All Fallout 4 Factions: Background, Joining, Conflicts

Everything you need to know about factions

In Fallout 4 you get to join different groups here and there and end up leading them in a short period of time. In Fallout 4 things are different, where every faction out of the four you can join is generally not happy with the other groups. In this guide, we’re going to point the facts and details of each group. We’ll be mentioning the rewards you can get for sticking with a particular group.

Key Highlights
  • Fallout 4 factions offer players the chance to join and eventually lead different groups.
  • Four main factions to join:
    1. Commonwealth Minutemen: Protecting the Commonwealth; join by assisting Preston Garvy.
    2. The Institute: Advanced scientists focused on technology; join by completing specific main quests.
    3. Brotherhood of Steel: Military and religious organization; join through the quest “A Call To Arms” with Paladin Danse.
    4. The Railroad: Smugglers helping synths escape the Institute; join via the quest “Road to Freedom.”

Commonwealth Minutemen Faction

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The Commonwealth Minutemen are a faction in the Fallout series, specifically in Fallout 4. Here’s some information about them:

Background: The Minutemen were originally a group of individuals dedicated to protecting the people of the Commonwealth. However, internal power struggles and failures to protect settlements led to a decline in their reputation. Many settlers became disillusioned with them.

Joining the Commonwealth Minutemen: Joining the Commonwealth Minutemen is one of the first faction options available to players in Fallout 4. Codsworth, your robot companion, can guide you to Concord, where you can assist Preston Garvey and his group of survivors. After your first conversation with Preston at Sanctuary, he will start assigning missions to help settlements. Accepting these missions will eventually lead to you becoming the General of the Minutemen.

Key Rewards: Joining the Minutemen provides you with several benefits, including a flare gun that can be used to call for Minutemen backup during battles. As you complete more quests for the Minutemen, you gain access to a massive fortress and the ability to build artillery at settlements.

Minutemen’s Approach: The Minutemen typically operate discreetly and avoid direct confrontation. They focus on protecting settlements and helping the Commonwealth’s inhabitants. They won’t actively attack the Institute unless the player character becomes an enemy of the Institute by taking aggressive actions such as killing Institute scientists.

Possible Conflict: If you choose to side with the Minutemen in the main storyline while also being enemies with other factions like the Brotherhood of Steel, conflicts may arise. For example, the Brotherhood may attack the Minutemen, and you’ll need to prepare to defend your faction.

In Fallout 4, joining the Commonwealth Minutemen offers a chance to help settlements, build a network of allies, and play a crucial role in the fate of the Commonwealth.

The Institute Faction

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A group of scientists founded The Institute, these scientists dug up a massive hole in the basement of an old scientific Institute naming the faction as “The Institute” as well. Inside the Institute you will meet advance robots called synths, more than humans. The Institute is all about futuristic things and the surroundings are based on technology. The people of the Institute have never been to the surface. This faction is being led by a mysterious bearded man called Father.

Joining The Institute: Joining The Institute in Fallout 4 is a complex process that involves following the game’s main storyline. Players must complete several quests and make key decisions that lead them to The Institute’s underground facility. Inside, they will meet Father, the enigmatic leader of The Institute, who will reveal more about the faction’s goals and assign missions to the player.

Key Rewards: Joining The Institute offers several advantages, including access to advanced technology and the ability to teleport to and from The Institute’s location. Additionally, players can obtain a unique legendary laser rifle called the “Wazer Wifle” by completing a quest related to a young synth.

Faction Relations: The Institute is a distinct faction in Fallout 4, and its actions and goals often clash with those of other major factions. Depending on the player’s choices, they may become enemies with groups such as the Brotherhood of Steel and the Railroad. The faction’s secretive and morally ambiguous nature can lead to tensions and conflicts with other factions in the game.

The Brotherhood of Steel Faction

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The Brotherhood of Steel is the oldest organization in the Fallout series. Brotherhood Of Steel faction has appeared in every part of the Fallout series casually.  The brotherhood of steels are a military group and somewhat of the “Want to be” religious people, they believe in an indistinct entity called “The Creator”, even though they don’t trust on science and technology but at the same time, Steel’s are the biggest hoarder of technology products.

Joining The Brotherhood: Joining The Brotherhood of Steel in various Fallout games often involves encountering Brotherhood members or scouts in the wasteland. In Fallout 4, you can join the Brotherhood by following the main storyline. After completing the quest “Call to Arms” with Paladin Danse, you’ll be offered the opportunity to officially join the Brotherhood.

Key Rewards: Joining The Brotherhood of Steel provides several rewards. You’ll receive a suit of power armor with Brotherhood paint, access to the Brotherhood’s armory (though you’ll need to purchase items), special tag grenades, and weapons. As you progress through Brotherhood missions, you can even obtain a jetpack for your power armor and the title of “Sentinel.”

Faction Relations: The Brotherhood of Steel has complex relations with other factions in the Fallout universe. They are staunch enemies of the Institute, which creates synthetic humans (synths). If you accept the “Tactical Thinking” quest, you’ll become permanent enemies with the Railroad, a faction dedicated to helping synths. Additionally, completing the quest “Ad Victoriam” will make you enemies with the Institute.

The Brotherhood’s emphasis on acquiring and preserving technology often puts them in conflict with other groups and individuals who may use or abuse advanced technology.

The Railroad Faction

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The members of Railroad live in catacombs, in the tombs below the famous church in Boston. The people of Railroad run a business of smuggling synths out of the Institue to freedom by flashing their factory settings and implanting them with a new memory of an entire fresh human life.

To join the Railroad, you will have to complete the quest Road to Freedom by following the Freedom Trail which goes through the Boston streets. Pay extra attention to the letters and numbers that you read through from the road markers along the trail, because they are going to reveal the password for the Railroad’s secret tunnels under the Old North Church. Once you are inside the church, you can then complete the quest with Deacon before the Railroad will trust you, after all of this you’re allowed to come and go as you like.

You will be getting a skillful silenced pistol after the initial quest of the Railroad. As you proceed through, the Railroad will give you a ballistic weave upgrade which you can apply on the cloth armor. From my point of view, The Railroad rewards are one of the best in comparison with other factions.

The Railroad doesn’t like The Brotherhood of Steel and The Institue both, so you better watch out for the missions the conflict with the brotherhood if you want to stay friendly with the brotherhood. You will lose your good deed with The Institute if you will be fighting with synths on a Railroad mission. It will be very hard for you to stay on each other’s side because Railroad and The Institue are always actively working against one another.

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