Holy Water (quest)

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Good people of Megaton, your salvation is at hand!

Holy water pamphlet

Holy Water is a side quest in Fallout 3 that is added to the game with the Broken Steel add-on.

Quick walkthroughEdit

Side Quest: Holy Water
Investigate the vicinity of Megaton.
Watch Rosa give Micky a bottle of seemingly pure water and die. Rosa then approaches you, and after a short conversation she reveals that she received the water from a cult in Springvale.
Ask about holy water in the Holy Light Monastery; talk with Brother Gerard.
Gain entrance to the Monastery by:
Becoming irradiated. (Equipping the ghoul mask will fulfill this option)
Passing a Speech check.
Picking the lock.
Simply killing Gerard and loot the key from his corpse.
Pickpocket the key from Gerard.
Stop the Apostles of the Holy Light.
Talk them out of stealing water with a Speech challenge or Charisma check.
Murder them all.
Irradiate yourself to above 800 rads.
Reward: 100 XP and 300 caps.

Detailed walkthroughEdit

This quest will not be offered if Megaton was destroyed during The Power of the Atom. You pick up this quest from Scribe Bigsley after asking him what you can do to help. He asks you to investigate the area around Megaton to see why they need more water, after just being sent a week's shipment of Aqua Pura.

Investigate the vicinity of MegatonEdit

In front of the entrance to Megaton you witness a 'cutscene' of sorts. A non-player character named Rosa gives Micky a bottle of seemingly pure water. He drinks the water and dies. Rosa then approaches you, and after a short conversation she reveals that she received the water from a cult in Springvale.

Alternatively, you also receive various hints within Megaton, such as a note pinned to the door of your Megaton House or a non-player character coming up to you and complaining about a cult stealing Megaton's water. Any Megaton settler will give the player a holy water pamphlet if you interact with them. If you have very good Karma then upon entering Megaton a resident will run up and give you the Pamphlet and complain about the cult.

Ask about holy water in the Holy Light MonasteryEdit

After finding the Holy Light Monastery, you encounter Brother Gerard. After giving you some holy water he refuses to speak to you further until you drink it. Once you have done that, he reveals that the leader of the church, Mother Curie III, has been "blessing" water so that wastelanders may "bask in Atom's Glow".

Gain entrance to the MonasteryEdit

There are five options on gaining access to the monastery. You can ask Gerard if you may meet Mother Curie III but you must either be irradiated (Equipping the ghoul mask will fulfill this option), pass a Speech check, pick the lock, kill Gerard and loot the key from his corpse, or steal it from him via pickpocketing.

After gaining entrance, you enter the basement of the church by means of a trap door. Mother Curie is giving a sermon to two ghouls as you enter. Once she finishes the sermon she engages you in conversation. She tells you that she has been intercepting the Aqua Pura from the Brotherhood caravans (whom she sees as "angels") and turning it into holy water by irradiating it. She does this because she wants to share Atom's gift with the people of the Capital Wasteland. This "gift" is ghoulification.

Stop the Apostles of the Holy LightEdit

From here on out, you have four options. You can convince Curie III to stop via a Speech challenge, a Charisma check, or by convincing her that you are the Prophet of Atom (irradiate yourself to above 800 rads). You can irradiate yourself using the radiation traps (turned on with nearby switches), both in the basement and close to the entrance in Springvale. The fourth option is to kill everyone. But know that there is a feral ghoul reaver named Atom's Champion and a glowing one named Sun of Atom, both of which will turn hostile. Killing them does not take away Karma.

The Power of The AtomEdit

Should you destroy Megaton after undertaking the quest, Mother Curie III can be found outside Megaton as a hostile feral ghoul reaver. Brother Gerard can also be found as a regular friendly ghoul, who will say that he has seen Atom and that he is going to stay at Megaton to wait for Atom's guidance. Scribe Bigsley will express shock at Megaton's destruction but will still give you the money for completing the quest.


Quest stagesEdit

10 Investigate the area around Megaton to learn about the water situation.
50 Ask about the holy water at the Monastery of Eternal Light.
55 Drink the Holy Water.
56 Speak with Brother Gerard.
57 Gain entrance to the Monastery.
60 (Optional) Become irradiated to gain entrance to the Monastery.
100 Stop the Apostles of the Holy Light
150Quest finishedIcon checkReport back to Bigsley


  • If the Citadel is blown up during Who Dares Wins before accepting this quest, it will not be available at all.
  • It is easy to become irradiated by using the nearby button to activate the two radiation traps.
  • Disarming the radiation traps will render them inoperable. Therefore, it will no longer be possible to irradiate the Lone Wanderer by activating the podium switch.
  • The lock on the trapdoor can be picked without Gerard caring. Doing so will not turn the inhabitants of the church hostile.
  • Killing Gerard won't turn the inhabitants of the church hostile.
  • Shortly after completing the quest and as long as Megaton hasn't been blown up, three Megaton settlers may be encountered arguing with two Brotherhood caravan guards over a shipment of aqua pura. Unless the Lone Wanderer intervenes on behalf of either side with a successful Speech check, the confrontation will turn violent and likely result in the deaths of the settlers, Deputy Weld (or Deputy Steel) and Stockholm. Persuading the Brotherhood to give up the shipment (apparently intended for Big Town) is easier than convincing the settlers to abandon their suicidal attack.
  • If Megaton has not been blown up but is planned to, the Lone Wanderer can tell Brother Gerard what they are planning and he will pray for their success.


  • pcIcon pc ps3Icon ps3 xbox360Icon xbox360 The option to use the Speech skill to gain entrance to the monastery may not be available. [verified]
  • pcIcon pc ps3Icon ps3 xbox360Icon xbox360 The holy water pamphlets found on doors in Megaton will respawn every time the cell loads, even after the quest is completed. On the PC, this can be remedied once the quest is finished by use of the console. Enter prid xx006eb7 and enter, followed by disable and enter. This will permanently disable all of the interior Megaton pamphlets and prevent them from respawning. For the pamphlet on the door of Megaton, use prid xx006eb3. [verified]