Returning the Favor

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Returning the Favor is a Minutemen side quest in Fallout 4.

Quick walkthroughEdit

Minutemen side quest: Returning the Favor
Speak with Preston Garvey or Blake Abernathy to initiate the quest.
Retrieve the locket from the USAF Satellite Station Olivia.
Return to Blake Abernathy.
Reward: 300 XP
Abernathy farm as a settlement

Detailed walkthroughEdit

Speak to either Preston Garvey or Blake Abernathy to begin this quest. The Survivor learns that Mr. Abernathy's daughter, Mary, was killed by raiders, and he and his family would love to retrieve her locket, which has been a family heirloom for generations. The player is sent to the USAF Satellite Station Olivia.

Upon entering the building, there is an advanced terminal which unlocks the intel room. If the player does not have the necessary perk to unlock the advanced terminal, the intel room key can be found in an instrument case through a novice door by where the locket is found. Inside the intel room there is a novice safe, a duffle bag, a trunk, a mini nuke, and a copy of U.S Covert Operations. One can go either right down the stairs or left down the hallway. Turning left leads to a metal walkway, passing a bathroom with a first aid kit in it. There is a novice chem box at the farthest right end of the walkway. Descending down the walkway leads to an encounter with Ack-Ack, who carries a minigun. In the room with the lockers, on the table with the radio, there is an overdue book. Mary's locket can be found in a toolbox in front of a novice door.

After unlocking the door, the player will be attacked by radroaches. Returning to Blake Abernathy earns the player a small reward in caps, XP, the use of the workbench, and the support of the Abernathy farm for the Minutemen.

Quest stagesEdit

50 Travel to Abernathy Farm
100 Retrieve Mary's Locket in USAF Satellite Station Olivia
200 Report your success to Blake Abernathy
450 Talk to Preston Garvey - if Preston started quest
500Quest finishedIcon checkQuest complete


  • It's possible to instruct the sentry bot from the Robotics Disposal Ground to clear the NPCs on the exterior of USAF Satellite Station Olivia. All remaining NPCs in the interior part will still need to be cleared.
  • Given that the Abernathy Farm is located quite close to Sanctuary Hills, this is likely one of the first quests new players will discover if they prefer exploring the wasteland over following the main questline. Care should be taken when encountering Ack-Ack in such a case as her minigun is capable of dealing devastating amounts of damage in seconds to any lightly armored, low-level Sole Survivor.
  • Players have noted confronting Blake Abernathy to begin the quest, the player may be given the option to say they already have the locket, even if they don't. This could be attributed to USAF Satellite Station Olivia already being cleared prior in the game. [verification needed]

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