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Fallout 76 Tips and Survival Guide, Vats Explained

The world of Fallout 76 is a dangerous place. There’s other players, vicious robots and even a new hyper-intelligent race of ghouls to contend with. Here’s how to make sure you stay alive.

Guide by Jake Green, .

Fallout 76 is finally in the hands of players. What is becoming clear is that the world of Appalachia is just as deadly as the Commonwealth before it. Food, water and ammo are all scarce resources, and with other players on your tail, you’ll need to be ready to fight. In this Fallout 76 Guides Hub, we’ve collected all of our Fallout 76 Guides pages, covering a wide range of topics on the game. We’ll also include some essential tips and tricks to help each session more fruitful, and explain some of the changes to classic systems like VATS.

When we’ve spent more time with Fallout 76, we’ll be adding more and more info below. For now though, and while the game is only live during scheduled times, we’ve collected what we’ve got so far below.

How to Change FOV, Depth of Field and FXAA in Fallout 76

Fallout 76 isn't a particularly great looking game, and the fact that it gives very little in the way of options for changing things around makes it even worse. There are ways to change the FOV, Depth of Field and FXAA setting in Fallout 76 though, but you'll need to head into the game files. You'll need to make a copy of the Fallout76prefs.ini file, and rename it to Fallout 76Custom.ini. From there you'll need to delete the contents, and can then edit them as you wish in notepad. We've listed the seetings for some of the things you can change below.

Fallout 76 Turn Off Depth of Field

  • [Display]
  • fDOFBlendRatio=0
  • fDOFMinFocalCoefDist=999999
  • fDOFMaxFocalCoefDist=99999999
  • fDOFDynamicFarRange=99999999
  • fDOFCenterWeightInt=0
  • fDOFFarDistance=99999999

Fallout 76 Change FOV

  • fDefault1stPersonFOV=90.00
  • fDefaultWorldFOV=90.00

Fallout 76 Change FXAA

  • sAntiAliasing=FXAA

Fallout 76 Guides

So far, we have been busy putting together info pages on a bunch of Fallout 76 topics. There’s details on base building, nukes, Perks and even whether or not NPCs will be in the game. Check out all of our Fallout 76 Guides below:

Fallout 76 Tips and Tricks

Now that we’ve spent a little bit of time with Fallout 76, we’ve collected some tips and tricks to help you survive. Here are our Fallout 76 Tips:

  • Scrap everything. You’ll get a chance to earn Blueprints when you scrap weapons, so pick things up then take them back to the Bench to scrap them.
  • You can’t place Camps too close to Places of Interest.
  • You can use your C.A.M.P as extra storage so don’t be afraid to pack it up and move it around with you. It’s pretty cheap to redeploy, so don’t worry too much about having your base in one place.
  • Remember to plant stuff, it’ll grow while you’re away!
  • Don’t drink dirty water, you will get a disease. Depending on which disease you end up contracting, you can burn through a lot of resources trying to fix things.
  • PvP is kind of optional, just don’t retaliate fire and you’ll take barely any damage from enemies.
  • Turn off your Pip Boy light. Other players can easily spot it, and it actually affects your Sneaking stats as if there were a light shining down on you.
  • You can hide armor under clothing, as can your enemies.
  • When you come across power armor, don't just pick up all of the pieces and put them into your inventory, they weigh a ton. Instead, transfer the frame itself into your inventory, it only weighs 10, regardless of the pieces attached to it. This is only true if the Power Armor is not over the level of your character.
  • Fresh food will spoil very quickly so make sure it doesn't go to waste.
  • You can use purified water to dilute Stimpaks and RadAway. This lets you use them to half heal or remove half the amount of Rads, potentially making them more efficient.
  • You can change your appearance at any time in Fallout 76. Just open your map and then hit L1/LB to head into the menu. From here you can access the character creation menu.

Fallout 76 VATS Changes

As soon as Fallout 76 was confirmed to be online-only, players naturally started to wonder about how VATS would change. Obviously you can't slow down time in an online game, so how exactly does Fallout 76 handle VATS? We’ve listed some details below.

  • VATS is now essentially an auto lock-on.
  • You hit the button and automatically target enemies in your vicinity.
  • You can move the right stick around and are presented with probabilities, all in real-time.
  • You’ll need Perks to allow you to target body parts.

If you're looking to increase the percentage chance of hitting the enemy during Vats combat, you'll need to increase your Perception ranking. There are also several Perks that will make your Vats more effective, like ones that let you select individual limbs.

If you're after all the Fallout 76 goodness you can handle, we've got plenty of Fallout 76 guides for you. Consult our Fallout 76 Atoms Guide to find out if Fallout 76 has microtransactions, find out about Fallout 76 Factions, take a look at all the Fallout 76 Perks, and discover how Fallout 76 Nukes work. We've also got a detailed guide on Fallout 76 Base Building and settlements, a page on Fallout 76's Best Weapons, and Fallout 76 Mutations

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