Advice for beginners
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Player can always Reroll to fix build or try another one.
- First, read the Game Rules.
- FOnline 3 is significantly different from the original Fallout games in terms of mechanics. Old builds, perks, weapons, quests and NPCs will not behave similarly and are balanced for a multiplayer platform.
- Research and plan out your character's build. It is very easy for new players to wing it and treat this like a single-player Fallout game with no real thought put into builds. Rolling a half-assed build will get you killed a lot, and may severely limit your game experience. Here are some tips to get you started:
- Making a well rounded character (as in, all 4-6's in SPECIAL) is one of the worst mistakes new players make. No matter what the character is for, specialized builds are important. S.P.E.C.I.A.L. stats offer many benifits as well as critical weaknesses. For instance, having a high luck stat will increase critical rating while lower melee damage. When making a new build, it is a good idea to review Class Perks to make a plan before beginning.
- You can delay choosing a Level perks, but you must choose it before you reach the next Perk. If you have an unspent Perk, and gain a new Perk-giving level, your saved Perk will be lost. Temporarily delaying your choice of a Perk can be useful if you cannot afford its requirements with your current skills; you may be able to still get it in the next couple of levels, in time before you reach the next Perk. Your last Perk need to be choosen before level 30.
- You require at least 4 Intelligence to interact with some NPCs. However for most merchants and quest givers 2 Intelligence will be enough.
- Use of Drugs is an effective way of enhancing your build and is popular among most players. They lead to addictions in Chem Reliant characters.
- Communicate with other players. The best way to communicate with other players is on Fonline 3's Discord server: https://discord.com/invite/U7uXqag or in-game chat using the "/g" function.
- Check Help_channel on Discord for players builds.
- Change log and fixes can be found in News on Discord.
- When you exit the game, your character remains in-game for 3 more minutes before it disappears. In that time, other people can see you, kill you, Steal from you, and shove you into an Exit Grid, so be careful where you logout. Most players chose to logout while on The World map.
- Once you're in the game, you may want to know some Hotkeys. Here is a list of some useful ones. Hotkeys can also be seen in game by pressing F1.
- Rockside, the starting location, is filled with opportunities for leveling. Player can kill creatures, complete quests, and obtain gear significantly easier than in the Wasteland. Experience gained is significantly higher than in the wasteland, scaling with each major patch. However, once player leave Rockside, will never return.
- First Aid is a critical skill as it lowers the cooldown required to use it while also increasing the maximum amount of hitpoints recovered from use. Ideally, a player should aim to have at least 200 First Aid as soon as it is available.
- To keep your gear from breaking, getting the Engineering help with armor, and adequate Combat skill help with Weapons Armor Deterioration is directly affected by engineering skill and luck, whereas weapon deterioration is directly affected by the associated weapon skill (IE. Small Gun skill reduces small gun deterioration rate. At Luck 20, equipped armor no longer damages.
- Outdoorsman is a valuable skill for newer players. Having a score of 100 will provide you significantly more encounter prompts while traveling on the world map, and will allow you to obtain the Ranger Support Perk which Discover all worldmap and all public locations. Outdoorsman skill also slightly increases movement speed on the world map.
- If you're choosing a ranged weapon skill (Small Guns, Big Guns, Energy Weapons, or Throwing), be sure to invest into that skill to at least 180 and incorporate the perk Bonus Rate of Fire. It reduces the AP cost of your attacks by 1, and therefore enables you to squeeze out more shots from your AP pool.
- Beware when you're in towns without guards (Most Northern towns!). Players and gangs there will kill you without hesitation. You should try to do some quests to gain your first levels.
- Guards punish assault with deadly force, however will ignore theft unless the thief fails in their attempt, in which case they will be attacked. Keep your most valuable items in your hands where they cannot be stolen. (Note that open carrying of weapons can trigger some NPCs to become hostile, so keep your weapon in your second hand slot or inside of your inventory.)
