Fallout 76 Weapons - Legendary Weapon Farming, Best Weapons

Fallout 76 Weapons - Legendary Weapon Farming, Best Weapons

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.

If you want to take on some of the higher level activities that Fallout 76 has to offer, you'll need some good weapons. But with so many to choose from, and the scarcity of the components required to craft them, you'll need to choose carefully. To help you out we've been busy compiling a list of the very best weapons in Fallout 76. We'll list every weapon in the game then advise on which ones are worth your time. We'll also take a look at weapon mods and Legendary Weapons. Finally, we'll detail some methods of Legendary Weapon farming, so that you can pick up the very best weapons in as little time as possible.

Fallout 76 Weapons List

As people get to spend more time with Fallout 76, we’re starting to get a good idea as to the full weapons roster. Thanks to some hard-working folks over on the Fallout Reddit, along with some of our own experiences with the game, we’ve been able to pull together the following list of Fallout 76 weapons:

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WeaponTypeBuffs
Ancient BladeMeleeN/A
Assaultron BladeMeleeN/A
Baseball BatMeleeN/A
BinocularsMeleeN/A
Black DiamondMeleeN/A
Blade of BastetMeleeIncreases armor penetration
BoardMeleeN/A
Bowie KnifeMeleeN/A
Boxing GloveMeleeN/A
Camden WhackerMeleeN/A
ChainsawMeleeN/A
Chinese Officer SwordMeleeN/A
Combat KnifeMeleeN/A
Commie WhackerMeleeN/A
Cultist BladeMeleeN/A
Cultist DaggerMeleeN/A
Death TamboMeleeN/A
Deathclaw GauntletMeleeN/A
DrillMeleeN/A
Fire AxeMeleeN/A
Golf ClubMeleeN/A
Grant’s SwordMeleeN/A
Grognak’s AxeMeleeN/A
Guitar AxeMeleeN/A
HatchetMeleeN/A
KnucklesMeleeN/A
Lead PipeMeleeN/A
MacheteMeleeN/A
Meat HookMeleeN/A
Meteoric SwordMeleePlus10% damage against humans, 90% reduced weight and plus50% increased durability.
Mole Miner GauntletMeleeN/A
Mr. Handy Buzz BladeMeleeN/A
Multi-Purpose AxeMeleeN/A
NailerMeleeIncreased damage given at lower HP
PickaxeMeleeN/A
Pipe WrenchMeleeN/A
PitchforkMeleeN/A
Pole HookMeleeN/A
Pool CueMeleeN/A
Power FistMeleeN/A
Protest SignMeleeN/A
Revolutionary SwordMeleeN/A
RipperMeleeN/A
Rolling PinMeleeN/A
Security BatonMeleeN/A
ShishkebabMeleeN/A
ShovelMeleeN/A
SickleMeleeN/A
Ski SwordMeleeN/A
SledgehammerMeleeN/A
SpearMeleeN/A
Super SledgeMeleeN/A
SwitchbladeMeleeN/A
Tire IronMeleeN/A
Walking CaneMeleeN/A
War DrumMeleeN/A
.44 PistolGunsN/A
10 MM PistolGunsN/A
10MM Submachine GunGunsN/A
50 Cal Machine GunGunsN/A
Anti-Scorched Training PistolGunsN/A
Assault RifleGunsN/A
Auto Grenade LauncherGunsN/A
Black Powder BlunderbussGunsN/A
Black Powder PistolGunsN/A
Black Powder RifleGunsplus25% damage to Scorched. minus20% damage to all other foes.
BroadsiderGunsN/A
Combat RifleGunsN/A
Combat ShotgunGunsN/A
CrossbowGunsN/A
CryolatorGunsN/A
Double Barrel ShotgunGunsN/A
The DragonGunsExtra limb damage and an increased chance to cripple.
Enclave Plasma GunGunsN/A
Fat ManGunsN/A
FlamerGunsN/A
Flare GunGunsN/A
Gamma GunGunsN/A
Gatling GunGunsN/A
Gatling LaserGunsN/A
Gatling PlasmaGunsN/A
Gauss RifleGunsN/A
Handmade RifleGunsN/A
Harpoon GunGunsN/A
Hunting RifleGunsN/A
Laser PistolGunsN/A
Lever Action RifleGunsN/A
Light Machine GunGunsN/A
M79 Grenade LauncherGunsN/A
MinigunGunsN/A
Missile LauncherGunsN/A
Paddle BallGunsN/A
Pipe Bolt-Action PistolGunsN/A
Pipe PistolGunsN/A
Pipe Revolver Standard Model: Pipe RevolverGunsN/A
Plasma PistolGunsN/A
Pump Action ShotgunGunsN/A
Radium RifleGunsN/A
Railway RifleGunsN/A
Rose’s SyringerGunsN/A
Salvaged Assaultron HeadGunsN/A
Single Action RevolverGunsN/A
Submachine GunGunsN/A
SyringerGunsN/A
Tesla RifleGunsN/A
Ultracite Gatling GunGunsN/A
Ultracite Laser PistolGunsN/A
Voice of SetGunsAdds electric-based damage against robot enemies.
Vox SyringerGunsEnables your target speaks.
Western RevolverGunsN/A
Baseball GrenadeGunsN/A
Cryo MineGunsN/A
Cryogenic GrenadeGunsN/A
DrossGunsN/A
Frag GrenadeGunsN/A
Frag Grenade MIRVGunsN/A
Frag MineGunsN/A
Hallucigen Gas GrenadeGunsN/A
Molotov CocktailGunsN/A
Nuka GrenadeGunsN/A
Nuke MineThrowablesN/A
Nuka Quantum GrenadeThrowablesN/A
Orbital Scan BeaconThrowablesN/A
Orbital Strike BeaconThrowablesN/A
Plasma GrenadeThrowablesN/A
Plasma MineThrowablesN/A
Pulse GrenadeThrowablesN/A
Pulse MineThrowablesN/A
Pumpkin GrenadeThrowablesTarget takes additional damage and radiation for 5s.
Throwing KnivesThrowablesN/A
TomahawkThrowablesN/A

