Developers: Bethesda Game Studios and Bethesda Game Studios Austin
Release Date: April 14, 2020
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC (Steam and Bethesda Launcher)
Size: Between 54GB and 70GB depending on your platform
Price: Free for all current Fallout 76 owners, Fallout 76 retails at $30
What is Wastelanders?
Wastelanders is the first expansion-level content drop for Fallout 76 that introduces human NPCs, new quests, dialogue options, companions, and so on. It is essentially a complete overhaul of the game. When Fallout 76 launched it was derided for mistake after mistake, bug after bug. In the time since launch Bethesda Game Studios has improved the game significantly to where it is (in my opinion) actually worth $30 if you enjoy the gameplay of Fallout 4 and the world and lore of Fallout. It isn't an exaggeration to say that Appalachia is the best world map in a Bethesda Fallout game. The game still has its bugs and server issues, but in a far more acceptable place than it was when it launched.
What can I do in Wastelanders?
In Wastelanders you will meet two factions, the nominally peaceful Settlers who just want to make a life for themselves and the antagonistic Raiders who are out for conquest and mayhem. You can do quests for both factions but at some point you will need to pick a side. You will also run into Mothman Cultists and a group called the Blood Eagles whom are allies to no one. Included is a myriad of new events, locations, enemies, and quests. You've got new NPCs that you can romance, add as a companion, guard your CAMP, and so on. There is also a reputation system with each faction.
Can you play alone? Yes and no. There is no offline mode so there will always be other players in the world, however Bethesda has added instancing to the game so that quest important locations and some dungeons are instanced to you (and your party) so you can complete them without worrying about other players.
Is there still PvP? Yes, but it is entirely opt-in. You can refuse to engage with other players and griefing is essentially nonexistent.
What level do I need to be to play Wastelanders? You can start it at any level but part way through the Wastelanders quest line you will be locked out until you reach level 20, which is a fairly easy endeavor.
Should I make a new character? If you have been playing consistently, no. There are specific story nodes and dialogue for being a high level player. If you haven't played in a long time I would recommend starting fresh.
Below are the official update notes for Wastelanders:
Welcome to the Year 2103!
It’s been a year since the door to Vault 76 rolled open on Reclamation Day. A lot has changed in Appalachia since you and other Vault Dwellers began rebuilding. There are many new people to meet and things to discover as you continue your adventures.
Here is an overview of the major additions Wastelanders brings to you:
NPCs and Dialogue
A whole host of new people have arrived in Appalachia, seeking their fortunes or just a safe place to live. These NPCs can be found all over the place. Some of them you can talk to and have interactive conversations.
Click here to read our article to learn more about dialogue and conversations in Wastelanders.
- The mechanics of dialogue are similar to Fallout 3 – you have a variety of choices, S.P.E.C.I.A.L. checks, and options available to you contextually.
- A single player response can have any number of choices available, if there are more choices than fit the display you can scroll down to see them all.
- Additionally, full conversations have been added to many of the original NPCs of Fallout 76—characters like Rose, MODUS, and the Grafton Mayor (and more) can be engaged in dialogue.
A New Main Quest
The arrival of new people in Appalachia means there are many new adventures to be had. Wastelanders brings an entirely new story to Fallout 76 that you can uncover and explore as you complete new main quests.
- Just outside of Vault 76, you can dive into the Wastelanders story and meet Lacey and Isela, who will guide you to experience the Wayward quest line.
- At level 20, the full main quest opens in Sutton. It will get you acquainted with the two largest factions in Appalachia – the Raiders and Settlers.
- During the Main Quest you will have to pick which side you work with, but for quite some time you can do quests for both factions until you hit a point of no return.
- The original Fallout 76 main quest is still available, but expect new touches of life. Both with new NPCs and full dialogue with existing NPCs.
- Please Note:To accommodate new quests and story content, some new no-C.A.M.P. zones have been added to locations in the world.
- If your C.A.M.P. was in one of these areas and can no longer be placed, you will be notified on joining a world, and you will be able to move your C.A.M.P. for free.
The Raiders are in part survivors that fled Appalachia, who have now returned to reclaim land they believe is rightfully theirs. They’ve built a base of operations, called Crater, at the Crashed Space Station.
- Initially, if you encounter Raiders in the wild they will be hostile and attack you. Even in Crater, expect a chilly reception—their vendors won’t deal with you, and they’ll bring the opposite of the welcome wagon.
- Eventually, you will learn more about them and can broker a peace with them (and if you want, their friendship in time).
The Settlers are a collection of survivors gathered by some construction workers from the Washington D.C. area. When they heard there was land, they caravanned to Appalachia and repurposed existing structures at Spruce Knob to construct Foundation.
Read our article about Wastelanders Factions to learn more about the Settlers and the Raiders.
