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My wife and I have recently come back to Fallout 3 after doing New Vegas and taking a break from the wastes for some GTAV. On our previous run, we focused on mainly well-rounded, with a little more towards sneak and energy weapons.

This time, though, we'd like to go with a brute-force tank approach - we've already done our S.P.E.C.I.A.L. so I'm not sure if we've miffed ourselves or not, but we haven't taken the G.O.A.T. and set up our tag skills nor perks.

Given our S.P.E.C.I.A.L. set, what can we do to make sure we'll have a worthwhile tank once we go through the tag/perks and start leveling up outside of Vault 101?

S.P.E.C.I.A.L.

Strength - 10
Perception - 6
Endurance - 8
Charisma - 1
Intelligence - 3*
Agility - 10
Luck - 2

* After we had already done this, someone on the GameFAQs forum suggested a 3 of Intelligence in their tank build, but failed to elaborate on why "it's a good idea" – any suggestions as to why would be neat.

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    I never put any stats at 10 to start with. Consider placing only 9 in both Str and Agi, and then quest for those bobble heads early on. – Colin D Oct 30 '13 at 17:21
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    The int 3 is strongly recommended because it allows you to collect the intelligence bobblehead for int 4, which allows you to take the Educated perk. This is considered one of the best perks in the game because of how important skill points are. – Studoku Oct 30 '13 at 18:10
  • Thanks to both of you - the int 3 explanation is just what I was looking for on that end. As with the 10s, do'h! A friend suggested that a higher endurance for HP would have been better than Agility. He was also confused as to why run tank with guns - is this a bad choice? – phatskat Oct 30 '13 at 18:40
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If it's not too late to redo your SPECIAL, consider lowering those 10s to 9s and collect the bobbleheads. This would allow you to increase your luck a little. With intense training (which is worth considering since there are few good perks at low levels, especially if you're male and unable to take Black Widow), you'd be able to get 5 and unlock two perks which would improve your loot. With poor luck you'll get little loot, poor charisma makes it sell for less and poor intelligence prevents you putting ranks in skills.

As I mentioned in my comments, you want to go to Rivet City as soon as possible. Ideally you want to reach Rivet City and get the Int bobblehead before level 4. This allows you to take the essential Educated feat at level 4 and, if you want more skillpoints, Comprehension at level 5.

Consider doing Operation Anchorage early. It's difficult but you'll be rewarded with Power Armor training and the Winterized T-51-B Power Armor. This gives you 55% damage reduction, which can be further improved with perks or med-x.

  • Thanks - we took your advice and re-SPECIAL'd - forgot that you can redo it when you leave 101 so we ended up restarting all together with 9,5,8,1,3,9,5. We took Intense Training on Endurance for more HP, and made it to Rivet City just after level 3. That was fun - our last build didn't stand a chance against super mutants without careful planning - currently, I've pummeled several to death without healing. Thanks for the tips! – phatskat Oct 31 '13 at 1:04
  • With Operation Anchorage you also get the gauss rifle which is one of the best weapons in the game. You also get Jingwei's shocksword which is one of the best melee weapons.The Chinese stealth armor is excellent to use for the scrap metal glitch. – System Folder Jun 22 '14 at 6:19

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