Fallout 76: How to Hack Terminal Computers

Hacking made easy in Fallout 76.

by AOTF Staff

In Fallout 76 there are terminals that can be hacked, just like in previous games.  The mechanics to hacking terminals in Fallout 76 are a little bit different than previous games as you’ll need to have certain perk cards to be able to do so.  Every locked computer terminal in Fallout 76 has a specific difficulty level.  This starts at level 0 and goes up to level 3.  Level 0 Terminals can always be hacked, regardless of your perk cards.

However, any level terminal above zero will require that you have hacking perks.  There are three hacking perk cards that you can unlock in Fallout 76: Hacker, Expert Hacker, and Master Hacker.  To hack a level 3 terminal you will need to have all three cards to hack these computer terminals as they offer a +1 hacking ability to your character and they stack on top of each other.

The terminals themselves have a list of jumbled numbers, letters, words, and symbols.  This mini-game essentially requires you to find the password for the terminal through trial and error.  One of the words on the terminal screen is the correct one, you just have to pick which one it is.  If you pick the correct word, the terminal will unlock.

If you do not pick the correct word, the terminal will give you a likeness rating.  The way that the likeness rating works is that it tells you how many letter are in the right position.

For example, if you picked the word “DEFENSE” as your selection and the computer said that you had a likeness rating of 2.  You would look for other words with 2 letters in the similar positions as that word.  Let’s say that there was another word on the board, “DISCUSS”.  This word would have two like letters.  The letter D in the first position and the letter S in the second to last position.  Selecting DISCUSS would likely be your answer.

Terminals also have another thing to look out for in Fallout 76.  Keep an eye out for brackets in the terminal mini-game {},()  selecting these can remove words to narrow down the odds of a correct choice or reset the number of attempts that you have before failure.

You’ll have a set number of chances to hack terminals in Fallout 76 before the computer will lock you out.  If you fail four times the terminal will lock you out and you won’t be able to access it for 10 seconds.

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- This article was updated on January 20th, 2023