Fallout 76 Best Weapons

You’ll have a lot of choice where weapons are concerned in Fallout 76. Pistols, machine guns, and melee weapons are all up for grabs, so how do you focus in on the best weapons that will get you further in the game? Well, we’ve done all of the work for you, and have compiled a list of the very best weapons in Fallout 76. You can check it out below:

  • Combat Shotgun - whether you’re facing off against the fearsome Scorched, or another player, a shotgun can be a really great choice. Get in close enough (and with how inaccurate much of the shooting is in Fallout 76, you should be fine) with a Combat Shotgun in hand and you’ll blast away all who stand in your way.
  • Laser Rifle - given just how often you’re going to be attacked my robots in Fallout 76, having a good Energy Weapon is a great idea. The Laser Rifle offers some of the highest accuracy, while also being great when combined with VATS.
  • Gauss Rifle - the Gauss Rifle was a real powerhouse in Fallout 4, and seems to continue being pretty awesome in Fallout 76 as well. It uses Ballistic damage which can be charged to hit harder. Charge it up and fire at your enemies and you’ll down them in no time at all.
  • M2 Browning - ah the Browning, capable of sending uranium-depleted 50. Cal bullets through everything and anything in sight. It’s great at taking down robots and is one of the best weapons to face down a Scorchbeast with.

Fallout 76 Weapons Damage Types

There are a number of things to consider when choosing which weapon to run with in Fallout 76. The main factor is going to be what type of weapon you want to use, and with what kind of damage output. There are five different types of damage in Fallout 76, which we've detailed below:

  • Ballistic - this is the most common damage type in the game. It's essentially just regular bullets, doing physical damage to almost all enemies.
  • Energy Damage - 'energy' rekates to weapons that do elemental and laser damage. They are useful against plenty of enemy types, especially robots.
  • Explosive - explosive weapons deal explosive damage. This includes rocket launchers and anything that fires grenades.
  • Radiation - this is a particularly pesky damage type to defend against as it gives Rads, lowering maximuum health. This is great in PvP, as you'll basically make your opponent weaker and weaker the more you use it.
  • Poison - this damage type can be used to inflict damage for a short time after your shot lands.

Fallout 76 Legendary Weapons List

There are a handful of exceptional weapons to be found in Fallout 76. These range from variations on melee weapons, to incredibly powerful upgrades to Heavy Weapons. We've listed all of the Fallout 76 Legendary Weapons below

NameBonusHow to Get
All Rise-Quest Reward (Mayor for a Day)
Ancient Blade-Event Reward (Breach and Clear)
Anti-Scorched Training Pistol25% additional damage to Scorched. -20% to everything else.Obtained via Quest (Into the Fire)
Black Diamond-Quest Reward (Flavors of Mayhem)
Blade of BastetIncreased Armor PenetrationQuest Reward (Mistress of Mystery)
Bunker Buster-Quest Reward (One of Us)
Camden Whacker-You can buy this at the Camden Park Prize shop
Daisy Cutter-Quest Reward (An Organic Panic)
The DragonExtra limb damage, chance to cripple Random drop.
DrossNoneQuest Item (Mistaken Identity)
Grant's Saber-Quest Reward (Mistress of Mystery: Forging a Legend)
Meteoric Sword10% additional damage to humans, 90% reduced weight, 50% more durabilityEvent Reward (Lode Baring)
NailerDoes more damage the lower your health isEvent Reward (One Violent Night)
Paddle BallNoneTrade in Mr. Fuzzy Tokens at Camden Park
Pumpkin GrenadesTarget takes additional damage and radiation for 5sDaily Quest Reward (Trick or Treat)
PyrolyzerReduce your target's damage output by 20% for 3sSide Quest Reward (Tracking Unknowns)
Rose's Syringer-Quest Reward (Flavors of Mayhem)
Somerset Secial-Event Reward (Back on the Beat)
Voice of SetAdditional damage aginst robotsQuest Reward (Mistress of Mystery: Prototypical Problems)
Vox SyringerMakes the target speakDaily Quest Item (Someone to Talk to)

