Sam Blackwell's Bunker is a location in Fallout 76.
This bunker was the home of Senator Sam Blackwell, one of the main backers and minds of the Free States movement. Concealed deep within the Mire, underneath a fake abandoned waste dump and behind layers upon layers of defenses, it served as a refuge for the Senator after the Enclave threatened his daughter's life. The secrecy surrounding the bunker was only broken when Blackwell consented to an interview with Charleston Herald's intrepid reporter... Something that seemed to be an acceptable risk, right until Agent Grey tracked the senator down on orders from Thomas Eckhart, after the bereaved Blackwell decided to connect with the Free States at Harper's Ferry to deal with his daughter's death.
- Outer cave
- The bunker is hidden behind a completely innocuous map marker, the abandoned waste dump. After entering, the player is deposited inside what seems to be an illegal dump, complete with radioactive waste barrels and security fences. However, there is a conspicuous absence of radiation here. Beyond the doors ripped off their hinges is a small cave network, with a transportation system mounted to the roof of the cave... And deathclaws on the prowl. The Senator set up lures to provide himself with a supply of meat to survive, after he killed the operative in Harper's Ferry and swore off all contact with the outside.
- Navigating the cave can be tricky if the player wants to avoid fighting, but can be done by exploiting the geometry. Deathclaws cannot fit through tight spaces, meaning the entrance corridor is safe. They can't jump on platforms either, so the small transportation platform with the safe can be used as safe haven. The only real danger is being caught in the open, eg. while waiting for the elevator to open, but that can be solved with careful timing.
- The bunker can only be accessed with the bypass holotape. The holotape is found in the deathclaw refuse pile down the right-hand corridor (looking at the bunker entrance). Agent Grey's corpse is found in an alcove on the left-hand side. A rather generous blood trail leads to the hitman's final resting place. After recovering the holotape, the player has to approach the bunker lock inside the elevator and play the holotape in their inventory. They need to be right next to the panel for it to open the bunker.
- Furthermore, there's no need to backtrack to the exit to the fake waste dump. There's a hidden elevator down a narrow corridor, right of the bunker entrance. The elevator leads directly to the surface and out into the Mire.
Fake waste dump. Looks pretty convincing
The bunker elevator. The corridor to the hidden elevator is just to the right. The holotape is in the deathclaw refuse pile behind the wall to the right.
Looking back at the entrance area from the platform.
- Senator's bunker
- The bunker itself will still resist the player, denying access to the senator's inner sanctum at first. The bunker is divided into two floors, accessible from the entry chamber through the doors. The lower floor contains the main living areas, including a small workshop area, generator room, Sam's bedroom, laundry annex, and bathroom, all connected to the main living room and kitchen. In the back is a security checkpoint leading to the inner sanctum, protected by laser barriers. The upper floor contains Judith Blackwell's bedroom and a security station. The area is peppered with notes and reminders from Judy to her father or from Sam to himself.
- In order to access the sanctum, the player needs to reset the power in the bunker, which will reset the power system. Judith discovered this while allegedly trying to run three hot plates at once. To do so, the player needs to find the Security System Manual Reset note in the station, then flip the breaker near the laundry machines, open the valve above the fusion generator, and finally flip the circuit above the vents, accessible by jumping over the barrier on the upper level.
- Doing so will reset the power and wipe the handprint identification. The player can simply use it and gain access to the wrecked inner sanctum, turned up by Grey in search of Blackwell's congressional keycard. He failed where the player can succeed, using the combination 021584 (Judy's date of death) to unlock the painting near the cabinets to acquire the keycard. Doing so allows the player to enter the Whitespring congressional Bunker.
Entrance to the inner sanctum
The bunker keycard is behind the painting
- Congressional Access Card: Grants access to the Whitespring Congressional Bunker and the Enclave quest line. Found after unlocking the hidden safe behind the painting in Blackwell's office. 021584 opens the safe.
- A high level 10mm pistol and hunting rifle in the Senator's sanctum, in his hands and on the table in the back respectively.
- Numerous notes:
- Head Fuzzy?, Locked Out?, Low on Food?, Going Outside?, Security System Manual Reset, Judy, Entry - Judy's Gone: Scattered in the bunker.
- Welcome to the Whitespring, Record of Divorce: The Blackwells, Back Off Sam, Committee Meeting Notes, Department of Ag Projects, Intelligence Memo - 8/16/77, Senate Orientation Letter : In Blackwell's archives, scattered in containers and on tables.
Sam Blackwell's Bunker is featured in the upcoming Fallout 76.