Its immersive open world aside, Fallout 4 is one of the best games when it comes to creating original characters. Unlike many other titles that have objectively powerful builds most players gravitate towards, Fallout 4 gives the player so much freedom to pick and choose between different perks and specializations.
Although we recommend trying out all of them and see which ones you like for yourself, there are a few perks that can give your character a powerful edge and which might be worth exploring for any player looking to build the ultimate hero of the post-nuclear wasteland.
10 Hacker & Locksmith
These two perks may not be the most unique ones, but they will come in handy in the long run depending on whether or not you choose a companion to join you and who that companion is. If you know your friend will possess one of these skills, pick your own accordingly.
These two will allow you access early on in the game to terminals and safe boxes, which may have important or valuable loot. If you're one to go around looting and gathering everything you can, these are worth considering.
9 Gun Nut
Fallout 4 has three different kinds of perks that will boost the damage of your weapons of choice. It's entirely up to you whether you go for melee weapons, regular firearms or energy weapons. For anyone starting their adventure for the first time Gun Nut is the ideal pick, as it increases Small Gun and Repair proficiency by five with each upgrade.
It's a great basic perk to invest in and is without a doubt a staple of perks in the game. However, if you truly want to spice things up, we recommend challenging yourself with a melee build with Blacksmith perk or an energy build with the Science! perk.
Whoever said Fallout 4 can't be beaten with close combat? For any melee players out there wanting to finish the game with short-range weapons only, this perk will be a must pick due to how overpowered it can be when used correctly.
Blitz allows you to quickly close the distance between you and your enemies, as long as you have a way of walking up to your opponent. As you level up this perk, you'll also receive a damage boost to your melee attack in Blitz, calculated by the distance you're closing.
Depending on your character build, Sneak is also a good option for those wanting to get around their enemies and set up close range plays. Players start with a 20% bonus to their sneaking, which increases by ten with each level up of this perk.
There's lots of other abilities that work well when paired with Sneak, including high agility and Stealth Boy, perfect for turning your hero into a silent killer.
Any perk that boosts your character's ability to survive is always a bonus in our eyes, which is why Toughness is among our favorites. When first unlocked, you received a 10% resistance to all damage and as you level up it increases by another ten.
Toughness is a good addition for any character in general but will come especially in handy if you've chosen to wear Light Armor and need a little bit of extra sustain to get through your battles.
5 Critical Banker
If you love critical hits as much as we do then this perk which allows you to store critical hits for a later time is going to be your best friend. In the first level the player starts off with one hit stored in the "bank" and as you progress you unlock more slots for your critical hits.
Once Critical Banker is fully leveled up you can store up to four critical hits and show those wasteland critters what you're truly made of. If you really want to go the extra mile on this perk, we recommend getting the Far Harbor add-on to unlock your final fifth critical hit.
4 Four Leaf Clover
Speaking of critical hits, in order to increase your likelihood of getting one, you need some serious luck. Four Leaf Clover increases your critical hit chance by one extra luck point with every unlocked level.
Pair this up with Critical Banker and you'll be hitting your killing shots and bashing the skulls of your enemies at high damage. Because both of these perks are compatible with just about any build, we highly recommend them to boost the deadliness of your survivor.
3 Wasteland Whisperer
This perk might raise some eyebrows, but hear us out. While your Fallout 4 journey through the wastelands should be all about strategy and making the right choices, having a bit of fun never hurt anyone.
Next time you're dealing with a group of enemies you can't quite seem to get through, call upon any of the monsters that wander the lands with you to set up the perfect distraction while you prey on your enemy. Besides, who wouldn't want a Super Mutant friend or a tame Deathclaw to tag along?
2 Idiot Savant
You don't have to be smart to succeed, that much is certain in Fallout 4 thanks to the Idiot Savant perk. Sure, your character might be laughably dumb to a degree, but at the end of the day you'll be the one to collect all the experience points to level yourself up into the strongest and dumbest survivor of the wastelands.
At level 1 alone you can gain up to three times the XP you would normally gain from any action. If your intelligence is particularly low, the chance of this happening is increasingly higher.
We have one humble opinion, and it's the fact that rifles are undoubtedly the best and most fun weapon in the game. So, why go for anything else than Rifleman? The bonuses with each level are remarkable too, starting from 20% at level 1 and going up by twenty per each level up.
Once at level 4 you also gain a slim chance of crippling the body part of the enemy you've hit. All rifles, muskets and shotguns are affected by this perk, so if you prefer executing your opponents from afar and dealing serious damage, this is an obvious pick.