- Pay attention to your reputation. Attacking or stealing in a guarded town may make town NPCs hate you. Killing slavers will get you hated in Den, killing NCR police patrol will make you hated in NCR, and so on. Of course, animals are usually reputation-free so you can kill them guilt-free with no change to your reputation. Killing friendly NPCs inside towns increases your raider reputation. With a large raider reputation, bonuses will be applied to your character, however your encounters become marked. This will make hiding from PVP difficult so be careful.
- In the beginning, trust nobody. Seriously, newbie-abuse is very popular.
- If a player puts a bomb on you in a guarded town, do not try to drop it from your inventory, as guards will attack you for having it. Your best bet is to quickly leave and drop it on the world map.
- Even in guarded towns, do not idle in public or let anybody stand or walk next to you. Keep moving and keep on guard.
- If you do idle in a public area, do not bring anything you don't wish to lose.
- Random encounters are deadly at the start of the game. Even rats can kill you if you don't run fast enough, and guns will often explode in your face with gun skills under 100.
- Once you have obtained your first weapon and gun skill 200 or more, look for creature encounters. Human NPCs are tough for a new player to kill since they're armed, and don't provide as much XP as monsters. Spore Plants, Rats, little geckos, Radscorpions, Brahmin, Molerats, Pigrats.
- In the wasteland, you may find Resources in random encounters and some public locations. These raw resources can be crafted into usable items and equipment.
- Craft your own gear. You start the game with limited gear, but you can collect resources and craft your own. Everyone can craft basic weapons and Ammo.
- Obtaining a Folded Tent, by whatever means, should be your first priority. The wasteland is harsh, but having Tents makes it more survivable. Each character can have 10 tents. First tent is a reward from Quest. Location will show up after player leave Rockside
- Once you have a tent you can begin gathering resources for crafting, and hunting for equipment. Look for NPC encounters commonly known as "versus encounters", in which two factions fight and the victorious one is often the non-aggressive one, for example Vault City Patrol versus Raiders around Vault City. The town patrols almost always win, and once they are done looting corpses, then you can loot the rest and get whatever is left over.
- Easiest way to level at the beginning is looting the Trash Can´s in The Den, find a Melee Weapon and go to Strange Farm killing rats. Get a Companion with 150 PP. Helping you as Meatshield. But remember, that Companion kills doesnt give you XP. For a good hitrate you need min 200% in a Weapon Skill. Better is 300% or it gets broken very fast. To loot locked chests you need 200% in Robbery. On Sundays you get multiple XP Bonus helping to level very fast. And as soon as you have a nice Level to pick a Class Perks your big Adventure starts.
- Accumulate currency After your tent is built, begin saving up your Caps. Currency is the most fluid currency of the wasteland. Remember, not all currency is created equal. Currency is dynamic and will change in value as events occur in the game.
- A note on the Economy. Most of the caps in circulation are already in the hands of other players. To get around this check back at the shops every hour, because the storekeepers' supply of caps is periodically refreshed. If you get lucky you can find individual traders who haven't been relieved of their wealth yet, and some of them carry upwards of 10,000 caps, or more if wealthy players have made huge purchases there!
- When looking for rare items such as implants, bases, or rare crafting materials, be sure to check out the player shops located in NCR.
Loot for the Win
- Level up a few levels and put all your points to Robbery. Since Random Encounters in city ruins have a fairly high chance of spawning Footlockers, you can unlock them and find valuable loot. Be wary of traps around the footlockers. You can find good armor and weapons, plus many other items including Drugs and Ammo. You will also find Blueprints which you use for superior crafting, or sell to other players for a quick buck.
- A popular Footlocker hunting area is the small city ruins near Brotherhood of Steel-Base and Junktown. Most of the time, you only encounter neutral Junktown Scouts or BoS-Patrols, making this zone appealing to weaker characters. But beware: PKs hunt players here a lot too!
- Better loot can be found in Dungeons and other activities. Check Loot Drop it increase with every major patch (5.X.0). But mind this locations are open for other players.
You cant Skill wrong, Reroll is the answer
Player can always Reroll to fix build or try another one.
In Rockside there is no cost for it.