Questions tagged [fallout-4]

An open world action role-playing video game developed by Bethesda and the sixth game in the main Fallout series. Use this tag for questions about the mechanics and story of Fallout 4 specifically. Use the [fallout-series] tag for questions that span multiple games.

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Which NPCs share my love of eating dead NPCs?

After butchering a couple dozen Raiders, my health was low & I started working up quite the appetite. So naturally, I decided to eat a few of the Raiders. However, my companion did not share my ...
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What are the effects of the various Protectron Personality Modes?

When activating a protectron in Fallout 4 you get the chance to choose its Personality Mode. The available modes are: Default Subway Steward Law Enforcement Fire Brigadier Medical Responder ...
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What is the best way to defend settlements?

I started out building defensive structure around my settlements. I've heard settlements can be attacked, I've been building the simple turrets. What is an effective defense strategy? In a raid, ...
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What quests do you need to stop at before you make an enemy of a faction for each faction?

When completing faction/main quests in Fallout 4, you can eventually get to a point where you make a permanent enemy of a particular faction by completing a particular quest for another faction. I'd ...
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I bought a dog. What is it good for?

So, while I was investigating the Museum of Witchcraft, I bumped into a traveling dog-seller who reluctantly sold me a dog. I set up a second dog house in my backyard, watched as my adorable Dogmeat ...
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Is there any disadvantage to selling a Bobblehead or a magazine in Fallout 4?

In Fallout 4 the Bobbleheads are back. Once you pick them up they stay in your inventory with a weight of 0 and a value of 300. Will I need them later ? Do I lose the bonus if I sell them or drop ...
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When do I have to decide between the different factions?

I'm currently a member of four different factions, some of which don't get along at all. I'm wondering at which point I have to decide between the different factions. The factions I've found so far ...
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How, specifically, does the difficulty level affect the game?

I understand what the game already tells you in the general sense... it changes enemy damage, resistances, and chance of legendary monsters appearing. But, specifically, how does the difficulty level ...
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What is the use of Brahmins in settlements?

I was working in my settlements and found my first Brahmin in Starlight Drive In. After some research on the internet, I found a way to keep it in one spot using the feeding bathtub, but still, WHY do ...
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How do I connect power to a light bulb?

I can't seem to figure out how to connect my light bulb to the generator to make it turn on. How do I do this?
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Can I get a cat?

I've seen cats hanging around in various parts of the game, but they don't seem to be interact-able. I like Dogmeat but I'm more of a cat person. Can I get a cat for my settlement?
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What does a Scavenging Station do and how do I use it?

I'm at a loss here. I've built a Scavenging station and I assigned one of my settlers to it. I can't seem to harvest anything from it, use it in any way or see the benefit of having one. What is the ...
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What is the maximum number of people that will join a settlement?

I've got two settlements on the go that I'm paying attention to - Sanctuary and the Starlight Drive In. Both of these settlements have radio towers and beds and all resources in the green however they ...
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What determines when a location is 'CLEARED' on the map?

I've been playing Fallout 4 for a while and have noticed that some locations are marked as 'CLEARED' when I hover over them on the map. I remember seeing this type of note in Skyrim too, but I never ...
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How can I get my settlers off the roof without a mod?

In Fallout 4, my Sanctuary Hills settlement has suddenly started having this problem where some of my settlers and Codsworth decide to throw a party on top of one of the abandoned buildings. They don'...
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Are companion perks in Fallout 4 permanent?

Every companion provides a unique perk. I read that you gain the perk after you reach positive reputation with your follower. Is the perk permanent after you unlock it with reputation (stays active ...
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How can I get junk in my trunk?

With the new crafting system, I've got a massive pile of junk in a wooden crate in my base. When I finish crafting things, I want to put all the junk away since I have no reason to carry it. Is there ...
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What does the embossed text say on the "empty milk bottle" in Fallout 4?

I know its a trivial detail, but I'm genuinely curious and struggling to find the answer. Screenshot from in-game: Fandom page's image: The Fandom page had a better, larger picture, but I still ...
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Do supply lines work together?

Say I have three settlements: A, B, and C A has all my wood. B has all my steel. C has all my rubber. Now if I set up a supply line from B to A and from C to A, A has access to all three. But does ...
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How can I break items down into their components

In my Junk inventory I can see the components that make up an item. For example, an Adjustable Wrench yields Steel and a Gear. There are also weapons and armor I don't need, as well as debris lying ...
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Can you make Logic Gates/Computers with Power in Fallout 4?

I have been tinkering with the Power System for awhile, and was wondering if anyone knew how to make Logic Gates in Fallout 4, or if it is even possible without making a Mod? For example, how would ...
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Is there anything we can do to locate companions in the world easier?

Keeping track of where everyone is is hard. I could be out in the wasteland while Dogmeat will let me know he found something. That's great, but then it's a chore trying to find him a lot of times. ...
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Is it possible to flag Settlement placements as personal?

Basically, I don't want all these randoms I barely tolerate living in my hometown to sleep in MY bed. I want to set my bed (and my house, for that matter) as mine and tell the unfortunates I rescued ...
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What contributes to the settlement size limit?

In workshop mode, there is a "Settlement" bar in the upper right that shows how "full" your settlement is. If the bar is full, you can't place any more objects in that settlement. My question, then, ...
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How to throw explosives, e.g. a grenade in Fallout 4?

