[Top 15] Best Builds for Fallout 76

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Wondering what the best builds for Fallout 76 Wastelanders are? Well then, you have come to the right place. 

The exciting thing about Fallout 76 is the number of weapons available at your disposal and all the things that one can do with said weapons. 

We are going to be going over automatic weapons, big guns, and melee weapon builds including discussing some of the perk cards used in detail as well as mutations that just go well with particular builds. 

*Note: Each build goes over the S.P.E.C.I.A.L. that belongs to that specific build but that is not necessarily how one has to have theirs. 

1. Laser Rifle Build

What Laser Rifle Build Excels In:

  • This particular build excels in having team perks. 
  • An extraordinary set of legendary perks like “Blood Sacrifice” which grants teammates +40DR and 70 HP when you ever so graciously take a bullet (or nuke) for your fellow man. 
  • With this build (and game actually) having power armor will certainly come in handy in the wasteland and with the legendary perk Electric Absorption, your chance of recharging a fusion core is upped by 20%. 
  • S.P.E.C.I.A.L - [1|15|4|4|6|11|15]

Build Details:

Armor:

  • T-51 Power Armor
  • Helmet – VATS Matrix Overlay: Increases VATS hit chance.
  • Torso – Core Assembly: Increases Action Point refresh speed.
  • Arms – Optimized bracers: Reduces Action Point cost for Power Attacks.
  • Legs – Kinetic servos: Increases Action Point refresh speed while moving.
  • Headlamp – Bright: A brighter standard lamp.

Weapon:

  • Laser Rifle: Ignores 25% of your target’s armor. VATS critical shots do +50% damage. 25% less V.A.T.S. Action Point cost.
  • Weapon Mods:
  • Calibrated capacitor: Superior critical shot damage.
  • Standard long barrel: Superior range.
  • Standard Stock.
  • Standard Sights.

Video:

Build Source: https://www.falloutbuilds.com/builds/https-www-falloutbuilds-com-fo76-planner-agiobgmicagbaqea/

2. Plasma Rifle Build

What Plasma Rifle Build Excels In:

  • Utilizing some of the perks from the previous build, this plasma rifle build can be of extraordinary use in teams. 
  • S.P.E.C.I.A.L - [1|15|4|4|6|11|15]

Build Details:

Armor:

  • X-01 Power Armor
  • Helmet – VATS Matrix Overlay: Increases VATS hit chance.
  • Torso – Core Assembly: Increases Action Point refresh speed.
  • Arms – Optimized bracers: Reduces Action Point cost for Power Attacks.
  • Legs – Kinetic servos: Increases Action Point refresh speed while moving.
  • Headlamp – Bright: A brighter standard lamp.

Weapon:

  • Plasma Rifle: Ignores 25% of your target’s armor. V.A.T.S. critical shots do +50% damage. 25% less VATS Action Point cost.

Weapon Mods:

  • Calibrated capacitor: Superior critical shot damage.
  • Short barrel: Standard.
  • Standard grip.
  • Standard sights.

Video:

Build Source: https://www.falloutbuilds.com/builds/https-www-falloutbuilds-com-fo76-planner-aw4cba0oagabaqea/

3. Gauss Rifle Build

What Gauss Rifle Build Excels In:

  • S.P.E.C.I.A.L - [2|15|4|4|6|15|10]

Build Details:

Armor:

  • Secret Service Armor
  •  Automatically use a Stimpak while health is 25% or less, once every 60 seconds. While incapacitated, gain a 50% chance to revive yourself with a Stimpack, once every minute. Grants up to +35 Energy Resistance and Damage Resistance, the higher your health (×3). 1 Endurance (×5). 75% chance to reduce damage by 15% while standing still (×5).

Weapons:

  • Gauss Rifle: Does double damage if the target is at full health. +50% limb damage. 15% faster reload.

Video: 

 

4. Gatling Laser

What Gatling Laser Build Excels In:

  • S.P.E.C.I.A.L - [15|1|4|4|9|11|12]

Build Details:

Armor:

  • T-60 Power Armor
  • Helmet – Targeting HUD: Visor highlights living targets.
  • Torso – Jetpack: Enables jet-assisted boost while jumping.
  • Arms – Optimized bracers: Reduces Action Point cost for Power Attacks.
  • Legs – Explosive vent: Increases damage radius for impact landing.
  • Headlamp – Bright: A brighter standard lamp.

Weapons:

  • Gatling Laser: Damage increased after each consecutive hit on the same target. 25% increased fire rate. 250 damage resistance while reloading.

