Fallout 76: Tips and Tricks for Getting Started

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Our articles on Fallout 76 Fallout 76: Tips and tricks for beginners Pip-boy management, survival mechanics, or interactions with other players. Here are the basics to keep in mind when exiting the Vault in Fallout 76.

The Fallout 76 adventure really begins once you leave Vault 76. You find yourself in the wasteland, with only your Pip-boy and your courage as companions. Here is a list of things to keep in mind to make the most of your first hours of play.

Master your Pip-boy

As usual in Fallout games, your Pip-boy is there to guide you. You will find your inventory, your statistics and the list of your quests. However, there are a few things you need to keep in mind and make some adjustments to unlock its full potential.

→ Fallout 76 is played online, which means that opening the Pip-boy no longer pauses the game. To always have an eye on the hostile environment, do not hesitate to change the view mode of the Pip-boy.

→ You can set up quick equipment slots to swap weapons and armor, or simply heal yourself without going through the Pip-boy interface. Very useful for not finding yourself overwhelmed in the middle of a fight.

→ There is an option in the quest list to limit their display on the screen. Without it, quests pile up until they completely fill the right side of your screen.

Manage your inventory

As you travel, you will come across a number of items to interact with to collect items. As always, it is advisable to pick up all the objects you come across. If you start to get overloaded, don't hesitate to store your inventory in your personal chest, located in your CAMP

Recycling your objects allows you to obtain basic materials and lighten your load.

You can also recycle items you don't need via a workshop. This will allow you to obtain materials to craft weapons or improve your CAMP, in addition to reducing the weight of your inventory.

Explore the map

The world of Fallout 76 is hugely expansive, with plenty of points of interest to explore. If you plan to go to a remote place on the map, do not hesitate to store your odds and ends in your personal chest. This will give you more room to bring back your finds and take less risk of losing important items in the event of death.

It is also possible to use the fast travel to reach the points of interest, for a few capsules. The cost for each move will increase slightly for each use of fast travel.

Get together to move forward

Fallout 76 is a multiplayer game, and it quickly makes you realize that. When you open the map, you have direct access to the positions of all players on the server. It will be easier for you to advance and gain experience by grouping up with up to 3 other players. Grouped players share their quests and can even sometimes share their passive skills if they have a high enough charisma in their SPECIAL

The yellow dots on the map represent the other players.

You can also choose a more aggressive lifestyle and attack other players. But beware, if you kill another player who has not accepted your duel, you will become wanted. You will be marked as a criminal on the map and other players on the server will be able to attack you without penalties.

The Basics of Survival

It is always necessary to be wary of a hostile environment to hope to survive. In addition to radiation, you will need to monitor your hunger and thirst gauges. If they go down too much, penalties will hinder your progress. You can also influence them through various skills in your SPECIAL

There are also many illnesses that you can catch from consuming rotten food. To avoid any risk, don't forget to cook all your ingredients.

The new VATS

With the move online, the Vault-tec Auto-Aiming System can no longer afford to stop time like in previous games. VATS now allows you to auto-aim certain parts of your target's body, while gaining hit percentages for shots. However, its use costs AP, and your gauge quickly decreases after several uses. It is therefore to be reserved for critical situations or to spot an enemy who is well hidden in the background.

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