Fallout 76: A Beginners Guide
So, you’ve finally taken the plunge and bought Fallout 76. After all its predecessors, you can’t wait to start exploring what the new post-apocalyptic world has to offer. Before you go charging into the game with guns blazing though, it might be worth knowing some of the basics before giving it a shot. After all, while it is a Fallout game, this Fallout game somewhat differs from the others. Being the first Fallout game that is multiplayer, you can expect to encounter other real online players, some of which will be hostile. In addition, you also must contend with other elements of the game which threaten your survival. Therefore, this Fallout 76 Beginner’s Guide has been written to provide you with the necessary information to thrive in Appalachia.
Take Advantage of Your Time in Vault 76
As is typical of Fallout games, you will start the game in a vault known as ‘Vault 76’. To prepare yourself for life outside of the vault, it is recommended that you make the most of your time in it. This means you should get acquainted with how to control your character and collect all available items. Doing so will make your life a little easier once you decide to exit the vault.
Don’t be in a rush to leave Vault 76 with the idea that you will come back later. Once out, you stay out. There is no re-entry.
It pays to be frugal in Fallout 76. This applies to a host of resources, such as ammunition, medical supplies, junk, and caps. In terms of ammunition, this resource is in shorter supply in this game when compared to its predecessors. Ultimately, this means you need to conserve ammunition for when it’s really required (e.g. when you encounter a highly dangerous enemy). For everything else, use a melee weapon.
Medical supplies, such as RadAway and Stimpaks, can be watered down. For this, you will need access to a chemistry station and purified water. While diluting your medical supplies will reduce their effects, it allows you to both heal minor injuries and conserve full-strength supplies for serious medical emergencies. Since purified water is a requirement to concoct diluted medical supplies, you might also want to be frugal with the use of this resource.
Never under-estimate the value of junk. The junk that you find scattered across the wasteland might turn out to be treasure. It is important to collect as much junk as you can because it is used to upgrade and repair weapons, craft, cook, and build. Early in the game, you should use as little junk as possible because you will be able to put it to better use during a later stage.
Caps are another resource that are scarce in Fallout 76. Therefore, you should conserve them for when they are really needed, such as when you move your C.A.M.P. Do not waste them all on fast travel.
Always Make Sure You Can See
Hopefully you became acquainted with controlling your torch and Pip-Boy during your time in Vault 76. You will need to use these two devices in order to be able to see the world around you. Your torch will be important when exploring darker areas. You don’t want to run into a hostile creature when stumbling around in the shadows. You should also consider changing how you view your Pip-Boy. Choose the option which allows you to see your surroundings when using it. This will allow you to browse through the menu while keeping an eye out for anything approaching.
Be Aware of Diseases and Mutations
Diseases and mutations are a feature of Fallout 76. Although diseases have a negative impact on the character, these effects will wear off over time without any player intervention. Mutations, on the other hand, will not wear off over time without treatment and have both negative and positive effects on the character. Diseases can be caught off creatures that are already infected or from the environment (e.g. filthy beds, dirty water). Mutations generally are acquired through radioactive exposure. Mutations can be removed using RadAway. However, you might want to consider keeping the positive aspects of mutations by acquiring the Starched Genes perk at Rank 2.
Use Your C.A.M.P
You should be using and upgrading your C.A.M.P. on a regular basis since it can cater to several needs, including storage, rest, food, and drink. You can also use you base to upgrade and repair both weapons and armor.