The Mystery Of What Fallout 4 Hides Underwater

The Mystery Of What Fallout 4 Hides Underwater

Ever since Fallout 4’s release, inquisitive players have been obsessed with one thing: what in the world is Fallout 4 hiding?

Take a look at a map of Fallout 4:

[Source: Fallout 4 Wiki]

There is a lot of water in Fallout 4. Surely there must be something under there? At least, this is an assumption players have been making for over a month now. To wit, if you type ‘Fallout 4 underwater’, Google will likely autocomplete with “secrets”. The mystery is a Thing within the Fallout fandom.

Consider the following. Fallout 4 has a perk called “Aqua Boy”, which lets you breathe underwater without taking any damage. We also know that at one point, Bethesda was developing a harpoon weapon for the game. It even has a special bubble animation that percolates from the gun whenever it is used:

[Source: Tyrannicon]

With all of this ‘evidence’, it’s not surprising that some players began exploring the depths of Fallout 4 to see what could be found. One player in particular, Lavon Smith, has spent 30+ hours going through Fallout 4’s waters. He says he’s traversed nearly 100 per cent of the water in Fallout 4, all of which he documented in a huge imgur you can find here. Some highlights:

A man in a wheelchair in the middle of nowhere.

Obligatory bugginess.

Some loot!

Boats. Of course.

Skeletons AND teddy bears.

This poor guy didn’t make it.

Random, empty pipes.

Surprisingly normal-looking fish.

Not-so-normal-looking-fish. This one is a Jaws easter egg, actually.

Downed bombers.

Yes, there are apparently enemies floating in the water, too! Legendary enemies, too.

A boat with a hilarious number of cat paintings. MEOW.

MYSTERIOUS STRUCTURES. Some of them even have symbols/words on em!

A suit of Power Armour. Well I’ll be.

In short: there is no huge, mind-blowing secret hiding in Fallout 4’s waters, as best as anyone can tell. That’s OK, though. There’s still plenting of cool stuff hiding under there, as well as some loot.

Helpfully, if you’d like to explore this stuff on your own, Lavon Smith provided a map that highlights areas of interest:

And you should definitely check the original imagur, which provides all sorts of other images of what’s hiding in Fallout 4’s water.

Of course, just because people haven’t found anything big within the waters of Fallout 4 doesn’t rule out the possibility that Bethesda might go there with the DLC. One can dream, at least!


  • Whenever Ive been underwater its always been to dark to see anything ( sorta like that last picture) can’t imagine what 30+ hours of doing that would be like.

      • Well you know me, gaming hard and balancing work life I see by the name change your must be excited for the new Star Wars probably gonna wait a bit before I see it however to close to Christmas and stuff ya know, too much crowding going on.

        Sorry i don’t keep in much contact, guess I’m just the flaky one.

  • I think this is why i love the fallout, the effort Bethesda have gone to make the open world map interesting which makes you want to see what is hidden (whether funny or some good finds).

  • Yeah i grabbed the water breathing perk early on, but cant see more than half a meter in front of me so haven’t explored any larger bodies of water, which is so annoying.

  • Found a power suit one of the first times i went under water… a downed aircraft and a power suit right next to it lol

    • Please tell me where you found it underwater. I recently expanded my garage and can now fit more than my currently-collected 14 power-armour frames in there.

      • lol i can find it on my map tonight as i think i left it there!!

        I’m pretty sure it was East of Sanctuary – not sure how far but i just remember it was quite obvious stumbling across a lake with a plane or some sort of craft wreckage sticking out of it

  • There’s a message in a bottle quest on the shoreline right near The Castle which pretty much can only be completed by travelling to the location underwater

  • While we’re here geeking out over what is no doubt a lot of people’s obsession atm – oh yes I’m one of you, I too have developed claw hands, an aversion to light and proper meals – I just wanna say( on a completely unrelated note btw) that man, aren’t the subway areas so much better and easier to get around in than in f3? Man it all looked the same in 3 and it was such a slog! Was also going to say that the cave areas are much the same, but then I’ve barely come across any in this game, which is sort of a shame. Has anyoNE found many caves full of creatures at all? In fact I’m a bit disappointed in how few bugs and mire lurks I’ve come across.
    Clearly nowhere near disappointed enough to stop playing however. That’s crazy talk.

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