Damage Types of Fallout 76
Fallout 76 Damage Types refers to the different attack and defense capabilities of players and enemies in the game. You've carefully considered the damage values of all your weaponry choices, but have you thought about the type of damage they deal? There are five different types of damage in Fallout 76 and each of them has its own special time to shine.
Some weapons deal multiple types of damage, such as dealing both Ballistic and Energy damage at once. Check out each of the five types of damage, their strengths and weaknesses, and the weapons you can use to deal each type below:
Ballistic damage is probably the type of damage you'll be dealing most of: it's the most commonly found type of damage on weapons and is most easily thought of as simple 'physical' damage - what would happen if you got shot with a normal bullet.
Most guns deal Ballistic damage, even if they also deal Energy or Radiation damage as their primary damage type. Some enemies have resistance to ballistic damage and when fighting these, it's a good idea to try a weapon with Energy or Radiation damage, but otherwise, a simple Ballistic weapon is generally a safe bet.
Weapons List for dealing Ballistic Damage
.44 Pistol • 10mm Pistol • Black Powder Pistol • Enclave Plasma Gun • Flare Gun • Gamma Gun • Pipe Bolt-Action Pistol • Pipe Pistol • Pipe Revolver • Plasma Pistol • Single Action Revolver • Voice of Set • Western Revolver • Assault Rifle • Black Powder Rifle • Combat Rifle • The Dragon • Gauss Rifle • Handmade Rifle • Hunting Rifle • Lever Action Rifle • Marksman's Hardened Sniper Rifle • Pipe Rile • Pipe Bolt-Action Rifle • Pipe Revolver Rifle • Plasma Rifle • Plasma Sniper Rifle • Radium Rifle • Railway Rifle • 10mm Auto Pistol • 10mm SMG • Anti-Scorched Training Pistol • Submachine Gun • Pipe Auto Pistol • Automatic Assault Rifle • Automatic Combat Rifle • Automatic Combat Shotgun • Automatic Laser Rifle • Automatic Railway Rifle • Black Powder Blunderbuss • Combat Shotgun • Double-Barrel Shotgun • Pump Action Shotgun • 50 Cal Machine Gun • Auto Grenade Launcher • Fat Man • Gattling Gun • Harpoon Gun • Light Machine Gun • Minigun • Missile Launcher • Dross • Throwing Knife • Tomahawk • Melee Weapons • Rose's Syringer • Syringer • Vox Syringer • Melee Weapons •
Enemies resistant to Ballistic Damage
- Robot/Machine enemies
Enemies vulnerable to Ballistic damage:
- Feral Ghouls
- Mirelurk King and Queens (use Energy weapons on their minions)
Energy damage refers to that dealt by all types of weapon that use plasma-, laser- or elemental-based damage.
Weapons that deal ice or fire damage also fit this category, though the way these damage subtypes affects different enemies varies.
Weapons List for dealing Energy Damage
Enclave Plasma Gun • Laser Pistol • Plasma Pistol • Ultracite Laser Pistol • Institute Laser Pistol • Plasma Rifle • Plasma Sniper Rifle • Automatic Laser Rifle • Automatic Plasma Rifle • Laser Musket • Cryolater • Flamer • Gattling Laser • Gattling Plasma • Ultracite Gattling Laser • Tesla Rifle • Molotov Cocktail • Orbital Scan Beacon • Plasma Grenade • Plasma Mine • Pulse Grenade • Pulse Mine • Pyrolyzer • Salvaged Assaultron Head • Alien Blaster • Shishkebab •
Explosive damage is exactly what it sounds like - weapons and ammunition that goes 'boom'. Explosive-damage weapons deal some of the largest damage hits in the game - without some pretty amazing armor, not many things are going to survive a grenade in close-quarters without major bodily damage.
Weapons List for dealing Explosive Damage
Baseball Grenade • Bottlecap Mine • Cryogenic Grenade • Explosive Bait • Fragmentation Grenade • Fragmentation Grenade MIRV • Fragmentation Mine • Nuke Mine • Molotov Cocktail • Plasma Grenade • Plasma Mine • Pulse Grenade • Pulse Mine • Nuka Grenade • Nuka Quantum Grenade • Auto Grenade Launcher • Bunker Buster • Fat Man • M79 Grenade Launcher • Missile Launcher •
Enemies resistant to Explosive Damage
Enemies vulnerable to Explosive damage:
Poison damage deals somewhat less harm to your enemies in its initial attack, but also applies a damage-over-time effect to those you hit. This can be very effective when used to weaken your enemy while you line up the perfect kill-shot.
Weapons List for dealing Poison Damage
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Enemies resistant to Poison Damage
Enemies vulnerable to Poison damage:
Radiation damage is particularly helpful when fighting against other players in PvP mode, as it reduces their HP pool until they remove the effect by using a RadAway. Bombarding an enemy with Radiation damage can help you take down enemies with a health advantage.
Tip: All melee and unarmed weapons can become Radiation damage-dealing weapons by the application of the Perk Card Overly Generous.
Weapons List for dealing Radiation Damage
Enemies resistant to Radiation Damage
Enemies vulnerable to Radiation damage: