For gamers wanting a challenge, Fallout 4 survival mode is a big deal. Selecting it at the beginning of your game means you can only save when at a mattress or sleeping bag your character can sleep in. Also, you can kiss the fast travel mechanic goodbye. Your sole survivor will also take 200 percent more damage. If you get crippled, you cannot sleep if off. In survival mode, you will need either a stimpak or a doctor. Also, ammo has weight!
So it's no wonder you would come here, because you need all the help you can get for this mode of gameplay. Here is what we found that will help you.
You want as many settlements built as possible in your survival mode game. Why? It's how you will restock, store, and save your game. At every settlement, you will want a bed for yourself so you can save the game. It also gives you the well-rested bonus, which will give you a 10 percent increase in experience gain. You're going to need that.
You will want a chem and cooking station as well. Survival mode adds a thirst and fatigue mechanic that is affected by different items. You will also want to create supply lines between these settlements for easiest item management. Lastly, you will want a source of purified water.
Pre-War money is a valuable resource, especially in survival mode. The best thing about it? It weighs nothing! So you can collect as much of it as you want without working about reaching your weight limit.
What makes the money a good resource is that each one sells for about eight caps. If you add charisma stats to that, it will sell for even more. Secondly, they count as a cloth resource so you can use them to make the beds you will desperately need in your settlements.
Purified water is so important since there are many negative health effects in survival mode. An easy way to keep stocked on purified water is to collect and keep all bottles you find. That includes beer bottles, milk bottles, and Nuka Cola bottles.
This tip is connected to the settlement one because that is going to be your main source for purified water. With a total of about 29 settlements in the game, you will be thankful later when you have 29 different places to go to get purified water.
Specializing in a weapon type will help you limit yourself to how many weapons you carry. You do not want to spread yourself thin for survival mode, rather you will want to be an expert in particular things.
If you want though, you can probably specialize in one long range and one short range weapon in order to adapt to different situations.
You're going to need all the tactical advantages you can get in combat, and a big one is the element of stealth. Since you get 200 percent more damage in survival mode, you will not survive a typical firefight. If you are seen, you best run away because you do not want it to be you versus five raiders or mutants.
Your best bet of survival is to pick of enemies one by one without the others noticing. If you do not think that is honorable then survival mode is probably not for you.
You will want to do the most damage possible in a single shot not only to get your enemy down quicker, but to also save ammo and not get attacked while reloading.
The best way to deal the most damage is aiming for the heads of whatever you are fighting. However, heads are not very big so you might miss. This is why it's not a plan to stick to, it's only for the initial encounter. After shooting the head, you will probably want to aim for the torso since that is the largest target
Survival mode severely limits your carrying capacity, so you need to find alternatives for boosting your ability to carry more items. One such way is to upgrade your armor with pocketed and deep-pocketed upgrades. Each pocketed upgrade increases your capacity by five and the deep pockets increase them by 10, so deep pockets would be preferable.
Besides installing pockets into your armor, you can also take the Strong Back perk to increase how much you can carry.
In survival mode, you cannot always be the hero. If it makes you feel bad to not rescue a settlement, just never tune into the Minutemen Radio channel and be cautious around Preston.
Here is the good news: settlers cannot be killed my monsters. The worst-case scenario is that some damage is caused in a settlement. However, you can be killed by monsters and they come into settlements in hoards. It is very likely they will kill you. It is a fight that is not worth the trouble.
Adhesive is your friend when it comes to upgrading and crafting all things. You are going to want to upgrade everything as much as possible too, especially weapons and armor.
Things that contain adhesive is vegetable starch (which you can cook), duct tape, and wonderglue. You can buy shipments of adhesive from most vendors as well.
Companions are fun, but they will hinder your abilities in combat. They will attack enemies unprovoked, give away your locations to enemies, and be defeated.
You also get a really good perk if you have no companions. The Lone Wanderer Perk at maximum rank gets you 25 more action points, 30 percent less damage taken, 25 percent more damage dealt, and 100 more carrying capacity. Those are all very useful.
If you really want, Dogmeat does not count as a companion for this perk. So you can still have him, but don't look at us if he provokes a Deathclaw.