Fallout 76 Wanted - How to Get & Remove Bounty

Wanted system is a crucial part of Fallout 76. It puts a bounty on players who behave badly, incentivizing others to hunt them down. In theory, it should make griefing a bit harder, but the jury’s still out. A lot of people are uncertain about how it works, so we’ve written this Fallout 76 wanted guide to show you how to get & remove bounty.

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Fallout 76 Wanted – How to Get & Remove Bounty

How to get wanted status in FO76?

In order to get the wanted status, you need to be a bad hombre. If you attack another player, they’ll only receive a tiny bit of damage until they shoot back. If they shoot back, the game is on, but none of you will get a bounty for it. However, if they don’t shoot back and you still murder them, you’ll be marked as wanted.

The same goes for stealing stuff from other people’s camps (crops, water, etc), or destroying their buildings. If you already have a bounty, performing another bad deed will only increase it.

How to remove wanted status?

Removing bounty is a bit harder than getting it. There’s no central authority you could pay a fine to and stop being wanted, and switching servers also doesn’t seem to remove the status. At this point, it looks like the only way to remove the wanted status is by dying. When someone claims the bounty on your head, it will disappear. It’s far from ideal, so if you go around murdering people in cold blood, make sure you don’t bring any junk you’ll miss.

We’re hoping there’s a better way to remove the wanted status, and we’re going to keep investigating the issue as we progress through the game. If we find a way, we’ll update the article with the new information, so stay tuned.

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    RoxieParadox

    I have had wanted status lvl 20 since last night. I believe I got it by accidentally shooting my gun inside my friends base. We weren’t grouped at the time, and I don’t go around hurting players so that’s all I can think of that would get my the status in the first place. I have died several times since I got the bounty but the status has yet to go away. My friend even killed me last night, and that did not remove it…. I’m about to make a new character because, it seems my wanted status is here to stay… Bugged maybe? Who knows..

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      Davey

      Yeah got a wanted level for shooting a wall of a claimed camp while knocking off scorched in the area. Not going to play this game anymore until its gone cos I refuse to remove it by dying. Isint this a survival game? Why not have low wanted levels wear off like ESO? Freakin suicide is the only option lol this is so stupid…

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    James

    I was helping clear out enemies during an attack at a Workshop area. Threw a grenade, and well, it blew something up. Needless to say, i’ve had level 60 bounty and players on my heels. Can’t find a good way to remove it besides death.

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      Richard

      It was my fault. I did attack someone, to see what would happen. The same thing happened to me today. So I stripped everything off and emptied everything into a stash box and went and sat down and waited to die. It worked. I didn’t lose anything and the wanted poster was gone.

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    Astrid

    I didn’t know you could get a bounty from freaking stealing, I didn’t realize that it was even an issue to just take something from a farm when the player wasn’t even around. Like??? This seems like a very small issue to get PKed over.

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    Matthew

    I have a wanted lvl of 10 because i attacked one of my brothers walls for good humor. Ever since then i have not seen another player on the map or in the game, every now and then i hear gunshots from all around but not a soul in sight

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    Pennyj

    I accidentally blew someone’s turret up while raiding super mutants. (Why their base was in mutant territory idk?)
    And it’s been two days and like a hundred deaths… I’ve still got 20 wanted rank…..?

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      Ren

      Got to die to a player

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    VectorZarak

    I just got a 20 cap bounty because I was ambushed by three radscorpions as I was passing the edge of someone else’s camp. One of the scorpions was standing on top of the player’s razorgrain patch, and it must have caught a few bullets. Seems like there should be a way to prevent being marked as a griefer when you were doing nothing of the sort.

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      midnite860

      I keep pacifist mode on for this reason…. and so far I’ve avoided being flagged

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    Drannuab

    Got a ten cap bounty for allegedly stealing from someone’s camp. What I “stole” were a couple items from a building within the camp. The item names weren’t red and I didn’t even know the camp had been claimed by a player. Three level 30s in power armor and police hats appeared about three hours later. They were nice about it. I put away my weapon, crouched and turned away. It was over in seconds.

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      Eve

      This exact thing happened to me! No mention that anything in this Junkyard was off limits until AFTER I picked the lock.
      No one in power armor tho… yet.
      Once I go back, I’ll have to get to my camp and put my things away and just wait for them to get me lol

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      AdamantForge

      Got a bounty for “stealing” before I even knew what was going on. Computer crashed after I capped a spot from scorched but before I could set up anything, so I went back to it as soon as I relogged. Now I can only get it stripped by getting capped when I thought the place was still mine. There are some serious flaws that need addressing. I’m a pacifist and if I knew about this I would have just moved on.

