With Fallout 4 on PC, of course the mod community is out in force. Official PC modding support for Fallout 4 is open for business at the Bethesda Mods page, and the Fallout 4 Nexus has hundreds of mods available. If you’re looking to make the game more beautiful, add some new features, or even play the game as a dog, modding is the way forward.
We've picked more than 50 of the best mods out there to get you well on your way to a more interesting Boston Wasteland.
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How do I install Fallout 4 mods?
Fallout 4 isn’t always the easiest game to mod. Integrated mod support is now available from Fallout's main menu, and links to the Bethesda Mods page where you can find hundreds of officially approved mods. Perhaps one day we'll see Steam Workshop integration like with Skyrim, too. But if you're using mods found at the Fallout 4 Nexus you’ll need to do a bit of messing in the game’s install folders. Thankfully Fallout Nexus have made these two videos that quickly explain how to prepare Fallout 4 for modding, and how to manually install mods.
Unofficial Fallout 4 Patch
Sometimes the community are the best people to turn to when things go wrong. As we’ve come to expect from Bethesda, Fallout 4 is as buggy as it is vast, and even the game’s own programmers haven't managed to squash every issue. The Unofficial Fallout 4 Patch is a set of fixes from the mod community that aims to fix every problem not addressed in the official patches. It may not add a cool new gun or open up a fantastic quest line, but it goes a long way to making Fallout 4 a smoother experience.
Fallout 4 Script Extender
The Fallout 4 script extender gets a special mention, despite still being in a very early state. Why? Because the previous iterations of the tool for other Bethesda games have been vital to the modding community and a needed install to run anything more complex than basic functionality changes. Script extenders increase the game's capacity for alteration, letting modders write more complex code for it to process. If and when they do, players need it installed as well to handle those mods.
If you've no interest in creating mods yourself you can ignore it for now. Prospective tinkerers can grab the the current version from the script extender site.
Fallout 4 Graphics Mods
The Boston wastes are perpetually stuck in a sort of late-spring time warp where the climate never changes. Tailor your game to the season of your choice with this mod, which provides a variety of textures to repaint the Commonwealth in spring, summer, autumn, or winter colours. It’s not quite advanced enough to offer a season cycle, but with a simple adjustment of some files you can easily add some warmth or chill to your adventure.
Fallout 4 Cel-shaded
Fallout’s semi-realistic art style is often beautiful, and just as frequently hideous. If its inconsistencies annoy you, perhaps throwing it through SweetFX and turning it into this cel-shaded comic book is for you. The result is, naturally, Borderlands by Bethesda, but it works exceptionally well for a mod that simply retro-fits filters over everything.
Fallout 4 is a pretty handsome game, even if it does suffer from some technical hang-ups. Its world is full of colourful places, be that the swirling green nuclear fogs of the Glowing Sea, the reds and blues of Boston’s wooden housing, or the earthy tones of its rural districts. But while more colourful than previous games in the series, Fallout 4 is still quite washed out. The Enhanced Wasteland Preset for SweetFX 2.0 makes the colours of the world pop that much more, ensuring a vibrant visit to the Commonwealth.
The wasteland is a harsh place, so it's no wonder your character is always on edge, with their rifle raised and ready. If you’d rather things were a little more relaxed, this mod keeps your gun in a lowered position until things kick off. It looks more natural on screen, and also frees up a chunk of vision previously obscured by your ready weapon.
Leaves on Trees
The most depressing thing you can see in Fallout 4 are the forests of leafless, dead trees. Add a little more life to Boston’s rural districts with this mod that puts leaves on trees. If the green colours of that mod are a little too vibrant for you, try the more autumnal shades of Colourful Leaves.
Enhanced Blood Textures
There is a lot of blood in Fallout 4. Great torrents of thick, spattery blood. Since you’ll be seeing a lot of it, it makes sense to make sure it looks as pretty as it possibly can. That’s exactly what Enhanced Blood Textures does.
Water Enhancement Textures
Since the Charles River is a location you’ll frequently be passing by in your travels through the Commonwealth, you’ll want it looking suitably wet and watery. If you’re finding Bethesda’s own water textures just aren’t up to standard, try this Water Enhancement Textures mod.
