Say I am playing a low Charisma character, but I really want the Intimidation perk. I know you can train your SPECIAL up, and about the SPECIAL book, and bobbleheads... But if you get a temporary level 10 Charisma through clothing and chems for example, would you be able to gain access to the full Charisma tree when you level up?

Secondary question.. When you do level up, do you HAVE to allocate a point immediately? Or can you exit out, pop a mentat, then go back in and choose your perk?

  • Welcome to StackExchange. Your secondary question is quite different from your first question - I would recommend posting it as an independent question. Doing so helps future users find the information they are looking for easier. Additionally, you can earn extra reputation points from having it as a second question, and having more reputation points will help you get closer to winning the interwebs. – GeneralMike Dec 21 '15 at 21:20
  • Good question, but I agree those two should be separated. – DCShannon Dec 22 '15 at 17:18
  • Ok, sorry about that. I will remember to stay away from tangent questions. – Kev Dec 22 '15 at 18:35

You don't get any added "soft boost" from items as part of the stat requirements in the perks chart.

So if you popped a mentat or put on a special hat, these things will not effect your available perks in the perk chart.

You don't have to allocate a point immediately though either, you can store points but will be continually reminded by the game "You leveled up! Spend your points in the Perk Chart!"

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    actually that reminder goes away after a while, I often save a perk or two so I can assign it to several important ones as soon as I reach the level required for them. – l I Dec 21 '15 at 21:10
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    In my low Int playthrough I also wanted the Science! perk for customization reasons but also had Idiot Savant. Definitely worth saving and raising Int all in one go, so you can maximize the chances of Idiot Savant kicking in. – Broots Waymb Dec 22 '15 at 14:41
  • Awesome! Not really, but my questions are answered and now I must rethink my character build haha. Maybe knock a few points from Agility and Perception and add to Charisma. Thanks! – Kev Dec 22 '15 at 18:39

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