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Better loot and more upgrades await
Bethesda has updated Fallout 76 with a patch today that includes level scaling, legendary perks, and daily operations. There are also some quality-of-life and bug fixes that should make navigating Appalachia a little smoother. For instance, traveling to the Settler and Raider communities of Foundation and Crater is now free.
The full patch notes are available on Bethesda’s official Fallout website, but here’s a look at what’s new:
One Wasteland adds dynamic level scaling to Fallout 76, so every creature you meet will be an appropriate challenge. This means that high-level players can find a challenge around previously explored parts of the map, and low-level players can explore a little more without being overwhelmed. If multiple players are in the same party, each creature they encounter will scale for each player, so a newbie and a veteran can play together and each face an appropriate difficulty.
Daily Ops are an endgame encounter that pop up around the map at The Burrows, The Burning Mine, Valley Galleria, or Vault 94. The first Daily Op is called Uplink, and players will need to track down and destroy enemies from the Super Mutant, Blood Eagle, or Robot enemy factions. These enemies will have mutations that change the way they fight — one Op might have you fight robots who freeze players with attacks, while another might have you encounter Super Mutants who explode upon death. Every day, Daily Ops change to a new enemy faction, location, and mutation, but players can do the same Daily Op multiple times in the same day.
Fallout 76 players upgrade their character by equipping Perk cards under their SPECIAL stats; Legendary Perks are a new high-level card that are more powerful than the default. Players can unlock up to six slots for Legendary Perks upon leveling to 50, 75, 100, 150, 200, and 300.
When players unlock Legendary Perks, they are account-wide, even on alternate characters who haven’t hit the appropriate level yet. Players can also collect Perk Coins, which upgrade their Legendary Perk cards. Coins are obtained by scrapping regular Perk Cards players aren’t using, which should be a good way to clean out all the clutter that’s collected in our SPECIAL interfaces. Characters who have hit 50, or hit 50 in the future, will be rewarded with 50 Perk Coins for free.
A new season has begun, with new cosmetic rewards and weekly challenges. This season will last 10 weeks, and has 100 ranks. Completing ranks will reward players with armor paints and skins, themed cosmetics, CAMP items, in-game currencies, and more. Some of the rewards from season 1, like the handy Ammo Converter, are still available in the game for Gold Bullion.
Fallout 76 still has one big update remaining in 2020, which will roll out a Brotherhood of Steel-themed quest expansion. The Brotherhood of Steel has already shown up in Appalachia, and players recently finished an event to set up their HQ. We’ll also get another shot at grill-themed event Meat Week in the coming weeks, which will reward meat-themed cosmetics for players.