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Fallout 4 Wasteland Survival Guide: What You Need To Know When Playing

Updated on November 10, 2015

Fallout 4 Survival Guide

Before exploring the vast open-world of Fallout 4, there's a few things you need to know. Although many features from Fallout 3 are still in Fallout 4, some things have changed that you may not be aware of.

Radiation Poisoning

Being exposed to radiation is very hazardous to your heath. When exposed, you lose permanent maximum health that cannot be healed with a stimpack or other healing items. In the previous Fallout, a little radiation poisoning was not a big deal, but it can be debilitating in Fallout 4 unless you remove the radiation.

Stock up on RadAway and Rad-X medicines. Explore buildings thoroughly to find them. RadAway can also be bought at vendors in the game. Doctors can heal your radiation poisoning, but it costs caps. Cook food to remove radiation from food.

Avoid areas that have high levels of radiation. A lot of the water is contaminated in the wasteland. Additionally, some enemy creatures can touch you & give you radiation poisoning.

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Scraping items is important!

In order to mod weapons, you'll need materials. Materials are also needed for buildings and the decorations in your various homes. Items like a coffee pot or a toaster can be used as steel material for modding or creating things.

Scavenge the wasteland for various junk. Search tables, cabinets, and other nook and crannys in the game.

Always Keep Stimpacks Handy

You will inevitably take damage in Fallout 4; whether it's from enemy gunfire or melee attacks, traps, explosions, or other dangers. Always be on the lookout for stimpacks. Sometimes you'll find them laying around; other times you will need to lock pick something to get them. Before taking on a quest or exploring dangerous areas, stock up on stimpacks. Besides searching for stimpacks, vendors can sell you them, but you must pay with caps.

Save often!

You never know when you might be killed in the perilous open-world in Fallout 4. Save often! Also, sometimes the game may glitch. It's useful to have a save before a glitch occurred. I once had a glitch where my gun disappeared & I could not access my pip boy! Fortunately, the glitch went away once I loaded my game.

Additionally, saving before persuasion attempts can be beneficial. If you fail to persuade an NPC, you can load a previous save & try again.

Dog meat companion


When exploring the dangerous wasteland, it does not hurt to have a companion like dog meat or or some other companion. Companions help you in combat. They can also carry around your junk, weapons, and armor etc. Just keep an eye on them sometimes, as they can get hurt to he point where they cannot battle. Use a stimpack on your companion to heal them when they are hurt. I have no confirmed this yet, but they might be able to die permanently.

Dog meat can find items for you. Sometimes he will grab an item and bring it to you. In my game, for example, he found me a combat knife.

Clothing is Integral

You can mix a lot of different types of apparel. Not only will armor provide you with damage resistance, but you can modify it. For instance, you can add pockets to some pieces of clothing, allowing you to carry more items overall. Some apparel will give you bonuses like increasing your charisma or intelligence.

Make use of V.A.T.S.

Although you can shoot enemies in first-person or third-person, V.A.T.S. allows you to target specific body parts of enemies in slow motion. V.A.T.S. can be useful for targeting enemy weak points. It's also a lot of fun to use! Upgrading your perception will increase the accuracy of V.A.T.S. mode.


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