The vast, barren landscape of West Virginia in Fallout 76 brings with it its own unique challenges and threats, thus making the setting up of camp an especially useful and important component of survival.
Your home base — or Construction And Assembly Mobile Platform, or C.A.M.P. for short — is an integral tactical element of your survival, and acts as an ever-important and evolving resource as you roam the world of Fallout 76.
In this guide we’re going to lay down the basics of camping in Fallout 76, including how to set up camp, where, and how, to ensure you have the absolute best camp you cam.
Best Location For Camp
Setting up camp and being burdened with the expectation of choosing the right place need not be as scary as it seems. You can set up and pick up camp relatively freely, and you should also be wary of the difficulty flags that mark each primary area: if you’re new to Fallout and can’t risk losing camp, then you obviously want to opt for a Beginner area.
- Stations and Workbenches: Make for each access to important resources.
- Roadside: If you set up camp in a forrest near a damaged road, you’ll have plenty of access to both concrete and wood.
- Away From Spawn Points: A common error players make in setting up camp is putting it too close to spawn and enemy locations. You may be wondering why your camp keeps getting overrun by critters: best pack it in and move to a more secluded location
- Away From It All: If you want to go at it alone and can’t stand the thought of engaging with civilization, then the true Fallout 76 experience is waiting for you out in the wilderness. Just set up camp as far away from the near township.
- Right Near Enemies: This is an obvious choice for the booster and grinder out there that wants a steady stream of XP…and knows how to take care of themselves.
How To Set Up Camp
As you might imagine, the location of your camp should be in a safe area: these are obviously far and few between, but taking the effort to find a quiet and safe area to set up camp is going to be important for obvious reason.
Placing a camp is pretty simple: bring up the Pip-Boy menu, and then select “Camp”. Doing so will bring up the option to place the base wherever you deem a necessary location for your headquarters. You’ll notice that eligible areas are marked with green, and so you won’t be able to place this down until you actually find a suitable area.
You’re going to need three key components to build: concrete, steel, and wood. Without these, you’re going to struggle to build a camp worth its weight.
- Where To Find Steel
Quite literally everywhere. This important material is an essential component of the building adventure, and thankfully you can find it scattered throughout the world pretty much everywhere.
- Where To Find Wood
As with steel, wood can be found just about anywhere. Harvest log piles to stock up on this important building material.
- Where To Find Concrete
Concrete bags are relatively common, while the occasional gravel pit also acts as a fine location for finding concrete.
Your First Buildings
Ideally, you want to set core foundations using concrete, and utilising wood for the rest of the structure. Try to find a suitably straight stretch of land, although a slope isn’t the end of the world and can work in your favour if you prefer the high ground.
There are some key items and features of the first buildings that you’ll need to make for easy living.
A Weapons Workbench and Armor Workbench are both obvious go-tos for important tools, weapons and protection when venturing out. The former can be built using 6 Aluminium, 3 Gears, 3 Screws, 3 Rubber and 4 Wood, where as the Armor Workbench will set you back 6 Aluminium, 4 Gears, 3 Screws, 3 Springs and 3 Wood.
Throw in a Cooking Station with 2 Wood and 2 Steel, and you have a nice base camp set up for resting, preparing for battle, and eating (which offers fantastic and severely underutilised buffs with certain foods).
How To Pick Up Camp
There was probably not a single soul that played the Fallout 76 beta that didn’t have a clue how to move their camp to another location.
If you want to change the location of your camp:
- Open your Pip Boy
- Press L1/LB in the Modify menu
- Fork out the 5 Caps to pick up and move your camp
You may be wondering how to blueprint your camp: don’t fret if you’ve set up camp somewhere else, and your old camp has been destroyed. Every time you pick up and move your camp, a Blueprint of the previous structure is already saved and ready to access from the Blueprints menu.
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