Your seven attributes are cleverly formed into the anagram ‘SPECIAL’, which stands for Strength, Perception, Endurance, Charisma, Intelligence, Agility and Luck.

The various attributes provide a number of different benefits, but what they all have in common is that they improve their related skills by two points for each point in that attribute. For example, a character with a Strength score of five would recieve a +10 bonus to their Melee Weapons skill. Luck is the exception, which gives a one point bonus for each two points in Luck to all your skills. This also means that when determining your skill points, each skill starts out with at least a +2 bonus (for your minimum of one point in each attribute.)

You can get a Vault-Tec limited edition Bobblehead that adds a one point bonus for each of your attributes. You should plan on getting these (or at least the more important ones) and adjust your character’s attributes appropriately. Remember, if you’re planning on getting the Almost Perfect perk, don’t pick up any attribute Bobbleheads until you have that perk… or unless you already have a score of nine in that attribute, as the Almost Perfect perk will not decrease an attribute score.

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Bethesda Softworks
  • Platforms
    PC, PS3, 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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