Fallout 76 Update Adds Nuclear Winter Map, Premium-Currency-Only Fridges and Scrap Bots

Sep 10, 2019
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Fallout 76 has dropped its latest update, and, as promised, it includes the new Morgantown map for the game’s Nuclear Winter battle royale mode. Also added are new Public Events, refrigerators to keep your food from spoiling, and Collectron Stations that will automatically send out bots to collect scrap for you. In what’s sure to be a controversial move, both the fridges and Collection Stations can only be purchased with Fallout 76’s premium currency Atoms (a fridge costs 700 Atoms, while a Collectron Station will set you back 500). A rather crummy move on Bethesda’s part considering both items offer fairly major gameplay-improving features.

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Here are your notes for Fallout 76 Patch 13:

Public Events

The Events system has received quality of life improvements, based largely on community feedback, and select events have been reclassified as “Public Events.” These events feature new UI improvements, as well as several mechanics adjustments.

UI Improvements

Highlighting an active Public Event on the Map now displays a dialog box that offers more details, such as:

  • How many players are currently participating.
  • How much time has passed since the event began.
  • A general difficulty rating, which is based more on the complexity of the event’s objectives than the difficulty of the enemies.
  • The type of gameplay offered by that event (Boss, Defense, etc.)

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  • Public Events feature a larger and more noticeable Map icon compared to normal events.
  • Public Event Loading Screens now display more detailed event descriptions, including tips for success.
  • When a Public Event begins, all players on that world who have reached level 7 and are not inside a Vault will receive an announcement near the top-left corner of the screen.

Mechanics Changes

  • Fast Travel to Public Events is now free.
  • Players no longer drop Junk on death during Public Events in Adventure Mode.
  • Instead, the respawn timer will increase with each successive death, up to a max of 20 seconds.
  • Public Events feature a period of time that players can use to gather and coordinate before starting an event.
  • After entering the event area or Fast Traveling to the event, a timer will be displayed to show how long players have left to group up and make plans.
  • Players can complete a starting objective to begin an event early. For example, turning on the boilers during Tea Time.
  • If no players are in the event area and no one has completed the event’s starting objective when the timer expires, the event will shut down.
  • All Public Events, except Scorched Earth, Encryptid, and Seasonal Events, now share the same cooldown period from the start of the previous event until the next begins.

Design and Balance Updates

Small Backpacks: A new type of Backpack, the “Small Backpack” has been added in an effort to help more players acquire a Backpack earlier on during their Appalachian adventures.

  • A Plan to craft a Small Backpack can be found inside the Overseer’s Cache inside the Morgantown Airport Terminal. This Plan cannot be traded, sold, or dropped.
  • Small Backpacks have 50% of the carry capacity provided by a standard Backpack.
  • Small Backpacks can be equipped with all the same Mods as a standard Backpack.
  • Players can still learn to craft Standard Backpacks by completing Pioneer Scout Quests.

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  • Energy Weapons: Now benefit from Armor Penetration effects, including those provided by Perk Cards. For example, Energy Weapons with the Anti-Armor legendary attribute will now bypass Energy Resistance.
  • Hazmat Suits: Can now be crafted and a Hazmat Suit Recipe can now be purchased from some Train Station Vendors.
  • Mods: Bonus Anti-Scorched damage provided by Prime Receiver Mods has been increased from +25% to +35%.
  • Plans: The Protective Lining Plan for Casual Underarmor is now available for purchase from Vendors at Harper’s Ferry, Watoga, and The Whitespring if the player has already learned the recipe for Resistant Lining.
  • The Purveyor: When purchasing weapons from the Purveyor, players now have a chance to receive legendary versions of the following weapons (as long the player has already learned the recipes for the base weapon): Sheepsquatch Club, Sheepsquatch Staff, Shepherds Crook, The Fixer, Bear Arm
  • Train Stations: Atomic Shop Access Points have been removed from Train Stations.
  • Vault 94 Rewards: The XP rewards for completing Vault 94 Missions have been increased to 1,600 (Novice), 1,800 (Standard), and 2,000 (Expert). Additionally, the Expert mid-quest XP reward has been increased to 1,000.
  • Vault 94 Rewards: The Drill has been removed as a possible legendary item reward when completing a Vault 94 Mission.

