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GETTING STARTED

As a resident of Vault 76, you’ve been charged with rebuilding civilization as we know it — a monumental task to be sure! Luckily, you won’t have to face it alone. As you explore the wilds of Appalachia, you’ll likely stumble across other former Vault dwellers. Perhaps you’ll work toward together to forge a better future for humankind, or maybe you’ll choose to go it alone. Either way, you’ll need to be ready for the journey ahead. Prepare to explore post-nuclear Appalachia with these handy tips!

WORKSHOPS AND C.A.M.P.

Vault-Tec Starter Guide - Workshops and C.A.M.P.

As a resident of Vault 76, you’ve been charged with rebuilding civilization as we know it — a monumental task to be sure! Luckily, you won’t have to face it alone. As you explore the wilds of Appalachia, you’ll likely stumble across other former Vault dwellers. Perhaps you’ll work toward together to forge a better future for humankind, or maybe you’ll choose to go it alone. Either way, you’ll need to be ready for the journey ahead. Prepare to explore post-nuclear Appalachia with these handy tips!

Your C.A.M.P. allows you to access your Stash, a container for safe and permanent storage of things you want to keep.

SURVIVAL

Maintain yourself and your equipment for peak efficiency. Collect bonuses by staying Well Rested, Well Fed, Well Tuned and Hydrated, but be careful to avoid catching Diseases and Mutations in the process by avoiding radiation, sleeping in safe beds, eating cooked food, and drinking clean water. Your equipment breaks down with use, encouraging both the periodic repair of your favorite items as well as the motivation to try out new ones you find. All items have weight, including ammunition, so careful management of carry capacity becomes important. All these survival elements combine to provide a variety of gameplay decisions to find the right balance of what to collect, what to consume, and when.

COMBAT

Vault-Tec Starter Guide - Combat

V.A.T.S. (Vault-Tec Assisted Targeting System) is performed in real-time, and useful in locating enemies for an AP cost. Stealth factors into V.A.T.S. and HUD visibility for player versus player combat. Teams share in loot from enemies killed by their teammates. All players that assist in creature kills are granted full XP. When you fall in combat, you can be revived by other players if they have a spare Stimpak and move quickly enough to save you. If you are not revived, you can choose a respawn location for Fast Travel from the World Map. When you die, you drop all your collected Junk (i.e. building components) and receive a quest on respawn to retrieve it.

PROGRESSION

Vault-Tec Starter Guide - Progression

In Fallout 76, the S.P.E.C.I.A.L. character system returns and all attributes start at 1. You can build your character as you level up by allocating points to your S.P.E.C.I.A.L. stats: Strength, Perception, Endurance, Charisma, Intelligence, Agility and Luck. You can allocate 1 point to a S.P.E.C.I.A.L. category with each level up until level 50. In addition to gameplay bonuses granted by increasing S.P.E.C.I.A.L. stats, each point can be used to equip a Perk card related to that category.

For example, the more points you have in Strength, the more Strength Perk cards you can equip. Perk cards can be equipped and unequipped at any time. You collect Perk cards by choosing one on each level up, and through randomized Perk Card packs that you earn at level up milestones. Perk cards feature returning favorites like Bloody Mess, and dozens of new Perks including new team-focused ones that utilize Charisma.

When you have duplicate Perk cards, you can even combine them to increase their level and the bonuses attached to them. These higher-level Perk cards will require more S.P.E.C.I.A.L. points, but it will be worth it for increasing important things like your First Aid skill or your ability to drink dirty Wasteland water.

PVP/MULTIPLAYER

Strangers can be dangerous in Appalachia. If you shoot back at attacking players, you can battle each other for Caps in dueling feuds and team clashes for dominance. But if you choose not to fight, incoming player damage is severely reduced to help you make your escape. Players that manage to murder non-combatants are marked as Wanted, a status that enables all players to join in delivering full-damage justice at any time for bounty on the offender, until the Wanted status is cleared by death at the hands of a player. Players gain no benefits from murdering someone, and when they are inevitably killed by another player their bounty comes out of their own caps stash.

EVENTS

Vault-Tec Starter Guide - Events

Events are designed to be easy for people to drop in and instantly be working together toward a shared objective - you can instantly fast travel to public events to participate. For most events, PvP is turned off, and all the incentives point to friendly cooperation. Everyone succeeds or fails together, and the rewards are applied equally. Events are ideal with groups, but they can be completed by solo players, as well. We have some events that are specifically designed for PvP, but you have to opt-in for these.

NUKES

Vault-Tec Starter Guide - Nukes

A big part of the main questline revolves around players becoming their own nuclear powers. Nukes are a very big “in your face” way that players can change the world around them. Not only is the area irradiated and filled with deadly creatures, but unique resources can be gathered to craft unique, high level gear. The process of launching a Nuke is complex and time consuming, but it’s also an incredible accomplishment. And when you finally succeed, the moment is just begging for a photo op – with your mushroom cloud in the distance.