Eyes of Beauty
Perhaps Bethesda purposefully make their characters’ eyes dull and soulless just to keep the Eyes of Beauty mod in business. It worked wonders in Skyrim, and is back for Fallout 4 to make NPCs' orbs of jelly look just that little more pretty.
If you’re absolutely disgusted by the use of actual colour in Fallout 4, then Decay is what you need. It adds a suitably Fallout filter to everything, returning the game to the days of 2008 when everything was a sickly shade of radiation green. No more eye seizures for you!
Made by the same modder behind The Witcher 3’s exceptional E3FX mod, this reshader adds SSAO, realistic lighting, and sharpening to help bolster the atmosphere of the game, without radically changing the colours.
Commonwealth Militia Armory
Quite a few people have apparently been moaning about Fallout 4’s assault rifle, which rather than being an actual assault rifle is a massive water-cooled Maxim machine gun that they used to mount in trench pillboxes. Determined to make something more interesting and sci-fi flavoured, thespaceman0915 created this mod, reskinning the assault rifle as a Commonwealth Militia rifle.
Fallout 4 Settlement Mods
Robot Home Defence
So you’ve seen the new Automatron Fallout 4 DLC and love the idea of having robot servants, but don’t like the idea of paying money for things. Enter the Robot Home Defence mod, which allows anyone with ranks in Robotics Expert and a Fusion Core to create their own AI slave.
Protectrons, Mister Gutsies, Assaultrons, and more are available to be built and defend your settlements from raiders. You can even have any number of robots accompany you on your travels around the Commonwealth. Having trouble with a mission? Just take an army of droids with you!
Fallout 4’s settlements building system is great, but it's by no means perfect. Snap’n Build improves it significantly by adding quite an obvious function: snap-together components. They’re kept in their own tidy section of the build menu, meaning you can use both means of construction, but the snapping elements of this mod makes multiple-tier building so much easier. Don’t tear your hair out trying to build the perfect staircase, just download this mod.
Functional Weapon Racks
The opening menu for Fallout 4 shows a variety of cool weapons proudly displayed on the walls of the Red Rocket Garage. It’s all for show though: try and do this yourself and you’ll just find half a ton of weapons falling in a pile on the floor. This mod adds fully-functioning weapons racks to the game, meaning you can finally show off your rarest finds and creations.
If you’ve been building an epic settlement, no doubt it’s several floors high. Only peasants take the stairs, so install an elevator in your tower with this mod. It adds five different lifts to the wood crafting menu, allowing you to ride in style up to five floors high. The shaft snaps easily into your existing builds, so it's pretty simple to add a little class to your castle.
Add some variety to your settlements with Better Settlers. It makes sure there’s a larger sense of diversity among your generic settlement population, and also provides them with better weapons. There’s also now the chance for them to use stimpacks, and Lifegiver and Adamantium Skeleton perks to make them hardier in battle. Not only will your towns be more interesting to live in, but better equipped to fend off raiders.
Craftable Floor Supports
A notable missing component from Fallout 4’s construction kit is floor supports. It makes trying to build multi-storey buildings a little bit illogical and highly dependent on floating items clipping into place where you desire them. Floor supports are the solution to the problem. Bless their perfect ninety-degree angles.
If you’re deep into Fallout 4’s settlements side, then you know how vital good plant keeping is. If you want populations to thrive, then you need crops, and lots of them. Keep your mutfruits and melons protected and healthy in this Greenhouse, which can be built from the structures menu. It’s not just a single item: you can build your greenhouse however you please with the variety of walls, floors, and roof tiles. You’re just moments away from creating your own glass superstructure.
Create a Settlement Anywhere
Building settlements is Fallout 4’s killer feature, but you have to set up home in exactly where the game tells you. If you’ve found the perfect hillside retreat though, don’t let rules and regulations stop you from building a castle. Just install this mod that lets you slam down a workshop anywhere in the world and create a settlement location around it.
Unlimited Settlement Objects
Don’t let anything stifle your creativity, especially Fallout 4’s object limits. The game prevents you from building any more items in your settlements when you reach a certain limit. This mod breaks that barrier and lets you craft as much as you please. Don’t take no for an answer, just mod instead!
You’ve modded your game to make sure you can build with no limits, but it’s pointless having a massive town if you can’t fully populate it. Fill all those hotel rooms and shanty houses with as many people as you’d like with this Infinite Settlers mod.
