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The Capitol Building

Before the Great War, the United States Capitol housed the legislative branch of the government of the United States. It is located in Washington, D.C., on top of Capitol Hill at the east end of the Capital Mall. The other side of the Capitol opens onto Seward Square.


The building is broken into a number of areas. The most common way to enter the building is from the West side of the building from the mall, and this takes you to the appropriately-named "Capitol Building West Entrance". One can also explore the "Capitol Building East Entrance", the "Conference Room", and the "Hall of Columns". The dome, although centrally located, is considered part of the "Capitol Building West Entrance".

The Battle for the Capitol Building编辑

The Capitol serves as the battleground for a major conflict between the Super Mutants, Talon Company and the Enclave , although its not unheard of for there to be Slavers, Raiders, or Brotherhood of Steel Knights there as well.

An Enclave Vertibird and kill team (with an Enclave-controlled Deathclaw) may be encountered on the steps of the Mall side of the building, while the dome of the building hosts a Super Mutant Behemoth (see Super Mutant Behemoth below). Not only are there Super Mutants near the dome of the building, there are also Super Mutants right before you go up the steps to the building.

Super Mutant Behemoth编辑

The Super Mutant Behemoth can be found in the Capitol Rotunda. There are two ways to go about killing him.

If you just want him dead, the smartest move would be to enter the hallway next to the entrance to the dome area, this should lead you to a terminal you can hack to activate the turret system. Remember to deactivate the turrets, as they will be hostile to everything in the room. After he is taken down, you can loot the various Mercs and Mutants for a large amount of ammo. There is also a large cache of missiles you can access once the room is clear - a Missile Launcher is provided as well, you don't even have to bring one. Even without hacking the turret, if the player stays completely out of the battle, the Talon Mercs may defeat the Behemoth on their own, due to superior numbers and the fact that one of them may carry a Fat Man. It is important to note that the merc with the Fat Man is a friendly (!) NPC. The developers intended to have him fire at the Behemoth. If you want the weapon AND the nuke - and you're playing an evil character, take this to your advantage and rush into the dome, target him in VATS, steal the weapon and run for it. If the merc drops the Fat Man, be sure to beat your companion to the weapon. Companions do not take the blast radius of the Fat Man into account, often with disastrous results.

If you wish to take him down yourself for experience, be wary of the Mercs. As stated before, one comes equipped with a Fat Man, so it would be wise to enter sneaking mode and quickly take him out. At that point, he should go down with one or two Mini Nukes or a few missiles. There is also a Super Mutant with a Minigun on a ledge in the back of the room (the corpse will fall down, the ground isn't even, so it slips down). If you are low on ammo, there is a surprising amount on the corpse of the Behemoth.

One should be wary of idiotic actions that companions might take. The hallway facing the rotunda is completely safe from the behemoth, but, in spite of the ability to attack the enemy without reprisal, companions have a propensity for running in close to attack. If you are traveling with companions this author suggests telling them to wait out of line-of-sight of the rotunda so that they can't see the behemoth or any other enemies within and will not rush to the assault. The talon company mercs will take out most of the super mutants within leaving only behemoth. Once it is down to just the two of you, you can happily VATS him with the Plasma Rifle or anything else without injury.

It's a miracle how they got the Behemoth in there in the first place, since he doesn't fit in the hallways at all. It's possible he entered through the big opening in the roof dome. Though, considering that the Capitol has been a stronghold of the Super Mutants for some 100 years, it's also possible that he was the oldest one, and eventually grew into a Behemoth, inside of the Capitol.

Note that due to an occassional bug, the Behemoth can sometimes actually move out of the rotunda and into the room immidiately preceeding said rotunda. In this case, retreat into the corridor to avoid being attacked.

Notable loot编辑

Capitol Building West Entrance编辑

Capitol Building East Entrance编辑

Conference Hall编辑

Hall of Columns编辑


  • When you fast travel from another location to the East Entrance, an Enclave Vertibird will pass and carpet bomb everything in front of you with mini nukes. This has also been observed occurring immediately upon exiting the Capitol Building using the East Entrance. Be warned not to rely on them though, because they tend not to do too thorough a job.
  • Any player planning on traveling here should be wary of the Talons, they have been seen more than once picking up both the Fat Man and Rocket Launcher to use against others and the player, usually ended with the general area around him filled with radiation and blood.
  • The super mutants in the area are most likely looking for the modified FEV virus, or the "green stuff". This can be found out by staying hidden and listening to their random conversations. This is probably the case with all Super Mutants in the mall, if not all of DC. It is unknown why the Talon mercs are in the area though it is probably to kill some super mutants for a contract.
  • If you want to get to adams AFB fast after done Who Dares Wins you can go in the east entrance and with the door to your back head right down the stairs

Gallery and concept art编辑

On May 8, 2007, Bethesda Softworks released a piece of Fallout 3 concept art by Craig Mullins depicting the Capitol after the Great War, in a largely intact state, which was mistaken for terrorist propaganda by British newspaper the Daily Mail.

See also编辑