Players new to Fallout may have a difficult time adjusting to some of the vast game’s less-well explained aspects. Our starter guide and complete beginner’s primer will help you understand some of the more abstruse aspects of the vast world of the Commonwealth.
In addition to the complete starter guide below, you can get more help with our other guides on Things to Do First in Fallout 4, Things Fallout 4 Doesn’t Tell You, and Things Not to Do in Fallout.
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V.A.T.S is a system that slows combat down slow motion and allows you to use precise targeting against enemies and groups of enemies. VATS does not pause the game. VATS is activated and exited with the left bumper/L1.
Each action in V.A.T.S. costs a certain number of Action Points (AP) once executed. Action Points are displayed on a meter in the bottom-right corner of the screen.
Action Points are also expended by sprinting, so be careful about using V.A.T.S. while on the move.
Action Points regenerate slowly after use. Shooting in FPS mode does not expend AP, so it’s completely ok (and often advisable) to continue to engage enemies in free-form combat while you recover enough AP to continue attacking in VATS.
Using one thumbstick, you can toggle between body parts on a targeted enemy. Each pull of the right trigger commits you to a single attack at that body part.
The numbers appearing over body parts indicate the percentage chance of scoring a hot with each individual shot at that particular moment. Range, weapon accuracy, and cover greatly effect these values.
Headshots deal the most damage but are difficult to execute.
Torso shots do moderate damage
Arm shots have a chance of interrupting attacks
Leg shots can maim enemies and slow them
The second thumbstick allows you to switch between enemies in VATS. It’s possible to engage and kill several foes in a single VATS section provided you have significant APs in reserve.
Once all actions are chosen in VATS, select the execute command. Note that you can also cancel your VATS commands at teh push of a button and select different targets. Note, however, that VATS does not completely pause the battle, so be wary that enemies may still attack as you designate targets.
All actions in VATS will take place in the order programmed once you select execute. If you target one enemy and then another and hit execute, you’ll fire at the first targeted opponent and then switch to the second and fire.
Each hit in VATS builds your critical bar (center of screen). When this bar is filled, press the designated button during you attack execution animation to deal critical damage to the next target.
Grenades cannot be used in VATS.
In addition to being useful in combat, VATS can also detect nearby foes you may not have noticed. Toggling VATS in areas with low visibility is a good idea when you fear an ambush.