'Fallout 76' Character Build Guide: How To Make A Melee Fighter

Fallout 76 features a new leveling system, based on Perk Cards instead of a skill tree, that makes it tough to create the specific builds you expect in a Fallout game. The good thing is there are many Perk Cards that help fine-tune your playstyle. This character build highlights all the best Perk Cards for melee-based characters.

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These are the best Perk Cards for a melee character in Fallout 76 Bethesda

Fallout 76 Character Build Guide: How To Make A Melee Fighter

Melee fighters are all about Strength, so that's the attribute you'll want to focus on. It also helps if you know what type of weapons you'll want to use (fists, one-handed or two-handed melee weapons), as that will help you decide between different Perk Cards easier. It's worth noting the majority of the melee weapons you come across early are one-handed, and you can always switch Perk Cards later on.

The best Perk Cards for a melee fighter are below. Perk Cards have level requirements, which means your character needs to be at or above the listed level in order to equip that particular Perk Card. The following are all Strength-based Perk Cards:

  • Gladiator - one-handed weapons do more damage - Level 2
  • Iron Fist - punching attacks do more damage - Level 5
  • Slugger - two-handed weapons do more damage - Level 6
  • Martial Artist - melee weapons weigh less and are swung faster - Level 16
  • Expert Gladiator - one-handed weapons do additional damage - Level 20
  • Expert Slugger - two-handed weapons do additional damage - Level 24
  • Incisor - melee weapons ignore enemy armor - Level 34
  • Master Gladiator - one-handed weapons do more damage - Level 43
  • Master Slugger - two-handed weapons do more damage - Level 48

It's also smart to dabble in the other attributes to get some helpful Perk Cards. The following are non-Strength based Perk Cards that help melee characters:

  • Makeshift Warrior (Intelligence) - melee weapons degrade slower, and each rank unlocks higher tier melee weapons for crafting - Level 9
  • Ninja (Agility) - melee sneak attacks do additional damage - Level 15
  • Overly Generous (Charisma) - Rads increase your chance of inflicting additional rad damage with melee attacks - Level 32

Following main and side quests is also the easiest way to get your hands on a specialized melee weapon. So if you're itching to explore but want to do melee, chase the story until you get something good. Then run around bashing stuff.

So what do you think? Will you create a melee character in Fallout 76? What other play styles do you like in Fallout games? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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