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Best Fallout 4 builds

Whether you’re looking to play someone from the TV show, or just want something overpowered, we have the best Fallout 4 builds here.

Best Fallout 4 builds: a person wearing a huge set of armor attempts to fight a huge monster with razor sharp claws.

What are the best Fallout 4 builds? The wasteland is a tough place to exist. It doesn’t matter if you’re a veteran of the RPG or you’re coming fresh from the Fallout TV series, it pays to know the most powerful builds for your character so that you can survive against near-impossible odds, and thrive in the post-apocalypse.

There is no one way to play this RPG game. Each character is a beautiful, potentially horrible snowflake; it’s tough out there, and you’ve got to do whatever it takes to survive. Some people want to be a walking juggernaut, decimating anything in their path, while others (us) opt for a more… devious approach, swindling their way across the wasteland. You can be who you want to be in Fallout 4, but just in case you need a little inspiration, here are our picks for the best builds.

Fallout 4 builds: a woman with shoulder length brown hair looks into a mirror.

Fallout 4 TV show builds

When you create a new character in Fallout 4, various attributes dictate how your creation plays. It’s called the SPECIAL system, and as you level up, you can add to these attributes to increase your character’s power.

Each attribute begins with one point, but you have an additional 21 to place on the character creation screen. With each of these Fallout 4 builds, we’ll show you where you can place your SPECIAL points to craft different types of characters.

Best Fallout builds: a cheery looking person, with dark hair and a huge smile.

Lucy – the charmer

Ever the optimist, Lucy was born in a vault and knows little about the outside world other than what she read in the history books. She can disarm people with her optimism but has the gumption to take matters into her own hands when the need arises. Lucy wants to be a force of good in this world and with our build, you can be, too.

  • Strength: 2
  • Perception: 4
  • Endurance:3
  • Charisma: 8
  • Intelligence: 6
  • Agility: 2
  • Luck: 3

Fallout best builds: a huge suit of mechanical armor.

Maximus – the brawler

A soldier of the wasteland, Maximus is a part of the Brotherhood of Steel and takes a punch-first-ask-questions-later strategy to survival. He isn’t quite as strong as he’d like, but a good heart, and the ability to take a hit, will see him well. Hunt out a suit of Power Armor to reach your true potential.

  • Strength: 7
  • Perception: 2
  • Endurance: 7
  • Charisma: 3
  • Intelligence: 2
  • Agility: 3
  • Luck: 4

Best Fallout 4 builds: a ghoulish looking man with burned skin, wearing a cowboy hat.

Cooper – the gunslinger

Cooper was an all-action movie star before the bombs dropped, and while his charisma has taken a beating in the years since, his gunslinger background has served him very well in the wasteland. This build is all about accuracy, aggression, and solving problems with a quick squeeze of your trigger.

  • Strength: 3
  • Perception: 8
  • Endurance: 4
  • Charisma: 4
  • Intelligence: 2
  • Agility: 5
  • Luck: 2

Best Fallout builds: a man wearing a blue jumpsuit stands in an industrial hallway.

Norm – the technician

Lucy’s younger brother, Norm, is a whizz with computers, but not so skilled when it comes to people. He opts to stay in the vault, too scared to attempt a life on the outside. This build focuses on intelligence, which, when hacking terminals, will lower the number of incorrect phrases shown.

  • Strength: 2
  • Perception: 7
  • Endurance: 4
  • Charisma: 1
  • Intelligence: 9
  • Agility: 3
  • Luck: 2

What are the Fallout 4 attributes?

Each of your SPECIAL stats corresponds to a different part of your character, and will determine what you can, and can’t do in Fallout 4. Want to punch things really hard? Put as many points into strength as you can. Want to be a master hacker? Intelligence is your friend here.

Here is a breakdown of each attribute in Fallout 4:

  • Strength – Strength is a measure of your raw physical power. It affects how much you can carry, and the damage of all melee attacks.
  • Perception – Perception is your environmental awareness and ‘sixth sense,’ and affects weapon accuracy in V.A.T.S.
  • Endurance – Endurance is a measure of your overall physical fitness. It affects your total health and the action point drain from sprinting.
  • Charisma – Charisma is your ability to charm and convince others. It affects your success to persuade in dialogue and prices when you barter.
  • Intelligence – Intelligence is a measure of your overall mental acuity, and affects the number of experience points earned.
  • Agility – Agility is a measure of your overall finesse and reflexes. It affects the number of action points in V.A.T.S. and your ability to sneak.
  • Luck – Luck is a measure of your general good fortune. It affects the recharge rate of your critical hits and your chances of finding better items.

Those are the best Fallout 4 builds, as inspired by the TV show. They’re solid archetypes and can be adjusted to your taste once you have a feel for the game. If you want to alter your experience further, we have the best Fallout 4 mods here, and a list of all the Fallout 4 console commands if you want to throw a few cheats into the mix.