With the plot of Fallout 76’s first NPC storyline thickening, it’s time to locate Duchess’ missing muscle in the Strength in Numbers quest.
While a lot of this quest is pretty straightforward, you’ll either need a lockpicking skill of 1, or Strength at 4 to complete it in the same way we did.
We’re going off the assumption that you agreed to help find the treasure in the earlier Hunter for Hire quest, and are on the trail of Crane’s bounty whether you decided to kill Roper and co or not.
Fallout 76 – Strength in Numbers quest guide
To get started with the Strength in Numbers leg of the story, speak to Duchess at The Wayward.
She’ll set you after her hired muscle: Sol and machine bestie, Polly. Thanks to her mechanical nature, Polly is fitted with a tracker you can use to locate the pair.
Head outside, then get out your Pip-Boy and go to radio tab.
This brings up a circular marker to the northeast on your map. Follow that marker.
Once you get to your destination, you’ll find a pile of Scorched corpses. At the top of the pile, open the note on one of the Scorched.
This updates your map to have an objective at the Gauley Mine to the north. Head to the mine, clear out the Scorched, and head inside.
Follow the linear path – and grab a pickaxe and mine some coal for a nice bit of xp if you fancy it.
Talk to Sol at the bottom of the mine and give him a stimpack if you like.
After your conversation, go through the narrow path next to him to save Polly.
Deal with the scorched in the passageway, then the four in the next room. Head down to the bottom of this room and through another narrow passageway at its base to advance.
Now, pick up Polly’s head and blast the onrushing Scorched.
When they’re all fried, fast travel from the mine back to The Wayward.
Speak to the assembled characters, then go into your inventory and equip Polly’s head.
Place the head on the jug when prompted, then agree to go and grab a new body.
Fallout 76 – Find a pristine Assaultron body in Strength in Numbers
Fast travel south to Summerville if you’ve been there before.
There are a lot of the Eagle gang around but it’s best to just take out the ones you need to deal with, and go through the front door of the marked robotics shop.
Inside, scan the card reader and enter; now talk to Skinner on the front desk.
In the conversation, you can intimidate him if your Strength is 4 or higher.
Either way, head upstairs via the staircase behind him and either use the card reader or pick the skill 1 lock.
In the next room, don’t touch the red beams – just don’t do it.
Fallout 76 – Strength in Numbers Assaultron Showroom door key code
This gives you access to some Handy bodies for Polly but she won’t be best pleased if you send her one.
For the pristine Assaultron body, you either need to pick the skill 3 lock on the far side of the Handy showroom, or look on the left-hand side of the room.
There’s a hole in the wall here which leads to an attic.
In the attic, you’ll find a note. Pick it up, and in conjunction with the nearby holotape, you’ll find out the shop owner was a fan of the number 88888.
This means that the door key code for the Assaultron showroom is: 88888.
Place the tag on the pristine Assaultron body inside, then return to The Wayward.
Talk to Polly, deliver the good news, and the quest is complete!