The Outer Worlds "The Doom that came to Roseway" Quest Guide - Should you sell the research? (2024)

Corporate espionage? Covert research facilities? All in a day’s work when you’re in The Outer Worlds. Here’s how to complete the “Doom that came to Roseway” quest, and all the related subquests - “By His Bootstraps”, “Vulcan’s Hammer”, and “The Amateur Alchemist”.

To continue your mission to help the Hope colonists, you need to get to Monarch - and that means getting your hands on a Navkey to Stellar Bay. The Groundbreaker’s kindly smuggler Gladys has one for sale, but it’s not cheap; 10,000 bits not cheap.

With dollar signs in her eyes Galdys gives you a tip off to a distress signal coming from the Roseway facility, an allegedly abandoned Auntie Cleo test sight. She’ll pay for any corporate secrets you can dig up, but there’s more in play here.

There’s enough money to be made if you just go and complete the sidequests in Roseway, rather than selling them to Gladys. So it’s still worth your time.

Your choices in this quest aren't quite as binary as in "Comes now the Power", but there are still multiple paths. It's also a quest that's referenced in The Outer World's best ending.

The are two Journal quests to keep tabs on here: “The Distress Signal”, which points you towards the corporate secrets, and “The Doom that came to Roseway” which advances the station’s story. Check both while you’re in Roseway.

The Doom that came to Roseway quest guide

Once you receive the tip off from Gladys, return to the Unreliable and speak to ADA to play the distress signal, then go to the galaxy navigator map, click Terra-2 and then the Roseway landing pad.

Exit the ship and stride out into the spooky deserted landscape. Follow the quest marker forwards, taking out any enemies on the way and you’ll come up to a large walled research base.

Transition inside and you’ll meet some friendly Auntie Cleo corpos. Speak to Berke for some context on your situation if you wish, but the main man you need to speak to is at the base of the tall tower in front of you.

Head inside the building and speak to Anton Crane.

Ask him about his predicament and why he sent the distress signal. There’s an Intimidate check of 30 to bully out the true nature of his research here, but it’s not totally necessary.

Agree to return his research, turf out the outlaws who’ve overrun the facility, and offer to take care of the Raptidon problem as well. No problem.

When Jameson comes up in conversation, ask about him and offer to stage a rescue - it’s important for the resolution of a couple of quests. This gives you the “By his Bootstraps” quest.

Now that’s everything from Crane, there are two more scientists to speak to in Roseway. Mark “The Distress Signal” in your Journal to get markers for them.

Vaughn Cortes is at the back of Roseway. Ask him about his research - and choose a Science check of 30 if you wish - then agree to help close down the experiment he left running in the main lab. This is easy to do at the same time as grabbing Crane’s.

Next, close to Roseway’s door you can speak to Orson Shaw. He’s a weapons engineer that needs some schematics from an overrun lab - another secret you can steal.

There’s another Science check of 30 to pass in this conversation, but agree to collect the plans regardless.

By His Bootstraps quest guide

It makes the most sense to go and save Jameson first. Not only is it close, but you’ll be able to grab the door code for Orson’s quest - as well as the Acid Steeper to add SAM to your crew - at the same time.

Follow the quest marker to the Auntie Biotics lab and enter through the front door.

In front of you there’s a front desk with a terminal. Walk towards it and pick up the “Cleo Lab Office Keycard”. Now turn around and hack the computer terminal to lift the hallway lockdown. Don’t forget to go into the messages and read them all. This gives you the storage facility key code. You can boost your hack skill with Vicar Max as a follower (here's how to complete his follower quest, The Empty Man).

Saving Jameson is just a matter of clearing out all of the enemies in the rest of the area as quietly or loudly as you like. He’s hiding upstairs behind a closed door.

Once you make it up there, speak to him until he’ll return home. Follow him back and speak to Anton to turn in the quest.

Vulcan’s Hammer quest guide

Next on your agenda are the weapon schematics - and the acid steeper.

These are found in the eastern storage facility so follow the marker on your map to get there.

Enter the building through the side door next to the workbench outside and you’ll wind up in a room with a vending machine.

Sneak over towards the quest marker and you’ll see an Armory note on a key pad - read it, but you should be able to get through the door thanks to your previous work.

On the shelves to your left you should find the Acid Steeper.

Continue around the corner and down the stairs and you’ll find Orson’s lab. Affixed to the wall are some plans for a FORCE pistol, pick them up, then retrace your steps outside.

You can now either return to Roseway and your ship to build SAM and turn in the schematics, or press on to the main covert lab.

A peaceful conclusion to The Doom that came to Roseway

It is possible to deal with the outlaws and raptidons without too much violence. However for one check you will need a Lockpicking skill of 15 or a Persuade level of 45, then for a second check you’ll need either Lie 50, Intimidate 51, or Persuade 31.

