Fallout 4’s Workshop is pretty fantastic, but it is as barren and uninteresting as the worst of the wasteland if you don’t have the right resources. For more general tips on the Workshop you can check out our full guide right here. However, if you just want to find copper, circuitry, and other rare resources then keep reading here.
First up, here’s a quick tip that will really save you time in your resource scavenging. If you have something you want to build that requires items you don’t have, say a generator needing oil and copper, then hit the button displayed at the bottom to mark it as searched. This will automatically mark only the resources you are missing as a searched item.
What does this mean though? Essentially, from that point on, when you are looking at something that can break down into the resource you marked, it will be displayed with a magnifying glass next to it. This lets you know that, while you might not think you want that Gas Canister, it actually contains oil that you’ve been needing for a while.
Using this method you’ll figure out that copper, circuitry, and the other stuff you thought was so hard to find, are actually more common than you thought. For example, I’m guessing you’ve noticed how popular those Hot Plates are. You see them in almost every kitchen and shack that you come across. Well, those seemingly useless items actually contain copper.
Circuitry is a bit harder to come by, but with it marked as searched you should find it rather easily. The best place to get some circuitry is in destroyed turrets, which you should come across around Diamond City, or during missions.
Other rare resources, like crystal and even glass, should be easy enough to spot if you mark them as searched. You’ll figure out that you should have been grabbing those cameras, light bulbs, and bottles all along.