Fallout 76 Skill – An introduction to the S.P.E.C.I.A.L. system and Perk Cards

Surviving the harsh world of Appalachia is no easy task in Fallout 76, a post-apocalyptic online RPG. In order to be successful, players must improve and adapt their abilities, or skills, to better deal with the variety of challenges. In this article, we will examine the skill system in Fallout 76, the S.P.E.C.I.A.L. system and Perk Cards, and explain how they help develop and strengthen a player’s character in the game.

The S.P.E.C.I.A.L. system

At the core of the skill system in Fallout 76 is the S.P.E.C.I.A.L. system, which represents a character’s seven main attributes: Strength, Perception, Stamina, Charisma, Intelligence, Agility, and Luck. When creating a character, players are given a limited number of points to allocate to these attributes to set their starting stats. With each level up, players receive another point that they can invest in one of the attributes to further improve their skills.

Each of the seven attributes affects different aspects of the game:

  • Strength: Affects the character’s carrying capacity and the damage it can deal in melee combat.
  • Perception: Affects the character’s ability to detect targets and range in V.A.T.S. (Vault-Tec Assisted Targeting System).
  • Endurance: Affects the amount of action points the character has for sprinting, as well as their resistance to diseases and the level of fatigue.
  • Charisma: Affects the character’s ability to interact with other players and non-player characters (NPCs) and prices when trading.
  • Intelligence: Affects the character’s ability to craft and repair items, as well as the experience points he gains from solving puzzles and completing quests.
  • Agility: Affects the speed at which the character moves and the number of Action Points he spends in V.A.T.S. has.
  • Luck: Affects the probability of getting critical hits and the quality of the items the character finds.

Perk Cards

In addition to the S.P.E.C.I.A.L. system, Fallout 76 also offers players Perk Cards that offer special abilities and improvements for their character. With each level-up, players receive a Perk Card of their choice, which they can assign to one of their S.P.E.C.I.A.L. attributes. Each attribute has a limited number of perk card slots that depend on the attribute’s current score. In order to use more Perk Cards for a specific attribute, players must increase their score in that attribute.

Perk Cards can also be found by completing quests and events, or by opening Perk Card Packs, which are occasionally given as rewards for reaching certain milestones in the game. Players can also combine cards to create more powerful versions of the same card, or disassemble unwanted cards to earn Perk Coins that can be used to upgrade cards.

The Perk Cards provide a variety of benefits that enhance and expand a character’s playstyle and abilities. Some examples of Perk Cards are:

  • Pack Rat: Decreases the weight of packs, allowing the character to carry more items.
  • Rifleman: Increases the damage the character deals with rifles.
  • Aquaboy/Aquagirl: Allows the character to breathe underwater and not absorb radiation while swimming.
  • Inspirational: Increases the experience points the character receives while in a party with other players.


The skill system in Fallout 76 is an integral part of character development and gameplay. The S.P.E.C.I.A.L. system and Perk Cards allow players to customize their characters according to their individual tastes and playstyles, creating a unique and personalized experience. By continually upgrading and customizing their skills, players are better equipped to overcome the challenges of Appalachia and survive the wasteland.

More about Fallout 76

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