For both new and returning players, we have put together a list of tips and tricks for Fallout Shelter to improve the odds of your vault surviving the post-apocalyptic world.
For almost five years now, Fallout Shelter has been on the market, and much has changed since those early days in the Wasteland. For Bethesda, a company normally known for its vast open-world titles, the game was a major departure.
The overall game design was not only drastically different from previous Fallout games but before being ported to consoles, Fallout Shelter was also initially released as a mobile title.
If after a long hiatus, you are returning to Fallout Shelter, there is a lot of new material for you to discover. And even if you’ve built a thriving Vault, you can take more steps to optimize your setup.
To make your time with Fallout Shelter more effective, here are a few tips.
Fallout Shelter Tips For New Players
1. Understand the SPECIAL System
To get the most out of your shelter, you need to understand the SPECIAL system that gives you insight into the Dwellers and what their strengths are.
Someone with Charisma, for instance, might be best-suited for procreating. Those who have strength are ideal for power plants.
Here’s a breakdown of what each attribute in SPECIAL means.
Strength: Perfect for power plants and nuclear reactors. Perception: Specialists in water treatment and water purification. Endurance: Ideal for exploring the outside world. Charisma: Baby-makers and radio hosts. Intelligence: Put the smart ones in Medbays and Science Labs. Agility: Diners and gardens and making great food. Luck: A little luck goes a long way in any aspect of the game.
2. Keep Workers Happy
Keeping Dwellers happy is one of your most important jobs. And the only way to do that is to keep a close eye on the power, water and food they need to survive.
If they have everything they want, they’ll show their appreciation by working hard and not complaining. But when things start to go awry, trouble can mount and they might prove to be a problem.
3. Get and Use Weapons Early and Often
Raiders, RADroaches and a variety of other threats are all over the place in the Fallout world. Therefore, it’s a good idea to try to find and equip your Dwellers with weapons that will keep them safe.
If you don’t have enough weapons to go around, be sure to give your best guns and other items to those who will be exploring the world and working on the top floor.
That gives them and the rest of the Dwellers the best chance of staying alive.
4. Clothing Is Your Friend
Clothing can play an important role in the long-term success of your Fallout shelter. And while most of the Dwellers will have basic clothing, sometimes, your explorers will come back with articles of clothing that can improve the skills of your Dwellers.
Better yet, if a new Dweller knocks on the door in the hope of coming in, you can analyze what he or she is wearing and determine whether the clothing would be better-suited for your residents.
In some cases, clothing can boost your Dwellers’ attributes by as much as plus 5.
5. Protect Your Door
Raiders are a constant concern in Fallout Shelter. They’re out there, roaming the post-apocalyptic world, just looking for a shelter like yours to bust in. And when they do, they’ll be seeking supplies and might even pose a threat to your Dwellers.
To address that problem, you’ll want to use the Upgrade function to upgrade your vault door. Raiders will eventually make their way in, but the stronger the door, the more time you’ll have to get your Dwellers to the top floor to stop the raid.
6. Stop the Love – Initially
Yes, it’s an interesting concept that Fallout Shelter lets you pair up two Dwellers and watch as they conceive a child.
But don’t forget that when you bring a baby into this world, you need to feed him or her. And it takes several hours for the baby to become a contributor to your community.
So, until you have your place ready to go and you feel you need another mouth to feed and shelter, don’t rush two of your Dwellers into bed.
OK, so now you’ve set up your shelter, things are going well, you have plenty of resources, and you feel confident. Chances are, you will notice that a few people from outside your shelter are coming in to join your community.
You might also know that Fallout Shelter allows up to 200 characters in a single shelter.
It’s at this time — and only at this time — that you should pair up your characters and let them do what they will in bed. Before you pair up the characters, however, look for people who have enough charisma to actually attract someone.
You’ll also want to ensure you have people with a large amount of Luck, which will come in handy down the road.
8. Play to the Objectives
There will eventually come a point while playing Fallout Shelter that you’ll be out of Caps and you’ll desperately need some to increase your food supply or solve a variety of other problems.
And when that happens, you’ll want to turn to your Pip Boy and look for the objectives.
Throughout the game, Fallout Shelter gives you a list of objectives to complete. Some are simple, like delivering a baby, and will earn you just a few Caps.
Others, however, are more sophisticated, like finding things on exploration, and could earn you hundreds of Caps. Either way, try to complete them as soon as possible to increase your Caps supply.
9. Train Your Workers
As you get further into Fallout Shelter and have the opportunity to bring on more Dwellers, you’ll also have the opportunity to build a variety of rooms for them to hone their talents and work on improving their skills.
For instance, a Classroom will help you increase the intelligence of your community and make for improved work in medical and science labs.
And if you invest in an armory, you’ll be able to equip your Dwellers with far better weapons.
10. Don’t Forget to Build Some Storage Rooms
Building some storage rooms is another good idea that you can’t overlook. Storage rooms are there to put your additional resources when you’re producing more than you need to meet the demand of your Dwellers.
Storage rooms aren’t the most exciting of things you can build, but they go a long way in ensuring that you’ll have enough resources to keep your place running well even when things aren’t going so great.