Fallout 4: What makes you S.P.E.C.I.A.L?

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One of the trickiest things when starting out a new Fallout game is choosing where exactly to allocate the starting points you’re given. It’s something that I could sit going through for aeons; should I put a few more points in to strength, so that I may carry more and bash in some skulls? Should I try emulate our lovely readers, and put my points in to intelligence and charisma?

It’s an important decision, because the stats you have govern the perks you’re able to unlock.
In fallout 4, because of how perks are a little different, you start with just 21 instead of the usual 28 – and you get to plug them in to those S.P.EC.I.A.L attributes

Well, instead of waiting until the game’s out, why not play around with character creation right now. Over on Vault111, there’s a handy little character creator that’s great for showing which perks you’ll get with which attributes. Many of them are a little on speculative side, but that hardly matters. You can save your builds to go through later if you choose.


Strength determines how much stuff you can carry. The stronger you are, the more you can lug around. It also determines how much melee damage you do, and whether or not you get to use the really big, really awesome weapons.

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Perception is vitally important. It’s one of the key stats behind how well your aiming will be when using VATS. The higher your perception, the better your aim. IT also controls how you see the world around you – and if you’ll unlock any of the perks that allow you to see hidden or obfuscated things.


Endurance is not only a measure of how far and fast you’re able to run – but how well equipped your bod is to survive the wastelands. Endurance will help you stave off infection, radiation and damaged limbs, and let you eat less savoury, more questionable items to keep your belly full.


Charisma will be one of the skills I’ll certainly put many points in to. It’s useful for talking your way out of sticky situations, getting the best prices and the highest quality merchandise from vendors. It also helps you lie, which is something not to be overlooked when dealing with wayward wasteland wanderers.


Intelligence helps you use and hack computers, repair items and brew potions to help you heal. Intelligence also unlocks a wealth of dialogue options to help you outsmart others. If you’re planning on using any of the wasteland’s technologies, you’ll need a modicum of intelligence.

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Agility is a measure of your reflexes, finesse and grace – and so governs how many points you have to spend in VATS. The more VATS points you have, the more stuff you can do before your enemy gets a chance to retaliate. It also helps you sneak silently. It also helps you sneak about, like a thief in the night.


I always throw in a few points to Luck; it increases the chance of performing a critical hits on enemy. It also helps you find better loot off of dead bodies, in containers and other things that are left to chance.

Why is this all so important? Well, you’ll definitely want this perk, right?

Tell us! What sort of character build are you looking at for Fallout 4? I tend to go for “smart and squishy” and then bulk up as the game progresses, but I’m contemplating going all out for Charisma and playing the game as a virtual con-man.

Last Updated: October 28, 2015

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    I heard Rince favours all the special attributes.

    • oVg

      He failed the GOAT.

      • Dutch Matrix

        First his girlfriend, and now the Goat too?

        • oVg

          She disarmed his Little Boy

          • Dutch Matrix

            Because there was a “Fallout” at the critical level?

          • oVg

            lots of RAD ROACHES came out 😛

          • Dutch Matrix

            About the only time you will hear RAD mentioned in a discussion of Rince’s love life

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        He can GOAT in the sea.

        • oVg

          Critical hit

  • Lardus-For the Emperor!

    I would start with S3, P5, E4, C3, I6, A2, L5. Something like that. Then build up later. *Actually it would be more accurate with all 0 since I won’t get the game for quite some time 🙁

  • Brady miaau

    In previous games, I favoured luck, perception and agility. I think, as with the others, I will start play, for perhaps two hours and restart, after reading some on-line tips. I think restarting, early in, is the best way for me to the build I will be most happy with over the course of the game.

    Skyirm, Oblivion, Fallout, that is how I played all of them. Restart.

    • z1n

      Just been doing a Skyrim restart with some nifty mods now (mostly thanks to Telkom). It’s like I’m playing it again for the first time!

      Did those details work for you btw?

  • oVg

    COD players be like, 22 for strength 😛

  • Dutch Matrix

    After 2 Fallout games, I can safely say I am NOT getting this. Man, I wonder what I am doing trolling a gaming site. All new games coming out I am like: “No. Pass.”

    • Youdontknow

      Haha what was the point of that. What am I doing asking anyway?

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