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The Outer Worlds | Redirect power to Edgewater or Botanical Lab?

The Outer Worlds presents you with a difficult choice in its early main quest “Comes Now The Power“: do you redirect power to Edgewater or Botanical Lab? Edgewater is a struggling town decimated by a plague, with a number of deserters (led by the botanist Adelaide) having abandoned their posts. On your quest for a power regulator, Edgewater’s administrator Reed Tobson suggests you redirect power away from the deserters and their botanical laboratory and divert all of it to Edgewater instead.

So which choice do you make? Do you redirect power to Edgewater? Or do you redirect power to Botanical Lab?

Redirect power to Edgewater or Botanical Lab in Outer Worlds?

The Outer Worlds | Redirect power to Edgewater or Botanical Lab?

The mission given to players in the Comes Now The Power quest is as follows:

“Workers are abandoning the town of Edgewater. Reed Tobson, Edgewater’s administrator, wants to force these deserters to return to town by shutting off their power.”

The quest will first take you to meet Adelaide, leader of the deserters. She has set up an impressive colony on the outskirts of Edgewater, and has somehow managed to grow fresh food despite many having believed the soil to be unusable.

You inform Adelaide of your quest and she refuses to return to Edgewater, on account of Reed having prohibited her son from receiving medical treatment and therefore leaving him to die of the plague. She informs you that, as long as Reed is in control of Edgewater, she would not be returning.

Adelaide also presents you with a moral quandary — should you really redirect power to Edgewater, or should you instead redirect power to the Botanical Laboratory? Given that Edgewater’s citizens are suffering and the laboratory’s small community is comparatively thriving, it’s a tough decision that seems like it will leave one community out to die. However, there is a solution that (mostly) appeases all parties.

What happens when you redirect power to Edgewater in Outer Worlds?

The Outer Worlds | Redirect power to Edgewater or Botanical Lab?

Comes Now The Power will take you to the Geothermal plant, where you must flip three switches before redirecting the plant’s power from the master control terminal. Then you will have to make the choice — do you redirect power to Edgewater or the Botanical Laboratory?

Here’s what happens when you redirect power to Edgewater in Outer Worlds:

  • Botanical Lab’s deserters will return to Edgewater
    • Grace and Thomas have additional quests that will convince the Deserters to return and not just sit around a fire all day
  • Adelaide will refuse to leave the Botanical Lab
  • Your faction reputation with Spacer’s Choice will increase
  • Your faction reputation with the Deserters will decrease

What happens when you redirect power to Botanical Lab in Outer Worlds?

The Outer Worlds | Redirect power to Edgewater or Botanical Lab?

If you redirect power to the Botanical Lab, this means that you’ll leave Edgewater without power, as you can see in the above picture. As the main community in Emerald Vale, this is a big decision.

Here’s what will happen if you redirect power to Botanical Lab:

  • Reed Tobson will sit in the Saltuna Cannery like the defeated man he is
  • Your faction reputation with the Deserters will increase
  • Your faction reputation with Spacer’s Choice will decrease
  • You can still accept work from Commander Reyes

Should you redirect power to Edgewater or Botanical Lab in The Outer Worlds?

While the choice is up to you, there is a solution to “Comes Now the Power” that is beneficial for all parties. In order to reach this solution, you simply need to strike up a conversation with Adelaide and press her on her methods of fertilization. She’ll freely inform you that she uses corpses as a means of fertilizing the Botanical Lab, a disturbing choice that nonetheless helps her community thrive and keeps them at bay from the plague.

After learning of this information, you’ll then want to redirect power to Edgewater after completing the quests for Grace and Thomas, convincing the Deserters to return to Edgewater after they’ve lost power. Adelaide will refuse to follow them back to Edgewater, so you must then speak to Reed Tobson.

When speaking to Reed, inform him that Adelaide has found a method of fertilizing the ground that has allowed her community to thrive. Lie about the fertilization methods in order to avoid disclosing the information about the corpses. After doing so, Reed will acknowledge that Adelaide’s methods have been more fruitful than his own, and he will leave his post at Edgewater. Adelaide will then take charge, using corpses from the town’s large cemetery in order to keep Edgewater going.

If you choose this path, the only real loss is Reed moping around, though this doesn’t appear to have any major ramifications on your playthrough. The Botanical Lab will be abandoned, though the Deserters and Spacer’s Choice will thrive in Edgewater.