Video:

Build Source: https://www.falloutbuilds.com/builds/https-www-falloutbuilds-com-fo76-planner-aw0bbgancgybaqea/

 

5. Gatling Plasma

What Gatling Plasma Build Excels In:

  • S.P.E.C.I.A.L - [15|15|4|4|96|114|12]

Build Details: 

Armor:

  • X-01 Power Armor
  • Helmet – Targeting HUD: Visor highlights living targets.
  • Torso – Jetpack: Enables jet-assisted boost while jumping.
  • Arms – Optimized bracers: Reduces Action Point cost for Power Attacks.
  • Legs – Explosive vent: Increases damage radius for impact landing.
  • Headlamp – Bright: A brighter standard lamp.

Weapons:

  • Gatling Plasma: Damage increased after each consecutive hit on the same target. 25% increased fire rate. 250 damage resistance while reloading.

Video:

Build Source: https://www.falloutbuilds.com/builds/https-www-falloutbuilds-com-fo76-planner-awahbaakdg4baqea/

6. Solo Sniper Build

What Solo Sniper Build Excels In:

  • S.P.E.C.I.A.L - [2|15|1|4|5|15|14]

Build Details:

Armor: 

  • Order of Mysteries armor.
  • Shrouded armor once you start to get to level 50. The armor that you get from the Order of Mysteries quests will be good to take you to level 50. 

Weapons:

  • Lever Action Rifle
  • Gauss Rifle
  • Handmade Rifle

Mutations:

  • Marsupial 
  • Eagle Eyes
  • Adrenal Reaction

Video:

Build Source: https://www.falloutbuilds.com/builds/ladydeath/

7. Combat Shotgun Build

What Combat Shotgun Build Excels In:

  • S.P.E.C.I.A.L - [15|3|2|4|11|15|6]

Perk Cards That Will Help With This Build:

  • EXPERT SHOTGUNNER

    • Your shotguns now do +20% damage.
  • MASTER SHOTGUNNER
    • Your shotguns now do +20% damage.
  • PACK RAT
    • The weight of all junk items is reduced by 75%.
  • SCATTERSHOT
    • Shotguns now weigh 90% less and you reload them 30% faster.
  • SHOTGUNNER
    • Your shotguns now do +20% damage.
  • SKEET SHOOTER
    • Your shotguns have excellent accuracy and spread.

Build Details:

Armor:

  • In terms of armor for this build, it is important to try and have armor that will grant up to 35 damage and energy resistance. For this particular build, there is ammo weight reduction by 20%. 

Weapons:

  • Combat Shotgun: Does more damage the lower your health. 10% increased damage while aiming. +50 Damage resistance while aiming.

Video:

 

8. Gauss Shotgun

What Gauss Rifle Build Excels In:

  • S.P.E.C.I.A.L - [12|6|4|4|6|9|15]

Build Details:

Armor: 

  • T-65 Power Armor
  • Head – VATS Matrix Overlay: Increases VATS hit chance.
  • Torso – Emergency Protocols: Below 20% health speed increases 25% and incoming damage is reduced 50%.
  • Arms – Reduces Action Point cost for Power Attacks.
  • Legs – Kinetic servos: Increases Action Point refresh speed while moving.

Weapons:

  • Gauss Shotgun: Does more damage the lower your health. V.A.T.S. critical shots do +50% damage. 25% less V.A.T.S. Action Point cost.

Weapon Mods:

  • Prime receiver: Superior damage.
  • Extended barrel: Better accuracy. Superior range.
  • Forceful stock: Superior durability. Improved bash damage and recoil.
  • Perforating magazine: Inferior durability. Superior armor penetration.
  • Reflex sight.

Video:

Build Source: https://www.falloutbuilds.com/builds/https-www-falloutbuilds-com-fo76-planner-aw4gdamecaibaqea/

9. PVE Solo Shotgun Build

What PVE Solo Shotgun Build Excels In:

  • S.P.E.C.I.A.L - [12|10|8|7|5|6|8]
  • This build is best for those who are still getting used to the game despite how far you are into it. It seems like a solid build to grow into and adapt as time goes on. 
  • For those who don't participate in PVP then using Tank Killer with automatic rifles will be perfect for this build. 

Build Details:

Armor:

*Note: In terms of armor this recommendation comes outside of the build.

  • Unyielding armor would be the outside recommendation for this build.
  • Each piece of legendary Unyielding armor add +3 to all stats when you are at 25% or less health. 

Video:

Build Source: https://www.falloutbuilds.com/builds/pvesoloshotgunner/

10. Brotherhood Recon Build

What Brotherhood Recon Build Excels In:

S.P.E.C.I.A.L - [4|15|6|4|5|15|7]

Build Details:

Armor:

*Note: The build recommends using armor that will properly conceal you:

  • Chameleon Armor or Shadowed modded armor to wood or metal armor will help you achieve this.
  • Chameleon Mutation or serum is another way you can achieve this. 

