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Fallout 4 Vault-Tec Workshop Guide: How to Build and Use a Terminal

| July 25, 2016

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If you’ve been playing Fallout 4 for a while then you’re probably well familiar with its workshop feature. However, the mechanic is one of those easy to learn, but hard to master style elements that has a lot of hidden depth throughout. Those who’ve spent dozens of hours building up their settlements will likely breeze through the new DLC, Fallout 4 Vault-Tec Workshop, but others could struggle with a few of the requirements that it asks of the player. We’re here to help though, and one mission could be tough, just because its requirements are a bit hidden away in the workshop menu. So, here’s our guide on how to build and use a terminal in Fallout 4 Vault-Tec Workshop.

About halfway through the Vault-Tec Workshop missions you’ll begin actually running tests on your vault dwellers. These will require a few different things to be built. Most of them will appear in the “Special” area of the workshop menu, but a few are outside of it. One of these is the terminal, which you have to build to manipulate the mechanical bike that you are using for your tests.

To build it, just open up the workshop menu then navigate to Power and Miscellaneous. It is then the second option in this menu, right after the Settlement Beacon. Place it somewhere near whatever object you are trying to control and power it up. I recommend putting in a generator next to this area that at least produces five units of energy. Attach a wire to the terminal (check the bottom of the screen for the specific button necessary), then attach the other end to whatever device you want the terminal to control. Then just activate it as normal, and navigate through the menu for whichever option you want to use for your test.

You can even re-use this same terminal throughout Fallout 4 Vault-Tec Workshop, attaching it to whatever the new device is that the mission requires. With that you should be all set. Fallout 4 Vault-Tec Workshop has a lot of new stuff, but most of it is optional. If anything troubles you too much be sure to let us know in the comments.

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  • 187

    Can experiments be done outside of the vault in other settlements?

    • sven10077

      No, but the equipment can be used, the soda fountain is a happiness booster as is the slot machine….

      Fun stuff, I need a guide on how to use the Vault-Tec generator using the Vault conduit pieces.

  • nath

    The vault has a nuclear reactor that gives 150 power, is there a better way than using connectors and wire to power the vault up?

    • bob

      The vault walls act as power conduits which can be tapped with the vault wall power pylon (far right of the power connector objects). lights close to the pylon work.

  • Billy Bixby

    What’s the best way of running power into the vault pieces? Cables and conduits are a pain

  • Charlie

    Can terminals be used on Vault doors? Would like to add that immersion on the dwellers not being able to access certain parts.

  • Memberfunk

    You do not need wire with the new wall attaching conduit , the shoot power threw wall. Wire is only for items in the room to connect .
    Ie build 3×3 vault w generator attach wall conduit to any vault wall connect with wire, build 1×3 hall attach conduit in center ( no wires,) build 3×3 room, attach conduit again wire to terminal, power and control any room with unwired wall conduit ,

  • NaTeDiGGiDeE

    I can’t build a vault in any settlement, using sanctuary as my test as I’ve seen in videos. I’ve completed the Vault 88 Questline and when I go to my settlement, Special buildings, I have nothing vault related to get my own settlement vault even started. Am I missing something here?

    On PS4… Uninstalling and reinstalling full game as I’ve tried everything else…

    • You can only build the vault in the default vault location, and only after you d/l the dlc.

      • Mitch Cooj


        • Care to elaborate? “False” isn’t very helpful.

          • Mitch Cooj

            I have never built in the default vault location. Vault 88 is shit. But I have a wicked above ground vault because you can build them anywhere you please after completion of the dlc. If you had completed it you would know this. Posting false information is much less helpful then having it pointed out.

          • I have completed, platinumed. Technically, a vault above ground is not a vault. The only underground place I know of to build an actual vault is the one provided with the DLC, and since you can use the workshop features elsewhere, I suppose you can count the mechanist’s lair as another, although limited. You can’t pick a spot of ground and start digging a vault, so technically my statement wasn’t false, but if it makes you feel more like a man, you go on thinking that. ;D

          • Mitch Cooj

            That’s interesting since my vault says vault tec Vault all over the outside of it. The original poster asked a question. You gave a shitty answer. They could not access the menu items. You are an idiot.