The covert lab is in the extreme south of the area. Make your way there along the road.

Outside you can speak to Lillian if you wish. She asks you to return her lost collectible from some Raptidon Colossi nearby. It’s quick and simple to complete if you’re feeling feisty - your reward is a decent payout and a unique flamethrower.

Either way, once you’re done head inside the conveniently labelled covert lab through the front door.

Speak to Porter on the other side and he’ll fill you in that the outlaws are trapped downstairs without a key card. Ask how he’s so sure they’ll stay stuck and pick the Persuade option if you want, but you’ll be able to break into his office later.

Go through the door to the left of Porter, turn right, kill the mechanical sentry and go down the stairs. Kill all the enemies at the bottom, then head towards the quest marker on the left.

As you walk towards it, you’ll see a locked gate on your left. This is Porter’s office. Pick the lock (using Parvati’s skill boost if you’re short) and use the terminal inside to print yourself a new key card. Loot the rest of the room then go back to the research quest marker.

The safe if empty so you get a new objective to retrieve the research.

You now need to search the two storage rooms on the south side of this floor for “Sedative Gas Canisters”.

There are two out in the open, and one behind a Lockpick 40 door. Don’t worry if you can’t open the door to get the third one, there are more chances later.

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All in all you need three of these canisters for a later quest step.

Once you’ve picked those up, head down the slope towards the Anton’s Data quest marker. Here you’ll speak to Cassandra O’Malley.

Say that “Anton wants a problem fixed”, then agree to negotiate if she hands over the research. Say she needs your help more. She needs a keycard, which you got in Porter’s office, and a clear path to the exit, which you’re working on with the canisters.

The Amateur Alchemist quest guide

Once you’re done talking to Cassandra turn around and open the door to the room behind you - this is Vaughn’s experiment. Go over to the right and interact with the terminal. If you have Science 45 you can recalibrate the equipment for a double dose, but your otherwise “complete” the experiment to give to Vaughn, or “purge” it for no reward.

Remember to pick up the “Rapti-prod” from the side in the middle of the lab; it’s a unique melee weapon you can’t get anywhere else.

Back to the Outlaws

Now that’s dealt with go back towards Cassandra and head left up the slope and around the corner.

The room on your left is filled with raptidons and is where you need to release the gas. If you couldn’t unlock the door to the third canister earlier there’s another out in the open just to the right of the door here.

With all three canisters in your inventory, sneak down and open the door to the raptidon room. You then need to sneak over to the three blue cylinders on your right and interact with them.

It seems pretty impossible to do this next bit without being spotted, so once you’ve stored the gas sprint over to the terminal on the other side of the room and release it. This solves the raptidon problem.

With that done, turn around and go into the room behind you when Cassandra is trapped. Use your key card on the pad and engage her in conversation.

Despite the help you’ve given her, one last double-cross is on the cards. This is when you need Lie 50, Intimidate 51, or Persuade 31 to resolve the situation without violence, but still come away with the research.

Should you sell the secrets to Gladys or give them to Crane?

If you take the corporate secrets to Gladys, you get about 7,500 bits for your trouble. However, if you return them to Crane, Vaughn, and Orson, you get that same amount along with unique weapons and armor.

Personally, I like to collect those sort of things so I went with the scientists. Doing this doesn’t botch the quest from Gladys either, she’s perfectly accepting when you come back empty handed.

Giving the secrets to Gladys fails The Amateur Alchemist, Vulan’s Hammer, and The Doom that came to Roseway.

Now that you’re finished at the lab, head back to Roseway and speak with all the scientists in turn. Avoid shaking down Orson for extra bits because it lowers your Auntie Cleo reputation.

When you’re done take you well-earned bits and items back to The Unreliable and set off to buy the Navkey from Gladys.

Also, if you chose to return the schematics to Orson he’ll get in touch with you later down the line to offer another unique weapon. Pop back to Roseway and he’ll hand it over.

After speaking to Phineas you'll advance the main story with the "Radio Free Monarch" quest - which is another long mission filled with side quests.

Once you reach Monarch there are plenty more quests on offer, including "Canid's Cradle". On the new planet you also gain access to two new Science Weapons from the Void.

The Outer Worlds "The Doom that came to Roseway" Quest Guide - Should you sell the research? (2024)


Should I keep Anton's research in Outer Worlds? ›

You can take Anton's research back to him, where he'll pay you for it — and start a personal redemption arc — or you can keep it and sell it to Gladys.