Weapons:

  • Brotherhood Recon Rifle: Does double damage if the target is at full health. 10% increased damage while aiming. 50 Damage resistance while aiming.

Video:

Build Source: https://www.falloutbuilds.com/builds/https-www-falloutbuilds-com-fo76-planner-ag4abg0oaaibaqea/

11. Plasma Caster Build

What Plasma Caster Build Excels In:

  • S.P.E.C.I.A.L - [15|1|4|4|9|11|12]

Build Details:

Armor:

  • X-01 Power Armor
  • Helmet – Targeting HUD: Visor highlights living targets.
  • Torso – Reflective Plates: Reflects 50% of melee damage back on attacker.
  • Arms – Optimized bracers: Reduces Action Point cost for Power Attacks.
  • Legs – Calibrated Shocks: Increases Carry Weight capacity.
  • Headlamp – Bright: A brighter standard lamp.

Weapon:

  • Plasma Caster: Damage increased after each consecutive hit on the same target. 25% increased fire rate. 250 damage resistance while reloading.

Video:

Build Source: https://www.falloutbuilds.com/builds/https-www-falloutbuilds-com-fo76-planner-awkbaw4gbawbaqea-2/

12. Automatic Laser Pistol Build

What Automatic Laser Pistol Build Excels In:

  • S.P.E.C.I.A.L - [8|3|4|4|9|12|13]

Build Details:

Armor:

  • Ultracite Power Armor
  • Helmet – Targeting HUD: Visor highlights living targets.
  • Torso – Emergency Protocols: Below 20% health speed increases 25% and incoming damage is reduced 50%.
  • Arms – Reduces Action Point cost for Power Attacks.
  • Legs – Overdrive Servos: Increases Sprint speed at additional Action Point cost.

Weapon: 

  • Laser SMG: Does more damage the lower your health. 10% increased damage while aiming. +50 Damage resistance while aiming.

Video:

Build Source: https://www.falloutbuilds.com/builds/https-www-falloutbuilds-com-fo76-planner-aw4bbgancgubaqea/

13. Auto Grenade Launcher Build

What Auto Grenade Launcher Build Excels In:

  • S.P.E.C.I.A.L - [14|1|4|4|8|10|15]

Build Details:

Armor:

  • Ultracite Power Armor
  • Helmet – Targeting HUD: Visor highlights living targets.
  • Torso – Welded Rebar: Enemies take damage from successful melee attacks.
  • Arms – Optimized Bracers: Reduces Action Point cost for Power Attacks.
  • Legs – Calibrated Shocks: Increases Carry Weight capacity.
  • Headlamp – Bright: A brighter standard lamp.

Weapons:

  • Two Shot Auto Grenade Launcher: Each time a round is fired, the weapon shoots twice the normal number of projectiles. 50% limb damage. 250 damage resistance while reloading.

Video:

Build Source: https://www.falloutbuilds.com/builds/https-www-falloutbuilds-com-fo76-planner-awaoagaodgubaqea/

14. Missile Launcher Build

What Missile Launcher Build Excels In:

  • S.P.E.C.I.A.L - [14|1|4|4|8|10|15]

Build Details:

Armor:

  • X-01 Power Armor
  • Helmet – Targeting HUD: Visor highlights living targets.
  • Torso – Welded Rebar: Enemies take damage from successful melee attacks.
  • Arms – Optimized Bracers: Reduces Action Point cost for Power Attacks.
  • Legs – Calibrated Shocks: Increases Carry Weight capacity.
  • Headlamp – Bright: A brighter standard lamp.

Weapons:

  • Two Shot Missile Launcher: Each time a round is fired, the weapon shoots twice the normal number of projectiles. 10% increased damage while aiming. 250 damage resistance while reloading.

Video:

Build Source: https://www.falloutbuilds.com/builds/https-www-falloutbuilds-com-fo76-planner-aw0adqanbqubaqea/

 

15. Revolutionary Sword Build

What Revolutionary Sword Build Excels In:

  • S.P.E.C.I.A.L - [15|1|810|4|5|15|86]

Build Details

Armor:

*Note: This build recommending armor that is damage and energy resistant so there will some legendary and mod recommendations below. 

  • Assassin’s legendary armor would be good for this build as it reduces damage from humans by 15%. 
  • Ghoul Slayer’s armor reduces damage by 15%. 
  • Bolstering armor grants increase in energy and damage resistance the lower your health. 

Weapons:

  • Revolutionary Sword: Gain brief health regeneration when you hit an enemy. 40% faster swing speed. Take 40% less damage while power attacking.

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