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You have probably noticed that messages will pop up whenever the Sole Survivor does something to increase the companions affinity. For example if you pick a lock the message will read "Piper liked that" if she is your companion.

However, I noticed that this message does not appear all the time, there rather seems to be some kind of cooldown time intervall between messages. That is, whenever I pick two locks in short succession there will be no second message after the first.

Does that mean that affinity is unaffected by the second action? Is there some sort of cooldown phase? Or is it just the message?

  • Good question! I've also ran into situations (on PS4) where they simply stop displaying. Restarting the game fixed this. So maybe there is a cooldown that is also reset when the game is? – Broots Waymb Dec 21 '15 at 15:51
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They are unaffected by that action. The notification shows you when the companion is affected.

There is an internal cooldown on companions liking/disliking something.

Basically, it is there so you cannot add / remove / add / remove / add gun mods and make Danse idolize you in 3 minutes. Or you can't run around naked and Cait love you instantly.

Here is a pretty cool mod that allows you mess with the cooldown timers for companions if you want.

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    From what I've read, the cooldown on getting likes/loves is 2 hours. I've used this GameFAQs post as a companion affinity guideline. It seems sleeping/fast travel is an easy way to wait out that cooldown. – king14nyr Dec 21 '15 at 15:59
  • @king14nyr Agreed, I've used both fast travel and quicksave / quickload to get around the issue. – FoxMcCloud Dec 21 '15 at 16:00
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The cool down does affect the relationship level. The game doesn't want you to be able to raise the relationship of a companion quickly. There was one post I found online about an experiment someone ran to test this. Here is the post. In it, he says that he tested saving and reloading between every action, and the relationship level went up between every save/action/load. It seems that when you do actions very quickly the cool down between actions restricts you from gaining a higher relationship with your companion, but if you reload the game the cool down will be reset.

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