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For the item, see Aqua Cura.
The Amazing Aqua Cura!
(Broken Steel add-on)

Griffon advertising his Aqua Cura
location: Museum of History
Jefferson Memorial
Museum Authority Building
given by: Griffon
reward: 100 XP, possibly caps
base id: xx003b67

The Amazing Aqua Cura! is a Fallout 3 quest that is added to the game in the Broken Steel add-on.



Griffon, a ghoul outside of the Underworld, is selling Aqua Cura (which is basically just dirty water, claiming that it will cure the Ghoul condition. You learn that he buys Aqua Pura from Bigsley and replaces it with Dirty Water, re-branding it Aqua Cura in the process.)

There are four ways to begin this quest. The first option is to talk to Griffon in the Museum of History and ask for a bottle of Aqua Cura. Your Pip-Boy 3000 will tell you it is irradiated. Griffon will deny the claim and the quest will be added. It can also be added by either passing a speech check with Scribe Bigsley or by hacking his terminal. The fourth option is to stumble upon Griffon's bottling operation located in the Museum Authority Building, find the holotape and listen to it. Using any of the above methods will add the quest.


Find Griffon's bottling operation

To find proof, you need to find Griffon's bottling operation. Naturally, the ghoul salesman himself does not want to tell you where it is. However, as he mentioned that Scribe Bigsley's men deliver the Aqua Pura to him, Bigsley likely knows where it is. Arriving at Jefferson Memorial, the scribe will freely tell you that Griffon's operation is in the Museum Authority Building. When you first enter the building follow the hallway on the left to the northwest corner of the ground floor and go down the stairs. On the right of where you enter there is a bathroom,open the doors of the stalls,in one of the cisterns there is a bottle of Nuka-Cola Quantum. When you go downstairs take a right into a big room with barrels and tubs. In between 2 tubs on a coffee table are 2 Dirty Water, a Nuka-Cola, a Clipboard, and a holotape. The holotape tells you that Griffon's Ghoul Guards dump the Aqua Pura into the tubs and sinks, selling that to raiders and slavers while he sells dirty water in aqua cura bottles to ghouls.

Dealing with Griffon

When you go confront Griffon you have three options: blackmail him, force him to tell the truth, or force him to sell real Aqua Pura from that point on. None of the choices affect your Karma.

Blackmailing Griffon

  • You can blackmail him for 300 caps single payment or 40 caps every (in game) week. Alternatively you can pass the first speech check for 100 caps every week, the second speech check for 80 or the third for 60. The PC need not visit Griffon every week to receive payment. He will still pay the PC for missed weeks (e.g. if the PC waits for 1 in game month, Griffon will pay 4x the one-week payment). This can easily be taken advantage of if the player has the DLC Point Lookout installed, as the voyage there takes a month.
  • If you choose to blackmail Griffon and pass the first speech check for 50/50 profit shares with him (which has a low percentage rate for success), after this dialog with him ends you may immediately initiate another one whereby he'll give you 400 caps on the spot, mistakenly (and inexplicably) thinking he owes you back pay for having been away. Thereafter, you will have to wait for the weekly payments.

Forcing Griffon to confess

If you force Griffon to confess about the true nature of Aqua Cura, the crowd will turn hostile against him and:

  • Griffon will attempt to defend himself, but ultimately run away and hide in one of the bathrooms at the entrance of the Museum of History. The crowd will follow him into the bathroom where Griffon will make a final stand but is eventually killed by the angry mob.
  • He may be killed by the mob at other locations in the Entrance area. He may also escape the mob and flee through the doors to the Lower Halls. The mob will follow him, but they disappear after entering (apparently they can exist only in the Entrance). Griffon will be just inside the Lower Halls with gun drawn and will remain there as long as the player is nearby. He eventually disappears from the area if he is not killed by the player (Xbox360).

Selling the real Aqua Pura

Although Griffon will tell you to come back in a few days, his dialogue will remain the same, simply informing you his business with you is concluded, then try to pass you off as a happy customer to the crowd.


  • If you go to the Museum Authority Building and take one of his wigs from his closet and put it on, you get a special dialogue option in which you say that you and he have the same hair cut. Griffon will try to write it off as a coincidence.
  • Another thing about the wigs. One wig can be found on a ghoul guard even though it specifically says in Griffon holotape that they keep their greasy heads off the wigs. This may be an attempt of the Ghouls to mock Griffon because of the way he treats them.
  • You can also loot the 600 caps and not turn the crowd hostile toward you by mezzing him.
  • Once you or the angry crowd has killed Griffon you can steal all of the Aqua Cura on the desk by his cash register without anybody turning hostile toward you. This will however, result in negative karma.
  • If you turn on the radio in Bigsley's office he will turn hostile towards you.
  • If you have sent Fawkes back to underworld and choose an option that turns the crowd hostile, Fawkes will then go hostile with the crowd and help you out.
  • Shooting Griffon with a Dart Gun while hidden will cause Fawkes to murder everyone there, should he not currently reside under your control.
  • The working terminal in the Museum Authority Building has several log entries. Some are corrupt and unreadable. There are references to the malfunctioning Thomas Jefferson protectron encountered in Stealing Independence, as well as the problematic planetarium display from the Museum of Technology. Another mentions a doctor Gillian Taylor who is requesting a new whale exhibit, and her recommended transfer to San Franciso - a reference to Dr. Gillian Taylor, the cetacean biologist in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.
Broken Steel (add-on)
Quests in Fallout 3

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