Fallout 76 Weapon Crafting

The easiest way to get weapons in Fallout 76 is to craft them. You can head to any Weapons Workbench in the world to do this, though you'll have to unlocked the right blueprints to craft each weapon. You can also craft a Weapons Workbench for your Camp, which will mean you can fast travel to it whenever you want, free of charge.

Fallout 76 Weapon Mods

If you're looking to make your weapons handle better in Fallout 76, you'll want to add Weapon Mods. These can be added to any weapon using a Weapons Workbench. You'll need to have unlocked the mods via plans irst though, which can be found out in the world. You can also unlock new sets of mods via certain Perk Cards.

Scrap Weapons to Get Weapons Plans

Another great way to get more weapon plans is to scrap weapons you're not using. Generally, it's good to scrap any duplicate weapons, or ones that have particular low use. To do this, just head to any crafting station, from there you need to slect 'scrap items'. Select what you want to scrap and hit scrap. You'll see if you get any mods from it via pop-ups onscreen.

Fallout 76 Legendary Weapon Mods

Occasionally, you'll come across special weapons that have a star next to their name. These are legendary weapons with legendary effects or mods on them. These weapons are almost always found by looting the corpses of Legendary enemies. You won't encounter these enemies too often, unless you know where to look. We've listed some of the Legendary effects that you'll find applied to Legendary weapons below:

  • Anti-Armor - Ignores 50% of your target's armor.
  • Anti-Scorched - 25% more damage against Scorched, 20% less against everything else
  • Anti-Tank - Ignores 50% of the target's armor
  • Assassin's - +10% damage to humans
  • Berserker's - Deal more damage the lower your Damage Resistance
  • Bloodied - deal more damage when at lower health
  • Concussive - +33% chance to hit with VATS
  • Executioner's - +50% damage when the target's health is below 40%
  • Explosive - Bullets explode on impact, adding +15 damage per shot
  • Exterminator's - Does 50% more damage against Mirelurks and bugs.
  • Furious - Each conscecutive hit on a target deals more damage
  • Ghoul Slayer's - Does 50% more damage against Ghouls.
  • Hunter's - Does 50% more damage against animals.
  • Instigating - Does double damage if the target is at full health
  • Junkie's - Deal more damage the more chem withdrawal effects you currently have.
  • Medic's - V.A.T.S. crits will heal you and your group.
  • Mutant's - Damage increased by 10% if you are mtated.
  • Mutant Slayer's - +30% damage to Super Mutants
  • Never Ending - Unlimited ammo capacity.
  • Nocturnal - Does increasing amounts of damage at night, less damage during the day.
  • Stalker's - If not in combat, +100% V.A.T.S. accuracy at +50% AP cost.
  • Suppressor's - Reduce your target's damage output by 20%for 3 seconds.
  • Troubleshooter's - +30% damage to robots.
  • Two Shot - Shoots an additional projectile.
  • Zealot's - +30% damage to Ghouls.

Fallout 76 Legendary Weapon Farming

Once you start hitting the higher levels in Fallout 76 (50 and above), you'll want to start looking for the very best weapons in the game. The main way to get Legendary Weapons in Fallout 76 is to kill Legendary enemies. Problem is, they're not all that common, unless you know where to look that is. We've listed some surefire ways to farm Legendary Weapons in Fallout 76 below, all you need to do is seek out these events and server hop until you find each one.

  • Uranium Fever - this event will trigger in the Blackwater Mine area. You'll face off against up to three legendary enemies that will drop high level gear.
  • AWOL Armaments - this event can be found at the RobCo Research Center. You'll take on two Mr Gutsy enemies then a final legendary enemy located inside the facility.
  • Horde Events - all horde events found all over the map will have a leader who is always legendary.
  • One Violent Night - found in the upper righthand corner of the map. This event always ends by facing off against a legendary Wendigo enemy.
  • Leader of the Pack - located in the Fairgrounds area, this event spawns legendary wolves.

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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Jake is a former freelance writer who is still very much new to all of this. He spends his days dreaming of an X-Files dating-sim and playing wonderfully silly VR games. He has an unhealthy obsession with Mega Man, and would pretty much trade a kidney for Skate 4 at this point.

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