Starfield Side Quest - Late Bloomer


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The tree is dangerous, and if left unchecked, it will wreak havoc on everyone living in New Atlantis. Before it gets to that point, Kelton wants to try one final solution. If you fail, then the tree must be destroyed. Get a sample of ancient wood from Akila City and broadcast waves to soothe the tree during the quest Late Bloomer.

Late Bloomer Walkthrough

Speak to Kelton Frush

After completing the previous quest, Out On A Limb, you need to wait another 24 in-game Universal Time hours before he'll be available again. After resting at a nearby bench to start the quest, Late Bloomer, speak to him. He'll ask you to procure a sample of ancient wood from the Coe Heritage Museum in Akila City, as it'll let him synthesize a response similar to what the tree is searching for.

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Speak to Leah Casler

Head to Akila City on the planet Akila in the Cheyenne Star System. Head to the left of Akila City, where you'll find the Coe Heritage Museum.

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Head inside and speak to the receptionist, Leah Casler, about the branch. You can bring along Sam Coe for some additional dialogue.

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Get the Branch from Leah

No matter what you say, Leah will be unwilling to part with the branch initially. You can try a couple of other methods to get the branch:

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  • Use Negotiation to bribe Leah to give you the branch.
  • Sneak behind her and open the Expert-locked safe to get the branch.
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If you fail to persuade her, she'll suggest you buy some leftover branches she gave to Earl Fulton.

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Get a Branch from Earl Fulton

Head to Earl Fulton, who will be outside the garbage heap he calls Honest Earl's Alien Extravaganza. Earl will only part with the branch if you pay him 500 Credits, and you can't steal it from him.

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Deliver the Branch to Kelton Frush

Return to Kelon Frush is New Atlantis and hand him the branch so he can study it.

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Wait for Kelton

Sit at the nearby bench and wait a few hours for Kelton to finish analyzing the sample you gave him.

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Speak to Kelton Frush

Kelton will have synthesized a low-frequency emission that will cause the tree to stop its waves. He'll ask you to play it over the SSNN speakers.

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Upload Audio to an SSNN Terminal

Head to the SSNN building and make your way inside.

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Go to the terminal on the wall and interact with it.

Run a Diagnostic

You can now Upload Diagnostics and then Run Diagnostics to have the frequency play. You won't be able to hear it as it's only meant for the tree.

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Return to the Tree

Make your way back to the tree one last time.

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Speak to Kelton Frush

Speak to Kelton, and he'll tell you the plan is working. The speaker broadcast has managed to calm down the tree and suppress its vibrations. He'll thank you and give you your reward for completing this short series of quests.

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Late Bloomer Quest Rewards

XP - 100

Credits - Depends on Level

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That concludes our Late Bloomer walkthrough and the tree-related questline for New Atlantis. If you're looking for another series of quests to protect a city, you might be interested in Akila City's Ashta defense questline.

For more articles like this, take a look at our Side Quest Guides page.