Fallout 76's final Wild Appalachia update, Patch 9, is coming next week. And with it, there will be some new mechanics that should help you earn both bottle caps and legendary items.
The first major mechanic coming to Fallout 76 with the Patch 9 update is Vending Machines. This allows players to basically set up a shop and earn some cash. The way it works is that players will be able to build Vending Machines at their C.A.M.P. They can then fill it with items they've collected or built and set a price for them as well.
Other players who come to your Vending Machine can then buy whatever it is you have up for sale. If you land a sale, you'll have the bottle caps instantly added to your account, minus a nominal 10% fee.
The second new mechanic is to help players recycle their unwanted legendary gear for new ones. A new Mole Miner vendor called The Puveyor is coming to Appalachia, and she deals in legendary items. The only thing is she doesn't take bottle caps. Instead, she accepts a new type of currency called Legendary Scrip.
To earn Legendary Scrip, players must track down Legendary Exchange Machines located by Train Stations. There, they can exchange unwanted legendary items for Scrip. The higher the star-rating of a legendary item, the more Scrip you'll receive.
Lastly, there will be a new scoreboard for Fallout 76's Survival mode. This is the free-for-all mode Bethesda added designed for combat-hungry players. Rather than just a scoreboard for kills, or longest life, Bethesda will track something called a "Survival Score."
Survival Score is earned for every Experience Point a player earns in the Survival Mode beta. The players with the three highest Survival Scores will be highlighted on the map. Players can also earn Survival Points by killing another player, though the max amount of points you can earn is 75% of whatever Survival Score they had before being killed.
After a rough launch, this is the end of Fallout 76's first round of content updates; think of it like a season ending. Patch 9 goes live on May 7, and you can check out our Fallout 76 guide for more of our coverage.