Form Ranks

How to Unlock: To activate this quest, you must refuse Father’s offer during the Institutionalized quest and become an enemy of the Institute.

Quest Objectives:

  • Talk to Preston Garvey about the Institute

This quest is short and straightforward. All you need to do is participate in a single conversation. However, unlocking it can be challenging. The simplest way to unlock it is to decline Father’s proposal to work with the Institute during the Institutionalized main quest. If you do so, you will be forced to leave the Institute, and this quest will activate when you use the signal interceptor again.

Alternatively, you can still add this quest to your journal even if you agreed to work with Father during the Institutionalized quest. To do so, you need to worsen your relationship with the Institute to the point where you become their enemy. This can be achieved by making poor decisions during the Institute’s quests or by killing one of their scientists (killing synths found in the game world does not count).

Regardless of how you unlocked the quest, meet with Preston Garvey at the Castle (if he is not in your active party). He will inform you of the Institute’s planned attack, and another Minutemen quest will begin. If the Minutemen are not strong enough yet, complete more optional quests for the faction until you have at least eight settlements (they do not need to be inhabited).

Quest Rewards: Experience points and a new Minutemen quest (Defend the Castle).


What does it mean to “form ranks”?

“Form ranks” is a military command to organize soldiers in a specific formation for battle. It is a way to ensure that troops are properly positioned and ready to fight. The formation can vary based on the situation and the type of troops being used. For example, a common formation is a line, where soldiers stand shoulder to shoulder in a straight line facing the enemy. Another formation is a wedge, where troops form a triangular shape with the point facing the enemy. Forming ranks is an important part of military training and preparation for combat.”

Can “form ranks” be used in non-military contexts?

Yes, “form ranks” can be used in non-military contexts to refer to organizing a group of people in a specific formation or order. For example, a marching band may “form ranks” before a performance, lining up in a specific formation on the field. Similarly, a group of protestors may “form ranks” to march in a specific order or formation to make a statement. The phrase can also be used metaphorically to refer to people coming together and organizing themselves in a specific way to achieve a goal or objective. In this sense, “forming ranks” can refer to any situation where people are working together in an organized and strategic way.”

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