Key to the Past

Rewards Raider Power Armor (Full Set)
Location Blackwater Mine
Previous Quest Flavors of Mayhem
Next Quest The Missing Link

Key to the Past is a Main Quest in Fallout 76. The aim of this Main Quest is to find several Key Fragments and bring them to Rose. Quests are objectives that the player may complete to obtain special rewards for their participation in the wasteland activities.



Key to the Past Objectives

  1. Check the Terminal at Blackwater Mine.
  2. Find the Blackwater Bandits' Key Fragment.
  3. Check Margie's last known location for clues.
  4. Duplicate the Diehard's Key Fragment.
  5. Find the Gourmands' Key Fragment.
  6. Kill David and get the Cutthroat's Key Fragment.
  7. Bring the Key Fragments to Rose.
  8. Go to the Raider Cache.


Key to the Past Locations


Key to the Past Enemies

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Key to the Past Walkthrough


Rose's Cheap Laborer

Did you think befriending a Deathclaw was the last of your silly errands in attempt to please Rose? Jokes on you buddy, this time it's a bit less ridiculous but just as long. The objective for this quest is to find five fragments of a password to open a Raid Cache of treasure.

Head south of the Top of the World to reach the Blackwater Mine. There will be a Terminal just inside that you'll be able to access. Select any of the first two entries to complete the primary objective, then continue deeper into the mine. There will be an irradiated woman called Freddie Lang that you'll need to kill to acquire the mine's Key Fragment. Once you do, kill her, grab it, and leave the mine.


Keys 2-4

Head east of where you're currently located to find a Trapper's Camp on the Devil's Backbone. Once you arrive, you'll notice a Super Mutant Group hit the camp and took the person carrying the Key Fragment you need, so continue on to Huntersville by following the road to the west. In the center of the town, you'll find the Trapper's Key Fragment on Walter Griswold's corpse.

Sunnytop Ski Lanes is where you're heading next, which is conveniently located north of the Savage Divide. Several enemies will inhabit the area, and you'll have to carefully maneuver around the area extremely carefully as not only are there enemies to look out for, but a lot of explosive traps as well. Enter through the front entrance, keeping an eye on the Punji Board in front of the door, and take a left. From here, just clear the rooms of Super Mutants until you reach the objective.

You'll unlock Margie Mcclintock's Holotape at the objective which, after listening to, head across the lodge and downstairs. You'll find a terminal on a lower floor that you can access, then selecting "Inbox" and then subsequently "Admin Password". This is how you learn that the Margie's group's Key Fragment has been destroyed. Bad news for you but the good news, is that there's a way to duplicate it by inserting the Palace Admin Password into the Holotape Duplication Terminal. This creates the Diehards Key Fragment.


Cave Fragment

Head over to Bolton Greens to find notes on the next Fragment. Upon arriving enter the building and on the top floor, you'll find Gourmands Note, which tells you to find the Gourmands' Key Fragment in a place called the Wendigo Cave near to the Savage Divide. You can reach this cave by heading northeast from the Top of the World.

Enter the cave to find a very tough area full of difficult enemies. It is a pain, but you must proceed to find the Gourmands Key Fragment so take on this almost-literal hell hole slowly, ensuring you deal with enemies as you go.

Once you have retrieved the 5th Key Fragment, it's time to move onto the 6th and final one at Big Fred's BBQ Shack, just southeast from Beckwith Farm, South of Top of the World. Upon arriving, you'll be greeted by the not-so friendly local Feral Ghouls. Take enough of them down and you'll find David Thrope, who has become a Scorched boy. Kill him when you get the chance and loot the Cutthroats Key Fragment.


Putting the Pieces Together

After having collected all the Fragments, return to speak to Rose and like the incredible android she is, she'll give you more tasks to complete. This one will involve locating the body of a woman named Rosalynn in Charleston, in the Charleston Capitol Building, which once again is a lovely place filled with various hazards and enemies that are up to no good. You'll find a Terminal (marked of course) in the basement of this building, which has an entry on "Doe, J". There is also a Holotape on the table in the middle of the cell room that explains how Rose became a Miss Nanny, if you're interested on some lore on the robot sending you on a wild goose chase.

Your next destination is the Pleasant Valley Ski Resort, which is east of the Top of the World. Once you arrive, enter the basement. You'll find a locked door down here, which you can unlock by finding the Raider Cache Keycard under the doormat. Enter the room to "complete" the quest, but before you leave to continue The Missing Link, save yourself some trouble and grab the Broken Uplink in the back left corner of the room.



Notes & Notable Loot

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    • Anonymous

      So I put this one off and did some side quests and now it's not even showing this one anymore. Anyone got some tips?

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