The Great Hunt

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The Great Hunt is a quest in the Fallout 4 add-on Far Harbor.

Quick walkthroughEdit

Far Harbor side quest: The Great Hunt
Talk to the Mariner after completing the quest Rite of Passage
Go to the boat.
Sail to Red Death Island.
Talk with the Mariner.
Reward: Legend of the Harbor
Vanquish the Red Death.
Sail back to Far Harbor.
Receive a hero's welcome.
Reward: ~400 XP

Detailed walkthroughEdit

  • The Mariner will tell about a mysterious creature that has been destroying boats leaving and coming into Far Harbor.
  • She will then ask to go to the boat and she will go to hers. Before boarding on, the player character is stopped by Avery, who tells it is an old myth and the player character is wasting time and putting themselves in danger.
  • The Sole Survivor will then board on the boat which has already been programmed by the Mariner to go to Red Death Island.
  • Once arriving, the player character has to look for the Red Death.
  • Talk with the Mariner about finding Red Death, and then it will appear in front of them.
  • Vanquish the Red Death.
  • The Mariner will be very disappointed, but will still reward the Sole Survivor with the Legend of the Harbor, a unique version of the Fisherman's outfit. She will ask if the Sole Survivor wants to tell the truth about the monster or lie. One will then get back onto the boat and sail back to Far Harbor.
  • The player character will then receive a hero's welcome from the town's people depending on if choosing to lie or not. If the player tells the Mariner to tell the truth, the townspeople will jeer and mock the Mariner. If the player chooses to embellish the tale, the townsfolk will be in awe of her.

Quest stagesEdit

StageStatusDescriptionLog Entry
100 Go to your boatI've agreed to hunt a mythical beast with the Mariner: the Red Death. I need to take my boat and travel with the Mariner to where she hopes to find it.
200 Look for the Red DeathThe Mariner and I are on the hunt for the mythical beast: the Red Death.
300 Talk with the MarinerThe Mariner and I have found the Red Death, but it is a tiny non-threatening mirelurk.
400 Sail back to Far HarborThe hunt for the Red Death is over. It's time to head back to Far Harbor.
450 Receive a hero's welcomeThe hunt for the Red Death is over. It's time to head back to Far Harbor.
600Quest finishedIcon checkQuest CompletedMy hunt for the mythical Red Death is complete. The Mariner is understandably disappointed.
9000Quest failedIcon crossQuest Failed


If you have the evidence from DiMA's secret medical facility, but have not yet confronted DiMA or Captain Avery for the quest The Way Life Should Be, Avery will have that dialogue instead of the lines for this quest. As a result, Avery and the Mariner will simply stand beside your boat, with Avery initiating dialogue each time you approach her. To continue the quest, simply climb aboard your boat and head for Red Death Island.


  • pcIcon pc ps4Icon ps4 xboxoneIcon xboxone When travelling to Red Death Island it's possible that one will get a black screen but still be able to move, but the Sole Survivor will land in water. To fix this one must activate the Vault-Tec Assisted Targeting System (travel to the destination and target the Red Death in V.A.T.S., or hold down the V.A.T.S. activation button.) [verified]
  • pcIcon pc ps4Icon ps4 xboxoneIcon xboxone Possibly related to the above glitch, the player's boat may disappear, but the prompt to activate the boat's controls will still appear just off the northeastern coast of Red Death Island. The boat will be entirely invisible. Objects can still collide with the boat and the player is forbidden from fast traveling after activating the controls to return to the docks of Far Harbor. Use your best pixelhunting skills to activate the quest marker which will trigger the returning sequence. After a few seconds the screen will fade to black and you'll find yourself on a boat returning to Far Harbor.[verified]
  • ps4Icon ps4 Completing the main DLC quest line, may glitch the quest to make it unreceivable.[verification overdue]
  • ps4Icon ps4 If you kill the NPC Machete Mike during the Hull Breach quest unprovoked, then you will be locked out of this quest (Though this could be due to The Mariner suspecting you were responsible for his death.)


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