- The Settlers are happy to speak and trade with you right away. Like the Raiders, you can get to know the Settlers better over time and become an ally to them.
- Ward will offer a Daily Quest that can help you make a good impression with these new-comers.
Gold Bullion and Faction Reputation
Wastelanders features some new exciting weapons, armors, and other items. You can unlock these items via the new Gold Bullion system.
- After completing the Main Quest, you will gain access to Gold Bullion, a new in-game currency.
- Gold Bullion can be gathered by exchanging Treasury Notes at Gold Press Machines, up to a daily limit.
- Treasury Notes can be earned from Wastelanders daily quests and by completing Public Events.
- Gold Bullion can also be purchased directly from a vendor in the Wayward using Caps, up to a weekly limit.
- There are three Gold Bullion Vendors: One at Crater, one at Foundation, and another in a location you’ll unlock during the main story. Each vendor will offer you a different set of new Wastelanders items in exchange for Gold Bullion.
- Some of the Wastelanders gear is only available as you become better friends with the Settlers and Raiders through the new Reputation System.
- Gain reputation with these factions by completing story quests for them, making in-game decisions, and by doing their daily quests.
- Items you can get this way include weapons like the Gauss Shotgun or Gauss Minigun, C.A.M.P. items like Farmable Tiles, and even the yummy Appalachia treat—Pepperoni Rolls, among others.
- Read our article about the Wastelanders Reputation System to learn more.
Another exciting addition to Wastelanders, Allies are NPCs you will encounter in the world who can move into your C.A.M.P., help protect it, and keep you company.
Repeatable Events and Daily Quests
- Allies also provide adventuring opportunities through daily quests they offer.
- Two of the Allies are unique. Both have a mini-quest line, romance opportunities, and offer the chance to really get to know some interesting characters.
- Once you reach level 10, strike out to the Ash Heap or the Mire in order to meet them!
- Learn more by reading our article about Allies in Wastelanders.
Event: Riding Shotgun
Public Event: Radiation Rumble
- Riding Shotgun is a new event at Big Bend Tunnel East. Take part by speaking with Vinny Costa near the entrance to the Tunnel. He offers the event every so often, so check in with him regularly if you want to help him out.
- Merchants from the Blue Ridge Caravan want to pass through Big Bend Tunnel with their wares, but devious Blood Eagles are lying in wait, hoping to make an easy score.
- Successfully defend the Caravan as the merchants make their way through the Tunnel, and you will be handsomely rewarded.
Catch additional details about the new Wastelanders Events in this article.
- Radiation Rumble is a challenging new Public Event that will appear on the map at Emmett Mountain Disposal Site.
- A group of Scavengers have set their sights on mining the precious ore found deep within Emmett Mountain Disposal Site, but they’ve been backed into a corner by treacherous glowing creatures.
- Balance your time between defending the Scavengers and venturing out to help them mine ore, and they’ll give you a stake in the profits—but remember wear your Hazmat Suit!
New Daily Quests
- There are four new daily quests available in Wastelanders: Two from the Raiders at Crater, one from the Settlers at Foundation, and one more that you’ll discover as you play through main story quests.
- The Raider dailies alternate, with one of the two available to you each day.
- All four dailies can be completed to earn Treasury Notes, XP, Caps, and some loot.
- Daily quests from the Raiders and the Settlers will also award you with some reputation for your efforts.
- Floaters are returning creatures from previous Fallout games. They come in three variations: Flamer, Freezer, and Chomper.
- They aren’t particularly tough, but when they swarm in with their Super Mutant brethren, they can really change a battle.
- The elusive Wendigo Colossus is a terrifying monstrosity rumored to only rear its head in areas hit by atomic fire.
- They are seriously tough, and even a hearty adventurer will find it challenging to square off with one alone. If you plan to hunt down a Wendigo Colossus bring friends—lots of them!
Cult of the Mothman
- Bloodthirsty and cruel, the Blood Eagles are a group of human miscreants fueled by chems, who treat the Wasteland like their personal playground.
- Even more frightening are their numbers. Bands of Blood Eagles have sprung up throughout Appalachia, so keep your weapons close and be ready to defend yourself.
Explore New and Updated Locations
- No one is quite sure what these mysterious cultists are up to, but they’ve recently begun inhabiting a few existing locations in Appalachia.
- Stay on your guard if you encounter these cultists in the wild. You can be sure that they won’t let you or anyone else get in the way of their. . . rituals.
- We’ve created a number of new locations that you will discover, such as the Watoga Underground, The Deep, The Wayward, new Blood Eagle and Mothman Cultist camps, and more.
- Additionally, with the return of people to Appalachia, many have already left their mark on the world. They’ve transformed many existing locations, like the Crashed Space Station, Spruce Knob, and WV Lumber Co., among others, to better suit their needs.
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