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Shadow of Steel is a Brotherhood of Steel main quest in Fallout 4.

Quick walkthroughEdit

Brotherhood of Steel main quest: Shadow of Steel
Listen to Military Frequency AF95.
Report to Paladin Danse at Cambridge Police Station.
Attend the debriefing.
Speak to Lancer Captain Kells.
Attend Elder Maxson's address.
Speak to Elder Maxson.
Report to Paladin Danse.
Reward: 350+ XP
Rank of Knight
Full set of BoS II T-60b power armor
Danse as a companion
Leads to: Tour of Duty

Detailed walkthroughEdit

After observing a huge Brotherhood of Steel airship pass overhead, the player character's Pip-Boy radio receives a transmission. Listen to it for further instructions before heading to the Cambridge Police Station and following Paladin Danse to the roof.

At the Brotherhood of Steel's flagship, the Prydwen, disembark onto the flight deck and meet Lancer Captain Kells.

One is ordered to attend an address being given by Elder Maxson. Speak to Maxson afterwards. Regardless of the earlier rank in the Brotherhood, Maxson now bestows the title of 'Knight' on the Sole Survivor and a new suit of power armor which can be found in Bay 3 of the main deck.

Quest stagesEdit

StageStatusDescriptionLog Entry
10 Listen to radioAfter observing a huge Brotherhood of Steel airship pass overhead, my Pip-Boy radio is receiving a transmission. I should listen to it for further instructions.
20 Talk to Paladin Danse
30 Board the vertibirdNow that the Brotherhood of Steel's reinforcements have arrived, Paladin Danse has ordered me to accompany him up to their flagship, the "Prydwen."
90 Exit the vertibird
100 Debrief scene
110 Speak to Lancer Captain Kells
120 Attend Elder Maxson's addressThe Prydwen's captain, Lancer-Captain Kells, has ordered me to attend an address being given by Elder Maxson, the supreme commander of the Brotherhood of Steel.
140 Speak to Elder Maxson
150 Speak to Paladin DanseElder Maxson has promoted to the rank of Knight and awarded a full suit of Power Armor which I can find on the Prydwen's Main Deck.
255Quest finishedIcon checkQuest CompletePaladin Danse has become my sponsor and offered to accompany me as a guide as I travel around the Commonwealth.
355Quest failedIcon crossQuest Failed


  • The player character must complete the Act 1 quest arc of the main quest line for Shadow of Steel to begin. Semper Invicta must also be completed as a part of the Brotherhood of Steel quest chain. Upon leaving Fort Hagen during the Reunions quest the the Prydwen will appear above and signal the start of this quest, otherwise, it may trigger a series of bugs.
  • If Dogmeat has been selected as a companion, during Elder Maxson's speech, Dogmeat will do a trick by sitting on his back legs.
  • Companions will have unique dialogue depending on what the player says.

Nick Valentine dialogueEdit

"It sure as hell ain't gonna be taken as a gesture of good faith from the other forces in the Commonwealth."
Provoking War 
"No one brings that much firepower without plans to use it." [Valentine liked that.]
Who is Maxson? 
Valentine will call Maxson a lunatic.
Quick War 
Valentine will ask "Yeah, for who?" [Valentine disliked that.]

Hancock dialogueEdit

"Ain't no one in the Commonwealth wondering about your intentions now."
Provoking War 
"Folks don't usually appreciate having a floating fortress blocking their view."
Quick War 
"Sure know how to make an entrance, I'll give you that."


  • pcIcon pc If you did not complete Call to Arms before the Prydwen appears after Reunions, this will trigger a glitch where Brotherhood Vertibird patrol teams will not spawn correctly.[verification overdue]
  • ps4Icon ps4 pcIcon pc If an NPC clips through Paladin Danse while you are reporting to him, the dialogue options may disappear and cannot be pulled back up. When you try to talk to him again, he will only say «I'll be in the mess hall if you need me. Good luck with Maxson» making the quest impossible to complete, and will leave you unable to talk to most of the other Brotherhood of Steel members. One possible workaround without involving console command would be dismissing any companion you have with you before talking to paladin Dense. This bug seems to be triggered by the fact that Paladin Dense is supposed to become your new companion, while the current one cannot be correctly dismissed. Doing it in advance should avoid the issue.
  • If you do not leave via the elevator, Shadow of Steel quest won't trigger. You need to exit through the elevator door. [platforms tag needed][verification overdue]
  • pcIcon pc This quest will show up before Reveille in the completed section of your quest log, even if you received it afterwords.[verification overdue]
  • pcIcon pc ps4Icon ps4 xboxoneIcon xboxone The game sometimes will bog down and crash while flying from Cambridge Police station to the Prydwen. If this happens, you probably have a corrupt save, delete all saves and restart.[verification overdue]
  • xboxoneIcon xboxone The vertibird may not take off of the Cambridge Police Station roof, and Danse may talk as if the vertibird is in the air. There are no known fixes for this issue. [verification overdue]
  • pcIcon pc If you hear a sound like two objects are collision bugged, and the vertibird do weird movements, your companion is probably bugged into the vertibird, reload the save just before get in the vertibird and then say him to go in a settlement. [platforms tag needed]
  • pcIcon pc If you complete Far Harbor missions prior to starting this quest then you will be unable to complete 'Speak to Lancer Captain Kells' stage of the quest as the moment you approach the miscellaneous 'inform the BoS about the synth refuge' dialogue will automatically be triggered (trying to end that dialogue will just cause it to retrigger). Leaving the location and returning should fix it.

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