Homemaker - Expanded Settlements
If your settlements just don't quite feel like they’re packed with enough home comforts, the Homemaker mod is what you needs. It adds over 100 new items to the game’s crafting system, allowing you to create a wide variety of new objects to furnish your settlement with. New lights, chairs, showers, crates, crops, and many more items are added to the crafting menu when working on your settlement.
Settlements are big, but not big enough to waste space. If you want to have plenty of lighting and laser turrets guarding your zones you need a boat-load of power, and that means generators. To power an ambitious settlement you need to make so many generators you’d may as well build the walls from them. Reduce the amount of engines you need chugging in your villages by installing this Better Generators mod, which ensure each standard unit produces much more power.
Crafting is a huge part of Fallout 4, but unusually weapons and armour are something you can't create from scratch. Sure you can modify existing ones, but making your own bespoke item? Sorry. Until now, that is, with these workbenches that introduce new crafting systems for post-war weapons, armour, and clothing. You can even craft ammunition. Just drop these in your settlement and get your gun nut hat on.
Settlement Supplies Expanded
Another mod for vastly increasing the amount of items you can create and place in your settlements. Settlement Supplies has 243 static objects like cars, trees, and rocks, alongside over 100 usable items and a new alternative Power Armor Rack design.
Working Food Planters
If you’re a budding Fallout 4 farmer, you’ll know the pain of trying to get crops going in urban settlements. Without soil, there’s no life for your precious tatos. Use this mod though, and you can create a bucket of soil in your settlement to plant crops in. Problem solved.
Fallout 4 Gameplay Mods
Fallout 4 Configuration Tool
Since you’re playing Fallout 4 on PC, chances are that you want to fiddle about with its settings a bit. This small and easy tool allows you to adjust things like field of view, framerate locks, and mouse sensitivity.
A neat touch in the Bioshock games is that you can simply tap a button and reload your weapon with entirely different ammunition rounds. It means suddenly guns fulfil different purposes, being an anti-armour boomstick one moment and an explosive launcher the next. This mod applies the same principle to Fallout, allowing to switch between AP, slugs, and explosives on the fly.
If you’re a Fallout veteran you almost certainly have a few favourite items from the many different wastelands. Perhaps that’s a refreshing bottle of Sunset Sarsaparilla, or a dose of Cateye. You won’t find them in the Commonwealth, but you can change that with Wasteland Imports. This mod makes various legacy items available in Fallout 4’s shops.
Ransacked Relays and Shuddersome Subways
Unlike Skyrim, Fallout 4 is lacking on the extra mission mods front. If you’re hungry for some additional scripted content, then this quest mod will keep you going a little further. It contains two new dungeons with quest lines that hand out decent rewards. There are bosses to be fought, new weapons to be found, and creepiness to endure. The mod is fully voiced, too, to keep up those professional standards.
When using scopes in Fallout 4 the screen fades in-and-out rather than displaying a smooth animation where the scope is raised to your eye. It is, quite frankly, an ugly transition and feels very 2002. This mod brings things up to date with new scope models that can be looked down without the fade-out, and also allows you peripheral vision around the scope while you aim. It’s just the tweak Fallout 4’s shooting required.
Boston’s a big place and, while there are plenty of collapsing houses to make a home in, you may decide it simply feels more authentic to camp on the roadside when night draws close. This camping mod adds the ability to light a fire, set up a tent, use sleeping bags, and cook meals on the campfire. It’s a simple but effective way of engaging in a little post-apocalyptic roleplay.
Automatic Laser Tripwires
You’ve built your home with Fallout 4’s extensive settlement tools, but you’ve not invested in substantial home security! Don’t leave life to chance, rig your house with Automatic Laser Tripwires. These lovely high-tec munitions explode with lethal force the moment anything crosses its beams, and will automatically re-arm themselves when required!
Be The Dog
When designing your character in Fallout 4, ‘Man’ or ‘Woman’ is about as diverse as choices get. Don’t settle for that though: use this mod to Be The Dog. We’re talking playing the entire game as beloved pooch Dogmeat (or another type of dog should you so wish). With a Pipboy strapped to his leg, Dogmeat is ready to tackle the Boston wastes with a variety of bite-attacks, while dressed up in doggy gear (no guns or power armour here!).
