There a lot of viable builds for Fallout 4 and which one’s best for you largely depends on your preferred playstyle. The strongest builds focus on great perk synergies or utilizing the best weapons in the game to pump out extreme levels of damage, one-shot enemies, or minimize the damage you take.
Whether you’re wanting to play a stealthy character, a psychotic melee berserker, or tank anything and everything in your suit of Power Armor these are considered the strongest builds among the fanbase that don’t rely on exploits or glitches.
10 Demolitions Expert
The Demolitions Expert is all about using explosives to obliterate enemies. Wielding a heavy weapon that deals explosive damage like the Fat Man or Missile Launcher the player plans their attack by laying down mines in chokepoints, then raining death from afar with a gun or grenades and turn the enemy into a fine mist.
You’ll need a lot of strength to hold the big guns and for the Heavy Gunner perk, good perception is needed for Demolition Expert which is what this build is based on, and high agility for Sneak to place mines is handy. Gun Nut is helpful to modify weapons and Scrounger will help you find the ammo and grenades you need. Just try not to blow yourself up.
The Sharpshooter is the master sniper, taking down enemies with carefully placed headshots miles away with a modified Hunting Rifle. You want high intelligence to get Gun Nut which allows you to modify your rifle and give you access to suppressors and scopes.
A high agility stat will give you Sneak, Ninja, and Night Person for stealth and Quick Hands helps you reload faster in case you miss too many times. The only reason this build doesn’t rank higher is because you’re at a disadvantage in close quarters or inside buildings.
8 Freak Of Nature
Freak Of Nature is a strong build that seems fitting in this radiated wasteland. Any weapon or armor is viable with this build, the key are the perks and stats. You need high endurance and luck to increase your survivability.
Ghoulish turns radiation into a healing tool, Life-Giver increases health and gives regeneration, Toughness raises damage resistance, Solar Power gives you additional regeneration in daylight, Ricochet makes bullets bounce off you, and Cannibal lets you heal after each battle. Chem Resistant allows you to inject as many useful chems as you want to go ballistic in battle. With all these perks and high endurance and luck stats it takes quite a bit you to put you down.
7 Walking Tank
The Walking Tank is similar to the Freak Of Nature but focuses on using Power Armor. You’ll want to get your hands on a good set of Power Armor and Armorer, Science, Nuclear Physicist, and a healthy stash of fusion cores to get it in top shape, customized to your needs and to keep it running for a long while.
Then you want a heavy weapon like a minigun with Heavy Gunner and possibly full auto weapons with Rifleman in case you run out of your preferred ammo. Afterward pick some durability perks like Life-Giver and Toughness then have fun bulldozing enemies in your Power Armor.
The Ninja build is a master of stealth that uses melee weapons to sneak up on enemies and stab them with a blade. High agility for five star Sneak, Miter Sandman to kill enemies in their sleep, and Ninja for enhanced sneak damage.
From there you can dump points into Luck to increase your criticals and give you Better Criticals and Critical Banker or put some points in Strength to increase your melee damage and a few in Endurance to increase survivability when you get caught.
5 Black Ops
This build is similar to the Ninja build but with one critical difference, instead of using bladed weapons you are fighting with either a semi-automatic rifle or a full auto outfitted with a suppressor to get stealth kills. It’s a great build for rushing through buildings and close quarters quietly and efficiently.
If your gun is automatic get Commando if it’s semiautomatic get Rifleman, high agility for Sneak, Moving Target, and Ninja. Good Perception with Night Person. Gun Nut is needed to give yourself suppressors. Then dump everything else into boosting your stealth, damage, or durability.
4 Death Incarnate
Death Incarnate is all about using VATS to its full potential. Perception, agility, and luck are your key stats. Better Criticals, Critical Banker, Grim Reaper’s Sprint, Four Leaf Clover, Action Boy/Girl, Gun-Fu, Concentrated Fire, and Mysterious Stranger are all key VATS perks that make this build ridiculously powerful.
As soon as you see an enemy pull up VATS and start targeting enemies. Any armor or weapon will do well with this build, though pick a weapon that can either fire a lot of rounds without reloading or something that reloads quickly to avoid wasting AP.
3 Human Deathclaw
The Human Deathclaw is built around using the Deathclaw Gauntlet and stealth to get close enough to enemies to trigger Blitz. If done correctly the armor will be irrelevant though anything that can benefit your stealth, like modified leather, is a good idea.
You want Iron Fist, Blitz of course, Ninja, Action Boy/Girl, and Sneak. Agility is your main priority until you can get the perk levels you want then focus on Strength and Endurance to keep you alive when stealth fails you.
2 One Punch Man
Named after the popular anime this build focuses on unarmed combat using the Blitz perk. You want a lot of strength and agility to give you Rooted, Blitz, Iron Fist, Moving Target, Action Boy/Girl. The weapon you want is the Power Fist as it benefits from unarmed based perks like Iron Fist and sees it’s damage go up with higher Strength.
It’s also a good idea to raise your critical hit damage to further milk more DPS from your punches. With enough levels you can trigger Blitz to teleport to your enemies and take many foes down in one punch, tougher enemies will take a few more hits, but it’s still absurd how fast they go down.
The strongest build according to fans is the Infiltrator, it’s designed to take advantage of the Deliverer pistol in VATS to drop enemies. Agility and Luck are critical and a few points in whatever you need for essential perks.
Sneak, Ninja, and Locksmith will help you get into areas and get the drop on enemies. Action Boy/Girl for AP regeneration, Gunslinger raises damage, Gun Nut gives you suppressors, and Mister Sandman is nice for sleeping targets. Later on focus on critical damage. Sneak Attack your first target with VATS then just start blowing apart heads and limbs in slow motion.