Fallout 4 Crashes In Specific Areas; PC Workarounds included

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Like any Bethesda game at launch, Fallout 4 has its fair share of bugs and glitches. While some of them can be even quite funny, others manage to completely crash your game without any error code. It appears that there’s a bug that crashes the game when a player progresses in the game’s story.

Crashing applies to the PC, PS4, and Xbox One version of the game, and affects various locations. According to a Reddit post, the crashing is due to the game’s save file becoming corrupt, and the only way to fix the crash is by going back to a previous save point, and pray that save point is isn’t corrupted.

On the Bethesda forums, user JoeBBBB adds the following.

Don't start a new game! Heard many people do this to have it come back and returning to an earlier save might make the bug come back too as it could be related to location or something else. Just gotta hope for a patch. Some people have even upgraded their OS to have the crash return. The crash seems happen because the area changes, there is a console command that resets the area (I don't reccomend using it tho as it could change the game) and a quest that changes the area that stops the crash. This means that a patch should hopefully stop the problem.

It is fairly Game-Breaking as many main story quests go through this area making the game impossible to complete if you have the bug and don't use console commands.

Since the appearance of the bug, users have been posting workarounds for the PC version of the game. Please note, that not every quest has its own workaround yet. We have listed the current available workarounds below.


To open the console, press the tidle key (left to the 1) or the apostrophe key (where the @ sign is + shift). The Workarounds have been tested but save before using them in case, typing something in wrong could cause something different to happen. Most of the Workarounds don't skip that much unless they say otherwise. We've tried to keep this as spoiler-free as possible so you should be fine

Shadow of Steel workaround(PC)

Skipping to area (workaround #1)

If you're having a problem with this Shadow of Steel quest where you crash on the Vertibird then the videos below may help.

The Workaround simply skips the Vertibird ride.


https://www.youtube....h?v=Dgfsd-_HSdI [ORIGINAL VIDEO]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jbAZXFc5D0&feature=youtu.be [SHORTER]

Credit to cryttek


Hunter/Hunted Workaround (PC)

Skipping to area (the videos skip you to the target) (workaround #1)

1.) Open console

2.) lnstead of searching for signal, use coc GreenetechGenetics01

3.) clear building, kill target

4.) when you see the door to leave for Cambridge, use coc sanctuaryExt to leave. Going through the door will cause you to crash again.


Skipping to target (workaround #2)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsQP55mG1dk (ORIGINAL VIDEO)

https://www.youtube....h?v=kJMR0_9KPWg (SHORTER)


1.) Open console

2.) lnstead of searching for signal, use player.moveto 00064dfc

3.) kill target

4.) when you see the door to leave for Cambridge, use coc sanctuaryExt to leave. Going through the door will cause you to crash again.

Credit to cryttek


Kidnapping from Greentop Nursery (PC) <----- This is a timed quest btw!!

Skip to area (Workaround #1)

I actually learnt how to do these workarounds so I'll try to do as many as I can

1.) open console

2.) player.moveto 0009B1E8

3.) get the kidnapped dude

4.) to get out use coc sanctuaryExt


Silver Shroud Quest (PC)

Skip Northy part (Workaround #1)

Step by step

This quest is outside so I can't spawn you near the person unfortunately but like the rest of the Silver Shroud quests, you just have to kill somebody so we'll use the console to do it.

Save before this one, I did this and it worked but I had a different quest bugged so I cant be sure if the full quest will complete. (I removed a quest from my log which caused the

Den to be bugged, i dun goofed up. lawl) If it worked please post here! If not then do the same and Ill make sure it works, would do that now but super tired. should work tho! cheers

1.) be told to kill Northy

2.) open console

3.) player.setstage MS04 900

4.) continue with quest

If the game tells you to search Northys body then use the command

setstage MS04 1000


Avoid area / Agro

You can also kill Northy by shooting him and not going into the crash area, may require trial and error so save is advisable (see page 4)

You can also shoot at him to agro him towards you, allowing you to kill him.

If the game tells you to search Northys body but you can't go towards him because of the crash then use the command

setstage MS04 1000



Turn in quest (Workaround #1)

Quartermastery is a repeatable quest which will tell you to get an item, sometimes though the item is

in Morsignor area so it'll crash. You can use the method below to skip getting the item and hand in the quest.

Step By Step

1.) Be told to get a something

2.) Open console

3.) write player.setstage bosr02 40

4.) Turn in quest

Credit to aychesee and fakfejs


Cleansing the Commonwealth

Turn in quest (Workaround #1)

This is another repeatable BoS quest, if it tells you to go to the crash area

then use the code below to be able to turn in the quest.

player.setstage bosr01 40

Credit to fakfejs


Nuclear Option

Skip to location (Workaround #1)

The two links below is from this thread where somebody has found a Workaround, I'm linking to it as don't have much

context to create a Step By Step but if you're having the crash then you probably know when to use it.

[link one] http://forums.bethsoft.com/topic/1546438-fallout-4-crash-in-specific-area/?p=24513332

[link two] http://forums.bethsoft.com/topic/1546438-fallout-4-crash-in-specific-area/?p=24513912


Boston after Dark

Complete objectives (Workaround #1)

Most of Boston after Dark's quests are outside so we can't move you to the location unfortunately.

The link below is from somebody on this forum who knows which parts you have to skip and with

the commands.



Battle of Bunker Hill

Complete quest (Workaround #1)

I recommend saving before this one, I haven't been able to test it as I'm not that far - sorry.

The only Workaround I've heard of is completeing the quest at a certain point (heard a lot of objectives in the area).

I haven't been able to look at the quest as I'm not that far yet but if you know the steps to use to get round the crash

then we'd love to hear them :)

To complete the quest use

setstage inst302 200

The quest giver may not return to his old position though so you can spawn him to you by doing to activate the next quest.

(check if you can carry on first)

prid 0005c337
moveto player

in the console.

Credit to Dracoliat and stmarrow


Emogene Takes a Lover

Go around the crash (Workaround #1)

The reason people are crashing on this quest seems to be becuase one of the objectives is located close to the

crash area meaning you should be able to go around to get to the location, Please correct me if I'm wrong.


Rockets' Red Glare

This quest is more tricky to pass but somebody managed to give very detailed intructions.

Here's the link


Lots of credit to Northfield. This seemed like an annoying quest to make a Workaround for.

For upcoming workarounds, I suggest checking the forum thread at the Bethesda forums. Hopefully Bethesda releases a patch that fixes these Fallout 4 crashes.

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