Ok, a bit annoyed; I had around 86 unused Fusion Cores in my Sanctuary Hills workshop. I was keeping them there as I don't see any real advantage in using Power Armour other than for aesthetic reasons. I hadn't checked for a while but when I'd collected a few more, I went to add them to the pile and to my utter bemusement there were no more than 41 Fusion Cores in the workshop inventory!

What could have happened to my beautiful cores? Were they stolen by the lowly settlers who are not happy with all I have given them? Is Preston getting me back for permanently sticking him in the Pillory? Maybe they have been unwittingly used for something else in the settlements?

I did try out the Gatling Laser for no more than one day, but I only used like two cores from my personal inventory.

Any ideas?

p.s. I have searched the 'net but all questions seem to be referring to cores disappearing from the personal inventory, rather than the workshop inventory.


If you're interested in this, see my answer for the outcome to my missing fusion cores test.

  • I don't see any real advantage in using Power Armour other than for aesthetic reasons you should bring your power amour to a crafting station and see the options there are, some effects are not obtainable without power armours. – Ben Ong Jan 12 '18 at 3:47
  • I can't think of any reasons for lost of fusion cores but in the future if you want a safer storage, build a room with a powered door and keep it locked unless you are accessing the container inside. – Ben Ong Jan 12 '18 at 3:53
  • @BenOng I'm not a noob or anything, well... I've done 22 days on my save, but I'm only now really messing with the power armor, but considering it uses power to run(not sprint) I think it's a lot of cost for little gain e.g. +60 carry weight but then there's a trick to get infinite carry weight on foot anyway. The mods are good for novelty purposes but practically I think little is gained for normal combat situations. But I digress... – n00dles Jan 12 '18 at 6:12
  • The extra carry weight is probably the most negligible effect of a power armour. I have had high str chars with lots of extra pocket upgrades so much so that I suffer carry weight penalty equipping power armour. What I am telling you about are the mods especially for the body piece. There effects like auto injecting stimpak and low health, stealth when crouching, and a jetpack which are effects you cannot get elsewhere. Though a only a single effect can be active as once since you can only equip 1 body piece. – Ben Ong Jan 12 '18 at 6:18
  • There is also a mod on the head piece that highlights all target which is like a permanent variant of orange mentat. On the legs you can have an upgrade which boost sprint speed at the cost of AP. On the arms you can increase damage of unarmed attacks. And seriously, the raw defence value of the power armour is already very hard to match with normal gears. – Ben Ong Jan 12 '18 at 6:21

Settlers are known to steal weapons from your Workshop inventory.

For the Fusion Cores, they must have picked up a Laser Gatling gun and decide to use it. Go attack your settlers and see who has the Laser Gatling.

  • You probably didn't read the comments on the OP, but I now remember taking a Gatling Laser off a settler, who (I think) I gave it to a long time before to defend the settlement, but now you got me thinking maybe I didn't give it to him. I have many weapons of all sorts in the Inventory but I don't think any have ever been stolen. I think I'd have noticed. lol, I wouldn't attack the settlers, they my minions(plus, they're armed to the teeth with all the best gear! I'd prob be dead in under 3 seconds) I'll check into this stealing though, if you're right, I'll accept the answer. – n00dles Jan 12 '18 at 19:37
  • OMFG I just found 94 fusion cores on Jun Long!! ...and the Gatling Laser! I'm not sure wtf is going on now but I'm pretty sure I didn't give them to him! 94!? Basstard. I'm def gona do a test now. – n00dles Jan 12 '18 at 21:18
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    You had it easy. One of my settlers stole an Explosive Minigun and killed me with the splash damage. It was pretty ugly. Then another stole a glitched pistol that rapid fires multiple nukes at a time. He ended up killing everyone in the settlement... – Nelson Jan 13 '18 at 5:01
  • Another thing is the settlement inventory cannot be easily protected. The build workshop is usually in a place that isn't barred from access, and all the stations share the same inventory. – Nelson Jan 13 '18 at 5:02
  • I'm on 22 days and never experienced anything like this before. What you said made me laugh, but thats what makes this game so fun to play, it's the sudden, unexpected stuff that drops your jaw! – n00dles Jan 13 '18 at 17:40

The Missing Fusion Cores Test

While I accepted Nelson's answer, I wasn't 100% convinced, so I decided to do my own test to see if I could finally confirm this for myself or not.

So after chatting with Nelson and BenOng, I started searching my 34 Sanctuary Hills settlers and was quite surprised to find the Gatling Laser and 94 fusion cores on the sorry-looking Jun Long... enter image description here However, as I do arm my settlers with all the best weaponry, I thought I'd give Jun Long the benefit of the doubt; maybe I gave him the Gatling Laser a while before and maybe I mistakenly gave him all my fusion cores instead of just one (which I have done with other items before). So I sneakily set up a fool-proof test, as I had to be 100% sure of this crime so I can act accordingly.

So I put all my fusion cores in a wooden crate in my secure lockup (I already have a secure lockup, but I don't keep ammo, unique or rare weapons like the Gatling Laser in there for fear of them being stolen!)
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I also placed two fusion cores in the workshop inventory, along with the Gatling Laser and as this could be a long test (and I have a bad memory), I marked these locations with the number of fusion cores and "GAT" for the Gatling Laser. enter image description here

Finally, I took everything off Jun Long to tempt him. Let the game begin!

So I checked the inventory quite regularly, and soon my suspicion of this crime had all but diminished and I was doubting, completely, the theory that my settlers would steal from the workshop inventory. I hate to say, but I became complacent, ready to give up on the test.

Thirty six hours of gaming later; probably a month in the wasteland, while skipping through the inventory the ammo section catches my eye... what's this? The test flashes back to mind and my eyes flick to the markings on the wall "GAT 2FC" - but there's only one fusion core... So I sheepishly skip to the weapons section where my suspicions are confirmed; the Gatling laser is missing! THE BASTARDS!!

So, the game is back on! I run around to find Jun Long, but he still has no items whatsoever. So I ring the bell to gather my minions and start searching them one by one when I find a shocking sight, a sight that stabs through my heart like Kremvh's Tooth... enter image description here What annoys me more is that I personally gave this ghoul worker Slog immigrant the Flamer and Flamer fuel to protect himself with! The treachery! It takes all of my will to not split his skull right there (which would have also ended me in around two seconds due to my heavily armed defense team).

So the test is complete. Nelson's answer is 100% confirmed. And, as there are no fusion cores or anything else missing from my secure lockup; this is indeed the place to store items that you don't want to be stolen.

So, with fusion cores and weapons now secure, there is only one thing left to do...

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    Wow! Absolutely wonderful post! Thanks for adding it! – Bryan Pendleton Mar 8 '18 at 18:45

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