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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: 10-09-2020 / 02:28 GMT
Version: 1.0 (????) 19-09-2020 / 16:38 GMT

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.

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
    Role-playing
  • Guide Release
    16 December 2015
  • Last Updated
    10 September 2020
  • Guide Author
    Nathan Garvin, Greg Wright

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It's just another day. Having just been accepted into Vault 111, you spend the morning with your family going about your daily routine. That is until alarms blare out, signalling a nuclear attack. You and your family sprint towards the Vault along with everyone else in the neighborhood just as a bomb explodes nearby. After surviving the blast, you are lowered into the Vault and enter cryosleep. Two hundred years pass and you awake to a world ravaged by nuclear war. You are the Sole Survivor and what awaits you is a mystery as you set out to conquer the Wasteland.

Our guide will be a complete companion while you journey through the wilds of Fallout 4. You can find a plethora of information including the following:

  • A start to finish walkthrough with every area in between covered.
  • Combat details, SPECIAL explanation and general gameplay information.
  • VATS And You!: Getting to know your PIPBOY.
  • All faction quests explained including the consequences of favoring one over the others.
  • Information on Settlements and items for construction.
  • Bobblehead locations, collectibles and full Trophy/Achievement guide.
  • Settlement Guide complete with how to set up and manage settlements, what perks are beneficial etc.
  • Companion chapter detailing each companion character, where to acquire them and the pros/cons of each.
  • A detailed Character Creation guide fully examining the best builds and what each perk does.
  • Automatron and Wasteland Workshop DLC information provided, including a full walkthrough for Automatron.
  • A complete walkthrough of the "Far Harbor" DLC complete with information on every side quest.

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