As befits Fallout 76's new focus on people, one of the newest features is a pair of NPC Factions, the Settlers at Foundation and the Raiders of The Crater, both of which you can ally yourself with for good rewards. We'll show you where to find the Settlers and Raiders and how to get rewards from them here.
On this page:
- Settlers and Raiders Explained in Fallout 76: Wastelanders
- Settlers' Location: Where to Find Foundation
- Raiders' Location: Where to Find The Crater
- How to Increase Reputation with Settlers and Raiders
- Should I Join the Settlers or the Raiders?
- Settlers and Raiders Reputation Rewards
Settlers and Raiders Explained in Fallout 76: Wastelanders
Unlike previous factions in the game, the new Settlers and Raiders are a major presence with which you can gain substantial rewards for doing regular work and prioritising their well-being in choice elements. By improving your reputation with either group, you'll unlock the ability to buy new items and plans from their traders, including some that are unavailable anywhere else. However, before you can do that, you'll need to know where to find both factions.
Settlers' Location: Where to Find Foundation
Built on top of the Spruce Knob observation tower, the Foundation is the Settlers' main outpost in which they can always reliably be found. It's not too hard to get to, but we wouldn't recommend trying to reach it before you're at least level 8 with some good weapons, otherwise it could be kind of a nightmare. The Settlers are led by Paige, who can be found in the main building, and Ward, who's usually outside somewhere and often gives daily quests. You can find Foundation here:
Raiders' Location: Where to Find The Crater
If you want to get a little more Mad Max, the Raiders are located in the far North of the map, their own town built on the debris of a crashed space station. Despite their fearsome appearance and fondness for banditry, they won't actually attack you for entering the town, because… uh… there couldn't be a two-sided faction system otherwise, I guess. We've shown the location of the Crater below, though we'd actually suggest being level 10 before making the journey there. We were attacked by a horde of level 15+ Radscorpions on the way, and that's something no rookie vault-dweller should have to deal with.
How to Increase Reputation with Settlers and Raiders
The main way you can increase reputation for either side is by giving them assistance in some way, either by completing their quests or making choices that specifically benefit them. There are often random daily quests and both locations that can boost your reputation, as well as fixed linear quests and choices within the main storyline of Wastelanders that can go either way.
Should I Join the Settlers or the Raiders?
When a one-or-the-other choice comes up, it's time to decide what you do and don't like about either side, though we'll tell you now it's possible to max out your reputation with both sides and gain all their rewards, assuming you're careful about it and do so before finishing the Wastelanders main story. Remember to complete their daily quests and to take opportunities to raise reputation in all occasions, and you should be able to unlock all reward tiers. Speaking of which...
Settlers and Raiders Reputation Rewards
You'll always get standard quest rewards no matter what you pick, but as your reputation increases it'll unlock new equipment and plans for sale at their two respective traders (Sunny at the Foundation and Ae-Ri at the Crater). We've listed them all below.
- Flare (Plans)
- Cattle Prod (Plans)
- Grocer's Backpack
- Water Well (Plans)
- Fertilizer Auto-Constructor (Plans)
- Compound Bow (Plans)
- Gauss Shotgun (Plans)
- Mods for Gauss Shotgun
- Chinese Stealth Armor
- Dynamite (Plans)
- Chemist's Backpack
- Floater Grenade (Plans)
- Ammo Auto-Constructor (Plans)
- Raider Power Armor
- Gauss Minigun (Plans)
- Mods for Gauss Minigun
There are some very good items here, especially the Stealth Armor and the Gauss Minigun. For this reason, it might be worth pulling the old "Fistful of Dollars" gambit and playing both sides so you can walk away a very powerful wastelander.