Quests and Events

  • Bucket List: The Personal Terminal, which can be unlocked for free in the Atomic Shop, now includes an entry that will lead players to the current location of the Tourist corpse.
  • This quality of life improvement will help players more easily begin the Bucket List Quest and obtain a ProSnap Deluxe Camera.

User Interface

  • Crafting Menus: Weapon and Armor Workbenches now display the number of Mods the player has unlocked so far for a given item, as well as the total number of mods available for that item.
  • Stash: Players will now receive a “Stash is full” message when attempting to assign items from their inventory to objects like Vending Machines or Display Cases while the Stash is full.

The Atomic Shop

New Utility Items

  • Collectron Station: After building a Collectron Station in C.A.M.P., a Collectron bot will search the nearby area for Scrap and other simple items. Collectron Stations can be unlocked in the Atomic Shop.
  • Refrigerators: After building a Refrigerator in C.A.M.P., players can assign food and drink items to it from the Stash to slow their spoilage rate by 50%. Refrigerators can be unlocked in the Atomic Shop.

New C.A.M.P. Décor

  • Wallpapers: The Modify menu can now be used to apply a wide variety of Wallpapers to Walls in the player’s C.A.M.P. Wallpapers can be unlocked in the Atomic Shop.

Existing Item Updates

  • White Picket Fences: Players who already own the White Picket Fence set can now build alternate versions that snap together.

Nuclear Winter Updates

New Map: Morgantown

  • ZAX has decided that the Vault 51 Overseer selection process needs a change of scenery! A new Morgantown map for Nuclear Winter is now available for play.
  • Morgantown features lots of opportunities for urban combat, and some of the highest peaks in Appalachia, giving Candidates a diverse battlefield to master.
  • Candidates can also take on new enemy creatures, including Assaultrons, the Grafton Monster, and Radscorpions.
  • All Nuclear Winter matches will temporarily be taking place in Morgantown to give Candidates a chance to master the new map.

New Limited-Time Rewards!

  • In celebration of our new map, we’ve added six new Vault-Tec University themed rewards that you can unlock for free by completing Nuclear Winter Challenges for the next few weeks.
  • These rewards include new apparel and C.A.M.P. décor, so be sure to claim them before they’re no longer available!

Global Matchmaking

  • Matchmaking improvements for Nuclear Winter allow Candidates to take the battle to become Vault 51’s Overseer worldwide, and compete against players from around the globe.
  • This will also help players in all game regions find matches more quickly in cases where matchmaking would have otherwise taken additional time.

Challenges

  • Daily Challenges: Nuclear Winter Daily Challenges are now automatically tracked in the Challenge Tracker that appears on the Map screen.

Items

  • New Weapons: Assaultron Heads and Gauss Rifles have been added and can appear in Medium and Large Supply Crates, respectively.

Perks

  • Dead Man Sprinting: This Perk Card's functionality has been updated: While below 50% health, run speed is increased at a greater Action Point cost.
  • Overly Generous: Chance to inflict Rads has been increased, and the amount of Rads inflicted has also been increased from 50 to 200.
  • Rad Resist: Rad resistance increased from 40 to 650.
  • Refractor: Energy resistance increased from 40 to 80.

Sound

  • Sound Effects: New audio queues will now play when downing or killing another player.
  • Main Menu Music: Players can now choose to lower the volume on or mute the Main Menu music while queued.

The latest Fallout 76 update also comes with the usual array of bug fixes (and maybe a few all new bugs!) You can get the full, unabridged notes for Patch 13, right here.

Fallout 76 is available now on PC, Xbox One, and PS4.

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