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Leading by Example is a Brotherhood of Steel radiant quest in Fallout 4.

Quick walkthroughEdit

Brotherhood of Steel radiant quest: Leading by Example
Speak to Lancer Captain Kells on the command deck of the Prydwen.
Speak to the Brotherhood Squire.
Clear out the assigned area from hostile parties.
Speak to the Brotherhood Squire.
Report back to Lancer Captain Kells.
Reward: 300 XP

Detailed walkthroughEdit

The Sole Survivor must cleanse a location of super mutants, feral ghouls, Children of Atom, mutated animals or synths with a Brotherhood Squire accompanying.

Possible locationsEdit

Quest stagesEdit

20 Speak to the Brotherhood Squire
25 Clear (location) of all hostiles with Squire
30 Speak to the Brotherhood Squire
40 Return to Lancer Captain Kells
255Quest finishedIcon checkQuest complete
355Quest finishedIcon checkQuest failed


  • The Brotherhood Squire cannot be killed or harmed and will be ignored by enemies. (Can be chased down by synths while they ignore you due to being on good terms with the Institute, but still cannot be killed. Virgil's turrets and protectron will also fire at the Brotherhood Squire.)
  • The Brotherhood Squire will fast travel with you, so you don't have to worry about the Squire being left behind.
  • fo4wwGametitle-FO4 WW The Brotherhood Squire will sometimes be chased by the tamed animals.
  • Paladin Danse will attack the Squire if Blind Betrayal has been completed. If he is at a settlement and you travel to it with the Squire he will attack and most likely cause the rest of the settlers and your other companions to attack as well. Again, the Squire will not be harmed and will go for cover. Leave the area to stop the attack.


  • pcIcon pc xboxoneIcon xboxone When doing Leading by Example on normal and being told to go to Bedford Station to clear all hostiles with the squire, you can clear all the hostiles and the quest won't end. When changing the time to evening so that new hostiles might appear, killing them still does not end the quest. The only fix is to load a save that was before you picked up this quest line. [verified]
  • xboxoneIcon xboxone pcIcon pc ps4Icon ps4 Sometimes after completing the story for the Brotherhood of Steel, Lancer-Captain Kells will ask you to inform him when you are ready to head out with another squire endlessly, preventing you from ever doing this quest again. (Verified on PC. After choosing the peaceful option on the quest A Loose End and completing it, Kells will get bugged and these radiant quests cannot be received anymore. [verified] setstage c8675 0 after he bugs out will fix this and make it so Kells will give the quest again.
  • pcIcon pc Whenever you talk to all the squires it does not progress. [verified]
  • pcIcon pc ps4Icon ps4 Sometimes the game will crash upon entrance to College Square, making the quest impossible to complete. Consequently, the Brotherhood Squire will continue to follow the player for the remainder of the game, making Institute quests with X6-88 impossible to complete as X6-88 will become hostile to the Brotherhood Squire. [verified]
  • pcIcon pc When sent to University Point the area may already be clear making it impossible to complete the quest. setstage c8675 30 advances the quest and possibly is a fix to the College Square bug as well. [verified]
  • pcIcon pc xboxoneIcon xboxone You may be tasked with clearing University Point of Synths when friendly with the Institute, meaning the Synths in the area are not hostile. This makes it impossible to progress with the mission. Compounding this, if your active main story quest is Synth Retention, you cannot progress with the main story as the Courser will endlessly fire upon the Squire.[verified]
  • pcIcon pc xboxoneIcon xboxone Sometimes when you clear the area, the Brotherhood of Steel will become hostile to you. This is bad if Paladin Danse is at a friendly settlement, as he is an essential character and thus unable to be killed. [verification overdue]

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