Starfield: Olive Branch Quest Walkthrough

A peace offering of the most delayed kind.

Starfield Nilesh Sherazi
Screenshot by Prima Games

By now, you’ve likely heard about the war between the United Colonies and Freestar Collective, as most NPCs talk about it at some point. Well, you can mend the peace further when you complete Olive Branch in Starfield.

How to Start Olive Branch

You will start Olive Branch by bumping into Nilesh Sherazi in front of the MAST HQ in New Atlantis. I didn’t receive any rumors about him; I found him chilling in the park, sitting on a bench, and waiting for a passerby to stop and say ‘hello,’ so I did. He asked for help planting an olive seed, a symbol of peace between the UC and FC.

How to Complete Olive Branch in Starfield

To complete Olive Branch, which is seemingly straightforward, you must plant an olive seed in the Atrium in front of MAST. On the surface, it’s a simple job. But the local security doesn’t take kindly to vandalism, even the green kind.

Olive Branch Quest Objectives
Speak to Nilesh Sherazi
Plant the Olive Seed
Return to Nilesh

After speaking with Nilesh and learning more about his history as a diplomat for every faction in the Settled Systems, he’ll ask you to help him plant an olive seed. He believes it symbolizes the peace between the United Colonies and the Freestar Collective. At least, it will be in five years when the tree actually grows.

Starfield New Atlantis Atrium
Screenshot by Prima Games

He wants you to play the seed somewhere in the Atrium, with a few choice spots picked out. The problem is that the local security forces don’t like you tampering with the grass. It’s a crime. So, you have a choice. You can either hand over the olive seed, and the officer will dispose of it promptly, or you can speak with Nilesh to set up a distraction. He’ll call for the officer, claiming a crime of passion…I mean fashion.

Starfield Nilesh Distraction
Screenshot by Prima Games

Once the seed is either planted or disposed of, return to Nilesh. Your reward will depend on which path you take, of course.

Olive Branch Quest Rewards

Once you complete Olive Branch, you will receive the following quest rewards:

  • 100 XP
  • Credits (Leveled)

Again, another simple quest that’s over within a few minutes. Short and sweet and to the point.

But if you want something more extensive, with a little more boom involved, we recommend Grounpounder.

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Brandon Morgan

From Company of Heroes to DayZ, Brandon immerses himself wholly in video game worlds, then sits down to write about them. Since 2012, Brandon has focused on providing top-tier video game guides of his favorite games and the hottest releases. The more lore and immersion in the game, the better!