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Fallout 4
Strategy Guide

Author(s): Nathan Garvin, Greg Wright
Editor(s): Claire Farnworth
First Published: 16-12-2015 / 00:00 GMT
Last Updated: 21-05-2020 / 18:24 GMT
Version: 1.0 (????) 05-06-2020 / 17:05 GMT

Fallout 4 Guide

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The Institute

A House Divided

Make your way to the Bioscience room, inside of which you will find Newton Oberly trying to talk Higgs down. It won't work of course, but talk to him and he will give you the "Bioscience Systems Access" holotape, to use as a last resort. You can't talk to Higgs through this blocked door, so Oberly also opens up the maintenance hallway so you can reach the Bioscience Observation room.

Head through the tunnel and in the first room you will need to kill off a couple of Synths. Take them out and head into the next hallway, where you will need to kill off a Laser Turret. Make your way to the next hallway now and take out the last Laser Turret and soon you will be in the observation room. Go ahead and quicksave here, as you have several options on how to deal with this situation.

The Non-Violent Approach

The easiest option is of course to talk Higgs down, so if you plan to try for this one make sure to put on your Charisma gear. After the first dialogue choice, you have the option to try and pass a hard speech check here ("Give me a chance?") and then a moderate speech check in order to get Higgs to stand down. He will then "return to the fold" and open the door. Easy!


The option you may have to take if you don't want (or can't) pass the speech checks. After Higgs is done talking, use one of the nearby terminals and the "Bioscience Systems Access" holotape to get several more options. The funnest one by far is to let the Gorilla's loose and they will go in and kill everything. You cannot put them back though, so you'll need to open the door and take them out (giving you Gorilla Meat). You can also just open the door and head in and kill the two Synth Guards here. Higgs and Loken won't attack here if you do this, so you can either kill them or talk to them to end things. If you do have to kill them (either via the Gorilla's or just because you feel like it), you will need to grab the "Security Override Code" from Higgs (or Loken's) body (it varies) and use it on the terminal near the door to open it up.

After you take care of the situation, head back to Oberly and report in. He will be glad or a little mad based on the results. If Higgs and Loken survived, you will get to decide their punishment. This depends on what you want of course, but note that you can execute them if you pass a moderate speech check. Hardcore! You'll also get five boxes of Mentats and five doses of Jet if you resolved things non-violently. Once you've reported in though, you will be done with this mission. Time to get to work on "Pinned".

Objective Reward
For resolving a succession dispute 236 XP Mentats x5 Jet x5

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Bethesda Softworks
  • Platforms
    PC, PS4, XB1
  • Genre
  • Guide Release
    16 December 2015
  • Last Updated
    21 May 2020
  • Guide Author
    Nathan Garvin, Greg Wright

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