Thunder Mountain Power Plant
Thunder Mountain Power Plant
Thunder Mountain Power Plant is a location in Fallout 76.
Background[edit | edit source]
Thunder Mountain was one of three nuclear power plants in Appalachia, providing energy to the entire region. Automated through the use of Poseidon Power Management System from Poseidon Energy, it could be maintained and monitored with a minimum of human oversight and would automatically shut down the plant in the event of a critical failure.
This allowed the plant to survive the Great War without experiencing a critical meltdown and was ripe for the picking when the Free States emerged from their bunkers. A unit under one Deke took the power plant and secured it for use as a stronghold, although soon they were attacked by a military unit - Taggerdy's Thunder. After demonstrating their ability in a shock and awe attack let Deke's men shaken, though without any casualties, Taggerdy's men opened negotiations: In return for vacating the power plant, they would not be harmed and permitted to leave with their weapons and equipment. Together with a 12 hour deadline, the decision was obvious: Although some Free Staters wanted to stand their ground and fight, Deke's calm assessment of the situation prevailed and they vacated the power plant, marching out with the Thunder's guns pointed at them.
The Thunder and then the Appalachian Brotherhood of Steel that formed around it steadily restored and maintained the power plant, providing power to the Brotherhood's facilities across Appalachia. When the deteriorating strategic situation forced Taggerdy to tighten the belt and abandon non-essential facilities like Camp Venture, Thunder Mountain remained online to power the anti-aircraft artillery emplacements in the Bog. In fact, it was the last location of the Brotherhood to fall, lasting a full day after the fall of Fort Defiance. The last two soldiers left were Squires Rosen and Gilden, after the scorched forced the garrison off the roof and overran the forward assault team. Once they were killed on August 19, 2095, the Thunder Mountain power plant fell silent and remained so until the emergence of Vault dwellers from Vault 76.
Points of interest[edit | edit source]
- Thunder Mountain is a sizable location, divided into three main parts: The Thunder Mt. Power Plant Yard to the southeast, encompassing the parking lot and the transformer enclosure next to the lake, the power plant proper, and the cooling towers.
- The yard is a claimable workshop and contains tents used by the Brotherhood as a staging area, two crafting stations for cooking and the workshop, as well as a power armor spawn. It exits into the state route and a small inner road leading under the skybridge towards the cooling towers in the back.
- The two cooling towers are connected by a skybridge and contain facilities for venting excess heat from the nuclear reactor, together with control stations and locker rooms. Each also contains entrances to the two wings of the power plant.
- The western wing contains the nuclear reactor that powers the facility. The ground floor contains the offices, lobby, and security checkpoint on the ground floor, with the master control room accessible up the stairwells. From the master control room, players can enter the reactor hall through a secure airlock that has to be operated using the adjacent terminal. The airlock also includes a decontamination arch, useful for getting rid of excess radiation that fills the reactor chamber.
- The mechanical bay, loading dock, and fuel storage are on the southeastern end of the ground floor and contain a chemistry station and a power armor station with a second power armor spawn. The fuel storage is highly irradiated.
- Exit to the western cooling tower is on the top floor.
- The eastern wing is the turbine hall and is much smaller than the main building, though no less confusing due to the winding catwalks. The corridor on the top floor exits to the cooling tower.
Notable loot[edit | edit source]
- Bobbleheads (5)
- At the right end, atop the black mainframe computer on the wall marked "Turbine Hall", at corner of the corridor from Cooling Tower #2 (interior).
- On an explosives box, under the toxic water, in the flooded base of the giant fuel storage room (interior).
- In the toxic water, under the middle of five submerged trolley carts carrying yellow radiation barrels, in the flooded bottom of the smaller Fuel Storage room with the gantry ramp (below the large open red warehouse doors and "Reactor" sign).
- In the small section of rusting hatch pipe, right in the northwestern corner of the Reactor Room.
- On the corner (light blue) mainframe computer bank, at the foot of the reactor, south side of the Reactor Room.
- Magazines (6)
- On or below the large conference table with the Office Desk Fan on it, upstairs and northeast of the entrance lobby, with stairs outside the room (interior).
- On or below the small computer bank, left side of the filing cabinets along the southwest wall of a connecting corridor to the Main Plant, right of the window, with the double door marked "Turbine Hall" at the northeast end (interior).
- On the shelf of the green metal wall cabinet, south corner adjacent to the metal door and wall clock, in the small connecting room (with three exits) between the gantry stairwell and door marked "Pipe Interchange, Cooling Tower #1", and the smaller Fuel Storage chamber with gantries and the flooded floor (interior).
- On the white table with the orange tool box, along the northwest wall in the corridor connecting the Turbine Hall to Cooling Tower #2 (interior).
- On the second-to-bottom shelf of the green metal work shelf, pointed at the southwest wall (by the perimeter wall), along the gantry with two sets of large wall extractor fans on either side, in the Reactor Room (interior).
- In the wastebasket, right of the small black computer bank, south upper corner of the tiered-floor Master Control chamber (interior).
- Power armor
- Outside, in the plant yard, near the tents.
- Inside the repair bay, western part of the power plant.
- Dynamic spawns
- Any ranged ammo
- Junk: Military ammo bag, military grade duct tape, dog tags, ballistic fiber scrap, military-grade circuit board
Appearances[edit | edit source]
Thunder Mountain Power Plant appears in Fallout 76.