A Vault Dweller needs a few things to survive out in the nuclear wastelands. This includes food, water, medicines, armor, and most importantly, a good weapon. Weapons are easy to come by in Fallout 76, but there are a select few that stand out from the rest. This may be due to their Damage Output, their attributes, or their ability to be customized to the gamer’s playstyle. From rifles to melee weapons, we have compiled a few of the must needed weapons in Fallout 76. So grab some ammo and put your bloodlust on as we go through 10 must have weapons in Fallout 76!
10. Combat Shotgun
When you’re outnumbered and need some heavy firepower unleashed, you cannot go wrong with the trusty Combat Shotgun. With plenty of enemies to farm this weapon from, the high base damage, and high ammunition capacity (starting at eight), you would be silly not to get this weapon in your arsenal.
A few tips to improve the shotgun would be to increase its Damage Output with the hardened receiver and installing a perforating magazine to improve armor penetration. Coupled with the shotgunner perk, you have a damage powerhouse; just stock up on shells!
9. Assault Rifle
Assault Rifles should be the backbone of any waste lander’s arsenal. This is a weapon that is capable of engaging enemies from far away and provides sustaining fire against them before they reach you.
With a multitude of mods and loadouts, the player has great versatility at their disposal. For example, they can turn the assault rifle into a DMR (Designated Marksman Rifle) by installing the severe receiver mod to improve damage and critical strikes. If that's not your cup of tea, try installing an automatic receiver to unleash lead on enemies instead.
The weapon also has a wide range of optics to help with range and target acquisition. With loads of enemies that drop this weapon, and perks to suit both auto and semi-auto gunplay (rifleman and commando), it is a very fun weapon to have early to mid-game.
8. Hunting Rifle
There is nothing sweeter than holding your breath, tracking your target, and subtlely squeezing of the trigger to take out your mark. The Hunting Rifle rewards those with patience and a good steady hand with high damage and range. A very common weapon throughout the wasteland, it is the perfect weapon to engage enemies from far out if the right mods and perks are selected.
By modifying the receiver, barrel, stock, and lastly optics, the player would have a very formidable weapon capable of one-shot kills, or at least heavily crippling enemies. Coupled with the rifleman and Covert Operative Perks, the Damage Output plus the sneak multiplier will take down targets hard and fast.
7. All Rise
What’s better than a sledgehammer? Attach a rocket to it and watch it crush foes like sparrows egg. The All Ride is a legendary super sledge with a twist: it has a 90% weight reduction and adds 10 health to the player.
Why does that make this weapon so good? It’s a heavy hitting melee weapon capable of nailing the toughest of enemies. The perks are it doesn’t take ammunition and off the bat, it cleaves enemies by the boatload.
It is easily obtainable using this handy guide by Dulfy through a quest called "Mayor" for a day. With a Base Damage of 160, a smart waste lander would couple this with the Martial Artist and Slugger Perk. With lowered weight, faster swings and even higher Damage Output, it is a weapon to be reckoned with.
6. The Dragon
Fallout 76 has a weapon called the Black Powder Rifle which does a whopping 200+ Base Damage. Enter The Dragon: a Black Powder Rifle on steroids.
With a Base Damage of 230, it is already a powerful weapon until you realize that it has four barrels which discharge all at once when fired. This is a potential Base Damage 920 if all rounds fire! It is obtained by farming various legendary enemies as outlined in this nifty guide by Gameranx. The player can greatly amplify the Damage Output by employing the rifleman and Covert Operative Perks and using the weapon as an opening shot. With the increased damage and sneak multiplier, it is bound to make anything turn into pink mist.
5. Perfect Storm
The 10mm is one of those ammunition rounds that hangs around but a player doesn’t use, accumulating in the thousands. Why not use them filling enemies with lead and setting them on fire at the same time, though? Enter the Perfect Storm; a legendary 10mm submachine gun which sets enemies on fire for three seconds, dealing additional damage for a duration.
To obtain it, the player has to run through a quick quest as detailed here, thanks to Game With. Its suggested that players should complete the quest when they are at Level 50 in order to get the higher level reward. After fully modifying the weapon, be sure to equip the Commando Perk (yes, it is an SMG but counts as a rifle, allegedly) to boost the damage even further.
4. Black Diamond
One the of the weirder weapons in Fallout 76, Black Diamond is one that will stick with you for a while. A modified ski with angry looking teeth welded on, this melee weapon is a fast and heavy hitting machine with a bonus of adding +1 strength to your stats.
The player can obtain this awesome weapon by completing this fairly simple quest line carefully outlined here, courtesy of News Week. Same as the perfect storm SMG, it is best to obtain this weapon when you are Level 50 to ensure that the weapon is rewarded at a Level 50 status.
Being a melee weapon, it is suggested that after modifying it, couple it with the Martial Artist Perk to increase the Swing and the Gladiator Perk to increase Damage Output to slice through the enemy.
3. Gauss Rifle
The whirling of its energy coils already puts tingles down your spine. The Gauss Rifle is a high-level weapon which slings materials at high velocities at your enemies. This powerhouse weapon can be found on high-level enemies, or the plans can be bought from the enclave or brotherhood, as per outlined in this hilarious video by YouTuber Paganacho.
Down to the nitty-gritty; the best way to employ this weapon is to mod it out as much as you can, charge it up, and go for sneak attacks. Players often equip the Rifleman Perk to damage boost the rifle and then Covert Operative to max out the sneak multiplier for devastating effect.
Finally, the Gauss Rifle uses the easily made 2mm electromagnetic cartridge, which means ammunition will never be a hassle.
2. Gatling Gun
In all its glory, the Gatling Gun shines in battle. With a turn of the crank, the player can unleash a steady stream of lead down range to any foe it faces. This mid-ranged weapon is obtained by various means, however, most are commonly found on mid game enemies, weapon containers, and government supply drops.
It can also be bought from the Watoga Shopping Plaza down south. A sure shot way of obtaining this weapon is also through a brotherhood of steel quest called "Defiance Has Fallen," which is outlined with thanks to IGN here. With a multitude of mods that can be applied, to the weapon from improving the rate of fire, to increasing its ammunition capacity — this is a versatile and steady weapon for any Vault Dweller.
When using this weapon, the recommended perks to use are Bear Arms Perk to lower the weight of the weapon, and the Heavy Gunner to improve on Damage Output. Lastly, what makes this weapon awesome to have is the 5mm ammunition it takes and how cheap it is to make in bulk.
1. Hand Made Rifle
This is probably the most sought after non-legendary weapon in the game. This rifle when perfectly modified—and perks applied—can melt the faces off the strongest enemies. What makes the handmade rifle so good is because it is one of the most customizable weapons in the game and its strong stats. From drum magazines, hardened receivers, barrel changes, to its fast fire rate and high base damage, this weapon molds to the player.
The YouTuber Rifle Gaming has made a nifty video which shows the player where to farm the rifle, and also where to get the plans for the rifle. Depending on the way the player mods the weapon, ensure to couple either the Commando or Rifleman Perks to maximize its Damage Output.