To the Mattresses is a Railroad radiant quest in Fallout 4. It consists of a chain of six quests. After completing the quest The Nuclear Option, the Sole Survivor should speak with Desdemona. She will tell the Survivor that since the Institute is no longer a threat, the L&L Gang is now the greatest threat to the Railroad. She will assign the the Sole Survivor to eliminate one of the gang bosses.

Quick walkthroughEdit

  1. Kill the targeted L&L Gang Boss.
  2. Report back to Desdemona.

Detailed walkthroughEdit

Desdemona will update your Pip-Boy map with the location of the L&L Gang member you are tasked to hunt down. Kill the target and return to Desdemona for a reward in caps and equipment.


The target locations are randomly picked, however the bosses will always appear in this order:

  1. Lucky Tatum
  2. Big Maude
  3. Stevie Buchanan
  4. Tammy Mac
  5. The Bruiser
  6. Captain Sally

Possible locationsEdit

Quest stagesEdit

StageStatusDescriptionLog Entry
100 Kill (boss)The Synth-hating L&L Gang is the greatest single threat remaining to the Railroad with the Institute out of the picture. Desdemona has a lead on them. And my job is dealing with it.
200 Report to DesdemonaThe L&L Gang is a little smaller thanks to me. Desdemona will want to hear the good news.
250 Report to Desdemona - After killing Sally on final missionWith the fall of Captain Sally, the L&L Gang has finally been put down. Everyone back at HQ, especially Desdemona, will want to hear this.
300Quest finishedIcon checkQuest completeDespite my work, The L&L Gang is still out there and potentially putting our people and Synths at risk. Hopefully Desdemona will have more intel on them soon.
350Quest finishedIcon checkQuest complete - final missionRaiders will be a problems for Synths and humans alike, but the Synth hating L&L Gang won't be plaguing us any longer.
9000Quest failedIcon crossQuest failed

Behind the scenesEdit

The name of the quest is a reference to the term "go to the mattresses", a mafia term which means to go to war with another gang or family. The name comes from the practice of renting out safe apartments and laying down mattresses for a mafia family's soldiers to sleep on while preparing for making a move against a rival. Most notably, the saying was used in the movie The Godfather, the novel of the same name by Mario Puzo, and the TV show The Sopranos.


  • ps4Icon ps4 Desdemona refers to Glory as deceased during initial dialogue for the first mission instance, regardless of whether or not Glory has been killed. Occurs if one sides with Brotherhood up until Tactical Thinking, then follows the Institute Quest line up until Mass Fusion, then sides with the Brotherhood. Glory will still be alive even though a normal play through would have seen her die.[verified]
  • If the target spawns in Quincy Quarries, they may be killed by the radiation before the user gets to them.[verification overdue][platforms tag needed]
  • If the target spawns in Kendall Hospital, they can be killed by the deathclaw in the bowels of the hospital. By tossing a grenade at the barred back door, and moving close to the sealed security door in the following area will enable the target and creature inside. This also makes you unable to complete the quest.[verification overdue][platforms tag needed]
  • On occasion, Desdemona will cease to communicate, making completion of additional quests impossible.[verification overdue][platforms tag needed]
  • pcIcon pc This quest can be triggered automatically before talking to Desdemona if the player accidentally meets the first target boss, Lucky Tatum.[verification overdue]