Phineas Welles in Outer Worlds
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The Outer Worlds – What Happens if You Give Phineas Welles to the Board?

What Happens if You Give Phineas Welles to the Board? Let's find out!

The biggest decision you can make in The Outer Worlds is whether to betray Phineas Welles and give him to the Board. Considering the main quest involves assisting Welles in reviving colonists to oppose the Board’s plans, you might assume that betraying him would end the game, but it doesn’t.

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The Outer Worlds has a way of letting you continue after making that choice, though. If you choose to go this route, it will shorten the game somewhat, but you’ll still have quite a few quests ahead of you. Here’s how to give Phinease Welles to the board in The Outer Worlds.

Giving Phineas Welles to the Board

Phineas Welles in Outer Worlds before you turn in Phineas Welles to the board
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You’ll get the chance to turn in Phineas Welles in the first time you go to the Groundbreaker. To get there, you have to first complete the questline on Terra-2 to retrieve a power regulator and use it to get your ship into orbit. That means choosing between giving more power to Edgewater or the Botanical Lab on the planet, but the choice you make here won’t affect your ability to join the Board later, so go with your gut.

Once you get to the Groundbreaker, you’ll need to meet with a man named Udom Bedford to turn in Phineas Welles. You’ll find him in the Halcyon building in the central courtyard of the Groundbreaker, just before you get to the engine room. The garish Halcyon building is easy to recognize since it stands out among the more run-down style of the rest of the Groundbreaker.

When you try to hand Phineas Welles over to Udom Bedford, he’ll first think it’s too good to be true, so you’ll have to prove your devotion to the Board.

Proving Your Devotion to the Board

To prove your devotion to the Board, you’ll first have to go to Monarch and give control of a transmitter to the Board. It’s mostly the same quest you would have to complete next if you were siding with Phineas, so there’s no real change to the game here. Just like on Terra-2, you can resolve the quest any way you want and still be on track. It won’t affect your companions and most of your experience will be the same.

After you complete Monarch, things start to diverge. Udom Bedford will give you passage to Byzantium, the seat of power in Halcyon, where you’ll immediately get to meet with a high-ranking official. From here on, you’ll be doing some very unsavory quests for the Board, mostly involving assassination and other dirty deeds. You’ll also miss out on the quests that Phineas would have given you at this point, which also takes place on Byzantium.

The final quest of the game remains mostly unchanged, except in the end you’ll be siding with a corporate official rather than Phineas. If you beat the game this way, you get a different ending showing the success of the Board’s plan and your position in the new hierarchy. Following the Board’s plan leads to a much darker outcome for The Outer Worlds, but it’s viable if you want to explore that option.


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