And yes, even when playing as Dogmeat you can recruit Dogmeat as a companion, meaning you can play the game as a doggy duo roadtrip. A canine buddy cop movie, if you will.
Fallout 4’s shooting is already better than anything in the series before it, but trust modders to improve it even further. Take Cover adds in a Deus Ex-style cover system where the camera pulls out into third-person when crouching or leaning against walls or other bullet-stopping objects. You can then lean out and fire with just a click of the right mouse. You can even vault over low items for that authentic cover-shooter vibe.
The mod has plenty of options, allowing you to either enter cover automatically upon contact or use an assigned hotkey to snap-to it. And it certainly goes a long way to helping increase the intensity of Fallout’s firefights.
M79 Thumper Grenade Launcher
In its original form, Fallout 4 doesn’t have a grenade launcher. If you want to throw projectiles, it’s either bullets or nuclear bombs and not much in between. This mod fixes that by adding the M79 Thumper grenade launcher to the game, which is handy for launching explosives that won't irradiate a small town. It comes with three interchangeable barrels to allow different grenade types to be fired.
Desert Rangers Armour
The Desert Rangers hail from Nevada, and apart from being ruthless and efficient survivors, they’re well known for having the best armour in the whole United States of Fallout. This exceptional sandy variation of the classic New Vegas threads requires the NCR Ranger armour mod to work, but for the sake of fashion that’s a small task to ask of you.
The ultimate in defense, the Armorsmith Extended mod makes ten massive changes to Fallout’s armour system. The most notable improvements are the ability to wear multiple armours together (such as clothing under plate) and being able to wear a hat and masks or glasses at the same time. Practically every form of armour is now craftable, including a new Therm Optics armour that increases stealth by cloaking the user when stood still or sneaking.
Considering Fallout 4 is a game that involves an awful lot of picking things up, your character has nothing to hold all that junk in. No, not even pockets! This mod adds backpacks to the game, which means not only is there now a logical place for all your junk to be kept, but it also comes with the added bonus of extra carry weight stats so you can cart around even more things.
We Are The Minutemen
The Minutemen are the Commonwealth’s last hope. While it’s understandable they’ve been crippled by time and poor resources, as you help them during Fallout 4 they never feel much more than a group of shabby survivors. We Are The Minutemen makes them a much more formidable force. The most handy adjustment is scaling Minutemen patrols to your level, so when they come to lend a hand in battle they’re actually helpful.
True Storms: Wasteland Edition
There’s already some impressive storms at play in Fallout 4, but why not make them more epic with some devastating weather effects that come as part of the True Storms mod. The Skyrim variant was brilliant, and with the addition of radiation rain and heavy dust storms it’s sure to add some brilliant extra atmosphere to Fallout 4.
Craftable Armor Size
Fallout’s armour choices are all pretty basic: while it comes in many pieces for each limb, they all pretty much amount to basic knee/elbow pads and a chest plate. Craft more interesting armour with this mod, that allows light/medium/heavy variations of the leather, metal, combat, raider, and synth armour types. Not only are there stat benefits, but you can look much cooler too, with big plate armour without the need of the power suits.
Realistic Death Physics
Fallout 4’s engine has an ‘interesting’ approach to physics. Notice how, when punched in the face, ghouls are flung back fifteen feet? I mean I know you’ve been working out, but sheesh. The Realistic Death Physics mod recalculates all the gravity and force calculations on dead bodies, reserving big knock-backs for only the heaviest calibre weapons.
The VATS system in Fallout 4 is a little different to the one seen in Fallout 3 and New Vegas. Back in the day, the system would freeze-frame the action rather than just slowing time to a crawl. If you’d rather be the true master of time and not risk close enemies being able to take a bite out of you in VATS, then opt for this mod that uses the ‘classic’ stop time method.
Carry Weight Modifications
As much as we all love Fallout 4 there’s something none of us can deny: there’s a LOT of time spent faffing in menus, especially when it comes to trying to choose what items to hang onto when you’re over-encumbered. If you’re on the hunt for as much scrap as possible, you’ll know this is a real pain. Remove your weight woes with this mod that ensures you can carry exactly as much as you want to, be that carting the entirety of Boston’s bin contents on your back, or reducing it to more realistic levels.
