I'm going to start modding a gun for a companion soon, and I'm thinking about long barrels, stocks, etc. But then I realized that maybe they hip-fire all the time, and that would make the long barrel and stock pretty useless.

So do companions aim down sight or fire guns from their hip?

  • I was thinking we had already discussed this, but it looks like that was about whether VATS was hipfire or ADS.
    – DCShannon
    Dec 1, 2016 at 21:20
  • I'm pretty sure they ADS, and even if I'm wrong I got lots of materials so I could re-do the design, but better safe than sorry.
    – Typo
    Dec 1, 2016 at 21:33
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    I can't think of any reasonable way to check this on consoles. Maybe if you were on PC you could check their damage somehow with the console.
    – DCShannon
    Dec 1, 2016 at 21:38
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    Just note that companions use ammo if you give them a custom gun. If you don't give them a gun, they have infinite ammo with their default weapon. This factor alone makes it super annoying to refill their ammo, and they kind of suck to begin with.
    – Nelson
    Dec 2, 2016 at 1:55
  • @Nelson I'm using a sniper build, so I never use energy weapons because they can't be suppressed. I still find lots of fusion cells so I give them all to Nick Valentine, plus a nice energy weapon.
    – Typo
    Dec 2, 2016 at 18:27

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Based on conflicting posts here:

I can see them raising the weapon up to aim, like your iron-sights do in third-person. So it would appear that they use sighted fire, almost exclusively.


From what I have witnessed it is always hip fire.

it seems like they use both.

Additionally, a post here:

They can use both, same for settlers.

combined with a post here:

I think it just depends who you use. Nick valentine is a hip shooter, but piper seems to be able to scope, who are you using?

supports this.

Note: I realize these are all forum posts, but from all 3 places, the consensus appears to be that they both aim through the sights and fire from the hip.

  • I would hope that they make this decision based on the range to their target.
    – DCShannon
    Dec 13, 2016 at 18:30
  • @DCShannon it would definitely be ideal, but you never know...
    – Vemonus
    Dec 13, 2016 at 18:31

It is noted on the wiki that they use vats but look like they are aiming in.

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    Could you link to the wiki and provide a quote?
    – Vemonus
    Dec 13, 2016 at 16:36
  • Sadly the only "Gaming site" I have that is not blocked is this one. My mom is a real Antigamer person Dec 13, 2016 at 17:56
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    @LandonPoling Then how do you know what it notes on the wiki?
    – DCShannon
    Dec 13, 2016 at 18:30
  • I saw it on the wiki before she blocked it. Dec 13, 2016 at 18:32

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