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Fallout 4

Recommended Perks

Nathan Garvin

Certain perks are almost a must if you wish to rebuild the Commonwealth into a thriving community. With diligent acquisition of the following perks, your path to Commonwealth success will be made much easier.

Local Leader

Found on the "Charisma" iconCharisma tree this should be high priority for anyone serious about settlement management. At Rank 1 you can establish supply lines between settlements while Rank 2 will allow you to build the stores and workstations found in the workshop menu all of which are needed to really grow a settlement.


Found on the "Intelligence" iconIntelligence tree, this perk allows you to build terminals which in turn allow access to a variety of objects such as switches, lights and defenses. Custom audio/visual elements can be created with ease as well as strong automated defense systems. You will need at least one terminal to unlock access to all the options.


Another staple of the Intelligence tree, this perk is needed to build large generators, laser turrets, tripwires and a whole host of useful additions to your settlements. To build Heavy Laser Turrets, Rank 3 is needed. With substantial investment in this perk, your settlements will go from rudimentary to high-tech and you will be able to fend off even the strongest invaders.

Gun Nut

Intelligence goes a long way in settlement building as evidenced by this and previous perks. This perk is a must to build basic turrets and defenses but it really comes alive at Rank 3 where you will gain access to "Missile" iconMissile Turrets which provide the most defense over anything else found in the Workshop menu.

A healthy mix of these perks is needed to make the most out of your settlements especially as you go later into the game.

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  • Publisher
    Bethesda Softworks
  • Platforms,
    PC, PS4, XB One
  • Genre
  • Guide Release
    16 December 2015
  • Last Updated
    11 May 2024
    Version History
  • Guide Author
    Nathan Garvin, Greg Wright

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It’s just another day. Having just been accepted into Vault 111, you spend the morning with your family going about your daily routine. That is until alarms blare out, signalling a nuclear attack. You and your family sprint towards the Vault along with everyone else in the neighborhood just as a bomb explodes nearby. After surviving the blast, you are lowered into the Vault and enter cryosleep. Two hundred years pass and you awake to a world ravaged by nuclear war. You are the Sole Survivor and what awaits you is a mystery as you set out to conquer the Wasteland.

Our guide will be a complete companion while you journey through the wilds of Fallout 4. You can find a plethora of information including the following:

  • A start to finish walkthrough with every area in between covered.
  • Combat details, SPECIAL explanation and general gameplay information.
  • VATS And You!: Getting to know your PIPBOY.
  • All faction quests explained including the consequences of favoring one over the others.
  • Information on Settlements and items for construction.
  • Bobblehead locations, collectibles and full Trophy/Achievement guide.
  • Settlement Guide complete with how to set up and manage settlements, what perks are beneficial etc.
  • Companion chapter detailing each companion character, where to acquire them and the pros/cons of each.
  • A detailed Character Creation guide fully examining the best builds and what each perk does.
  • Automatron and Wasteland Workshop DLC information provided, including a full walkthrough for Automatron.
  • A complete walkthrough of the “Far Harbor” DLC complete with information on every side quest.

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