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I have my dweller, Billy Grant, equipped with Tactical Junk Jet (15-19) exploring the wasteland. Along the way, he found a Plasma Rifle (17-18) and equip it himself --putting aside his TJJ. I wonder what is the logic for weapon preference? As I have always thought, it is the maximum number of damage.

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A Dweller will automatically equip a weapon with a higher damage output.

Comparing the two weapons:

  • TJJ: 15-19 = 17 average
  • Plasma Rifle: 17-18 = 17.5 average

Hence the strange choice of weaponry

  • average damage instead of maximum damage --that figures.
    – tjeloep
    Commented Oct 31, 2016 at 7:43
  • The average damage is what is used during exploration, so it won't hurt you. In Quest Zones, you want the Plasma Rifle because it is 3 shots vs the single big damage shot from the Junk Jet.
    – Nelson
    Commented Nov 1, 2016 at 1:23

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