'Fallout 76' Loot Guide: Locations, Junk and Managing Stash Limits

Fallout 76 is full of all sorts of loot hidden among a ton of junk. However, as any good Fallout fan knows, it's all about hoarding any and everything, right? Not so much in Fallout 76, where weight limits and stash limits become an early factor. This means you need to be smart with weight management and know where the best loot locations are, and what you should leave behind.

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Fallout 76 Stash Weight Limit Management Guide

It's really easy to become over encumbered in Fallout 76. When you are over encumbered, your AP drops with every step you take, which is really annoying if you're trying to run away from a dangerous enemy.

To see your max capacity, and how much weight you are currently carrying, open up your Pip Boy and navigate to the Items menu. You'll see two numbers in the bottom left corner of the screen. The first is how much your inventory weighs and the second is your max capacity.

The easiest way to drop some pounds is stopping by any workbench (excluding cooking stations) and scrapping your junk. Junk breaks down into crafting components like cloth and wood, which weigh much less than a shovel or set of clothing. Press Y/Triangle in the scrap menu to quickly scrap all your junk. If you're at camp, scrapped junk stays in your inventory so deposit it in your stash box when you're done.

Your Stash Box can be found at your camp, but can also be found at vendor locations and other places here and there around the world. Your Stash Box is universally linked, so putting an item in one makes it available at all locations. Be careful not to store unscrapped junk in your box too. Stash limit is only 400 and you're going to want to save room for power armor components and fusion cores when you find them, as they'll take up about ¼ of that limit. Some crafting materials, like wood and cloth, can be bundled into bulk versions. These bulk resources can also be sold to vendors for a decent price. If you find yourself with too much of one thing, simply sell it off for caps.

For your personal loot weight limit, you are also going to need to be more selective with your weapon choices. Instead of grabbing every gun you find, you might want to only carry one or two of each type, or only focus on one type of weapon. Best to let your ammo counts dictate your weapons. Scrapping weapons yields materials and unlocks new mods, so don't be afraid to dismantle those pipe weapons for parts.

Weapons tend to be the heaviest thing in your inventory, so it's important you keep things simple and keep some of the heavy weapons in storage until you go up a few levels. Missile launchers are way too heavy for the limited damage missiles can deal, so. just skip those or junk them quickly. Shotguns are heavy too.

Fallout 76 Loot Locations Guide

The best loot we've run across so far comes from playing the campaign missions. These usually culminate in an area where you can loot the environment or a tougher enemy that is carrying some good gear. The nice thing about sticking with the campaign missions is the loot is usually level-appropriate as well, meaning you can use your new finds immediately.

Outside of campaign missions, a number of lucrative loot locations have popped up. YouTube is filled with videos of various locations, or attempts at reaching those locations. One video from user Savage Discavage shows the Pleasant Hills Cemetery has a number of safes to break into, each one filled with loot. Pleasant Hills Cemetery is towards the Southwest corner of the map. There's an "Uncanny Caverns" sign on the world map that is close by.

Another interesting location for loot is a ropes course east of Flatwood, as seen in this video from Humble Assassins. According to the video, there is an Agility bobblehead, a stash of caps and a bunch of Stimpacks up in the wooden tower at the end of the course.

There isn't any particularly grindy loot locations like Destiny's infamous Loot Cave that we've found so far in Fallout 76.

How To Loot Smart In Fallout 76

New Fallout players will probably have an easier time than veteran fans with leaving junk on the ground. In Fallout 4 settlements offered limitless stash boxes and huge building sites, so there was never a need to be selective. In Fallout 76 players shouldn't pick up everything they see, and need to loot junk more carefully if they want to be able to cover vast distances on foot without becoming weighed down.

Start by ignoring things that offer steel and wood only. You can see in the Junk menu on your Pip Boy which components a scrapped piece of junk will give you. Those materials are common and can if you come up short can almost always be found near your campsite. Complex junk, like typewriters, alarm clocks and microscopes, offer multiple components and add more value to your inventory.

Prioritize adhesive until you have a camp set up that allows you to cook vegetable starch (tato, mutfruit, corn, purified water), or until you have a stockpile of at least 50. Adhesive is a key component in weapon and armor mods/repairs. Since carrying a light arsenal is key, you'll always want to have the best stuff in the best condition. So duct tape, wonderglue and homemade glue are almost always worth carrying.

Unlike previous games, Fallout 76 places far more value on food. It's light, it's useful and if you look around it's almost everywhere. Always scoop up boxes of junk food, canned dog food and stews and any boiled water you come across. Dirty water is never worth carrying because you should put your camp near a water source for easy access.

So what do you think? Are you ready to go out and start hunting for loot in Fallout 76? Have you found any good loot locations on your own? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.