More Where That Came From - Diamond City Radio
Fallout 4’s radio is wonderful, but it’s not exactly GTA in scope. While this mod doesn’t have the benefit of adding multiple stations with various music styles, it does add 74 new lore-friendly tracks to the game, meaning you won’t quite be getting sick of Atom Bomb Baby so soon. The tracks are even woven in to ensure Diamond City DJ Travis still gets to broadcast between tunes.
Realistic Survival Damage
The Survival difficulty mode means you can essentially be killed in a single hit, but the odds are certainly not even for you. Enemies become bullet sponges, with your damage output being half what it usually is. Not exactly representative of real life. Make bullets powerful again with this damage mod, which keeps enemies challenging and dangerous, whilst still killable with a well-placed headshot.
More Armour Slots
Quite a few of Fallout’s clothing options prevent you from equipping limb armour, which quite frankly doesn't’t make sense. Why can I wear arm guards over a Vault-Tec jumpsuit, but not over a two-piece? This mod champions logic, and allows you to wear armour plating on all kinds of clothing, which means you can have the best of both worlds when it comes to armour and charisma boosting gear. There’s a few clipping issues since armour was never intended to be worn over clothing, but that’s a small price to pay for the huge benefits.
Atom Bomb Babies
Atom Bomb Baby is a 1957 song recorded by The Five Stars, and one of the tracks on Fallout 4’s soundtrack. It also seems to be the inspiration behind this mod, that takes the lyrics quite literally. It replaces the mini nuke ammunition for the Fat Man launcher with babies. Your baby, in fact. Your quest to find Shaun is over, as you fire him out of a length of gutter and watch him detonate in a mini mushroom cloud.
Full Dialogue Interface
Many players have been annoyed by the simplified dialogue choice system in Fallout 4, which displays short paraphrases of what your character can say, rather than the whole dialogue. This mod replaces the Mass Effect-style interface with a more traditional Bethesda one, listing full responses in a numbered list.
Fire Team Support
When things get sticky in battle, you need friends to rely on. This mod makes your allegiances with factions even more useful by allowing you to call in members as a Fire Team to support you. You can summon individual or groups of Brotherhood of Steel and Minutemen troops. Or, if you want to go really crazy, there’s the option to call on tamed Deathclaws.
Doom for Pip-Boy
Fallout 4 is littered with holotape games that you can play on your Pip-Boy. They’re mostly based on classic arcade games from the early days of gaming, but if you fancy something a little more up-to-date, try Doom for Pip-Boy. It’s a work in progress, so keep your eye on it for updates.
No Player Voice
For many Fallout 4 players, the addition of a voiced protagonist ruins the role-playing illusion. If you’re finding it hard to make your character your own when someone else’s voice comes out their mouth, try this mod that removes the player voice acting. Combine this with the first-person camera option for all conversations in the game’s settings, and you won’t be shattering any illusions any time soon.
Junk Batch File
More of a outright cheat than a mod, this batch file will dump 1000 pieces of each junk item into your inventory, providing fresh fodder for you to craft with. The file can also be used to add 1000 rounds of every type of ammunition.
Remove Power Armour Drain
Power Armour requires fusion cores in order to keep moving, and they’re not the most common sight in the wasteland. If you’re finding it impossible to keep your armour rig fuelled up, this mod allows you to cheat a little and stop your armour from draining batteries.
Configurable Power Armour Fusion Core Drain
If you’re struggling with the woes of Power Armour chewing its way through Fusion Cores, but don’t want to cheat the system entirely by modding the game to ignore power drain, this configuration mod is for you. You can set how fast cores drain, meaning you won’t need to pack ten for a long journey. Think of it of upgrading to a more efficient armour model, rather than actually cheating.
Pre-War House Front Door Unlocked
The prologue to Fallout 4 takes place before America is subjected to mass nuclear bombing, and allows you to get a glimpse at the universe’s 1950s inspired retro-future. You’re confined to your house for much of the prologue, with the front-door locked until the air-raid sirens sound. Should you wish to explore more of the main character’s neighbourhood in it’s shiny original form, this mod will unlock the front door and allow you to explore. You can’t explore the entire world pre-war (Bethesda are not mad enough to create entire maps you’ll never see), but you can have a good wander around Sanctuary.
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