I'm at a loss here. I've built a Scavenging station and I assigned one of my settlers to it.

I can't seem to harvest anything from it, use it in any way or see the benefit of having one.

What is the purpose of this thing?

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You can't do anything at a scavenging station personally; it has to be operated by an NPC. From what I can surmise, you have to enter workshop mode, select a spare settler (when you have settlers, of course), and then assign that settler to work at the scavenging station. You also have to select the scavenging station, and assign it to be worked at by the settler.

Source: This question posted earlier on Stack.

Each assigned scavenging station adds one random resource to your workshop inventory for every 8 in-game hours, for a total of 3 resources per game day. It may also respawn random resources near your settlement.

Source: This post on Reddit.

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    Yes I already assigned a settler to it. My question is, for what purpose and how do I take advantage of having one?
    – FoxMcCloud
    Nov 11, 2015 at 17:36
  • I thought the settler assigned to the scavanger station does not look for random items, but tries to find items that you marked as 'required'?
    – oɔɯǝɹ
    May 30, 2018 at 13:23

The Scavenging Station gives three random junk items daily. You may have to fast travel a great distance or rest a little more than 24 hours. I tested two Scav Stations at Abernathy Farms, took everything from the Workshop's inventory, and in less than 48 hours there was Fertilizer, Melon (2), Screw, Tato, and Typwriter. One Scav Station at Tenpines Bluff gave me Cloth, Corn, Gourd, and Purified Water. One settler was tending food at each location as well.

  • Which crops were growing at those locations? Did any excess crop show up in the workshop? Were their any excess crops? I'm asking because someone has reported their scavenging station collecting excess crops.
    – DCShannon
    Nov 29, 2015 at 20:10
  • Yes, do you need a scav station in order for crops and purified water to show up in your supply cache? Or is it enough to just have the crops and water supply?
    – Ayelis
    Dec 8, 2015 at 17:56

The scavenging table will send one of your settlers out into the wasteland to search for loot. Anything they find and bring back will be put into your workbench inventory at that settlement


Here is a video where I test it. I had 4 Scavenging Stations with workers assigned.

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    Please summarize the content from the video. That way, if the video ever goes down, your answer is still valid.
    – Frank
    Nov 20, 2015 at 22:07
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    Also, I don't want to watch a video unless I know what I'm looking for. Or how long it is.
    – DCShannon
    Nov 29, 2015 at 19:27
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    Video length: A minute and a half. In it, @Permacore takes all the junk out of the workshop, and now encumbered, he crawls into the house, looks around to show four scavenging stations, and sleeps on a dirty mattress for 24 hours. He wakes up and limps out to the workshop again where 2 vegetables, 6 purified waters, and 6 other random scrap items have spawned. Mama Murphy begs for a chair. Permacore then ambles over to show that only 3 of the scavenging stations are manned. Sturges reminisces about that deathclaw in Concord.
    – Ayelis
    Dec 7, 2015 at 19:22
  • My question is; Do the scavenging stations spawn the veg and water, do tended crops and water supplies spawn those, or is it some combination of both?
    – Ayelis
    Dec 8, 2015 at 17:54

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