I have some grenades, and molotov cocktails. Yet I cannot throw them. I have them in my favorite list, yet selecting them does nothing. How am I supposed to throw them? And can I throw them in VATS ...
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What exactly happens when something mutates?

Several times now I've fought some legendary creature and in the middle of the fight they suddenly mutate and heal back to full. What other effects does this mutation do? Does this mean I can't 1 ...
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What do I do in a Radiation Storm?

Every couple of days or so a huge Radiation Storm blows through the area that I'm currently in. How do I decrease my chances of contracting RADS if I'm outside?
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Is there any scrappable junk I should hold on to that could otherwise be used for other purposes?

Fallout 4 adds the kleptomaniac-friendly ability to deconstruct practically anything into useful components. As such, I have built an impressive store of building materials, and enforce a "pick up ...
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Is it possible to "win" the port-a-diner pie?

In a few locations I've found what appears to be a claw-game of sorts. It reaches down and attempts to pick up a plate of pie, but fails every time I've tried at least. The claw does move above a ...
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How do I assign a worker to a resource object?

When building various structures such as the guard post or the scavenger workbench, you're prompted to assign a worker to the resource object: However... I'm not seeing any indication of how I'm ...
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How do I stop my settlers stealing my weapons and armour?

After clearing out a location I travelled back to Sanctuary Hills, where I keep all my spare power armour and my fancy weapons, and it was under attack from super mutants. Before I knew it Marcy Long ...
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What happens to extra materials from salvaged junk?

So I have read through multiple questions about how the workshop handles the various categories when it automatically scraps things to produce raw materials for projects that you are building. It has ...
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How can I get more adhesive?

I've found that my modding sprees almost always end when I run out of adhesive. I keep adhesive marked as a needed component all the time, and grab every piece of marked junk I see. I also check ...
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How many permanent SPECIAL points are available in Fallout 4?

Building a character in Fallout 4 gives you 28 points in total to assign to your SPECIAL attributes during the initial character build - compared to 40 points in Fallout 3/ Fallout New Vegas. In ...
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Can I see an overview of my settlers?

Is it possible to see a list of the settlers in a given settlement and the jobs they are assigned to? It would make it easier to pick a settler for a new job.
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Where does Fallout 4 store save files?

Where are the save games stored? I want to create a copy of them but I cannot find where they're stored! Where do I need to look to find my save files?
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How to store items safely?

In Skyrim and previous Fallout games, you needed a home to store your findings permanently. Is this still the same in Fallout 4? And when will the first spot come in the main story line?
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Fallout 4 chemistry workstation - background image used for reflections

I've only noticed this today: when the chemical station appeared in the grey-backed loading screen, there appeared to be a transparent image used on the inside of the Florence flask (the big round one ...
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What, exactly, is transferred along supply lines?

Supply routes are great when a settlement is just starting out to get things off the ground, but what is specifically transferred along them? I know anything on the Junk, Aid and Mods tabs are ...
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Why is Nick Valentine tolerated in Diamond City?

Diamond City appears to have a strong anti-Synth sentiment, to say the least. For instance, shopkeepers will refuse to do business with you if you don't protest your humanity loudly enough, and then ...
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What's the most efficient way to raise the happiness values in my settlement?

My settlement has 5 people right now and my happiness value for the people seem to be dropping ever so often. I'd like to know what's the most efficient way to raise the happiness values in my ...
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What are the consequences of settlements getting attacked?

My settlement was attacked by some Raiders and my defenses took care of them along with some of my NPC's. It seems like the Raiders didn't make it through to any of the buildings. What happens when ...
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How do turrets level up in Fallout 4?

Yesterday, I was defending a settlement, and found that one of the turrets was firing incendiary bullets. When I went to fix it, I realized that it had "Mk 5" written on one of the wings, and even the ...
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Can I kill everyone in Fallout 4?

Basically, what I'm asking is if any NPCs are marked 'essential', meaning they can't be killed whatsoever (and attacking them will simply incapacitate them for a short time whereupon they will get up ...
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What is the point of an empty VATS?

In Fallout 4, when there is no one in your sight, a short press on VATS button will do nothing. A long press, however, will activate an empty VATS. Is there a use for this? Long press (Hold) VATS ...
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How do I dispose of a corpse?

So I killed a bunch of raiders from a settlement, now their rotting fly infested corpses are lying around clogging up the joint. How do I dispose of their corpses?
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What's the most efficient food source to keep my hunger and thirst levels in check in Survival?

What is the most efficient food source to keep my hunger and thirst levels in check during Survival mode? I'm looking for only foods you can grow via crops in a settlement; I want to consume as ...
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Fallout 4 Artillery Map?

So I've been trying to build up every settlement location I can to maximize artillery coverage. I have them all owned except Boston Airport, Bunker Hill, and Covenant. I have everything linked to Red ...
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Are VATS shots considered "hip fire" for weapon mod purposes?

This is two overlapping questions: Are VATS shots considered hip fire? If so, for weapons that I use most often in VATS, does it benefit me to pick mods that improve hip fire accuracy?
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What is the benefit of using V.A.T.S.?

Throughout my playthrough of Fallout 4, I've never once felt the need to use VATS. I never even considered using it since my understanding of it is that it's just letting the game do the shooting or ...
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