The Gilded Grasshopper

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For the item, see gilded grasshopper.

The Gilded Grasshopper is a side quest in Fallout 4.

Quick walkthroughEdit

Side Quest: The Gilded Grasshopper
(Optional) Pick up the Marty Bullfinch file in Nick Valentine's agency.
Go to Faneuil Hall and find the gilded grasshopper on the roof.
Examine the gilded grasshoper and read the note in it.
Find the grave west of Pickman Gallery.
Dig up the grave and claim the spoils. (No Shovel required)
Reward: 350 XP
Copper, silver and gold bars
Shem Drowne sword

Detailed walkthroughEdit

Quest stagesEdit

10 Find the Gilded Grashopper
20 Read Food for the Grashopper
30 Find Shem Drowne's grave
40 Dig the grave


  • If Nick Valentine is brought along for this mission, he will pay his respects to Marty. He also likes being present for the end of the quest, once the Sole Survivor has dug up Shem Drowne's grave.
  • There is a copy of Live & Love on the 4th floor of Faneuil Hall sitting on a table next to a sofa.
  • If the USS Constitution had landed on the top floor of the building, the quest may get bugged and cannot be completed, in the view that the roof had been altered. The quest may still be completed however by asking a companion to dig up the grave instead.
  • If the USS Constitution has landed on the top floor of the adjacent building and you have triggered the fast travel point at the USS Constitution's new location, the quest may be done without going through Faneuil Hall by simply fast traveling to the ship and jumping off the port bow to get to the roof.
  • It is not necessary to complete Unlikely Valentine and get the Detective Case Files from Nick's office to start this mission. The quest can also be started by directly going on the roof of the Faneuil Hall building. This quest is only a prerequisite to access to Marty Bullfinch's holotape.

Behind the scenesEdit

The Gilded Grasshopper is based on the Grasshopper weather vane on top of today's Faneuil Hall in Boston, created by Shem Drowne.


  • ps4Icon ps4 pcIcon pc If you completed the quest before activating the case file, the detective file will be locked and you cannot continue the next file.[verified]
  • pcIcon pc When digging up the grave, the game may freeze or crash.[verified]

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