The Frightened Engineer

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Location Botanical Labs - Emerald Vale
Rewards Deserters Reputation Up
300, 500 Bit Cartridge
Electro-Charged Surface
8750 XP

The Frightened Engineer 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.


Thomas Kemp, one of the deserters living with Adelaide in the Botanical Lab, is trying to teach himself engineering. He has asked you to bring him any volumes of "A Young Spacer's Guide to Mechanical Engineering" that you find in the Emerald Vale.

The Frightened Engineer Objectives

  • Find the Three Volumes
    Thomas said he knows that at least one volume of the set is in the local community center, and that another used to be in the town of Edgewater.
    He also promised to reward you for any volumes you find, so feel free to retun to him with the books as you find them - there's no need to wait until you've found all three.
    Parvati mentioned her father reading a volume of "A Young Spacer's Guide to Mechanical Engineering" when he was working shifts at the cannery.
    You found a mention on Parvati's father's old terminal that he took a volume of "A Youn Spacer's Guide to Mechanical Engineering" into the cannery and left ift in an unused office.
    A logon the receptionist's deks of the geothermal plant mentioned that there might be a volume of "A Young Spacer's Guide to Mechanical Engineering" in the plant's repair bay.
    According to ta note found in the repair bay, there's a copy of the manual down in a place called "the pit".
    You found the first volume in the Emerald Vale Community Center
    You found the second volume in the Edgewater Cannery
    You found the third volume in the Emerald Vale Geothermal Power Plant
  • Return to Thomas
    Now that you've found all of the engineering manuals, you should return to Thomas.


The Frightened Engineer Walkthrough

You can obtain this quest by talking to Thomas Kemp near the Workbench at the Botanical Labs location in Emerald Vale. Thomas will reveal that he is an incompetent engineer. You have a chance to use your Engineering skill if it is high for some XP, and pressing him further will trigger the request for the books.

You can learn from him of the locations that he knows of: One in the Community Center nearby, one in Edgewater.

Head to the Edgewater cannery and go to the second floor, you can pick up Guide to Mechanical Engineering: Volume 2.

Head to Emerald Vale Community Center, and defeat the Marauder enemies guarding the area. You can then go inside and face against a few Marauder enemies that have killed workers and residents and moved in. There's plenty to be looted and hacked within the Community Center, so go through each room. You can also inspect the 1st floor exhibition to read about the Fauna of the planet. Left from the entrance, you can come around the barred doors by doing a loop that eventually leads you to the medical room. Pick up Experimental Anthrocillin to gain 3000 XP and update The Long Tomorrow quest. Then head right from the entrance and up the stairs to pick up Guide to Mechanical Engineering: Volume 1.

Head to the Geothermal Power Plant. There's a terminal near the entrance with several files purged, but it mentions the last guide book, saying it has been moved to the Repair Bay. Once you reach the Repair Bay you'll find a note saying that it's in the Pit. You'll end up finding Guide to Mechanical Engineering: Volume 3 right next to Higgins on 1F of the Power Plant, picking it up gives 2000xp.

You'll gain Deserters Reputation and 300 Bit Cartridges for giving him the first volume. Deserters Reputation and 500 Bit Cartridges for the second. And, 8750 XP, Deserters Reputation and Electro-Charged Surface.


The Frightened Engineer Rewards

Unlocks quest: None

Other Rewards:

  • Deserters Reputation Up
  • 300, 500, 800 Bit Cartridge
  • Electro-Charged Surface
  • 8750 XP


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