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        Christopher D Constance

        At the very least, they shouldn’t have some omnipresent force that sees you picking a lock. There should have to be an actual witness to it. As it is, you can be the only living thing for 5 miles and pick a lock and still get a bounty.

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    Chuck

    Found I got a wanted 10 when I lock picked and empty box at a workstation, that I didn’t know was owned by somebody already.
    I wish it had said that I was stealing before I picked the lock and not after I opened the box.

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      Mark

      I just had the same thing happen. Beth still has a ways to go to make this game worth playing for more than just a short while. Heck I’m spending more time trying to figure out how to store things in my little stash box, then doing the quests, hahahahaha.

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    Pixie

    I respawnd inside a building lock picked a yellow suitcase now have level 10 wanted nothing to say was a base or different color text or anything . in the middle of nowere no caps to FT and every time I die end up in the same base WTH?

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    Michelle

    TBH I imagine this will become a mini-game in and of itself. People will be running around being evil to become wanted, then be like “come at me bro!” 😈

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    James

    I was out hunting another player and he was hiding inside of his house but I shot him through the window and the last bullet (automatic) hit the wall behind him and I became wanted. The guy next to me tried to collect but as long as they shoot first you can engage without upping your wanted level. I’m now hiding in the last room of the BOS base so people can’t get to me. Yeah there should be a time limit to the wanted…

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    Flarebro

    When I get back online I continue my quest but someone placed their camp near the place attacking the npc with a turret and making it hostile. They really should rework this cause wth it’s way too simplistic to be helpful.

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    XiroSenpai

    I was passing through a workbench that was claimed and didn’t want to take it from the player so I just started looking around at the junk and got a freaking bounty 😡 It’s not like it’s stuff the person had built. I don’t want to be hunted by everyone in the game. This is stupid.

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    Gruzim

    I accidentally shoot someones camp once, it got attacked by super mutants while i was using his workshop to break down guns and i accidentally hit a wall. it happens. I think i found a work around to the death issue. I myself am an avid bounty hunter, i do not care what the caps if your wanted i am coming for you (part of the fun of the game) anyways i was hiking out to a 10 cap bounty and all the sudden it dropped from 10 to 5, i didn’t understand why. once i found my target i realized he was in his camp sleeping. unfortunately for him he left the door open and I one shot head shot with my rifle from a distance. anyways i would like to know if anyone can confirm that sleeping removes bounty?

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    Carson

    This game is such festering hot garbage. I feel like an idiot for paying $99 for it, (yes, I was goddamned stupid enough to buy the tricentennial edition). I got wanted status by apparently using someone else’s claimed workbench or opening someone else’s lockbox, because the only other player I have even thought about shooting since I began started attacking me for no fucking reason, just to be an asshole. I feel cheated by Bethesda, If I wanted to play Fallout 4 again I would have just restarted it and saved a hundred bucks. This is just Fallout 4 with no story.

    Fuck you Bethesda, fuck you Todd Howard.

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    Randy Whalen

    I like some people on here walked into a junkyard opened up a metal box and wam! Wanted!!! I have to admit this does suck because I took one thing out I actually put literally 20/30 things including weapons and stuff into the box. I saw that I was wanted allowed myself to be killed, respawned down the road and was still wanted! I think I have to get rid of what I stole then get killed…. hopefully that will work.

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    Steve

    I got wanted status for picking a lock in an airport that I didn’t know was owned by another player. There was nothing before I picked the lock to indicate that I’d end up wanted. Just a notification afterward when it was too late to do anything about it. I’m not fond of pvp so I was hoping it would wear off. It didn’t. Before too long, I saw some level 80 something guy wearing insane power armour come along. He took a moment looking at poor level 25 me standing there before killing me in one shot with a plasma rifle or something.
    There really should be some other way to remove it. Or at least better ways of avoiding accidentally getting it.

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    Brian Stakes

    I agree with this bounty issue. There is so much wrong with this game this as well. Many of the economy issues are rediculous. I have been dumping mini nukes and amo because most “valuable” resources are untraceable. Storage sucks too. I’m done with the FO franchise after this fiasco. Todd Howard and Bathesida will hopefully be taught a lesson as the Bethesda stock price begins to fall based on all the negative responses to to this buggy mess of a game. To all those thinking about buying this game……go to gamestop’s and get it second hand. The shelves will be packed with used FO76 returns.

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    AdamantForge

    I claimed a location but my computer crashed before I could work on it to add anything. I log back in and someone else has claimed it, no biggie, I’m really just wandering. Thing is I now have a 10 bounty and there is NO way I could have attacked anyone. Not only am I a firm pacifist about PVP but I had no ability to command the game.
    WTF Bethesda?!

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    Charisma

    Lol yeah. I had a level 60 Wanted on me..I came on here for help. Then I died while writing this 😂

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