'Fallout 76' Character Build Guide: How to Make a Sniper Character

Fallout 76 is here, so you probably want to check out a Fallout 76 character build guide. The game changes up several key elements we've come to be familiar with in previous Fallout titles. One of the most jarring is the new leveling system that is based around Perk Cards. You can't really deliberately create a specific build, like a sniper or melee-based fighter, because the perk cards are randomized instead of available across an open skill tree. However, you can make it easier to chase a style, like the Sniper class, if you know what to do.

Here's the best Perk Cards for creating a sniper class in Fallout 76 Bethesda

Every time you level up in Fallout 76, you have the opportunity to add a point to one of your S.P.E.C.I.A.L. skills. These are the same Strength, Perception, Endurance, Charisma, Intelligence, Agility and Luck skills from the previous Fallout games. The more points you have in a specific skill, the more Perk Cards of that skill type you can equip. If you have a leveled-up Perk Card, you'll need to have additional skill points to equip it. So, when a Perk Card is level two, you'll need two skill points for it to be activated.

While you don't get a choice of Perk Cards, you can ensure you have enough skill points to equip the cards when you do get them. For a sniper build, you're definitely going to want to focus on Perception with a secondary focus on Agility. Perception improves your percentages in V.A.T.S. and has many great rifle-based Perk Cards. Agility determines your Action Points, which determine how much you can use V.A.T.S. This is very helpful when shooting enemies at long range.

As an added bit of fun, and because I enjoy Luck-based Perks, I've included a few that help all V.A.T.S. and gun-focused players. The only one that is Sniper-specific is Tormentor, as that Perk Card affects rifle damage in V.A.T.S. The others are more general-use.

Fallout 76 Sniper Perk Cards

The best Perk Cards for a sniper, and what level they unlock at, are the following. These cards can also be acquired multiple times to level up and become even more useful. But be careful! Increasing their level increases the skill points needed to equip them. Consider the benefits before investing another valuable skill point at the cost of an additional perk.

  • Concentrated Fire - Perception - level 2
  • Rifleman - Perception - level 8
  • Expert Rifleman - Perception - level 20
  • Sniper - Perception - level 28
  • Tank Killer - Perception - level 30
  • Long Shot - Perception - level 37
  • Master Rifleman - Perception - 42
  • Action Boy/Girl - Agility - level 2
  • Covert Operative - Agility - level 27
  • Psychopath - Luck - level 21
  • Mysterious Stranger - Luck - level 26
  • Four Leaf Clover - Luck - level 29
  • Grim Reaper's Sprint - Luck - level 33
  • Tormentor - Luck - level 37
  • Better Criticals - Luck - level 47

So what do you think? Are you planning on picking up any of these Perk Cards to build your sniper in Fallout 76? What other Perk Cards have you found that are useful? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.