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Some of my dwellers are not good at anything, for example, -1 cooking -2 water -3 electrical etc.

What should I do with them if they are not going to be producing any resorces? I can't just let them sit outside, because that will annoy me.

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You have several options for low-level vault dwellers.

Explorers

Firstly, you could use them as explorers. Send them into the Wasteland, and see what happens. You never know, they may just happen to find some good items, out there. You can look at your explorers while they are out in the Wasteland, and get feedback on any items they have picked up, too. Recall them, if they find items you would like. They will not take any damage while returning. Otherwise, just leave them out there. Eventually, they will die.

Breeders

You could always use your extra dwellers in a breeding program. In my experience, parent stats do not make a big impact on the child stats. I have had good stats come out of two low-level parents, and I have had mediocre stats come out of high-level and unique dwellers. While charisma has an effect on the success of breeding dwellers, low charisma does not disqualify, either. Even low charisma is reported to work quite quickly. Just keep in mind that the child will count as another dweller, and might grow up to be just another low-level undesirable.

Guards

You could put two of your undesirables in the vault entrance room. Placing dwellers here will put them on guard duty. If the vault is attacked, they will be the first to defend. While you ideally want some higher level guards to defend a more productive vault, low levels make good cannon fodder, and placing high-level guards in the entrance room can be counter-productive. On the rare instance that you have an incident in a room with important dwellers, you could also send your guards in to handle the incident, where you would otherwise be risking the important dwellers. This is likely to be a rare occasion, as incidents can often be more of an annoyance then a risk.

Training

There are many rooms you can build to train a dweller. From 26 dwellers on, you start unlocking the training rooms, starting with the Athletic room. Pop your low levels in here, and build them up on a particular stat. When they have reached the ideal level, you can use them to replace your lowest level, in a corresponding production room. The replaced worker can then be sent to the training room, allowing you a good rotation of upgraded dwellers, while retaining full efficiency in the production room. According to the IGN Wiki, it takes approximately 7 hours to level a dweller from 1 to 5 in agility, using the base agility room. Approximately 3 days will give you a perfect 10.

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    so the "if we were the last two humans..." line actually does work? Good to know. – KazaaakplethKilik Aug 17 '15 at 19:40
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Just to clarify something, maybe for newcomers, dwellers cannot have negative stats! Instead you see -1, -2, -3 because when the room are filled at their maximum capacity, when you bring someone in, someone else is automatically replaced. The -1 stat is the difference between the dweller replaced (the one with the lowest room specific stat) and the dweller you are trying to bring in.

Also, I usually go for using them as explorers... But don't leave them there... they will bring you a lot of loot. Just give them some moderate equipment and 2 or 3 stimpacks and radaways (especially since you might reach maximum of those really quick - at least I did). I have now 6 of them exploring the wasteland and only 2 of them are like really good at exploring (high endurance, high luck and high strength)

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Train them. You can create training rooms once you get enough dwellers overall, so you can raise their stats and make them more efficient workers.

Updating to consolidate @aytimothy's answer and my answer into one:

@aytimothy said: "If you really want to get rid of them - Send them into the wastelands to their death (without any gear, weapons, items). "

@aytimothy hope that's okay, if you prefer not, I can remove this edit. Wouldn't want people to get confused about our answer order. :)

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If you really want to get rid of them - Send them into the wastelands to their death (without any gear, weapons, items).

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    “Alternatively” to what? – KRyan Aug 17 '15 at 17:49
  • @KRyan To Tim S.' answer (Try reading both answers as if they're one, with mine being the second half) – aytimothy Aug 17 '15 at 22:50
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    My point is that SX answers are supposed to be self-contained and seeing as how your answer is shown above Tim S.’s, and there are two other answers, that results in yours being very unclear. – KRyan Aug 17 '15 at 22:52
  • What's with the downvotes? – aytimothy Aug 18 '15 at 14:52
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    Maybe they were trying to get your answer to appear after Tim S.’s when sorted by vote (the default). – KRyan Aug 18 '15 at 14:54

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