A third generation synth, Sturges was one of many residents of Quincy, where he had converted the town's pre-War church into a workshop for his own use as the town's handyman. Following the Quincy Massacre, Sturges fled alongside Preston Garvey and the other survivors.
When he is first met, Sturges is one of the people taking refuge from raiders in the Museum of Freedom in Concord. After the Sole Survivor frees the people from the raiders in the museum, they find refuge in the ruins of Sanctuary Hills. Sturges will then give the Sole Survivor a few miscellaneous quests to help get Sanctuary on its feet.
During his time in Quincy, Sturges obtained multiple suits of power armor from the nearby Atom Cats, which explains his familiarity with the armor when the Sole Survivor meets him in Concord. One can presume that the power armor worn by Clint and Tessa in Quincy is the very same armor that Sturges was working on around the time of their assault.
Sanctuary: Sturges tasks the Sole Survivor with building the basic needs for the new settlement to survive.
The Molecular Level: If the Survivor decides to build the Relay Interceptor with the help of the Minutemen, Sturges will aid in the construction and operation of the machine.
Inside Job: The Sole Survivor is tasked by Sturges to upload a special holotape into an Institute computer, so he can download information from their mainframe. This quest is only given if the Minutemen are chosen to help build the teleporter in The Molecular Level.
He can be seen encouraging Jun Long and telling him that he'll be fine, concerned about his depression. Jun Long then will apologize for being a burden. This event repeats itself.
Sturges will give the Sole Survivor an automatic laser musket after finishing the main quest line if they sided with the Minutemen.
Sturges' terminal can be located in Quincy's ruins inside the church.
Sturges makes a remark when passing Red Rocket truck stop during When Freedom Calls, stating that he is the only settler that can be moved between settlements, which suggests his ideal place is the truck stop.
While essential during gameplay, Sturges will drop a synth component if killed, the same as other generation 3 synths.
pcps4xboxone Sturges, as well as other Sanctuary settlers will sometimes teleport onto the roof of the house with the workbenches, and the only way to reach him is by making a staircase. The cause seems to be from the game spawning two characters in the same location (one will stand on the other's head) upon fast-traveling to Sanctuary, then one character trying to climb in place, which teleports one of them straight up and they land on the roof. [verified]
Fast travelling can sometimes fix this issue.
Leaving a stairway to the roof, then a 2nd 2-step stairs from roof to eve will allow him and others that get teleported up there to climb down.
Any character who gets stuck on a roof can be pushed down without being attacked by going into build mode, picking up a turret, and using it to push the character off the edge of the roof.
Sturges sometimes spawns by the player character when the player character is adventuring in wasteland, he'll just appear to be standing and doing nothing. He will be seen by the player character when the player character is transitioning through elevators. What causes this bug is unknown. [platforms tag needed][verification overdue]
pcxboxone After the The Molecular Level is complete, Sturges will be non-assignable, and if the teleporter is built in another place, he will automatically teleport to Sanctuary Hills. [verified]
This may be fixed on PC by opening the console and type in: prid 0001a4d8, moveto player while on the desired settlement, setpv bcommandable 1 and fast travel as far away as possible from the settlement and fast travel back to it.
ps4 Sturges may relocate to the Castle after destroying the Institute with the help of the Minutemen and will stand in the courtyard near the radio tower. He will not move or sleep and cannot be assigned to any jobs, but will count as 1 settler in your population.
ps4 After the quest Sanctuary has been completed, Sturges will no longer be counted as a settler and will not move or sleep, cannot be assigned to any jobs, or be traded with. He will also not count as a settler to your population.