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Fight your way across the Wastelands. Learn tips & tricks that will help you fight better, including using VATS, cover, and different weapons.

fallout 76 Combat Tips & Tricks

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Things to Know Before Going Into Combat

fallout 76 Combat Tips & Tricks

Don't go rushing into battle without preparing for it first. Check out these essential tips to fight better and survive in the Wastelands.

Hostiles are Marked as Red Dots in Compass

fallout 76 Combat Tips & Tricks

Keep track of enemies around you through the compass! You can see from there the general locations of enemies, as well as whether they're above or below you.

Easy Access to Weapons Through the Favorites Wheel

fallout 76 Combat Tips & Tricks

Accessing your Pip-Boy to change weapons in battle can easily get you killed. Use your Favorites Wheel to quickly switch between your weapons even in the midst of battle.

Quick Heals with a Hotkey

You can also assign a hotkey to quickly use a healing item! Just be careful as healing items will be consumed even if you're in full health if you accidentally hit that hotkey.

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Hunger & Thirst Affects AP

Leaving your character to suffer starvation and dehydration has major drawbacks to your Action Points and health. They each have their own effects that will limit your capacity to fight.

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Starvation Does HP Damage

fallout 76 Combat Tips & Tricks

You will continuously receive health damage when you are suffering from starvation. The only fix for this is to eat food so make sure to always have canned food for these kinds of emergency situations.

Dehydration Limits AP Meter

fallout 76 Combat Tips & Tricks

Dehydration on the other hand will limit your overall AP meter, limiting your sprint and VATS use. Always stock up a few water in your inventory before going on adventures!

Use the Right Weapons

Long-Range Weapons are Better when in the Wild

fallout 76 Combat Tips & Tricks

When exploring the vast wilderness of Apalachia, it's best to use long-range weapons instead. Take advantage of the wide area by moving around and shooting enemies from a distance.

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Short-Range Weapons are Better in Enclosed Spaces

fallout 76 Combat Tips & Tricks

In closed-spaced however, it's best to use short-range weapons. Shotguns in particular can do immense damage in closed spaced due to its spread and the lack of escape routes for enemies.

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Use Grenades to Kill Multiple Enemies

fallout 76 Combat Tips & Tricks

Do a lot of damage in one shot with grenades! You can use it as an opener for battling tougher enemies or in taking out multiple enemies grouped up in a small space.

Wear Power Armor for Tougher Enemies

fallout 76 Combat Tips & Tricks

It's recommended to only use your Power Armor when fighting high level enemies to conserve the use of its Fusion Cell. With its high damage and radiation resistance, it will keep you alive for longer against tough enemies.

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Use Melee Weapons when in Power Armor

fallout 76 Combat Tips & Tricks

Since being in the Power Armor makes you extremely tough, you can conserve bullets by choosing to engage enemies with melee instead. You can also use VATS to keep track of enemies when hitting them.

Check Out the Melee Weapon List Here

Combat Basics in Fallout 76

Shoot Enemies from Behind Cover

fallout 76 Combat Tips & Tricks

When fighting, always prioritize finding cover first. This will allow you breathing space and protection from enemies raining gunfire at you. Return aggro to them by peeking from your cover!

Keep Distance Away from Melee Enemies

fallout 76 Combat Tips & Tricks

Don't give Melee enemies the opportunity to damage you by moving away from them while shooting them. Sprint away quickly if they catch on to you.

VATS Highlights Visible Enemies

fallout 76 Combat Tips & Tricks

Using VATS will any enemies that is visible from where you are. This is a great scouting method especially during the night or in areas where it is dark.

Learn when to Fight or Run Away

Another good trait to have in the Wastelands is learning when to pick a fight and avoiding one. Check your chances of winning first by scouting out enemy numbers and levels before engaging in battle.

Combat Tips for Fallout 76

Start Battles with Stealth Shots

fallout 76 Combat Tips & Tricks

Succesfully shooting enemies when hidden from their sights will apply a 2x multiplier to your damage! Start battles with sneak shots for extra damage or use it to take care of lower level enemies first.

See Your Detection Status When Crouching

fallout 76 Combat Tips & Tricks

You can see your status at the top of the screen when you're crouching. If enemies have been alerted to your presence, the status will change color to red. Standing up will also show enemies you position.

Move Around Between Covers

Don't stay stationary as this will make it easier for enemies to gang up on you. Move across cover to get better vantage points against enemies or angles to shoot them from.

Use VATS to Easily Kill Agile Enemies

fallout 76 Combat Tips & Tricks

VATS will lock on to enemies that you select, connecting your shots with them! This is particularly helpful when dealing with fast moving enemies like Feral Ghouls and Stingwings.

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