Stranger in a Strange Land Quest Walkthrough and Best Choice | The Outer Worlds

This page contains information for the quest Stranger in a Strange Land in the game The Outer Worlds. Read on to learn more about the quest's objectives, rewards, outcomes, and how to unlock them.

This page contains information for the quest Stranger in a Strange Land in the game The Outer Worlds. Read on to learn more about the quest's objectives, rewards, outcomes, and how to unlock them.

Quest Basic Information

Quest Info

Quest CoverStranger in a Strange Land
"Phineas needs your help to set things right in Halcyon, but you'll need transportation first."
Quest Type Planet Location
Main Quest Terra-2 Emerald Vale

Possible Rewards

Get the Power Regulator from the Botanical Lab Get the Power Regulator from the Saltuna Cannery
EXP 5832 4804
Bits - -
Item - -
Reputation Spacer's Choice +
Deserters -
Spacer's Choice -
Deserters +

How to Unlock Stranger in a Strange Land

You unlock this quest automatically at the start of the game.

Quest Objectives

Find Hawthorne's Ship

Hawthorne
The smuggler took your meeting location a bit too literally. Guess that means his ship is yours now, if you can find it.

Go past the cave with the wounded Spacer's Choice Solider and fight the Maurauders with or without the soliders on standby to reach Hawthorne's Ship "The Unreliable." After entering the ship talk to ADA at the terminal about the ship's problem.

Find a Power Regulator

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"The Unreliable's power regulator has been damaged beyond repair and must be replaced. ADA suggested you seek help in the nearby settlement of Edgewater. Talk to whoever runs the town."

Enter the nearby town Edgewater and go climb the clocktower to reach the top floor. Talk to Reed Tobson, who is currently in charge of Edgwater and ask about the Power Regulator.

Divert Power from the Geothermal Plant

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"You've learned that there are power regulators in both the Edgewater cannery and a Botanical Lab elsewhere in the region, but neither can be removed unless power is routed away from them. Travel to the region's geothermal plant and rout the power away from one of the locations."

Go and enter the Geothermal Plant while defeating the machines guarding the area. Go towards the terminal of the Geothermal Plant and inspect it before turning on three power sources in order to redirect the power to either Edgewater or the Botanical Lab.

Retrieve the Power Regulator

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"You diverted power from the Botanical Lab to Edgewater. The Botanical Lab is now without power. You hsould be able to salvage their power regulator now."

Retrieve the Power Regulator from either the Botanical Lab or the Saltuna Cannery. If you decided to reroute the power to the Botanical Lab getting the Power Regulator from the Saltuna Factory may lead to a fight with Reed Tobson and a few of his guards.

Return to the Unreliable

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"You have found a power regulator. Return to your ship."

Now that you have the Power Regulator from either the Botanical Lab or the Saltuna Cannery, go back to your ship and tell ADA that you already have the Power Regulator before installing it in the power room.

Speak With ADA

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"Now that the power regulator is installed, speak with ADA to pilot the Unreliable out of Emerald Vale."

After installing the Power Regulator, go and talk to ADA and decide whether to leave Terra-2 and Emerald Vale or stay incase you still have something else to do.

Quest Tips

First Companion

Be sure to let Parvati to accompany you after you talk to Reed Tobson. She is the first available companion in the game and she give bonuses to your Persuade, Lockpick, and Engineering.

Best Choice

The best choice to make in this quest is to get the Power Regulator from the Botanical Lab. Getting the Power Regulator from the Botanical lab leads to better endings than getting it from the Saltuna Cannery.

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List of Main Quests

Name Description
Stranger in a Strange Land Phineas needs your help to set things right in Halcyon, but you'll need transportation first.
Comes Now the Power 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.
Passage to Anywhere In order to revive your fellow colonists stranded in hibernation, Dr. Welles needs you to travel to Stellar Bay on the terraformed moon of Monarch. Monarch is interdicted by the Halcyon Holdings corporate Board, so you'll have to procure a Navkey through unofficial channels.
Radio Free Monarch The Information Broker promised to find the chemicals needed by Phineas. Problem is, he hasn't delivered the intel on time and hasn't provided an explanation. Travel to Monarch, find him and obtain the data.
The City and the Stars Now that Phineas knows Minister Clarke's been hoarding dimethyl sulfoxide in Byzantium, he just need you to get to the city to steal it. Easy.
Kept Secret But Not Forgotten Phineas Welles has asked you to skip the Hope to Terra 2.
Long Distance Adjutant Sophia Akande has asked you to help her track down Phineas Welles. Head to Welles's lab and send the Board a tracking signal from his terminal.
Balance Due Udom Bedford is interested in your information where to find Phineas Welles - the target of a bounty reward from the Halcyon Holdings Board. However, he sold his official Board seal to Gladys, and he needs you to recover it before you can travel to Byzantium and report to his superiors.
The Puppet Masters After speaking to Udom Bedford, you learned he could arrange a meeting between you and Sophia Akande, Adjutant to the Chairman.
Brave New World (Phineas) Phineas has been captured and brought to the prison planet of Tartarus, where the Board intends to interrogate him. Now it's up to you to infiltrate the prison and rescue Phineas before the Board can enact its plan to cull Halcyon's population.
The Demolished Woman Adjutant Sophia Akande has asked you to disposed of a cartographer named Rachel Lockwood and retrieve some sensitive documents in her possession.
Signal Point In Space Disruptive broadcasts originating from Monarch have been increasing in frequency. In addition to illegal use of the radio bands for business, anti-Board propaganda has also saturated the airwaves. Sophia has asked you to take control of the main broadcast tower at Devil's Peak so the Board can regulate all transmissions from Monarch.
Foundation Edgewater has become a leech on the colony's dwindling resources. Adjutant Akande wants you to wipe out the town.
Brave New World (The Board) While you were taking control of the Hope, Sophia Akande sent a team to capture Phineas Welles. They succeeded, and he was transported to the prison planet of Tartarus so Sophia could question him personally. Unfortunately, shortly after his arrival, Phineas escaped, caused a prison riot, and took Sophia hostage. Now it's up to you to rescue her and bring Phineas to justice.

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