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Suggested Build, Skills

Nathan Garvin

Skills to Tag! (and why)

The first thing you have to determine when it comes to skill point allocation are your Tag! skills.

Lockpick/Science : They both unlock goodies, and they both will get you experience for using them. Ultimately Lockpick is the better choice, since a lot of computers simply open locks, while no locks make computer redundant. Plus… you’ll just find alot more locked objects (doors, safes, lockers… more doors that lead to lockers) than hackable computers.

Small Guns/Repair/Sneak : Small Guns allows you to kill things easier, hence making your ammo go further. Repair allows you to kill things easier, hence making your ammo go further, and it allows you to combine gear, giving you more potent, compact versions, which just makes life easier. Sneak allows you to steal loot to sell or use, and can help you avoid tough encounters early on-or allow you to get the drop on enemies… allowing you to do more damage and make your ammo go further. These three skills make your killing easier, which will in their own ways maximize your experience earning and money making. Pick which one (or two) you prefer the most. Keep in mind that Sneak early on won’t allow you to Sneak past stronger foes, and it certainly won’t let you steal with impunity. Sneak is kind of an all-or-nothing skill, and even then, only if you have Silent Running and avoid line of sight. Still, Sneak is a key skill, and getting a 15-point boost to it just means you’ll be more competent, faster.

Barter/Speech (honorable mention): While both are good, you can do without at the beginning. If you don’t plan on doing quests right off the bat, ignore Speech . Even if you do you can tough it out and save/reload until it works. With Barter , you can get money from one of the above skills. These two skills are good, but there are better early game skills.

Skill Point Allocation

Generally, it’s a good idea to keep all your skills roughly equal as you level up… obviously paying favor to the more useful skills first. Getting Lockpick , Repair , Science , Small Guns , Sneak , and Unarmed up to the 50s early on is a good idea. Unarmed is good for lower levels, as you’ll be able to find and afford Spiked Knuckles earlier than you can get copious amounts of ammo. Once all your skills are 50 (60 if they have the Bobblehead) it’s time to make the next incremental improvement and get Lockpick and Science to 75, and generally work on getting all my skills into the 80s. Keep track of the Bobbleheads you’ve obtained, any planned perk bonuses ( Cyborg and Silent Running ), and the fact that when you get Almost Perfect your skill points will jump. For example, Speech and Barter will both get 16 Skill Points when this build obtains the Almost Perfect perk at level 30, so don’t boost them too much, to avoid wasting skill points.

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Guide Information
  • Publisher
    Bethesda Softworks
  • Platforms,
    PC, PS3, XB 360
  • Genre
    Action RPG
  • Guide Release
    7 February 2015
  • Last Updated
    7 December 2020
  • Guide Author
    Nathan Garvin

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War never changes. The Fallout franchise certainly has, however. In 2008 Bethesda revived Interplay’s famous “Post Nuclear Role Playing Game”, moving from third person to first person, and from the west coast to the east coast. You are the Lone Wanderer, an outcast from Vault 101 who sacrifices a relatively easy life in order to brave the terrors of the post-apocalyptic Wasteland and find your Dad, whose mysterious departure from Vault 101 sets a chain of events in motion that will change the Capital Wasteland forever…

This guide is intended to be the ultimate completionist’s guide to Fallout 3.

  • Every area in the game covered extensively including all side quests and main quests.
  • All the Bobbleheads, skill books and schematic locations.
  • A full trophy/achievement guide.
  • An in-depth information about character creation is also provided so you can create whatever Vault Dweller suits you best.
  • Good, evil and neutral alternatives to quests will be presented where applicable.

Become the Last, Best Hope of Humanity… or add to the continuing sum of human misery in your selfish quest for survival. Sneak past foes, talk your way out of confrontations, shoot everything in the head, or create a character who can do it all. The Wasteland is a big, dangerous place, and this guide will help you experience as much as possible.

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