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Uh, good Deathclaw.

Sole Survivor

The Devil's Due is a side quest in Fallout 4.

Quick walkthroughEdit

Side quest: The Devil's Due
Investigate the Salem Museum of Witchcraft.
Listen to Private Hart's holotape.
Explore the museum.
Listen to Sergeant Lee's holotape.
Bring the egg to Wellingham in front the Colonial Taphouse.
Return the egg to its nest, north-west of Parsons State Insane Asylum.
Reward: 400 XP
200/300/400/500 caps
Wellingham's recipe
Reward: 400 XP
Deathclaw gauntlet

Detailed walkthroughEdit

A guard in Diamond City will say that something weird is going on at the Museum of Witchcraft, and the quest Investigate the Museum of Witchcraft appears as a miscellaneous quest. The map marker leads to the body of Private Hart. However, it's not necessary to pick up this quest to do the rest of this quest line.

On the exterior west side of the Museum of Witchcraft is a body; on it is Private Hart's holotape. When you listen to the holotape it will be clear that Hart and her crew were running from something and took cover in the museum. Enter the museum via the cellar door a few feet away from the body. While in the museum there is growling and some body parts dropping from holes in the ceiling periodically as you make your way through. Make your way to the second level. In the room behind the closed door there is a wandering deathclaw (level dependent). Kill or stealth past the deathclaw and look around the floor in the rear bathroom to find Sergeant Lee's holotape (required to advance the quest) by his corpse. Around the body are some cracked deathclaw eggs and the pristine deathclaw egg required to advance the quest.

You then have the option to continue the delivery of the egg to Wellingham outside the Colonial Taphouse in Diamond City, where you will be awarded 200 caps (plus an additional 100 with every persuade approval) and, after an additional dialogue choice, you will receive the Wellingham's recipe note which teaches the recipe Deathclaw Wellingham. Although not noted at the time, it also adds an additional recipe for tasty deathclaw omelette.

Alternatively, you can return the egg to the nest west of Parsons Creamery where a friendly deathclaw will appear and you can find a deathclaw gauntlet next to the nest. Finally, it is possible to take the gauntlet without returning the egg, allowing you to sell the egg to Wellingham normally. Please note that the friendly deathclaw will turn hostile if you try to leave the area without returning the egg. You can still fast travel while the deathclaw is still friendly. Simply grab the gauntlet and fast travel to Diamond City without leaving the immediate area which would make the deathclaw hostile and prevent fast traveling.

Quest stagesEdit

25 Listen to Private Hart's holotape
50 Explore the Museum
150 Take the egg
157 Listen to Sergeant Lee's holotape
250 Decide the egg's fate
400Quest finishedIcon checkQuest complete - Delivered egg to Wellingham
500Quest finishedIcon checkQuest complete - Returned egg to its nest
800Quest finishedIcon checkQuest failed

Companion reactionsEdit

Companions will react based on the decision in the quest. If one returns the egg to the nest:

Companions will react based on the decision to steal the egg after returning:

If one decides to deliver the egg to Wellingham:

  • Curie and Piper will like this act. Curie and Piper will also like if an increased reward is asked.
  • Paladin Danse dislikes this act.


  • The Museum's deathclaw's level depends on the Sole Survivor's level. It can be anywhere from a regular deathclaw up to a mythic deathclaw.
  • While inside the Museum of Witchcraft, the deathclaw may not be there if you entered via the front door using console commands and killed it prior to returning to do the mission, however, the sequence of vicious sounds and bodyparts falling will still occur as you make your way through the basement.
  • It isn't necessary to defeat the deathclaw to complete the quest, you can easily sneak while upstairs to get around fighting the museum deathclaw. There is enough wall cover to avoid it while it walks around, and the deathclaw seems to have a "set" walking path where it walks out of the hallway leading to the bathroom and around to the back of the room (where the player enters).
  • If you chose "return the egg":
    • Activating the friendly deathclaw allows the player character to say some unique dialogue.
    • After arriving in the nest area, the player can take the deathclaw gauntlet before putting the egg in the nest. However, if the Sole Survivor strays too far from the nest without fast traveling, or takes the egg after putting it back, the deathclaw will become hostile and attack.
      • After retrieving the gauntlet, before completing the quest by returning the egg, you can then fast travel to Wellingham as if you chose the 'Complete delivery of the egg' option.
      • Choosing to return the egg to the nest results only in companion reaction.
    • After returning the egg, you can steal it back and deliver it to Wellingham, but you will not receive his recipe. Instead, he will note that it looks like it was dragged through a sewer, give you 100 caps and tell you to get it out of his sight.
    • Setting quest stage to 420 will add Wellingham's recipe to the player and complete the quest. So you can type 'setstage ms05b 420' on PC to get the recipe before returning the egg. You will get recipe, experience points and quest will be marked as completed. But you can still return the egg and quest note/objective will change correctly to reflect your choice. However, it is recommended to travel to the deathclaw's nest first before using console command as the map marker will be gone after setting the stage to 420. You will also lose out on cap reward.
  • If you chose to "complete delivery of the egg":
    • Wellingham will offer 200 caps for delivery of the egg per his contract with the Gunners. With successful Charisma checks, the Sole Survivor can push it to 300, then 400, and finally max out at 500 caps reward. You will also receive Wellingham's recipe for deathclaw egg, via Wellingham.
      • The recipe appears in your recipe list as Deathclaw Wellingham. It is in the "soup" category. The ingredients are the same as listed on the note. You do not have to read the note to learn the recipe.
      • Wellingham will thereafter refer to you as "the egg dealer" or possibly "the egg king."
  • If the player travels to the nest location before completing the quest, the friendly deathclaw won't appear, and neither will the deathclaw gauntlet. The brahmin's and Gunner's bodies will be there.


  • xboxoneIcon xboxone ps4Icon ps4 pcIcon pc The friendly deathclaw protecting the nest will be hostile if you are wearing a targeting power armor helmet. Putting the helmet on after completing the quest by returning the egg will immediately turn the deathclaw hostile.[verified]
  • pcIcon pc Berry mentats will also trigger a hostile status.[verified]
  • pcIcon pc Occasionally, the quest will get stuck on "Listen to Sergeant Lee's holotape", and will not progress even after listening to the holotape. [verification overdue]
  • pcIcon pc When the egg is sold to Wellingham, the Private Hart and Sergeant Lee holotapes can become stuck in the inventory. [verified]


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