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Fallout 4
Strategy Guide

Author(s): Nathan Garvin, Greg Wright
Editor(s): Claire Farnworth
First Published: 16-12-2015 / 00:00 GMT
Last Updated: 01-11-2019 / 16:08 GMT
Version: 1.0 (????) 22-11-2019 / 11:18 GMT

Fallout 4 Guide

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Managing Settlements


The rating for Defense represents the combined strength of all the defensive items in a settlement. This rating needs to be as high as the population at the very least otherwise production is reduced and it leaves the settlement more vulnerable to attack. One of the easiest ways to boost Defense is by building Guard Posts which can be incorporated into walls and fences or any other structures. They require only wood and steel and one guard assigned to three posts produces 6 Defense. You should always build some Guard Posts even when you acquire better defensive items.

One artillery piece produces 6 Defense with a worker assigned. If you can spare the materials and space. building an artillery piece to boost Defense and improve coverage of artillery support is a very useful commodity.

While they require more materials, turrets are fully automated and once placed, will provide a significant boost to your Defense without needing a worker assigned to them. This method is perhaps the simplest way to increase Defense though many turrets require rare materials and special perks in order to build them. They are well worth the cost though.

Guard Posts and Turrets will be your initial defensive structures. They will boost the Defense rating plenty for what you need in basic settlements.

Traps are another handy way of improving Defense. They just need to be connected with a wire to a power grid and remain undamaged to count. There are some drawbacks though, namely that once triggered, they do not discriminate between targets damaged by the trap. The easiest way around this is to make laser tripwires as the trap trigger and then connect a Terminal. Access the tripwire’s options via the Terminal and set the trigger to ignore friendly targets.

Guard Posts and artillery pieces do not take damage during invasions but turrets and of course any triggered traps will need repairing or replacing. If the Defense rating drops, use the Workshop to repair any damaged structures.

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Bethesda Softworks
  • Platforms
    PC, PS4, XB1
  • Genre
  • Guide Release
    16 December 2015
  • Last Updated
    1 November 2019
  • Guide Author
    Nathan Garvin, Greg Wright

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