Settlement Building | Fallout 4

Settlements are places you can call home in Fallout 4. It’s where you rest to regain your health, where you keep your valuable stuff and where you tinker to make the best equipment.
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You can even have other people move in and perform various functions, like manage shops. This guide will show you how to build a settlement in Fallout 4.

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How to build a settlement

A settlement starts out with a single house/room. The process is pretty simple:
  • Find a place that allows for building.
  • Put floorings, walls, a roof and a door on it.
  • Craft and install furniture, starting with a bed.
And you have your basic dwelling up and running.

House improvements in Fallout 4

When your house is done, you can expand and upgrade it to the point where it becomes an actual settlement, with a bunch of people doing various jobs. There’s a bunch of stuff you can add to your settlement, like water pumps, trading stalls, workshops, etc.

fallout 4 home improvementsOnce other people start moving in, there are factors you’ll have to keep in mind – they need food, water, power and beds. You’ll also have to tend to their happiness and safety. Setting traps and arming the populace will suffice for safety, but it’s still unclear how you can influence their happiness.If you’re roaming the world and your settlement is attacked, the game will notify you, so you can run back and defend it.

Building materials in Fallout 4

fallout 4 crafting bedCommon materials include rubber, steel, aluminum, concrete, wood, cloth and screws. They aren’t weightless, so you won’t be able to lug around infinite amounts of concrete in your pockets. Luckily, you’ll have the option of stashing building materials in your workshop.


When you decide to build something, the game will show you which materials (and possibly how many people) you’ll need for it. If you don’t have what it takes, you can tag the recipe, which highlights the required materials in the world.

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