'Fallout 76' Crafting Explained: How to Get Legendary Cores and Legendary Modules

Fallout 76 has refined the way its crafting system works with its latest update, Steel Reign. Now, players are able to transform their standard equipment into legendary gear, provided that they have the right components.

The Steel Reign expansion for Fallout 76 adds several quests that will wrap up the game's ongoing Brotherhood of Steel storyline, with branching paths and multiple endings. The decisions you made in the previous DLC, Steel Dawn, will carry over into the new missions and characters will even remember your decisions, meaning that you will get a totally personalized conclusion.

Legendary Crafting Explained

While the story content is Steel Reign's headline attraction, there are also a few other things it introduces, most notably the legendary crafting system.

A long-requested feature, this allows you to finally improve your obsolete loot, by upgrading it to either a 1-star, 2-star, 3-star, or 4-star tier. Not only that, but you will also be able to "reroll" your current legendary items as many times as you want, in the hope of getting random attributes that better suit your play style. Of course, doing so will completely strip away any existing status effects on those items, so be careful not to gamble with anything that you are attached to.

Legendary crafting can be done with almost any weapon or piece of apparel in the game (including power armor) and all you need to do to get started is head over to a workbench. It's far simpler than a lot of other systems in the game as well, given that the crafting components you need will always be the same, no matter what piece of equipment you are upgrading. You will only ever spend legendary modules and the legendary cores, although the quantities you need of each will vary depending on what tier you are crafting.

Speaking to Newsweek about this at a round table interview, Mark Tucker, design director for Fallout 76, said: "We simplified the system quite a bit. We originally had multiple types of crafting components that fed into the system and players were frustrated because some of the lower-tier components didn't have any utility once you had graduated to the 3-star loot.

"So, we talked about it and [decided] to make it one crafting component that gives players really good agency over how they want to spend it. Do they want to spend fewer cores and get the lower tier [items] or do they want to save up for the 3 stars?"

The Patriot Power Armour in Fallout 76
You will now be able to craft legendary power armor if you have enough legendary cores and legendary modules. Bethesda

Where to Find Legendary Modules in 'Fallout 76'

If you have been a steadfast Fallout 76 player since launch, then you will likely already know how to get your hands on legendary modules, as the components have been around since 2019. However, if you are jumping into the Appalachia wasteland for the very first time, or the Steel Reign update has encouraged you to give Bethesda's live service another shot, then here is a quick catchup.

The only way to get legendary modules is to purchase them from Purveyor Murmrgh, a merchant who is located at The Rusty Pick. This miner's tavern can be found in the southwest corner of the map, in the "Ash Heap" region.

Murmrgh will sell you legendary modules for "scrip," which is an in-game currency that you can earn by completing daily quests and daily ops, or by trading in items at exchange machines. Each legendary module will set you back 50 scrip.

Where to Find Legendary Cores in 'Fallout 76'

Legendary cores are a new addition to Fallout 76, and they cannot simply be purchased. Instead, you will have to do some legwork to earn the crafting component, by participating in either public events, season events or daily ops. The more difficult the event, the more parts you will be rewarded with.

Speaking about the rationale behind this, Tucker said: "We put more emphasis on some of the public events that we don't see as much player engagement with. We know they're fun and we often get feedback [that] players want to do them but there's no one else around to play with.

"A lot of players will figure out what's the best use of my time to get my reward and [so] we're making sure to push better rewards for the more challenging events. One of the ways we're doing that is with our legendary cores for crafting".

In other words, legendary cores are currently being offered as an incentive for you to try out the tougher public events. You can find the legendary core drop rate for each event on the Fallout wiki, but the item is rewarded most prolifically in "A Colossal Problem," with eight cores being added to your inventory upon the mission's completion.

Other bountiful sources of legendary cores include the public events "Encryptid" and "Campfire Tales," as well as the daily op "Decryption".

Steel Reign is a free update for those who already own a copy of Fallout 76. The game will also be getting another major expansion in 2022, in the form of The Pitt. Newsweek recently spoke to Jeff Gardiner, lead producer for Fallout 76, to find out more about what this will entail.

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