The Distress Signal is one of the Side Quests in The Outer Worlds. Side Quests are optional quests that players can chose to complete in order to obtain special rewards, XP, or reputation.
Gladys has given you a copy of a distress signal from Terra 2. Someone in Roseway, a supposedly-abandoned Auntie Cleo outpost, is requesting help. If there are corporate operations hiding there, it's likely you'll be able to find some valuable data to sell back to Gladys.
The Distress Signal Objectives
- View the Distress Signal Recording on Your Ship
The distress signal has nav coordinates embedded in it. Play it on your ship so that ADA can get to the Roseway landing pad.
- Search for Secrets in Roseway
Investigate Roseway to find potential company secrets that could be sold to the highest bidder through Gladys. Talking to the scientists around the town would probably be a good place to start.
- Acquire the Weapon Plans
The schematics for Orson's prototype would likely be valuable to Gladys.
- Acquire Anton's Research
Anton's research sounds like it'd be valuable to Gladys
- Acquire Vaughn's Research
Vaughn's semi-legal research would likely be valuable to Gladys
The Distress Signal Walkthrough
You obtain this quest if you ask Gladys to detail her opportunity when looking for a Nav Key during Passage to Anywhere. You will be asked listen to a Distress Call, but this can only be done from the Unreliable and it will be inaccessible until you have talked to Udom Bedford and resolved your ship's impounding.
Once you can use the ship, go to ADA and ask her to play the Distress Call. You will receive 2000 XP and unlock the quest The Doom That Came to Roseway. You will now also be able to travel to Roseway in Terra 2.
After landing at Roseway Landing Pad, you'll make your way through a desolate street and enter Roseway proper. Here you will meet Berke, a tarmac guard. He says Anton Crane is in charge, and that somehow Raptidons got loose and attacked the town.
If you speak with Orson Shaw and offer to help then you will get the objective to get a hold of his weapon plans. These can be found in the Storage Facility to the southeast of Roseway. Head there, defeat the marauders and loot it from the basement wall.
Head to Roseway Communications Room and you can meet Anton Crane, who sent the distress call. He reveals that his work might not be entirely legal, so corporate cannot know of what has happened. You can intimidate (25) to get him to tell you what is going on. He's tasked with formulating new and improved dental gel, and they accidentally discovered an appetite suppresant. He claims a group of malcontents attacked them, freed the Raptidons and stole his research. You will get 3300xp for agreeing to help, and obtain Anton's Lab Keycard and Anton's Pass Code.
Go back outside and you can meet Weldon, who will not say anything quite useful, and then enter the apartments outside and go upstairs to unlock Anton's room. You can browse his terminal to read his personal journal and learn more about him and his motivations. There's also a workbench and vending machine nearby. Downstairs, you can talk to Vaughn Cortes, who seems eager to get back to work. He hints that he left something important at the lab. Offer to help and you'll learn he's harvesting Raptor Musk for an aphrodisiac. He asks you don't say anything to Anton. Accept and you'll receive the quest The Amateur Alchemist.
Leave town and go to Roseway Garden. You'll be attacked by a group of Raptidons as you approach Auntie-Biotics Lab 0013, where you can do By His Bootstraps. Then make your way southeast towards the Cover Lab. Inside you'll need to speak with Cassandra O'Malley. You can kill her or make a deal with her, but she has Auntie Cleo's Research Data.
You can complete this quest by giving Gladys all or none of the secrets, though if you are going to give her one the best one to do is the toothpaste because it will cause you to complete The Doom That Came to Roseway. Whereas, either of the other two will Botch their Quests and you will gain no XP, only Bit Cartridges
The Distress Signal Rewards
If you give the Raptidon Musk to Gladys you'll gain 1,875 Bit Cartridges and The Amateur Alchemist quest will become Botched, granting you no XP. Additionally, you can lie to Gladys about main finding from Roseway.