductees in suspended deep-sleep.

This area is primarily a large 2-level chamber with a generator situated in a passageway at the northern end. Upon entering there will be passageways to your left and right, each with a healing archway. The player can take either route as they both lead to the upper level of the same large chamber containing a number of hostile aliens.

The chamber's upper level has stations with blue tubes containing cryogenic pods. Pushing one of the nearby switches sends a pod upwards and raises another from below while releasing a cloud of vapor that momentarily freezes anything nearby. Other switches mounted along the nearby railings deactivate large cryogenic suspension pods on the lower level, each reviving some form of super mutant (dependent on player's current level).

In the room to the north, past twisting hallways, will be the generator and a teleportation matrix to get out of the room once you've destroyed the generators. The teleporter will take you back to the very first room before actually entering the main part of the cryo lab containing the generator.

Notable loot

Alien captive recordings

There are a total of 6 alien captive recorded logs to be collected in these zones; 4 in the cryo lab and 2 in cryo storage. See the recorded logs for details.

Related quests


  • This is one of many areas of the ship that will not be accessible after the player has completed the main (This Galaxy Ain't Big Enough...) quest.
  • If you kill too many enemies here and then head back to Engineering to pick up Elliott Tercorien, he will refuse to accompany you back to the cryo lab.
  • In the cryo lab there are two doors leading to cryo storage which "require a key". The first time you are there you can press a button to freeze the aliens in the next room, and the doors will open. If you return here later on this will not work, so you can not get past the doors. This means you should get all alien captive recordings before you leave on your first visit. If you don't you have to use the teleporter in the cryo lab and backtrack through the cryo storage to get them.



The cryo lab only appears in the Fallout 3 add-on Mothership Zeta.

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