Should I sell the secrets to Gladys? ›

Should you sell the secrets to Gladys or give them to Crane? If you take the corporate secrets to Gladys, you get about 7,500 bits for your trouble. However, if you return them to Crane, Vaughn, and Orson, you get that same amount along with unique weapons and armor.

What to do with Cranes research? ›

Research data belonging to Anton Crane. It relates to the development of an appetite-suppressing toothpaste which Anton wants to call "AppeZap". It can either be returned to Anton or sold to Gladys Culkelly for a significant number of bits.

How many secrets are in Roseway? ›

To complete the Distress Signal side quest in The Outer Worlds, the protagonist must travel to Roseway, recover three corporate secrets, and return them to Gladys in exchange for covering the cost of the Monarch's Nav Key.

What happens if you tell Udom where Phineas is? ›

At this point, you can also tell Udom the whereabouts of Phineas. Agreeing to turn him in will unlock a new main quest--Balance Due. This is the the start of Halcyon's Questline. You can complete both Phineas' and Halcyon's quests before siding with one or the other.

Can you romance in outer worlds? ›

No Romance in The Outer Worlds

Aside from occasionally being able to flirt with some of the stranger's crew members, there isn't any romance that can be had between the player and any characters, though they can embark on NPC-specific side quests. There are, however, some meaningful relationships in The Outer Worlds.

How to get NavKey for free? ›

While it may seem like a lot to collect 8.000 bits to by the seal and 10,000 bits for the NavKey to Monarch, if you continue along Halcyon's Questline you'll get a NavKey to Monarch for free, making this the cheaper route to the planet. Pay up, return to Udom, and give him the seal.

Does Gladys give you the NAV key? ›

The navkey is not given as a reward. Gladys will just give you bits for giving her what you find on Roseway. Regardless of how you complete those quests on Roseway, you still have to pay the 10k bits to Gladys for the navkey.

Should I give the schematics to Orson or Gladys? ›

Returning the schematics to Orson will complete the quest. He will provide 1,875 bits as a reward and also the newly repaired Ultimatum. Keeping the schematics after speaking to Orson will botch the quest and lead to a decrease in Auntie Cleo reputation.

Is there a way to save Jameson in Outer Worlds? ›

Should the player wish to rescue Jameson alive, it is recommended to proceed directly to the marked lab location without diversion. Jameson is located upstairs in the Auntie-Biotics Lab. He is near an office area containing many Raptidons and (if still alive) is trapped behind a locked door.

Is the crane certification worth it? ›

You Can Make More Money

Attending a crane operator course can help you do just that because companies are always looking for skilled crane operators and are willing to pay to get them. According to, the average pay for a construction worker in the United States is around $14.87 per hour.

Who is the last companion in Outer Worlds? ›

Nyoka. Nyoka is the final companion you get, and you won't pick her up until you reach the planet Monarch. You'll run into Nyoka during the Radio Free Monarch main campaign quest.

How many Outer Worlds endings are there? ›

The Outer Worlds essentially has three different endings: the good ending, "Save the Hope"; the bad ending, "Sacrifice the Hope"; and the crash and burn ending, because of course there's got to be a way to sink even lower than the plain old "bad" ending.

What to do in Roseway Outer Worlds? ›

The Outer Worlds: A Complete Guide To The Doom That Came To Roseway Quest
  1. 2 Speak To Anton.
  2. 3 Release Cassandra. ...
  3. 4 (Optional) Create An Escape Route. ...
  4. 5 Recover Anton's Data. ...
  5. 6 (Optional) Eliminate The Outlaws. ...
  6. 7 (Optional) Deal With The Raptidon's. ...
  7. 8 Find Anton's Safe. ...
  8. 9 Investigate The Distress Call. ...
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Should I keep Orsons schematics? ›

Keeping the schematics after speaking to Orson will botch the quest and lead to a decrease in Auntie Cleo reputation. Orson will lament the broken pistol which he is now unable to repair and the Stranger can offer to buy it off him for 100 bits.

What to do with anthrocillin outer worlds? ›

The anthrocillin can be given to Esther Blaine who says that she will distribute the medicine to "somebody deserving" including Silas, Amelia Kim, and anyone in the sick house. Giving the anthrocillin to Esther yields a base reward of 700 bits. With an Intimidate 5 or Charm 1 check, she will pay an additional 300 bits.

Should you accept all flaws in outer worlds? ›

If this is something that you are willing to live with, by all means go ahead and start accepting them. Secondly, you will need to ensure that you have thought long and hard about just how much a particular Flaw can really affect your character and current playing style.

Should I keep any junk outer worlds? ›

Junk items are found throughout the Halcyon Colony and some are given as quest rewards. These items' sole purpose is to be sold for bits and can be safely sold with no ill effect on gameplay.

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