Broken Steel

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Broken Steel

Messiah achievement in Fallout 3


Reached Level 30 with Good Karma

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How to unlock the Messiah achievement

  • AlfindeolAlfindeol74,118
    12 May 2009 10 May 2009 21 May 2009
    48 3 20
    The Karma achievements are made significantly easier with the addition of the Broken Steel perks.

    The first step in getting all three achievements is to create three save files at level 28. The closer you are to reaching 29, the better, but at any point will work fine.

    Getting to level 30, not the karma, is actually the hardest part of these achievements. If you are like me, and reached level 20 long before the game ended and before you got Broken Steel, you have a long way to go after the added quest ends. The first things I would do is the side-quests that are offered surrounding Project Purity. Return to the Jefferson Memorial and offer to help Scribe Bigsley, who is inside the building. That will result in two decent quests. There is also a side-quest that can be accessed by hacking or a successful speech on Bigsley or by talking to the ghoul Griffon in the Museum of History.

    Once those quests have been competed, you will probably still have a long way to go. The fastest way to make up that experience is by hunting Super Mutants. After finishing the Broken Steel quest-line, speak to Paladin Tristran and ask if there is anything else you can do to help. He will offer you a reward for killing super mutants and bringing back blood samples to him. This is much easier than scouring ruined buildings for scrap metal, pre-war books, cameras or sensor modules. The National Mall and the Germantown Police station are great places to hunt mutants. Just make sure to get the well-rested bonus before you trade in the samples. 10% extra experience goes a long way in this grind.

    You can also increase the difficulty to get more experience per encounter. This is really a must if you are playing on easy or normal. The extra 15 or so EXP an encounter will really speed things up in the long run. Also remember to leave your companions at home. They are experience hogs. You won't receive any EXP from enemies that they kill.

    Once you've gotten there, load up one of those files and, when you reach level 29, choose Here and Now. This perk will immediately level you up again, to 30. At level 30 choose Escalator to Heaven. This will set your karma to Very Good and you will get the achievement.

    Rinse and repeat for the other karma achievements. I recommend that you don't use this method for whatever karma type you mainly play as, as it really is a waste of 2 perks.


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    C3LLDW3LLERWhere’s Paladin Tristran?
    Posted by C3LLDW3LLER on 28 Jul 18 at 19:35
    Mack StardustDoes anyone know if using the perks that reset your Karma to good/evil/neutral works instead of manually doing good/bad things?
    Posted by Mack Stardust on 14 Jan at 01:12
    Mack StardustUpdate to my last comment: it does. So make a save right before you’re about to level up and use those perks.
    Posted by Mack Stardust on 14 Jan at 01:48
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  • iLazorziLazorz94,608
    24 Jun 2009 24 Jun 2009
    25 0 1
    If you want an easy way to rank up to 30 without glitching and you have Point Lookout, go to the Coastal Grotto and compete in the arena over and over again on Very Hard difficulty. Just make sure you have a lot of caps and weapons in good condition. Also, kill the other two guys that are competing and every time you are done with the arena, just wait for 24 hours then talk to Plik again.
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    GETxACHIEVEDxThanks for informing me.... didn't even know of this till you said something.... Even though I now notice that you made this in 09.
    Posted by GETxACHIEVEDx on 15 Jun 11 at 20:48
  • MissFuchsiaFireMissFuchsiaFireThis gamer has had their achievements removed from the site
    22 Oct 2010 26 Apr 2011
    22 0 0
    This is just an easy way to level up. I didn't discover this cheat, and I don't know who officially did, but this helped me get my last couple levels after I completed the game. I hope it helps others, too. See the video below.

    As for reaching rank 30 with Good, Neutral, and Bad Karma, refer to the other solutions. They are very detailed and helpful.

    METHOD: Have at least 2 Frag Mines with you and enter the Craterside Supply in Megaton. Throw your Frag Mine against the wall and quickly pick it up over and over again. You will get 6 experience points every time. It is a bit tedious, but it definitely adds up, and is very helpful when there isn't much left to do in the game to earn XP.

    If the man leaning against the wall on the other side walks away, just pass time (by pressing the 'back' button) and wait until the next morning and continue. I suggest saving regularly in case something goes wrong.
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