Fallout 4 Guide: How to Get the Best Ending

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Fallout 4 players are able to see four different conclusions at the end of the game. Use this guide to see every possible ending that Fallout 4 has to offer.

By now, many players should be close to finishing Fallout 4, or may be itching to go back through the game to see one of its other endings. In total, there are four endings available in Fallout 4, and all are dependent on which faction the player sides with near the end of the main quest.

Players will have to unlock at least three of the endings in order to unlock all of Fallout 4‘s achievements, so knowing exactly how to trigger these endings is important for anyone hoping to fully complete the game. Keep in mind that this guide will have spoilers, so anyone that is sensitive to that sort of thing should tread carefully.

Brotherhood of Steel Ending


The path to the Brotherhood of Steel ending begins when players are tasked with building a teleporter to the Institute. A number of optional objectives pop up, giving players the option to tell the other factions in the game about the teleporter. Simply visiting the Brotherhood of Steel after this and alerting Elder Maxson to the situation will suffice.

Continue pursuing the Brotherhood of Steel quests until the option to destroy the Railroad becomes available. Work with the Brotherhood against the Railroad, while also continuing to pursue quests for the Institute. Eventually, the Institute will give the player the quest called “Mass Fusion” – choose to alert the Brotherhood to the Institute’s plans, and then this ending will be a sure thing.

There’s some pretty shocking story revelations associated with this ending, but overall, it’s one of the least desirable ones. It results in the destruction of both the Institute and the Railroad, closing off their quests forever, and killing Brotherhood of Steel members is actually one of the quickest ways to get Power Armor, so allying with them is not hugely advantageous.

Institute Ending

Fallout 4 Guide: How to Get the Best Ending - Institute Father

The Institute Ending is arguably the “best” ending in the game, as it offers just a little more plot-wise than the other endings do. It’s also one of the easier endings to achieve, as only blatant betrayal of the Institute will knock players off the path to their ending. And even then, some of the possible betrayals along the way will actually be forgiven by Father and the Institute. Though to be on the safe side, just do whatever the Institute says and don’t betray their plans to the other factions roaming the Commonwealth.

The Institute ending results in the destruction of both the Brotherhood of Steel as well as the Railroad. On the bright side, however, players will have an extra scene to watch in this ending when compared to the other endings available in the game.

Minutemen Ending

Fallout 4 Preston Garvey Gameplay E3 footage

The Minutemen is perhaps the weakest faction in all of Fallout 4. In fact, the other factions in the game basically outright ignore them, and they are the only faction to survive every ending no matter what.

It’s worth noting that there are no achievements tied to the Minutemen ending. While it is perhaps the most morally justifiable ending out of all of the endings, it also offers a lot less to players. That being said, pursuing the Minutemen ending keeps the Railroad quests available, so that path can still be pursued to some extent.

One important thing to keep in mind if one plans on doing the Minutemen ending, is that there is a game-breaking bug associated with the Mosignor Plaza settlement quest. The end of the Minutemen quests tasks players with establishing eight settlements in the Commonwealth, but if Preston Garvey asks one to clear out Mosignor Plaza, don’t do so until Bethesda patches the problem.

Railroad Ending

Fallout 4 Guide: How to Get the Best Ending - Desdemona

This ending is a bit trickier than the others, as it’s possible to get locked out of it if players are kicked out of the Institute too soon. Basically, just stay on the Institute’s good side unless outright prompted to act against them by the Railroad. It is during the quest “Underground Undercover” when the Railroad has the player operate as a spy within the Institute, and work against them from the inside.

The Railroad quest has one of the more emotionally satisfying endings, and also leads players to the Railway Rifle, which is one of the most useful out of all of Fallout 4‘s weapons.

Fallout 4 Dogmeat

Just to recap, each ending will see at least two factions obliterated, but the Minutemen will survive regardless of the player’s actions. The three endings that are required to unlock all of the achievements/trophies in the game are the Brotherhood of Steel, Institute, and Railroad endings. Since the Minutemen will always be around, players can pursue their quests at any point without worry.

In any case, Fallout 4‘s multiple endings gives the already massive game added replay value. Whether one is doing research trying to determine what ending is right for them or just trying to beat the game a different way, this guide should offer an idea of what steps need to be taken in order to see all of the endings that Fallout 4 has to offer.

Which Fallout 4 ending is your favorite? Which one did you get during your first time through the game? Let’s discuss the possible Fallout 4 endings in the comments below.

Fallout 4 is currently available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

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