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I've encountered a consistent crash while attempting to clear the Goodneighbor warehouses of Triggermen (Whitechapel Charlie's 'Miscellaneous' quest: The Cleaner).

In one of the warehouses, killing the final Triggerman on the top floor immediately crashes to Desktop - making completing the quest impossible.

Is there a workaround?

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This bug still exists after the "new gen" update. For me, disabling all the quest tracking (not a single quest active, not even the warehouse one) was the trick.

Pretty sure the problem is a conflict with multiple enemies being in different cells, and when targets are eliminated in the current cell, the tracking buggers up because of the multi-cell issue and no targets to be found. Just use the tracking to get to each warehouse door and then disable quest tracking — clear the cell/room, turn it back on, rinse/repeat....   

This worked for me after 7 or 8 crashes in a row with even just this specific quest being tracked. As soon as I disabled it, I had no problem.

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    Whoa, good find! It's nice to have the definitive cause and solution available 🙂.
    – Robotnik
    Commented May 13 at 8:25
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There are a couple of small workarounds that may do the trick:

  • Disable all other quest markers, only enabling 'The Cleaner' from the Miscellaneous Quests list.
  • Don't kill the final Triggerman with VATS, use manual aiming or explosives instead.
  • Tell a companion to move to the top floor and have them kill the final Triggerman.

This thread on the Steam Community discusses the bug and provided inspiration for this answer, however nothing here is a definitive fix: you may get away with only enabling the quest, or you might try each step and the game may still crash.

In my case, enabling the quest and having my companion get the final kill (while I wasn't watching) was the only way to get past it - manually aiming, using explosives etc still crashed the game for me.

I believe the bug may be caused by some errant interaction between the Quest and XP award systems, so not being awarded XP for the kill avoided the problem for me.

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If you're playing on PC, kah might work. I love the console commands for issues like this.
Enter the warehouse again, open the console, and type kah (Kill All Hostiles), then go clear out all the loot.

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    I think this will result in an immediate CTD as well, as it seems triggered by the killing. Also, it seems it's a bad command to use anyway, as it might break certain features.
    – Joachim
    Commented Oct 15, 2019 at 14:31

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