Fallout 4’s new Workshop is extremely deep and complex. Figuring out its inner workings is probably tougher than tackling the raiders, super mutants, and deathclaws of the wasteland. However, with some help you should be able to take it on and become the leader of a nice community. We have a full guide on the mode, but one aspect was especially confusing, while still being extremely important to the experience. So, here’s how to establish supply lines in Fallout 4’s Workshop.
First, what are supply lines? Essentially, supply lines let you create a shared inventory between your settlements. Food and water won’t necessarily be shared, but if you have copper in one settlement and need it in another, having a supply line will make it so you don’t have to go and get it to build that new generator. This becomes increasingly important as you gather a huge inventory of resources and other items that you might need in your more out-of-the-way settlements.
So, how do you link up your Fallout 4 settlements with supply lines? First you need to activate the Local Leader perk, which takes a Charisma of six to unlock. Once you have that you can establish them, but Fallout 4 doesn’t go out of its way to say how. Essentially, you need a spare settler in your town.
One trick, if you don’t have a settler to spare, is to send one of your companions to the necessary town. Some won’t work as couriers, such as Codsworth, but many will. Send Strong the super mutant to a settlement and he can quickly establish the supply line you need, for example.
To do this, go into Workshop mode and walk up to whomever you have to spare, hit RB or R1 on consoles, the button is displayed on the bottom if your on PC or changed up the control scheme, and a new menu will pop up. This lets you pick what settlement to set the supply route to. You’ll want it to be closeby, most likely the closest other settlement you have. However, you’re goal is to link them all, so forming a circle or chain is the best idea here.
Once you pick the other settlement your main job is done. You’ll notice immediately that your inventory from all the other linked settlements is available here, allowing you to tap into everything you own if you do this right.
This info is also useful if you simply want to assign workers. Though we go into greater detail in our comprehensive Workshop Guide, essentially you do the same steps here, but instead of hitting RB or R1, you hit A/X. This sets that settler into the assign mode. Now you just find whatever you want them to work, such as a guard post, or farm, and select it with A/X. They’ll start working it immediately.