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Fallout 4 Survival Mode Details Extracted From 1.4 Patch Beta

by Scott Grill


The 1.4 beta patch released Monday to the PC version of Fallout 4 was datamined to pull out some juicy details of the coming update to Survival mode. Creative Director Todd Howard has only teased some of what is coming in the past. Now we have a huge info drop on what kind of changes to expect to the post-apocalyptic RPGs most difficult mode.

Extracted by Reddit user ShaneD53, the great news about the changes to Fallout 4’s Survival Mode is that it no longer takes the easy route of simply giving enemies extra health to make them more difficult to kill. Instead, both players and NPC enemies are both deal and take more damage. This should make players think twice about engaging in some encounters that they don’t have a clear advantage in.

Some of the additional challenges put forth by the Fallout 4 Survival Mode includes the inability to save a game without finding a bed to sleep in for at least an hour. Ammo will now encumber your player while fatigue and sickness can also drag them down.

Your faithful companion will also not stay so faithful if you don’t keep them healthy. They won’t get up automatically and follow you anymore after being downed in combat. Instead, they will return home if you don’t heal them.

These are all great additions to Fallout 4 Survival Mode. If there’s one feature that is hard to swallow, it is Fast Travel being disabled. The wasteland is a big place and there aren’t any other travel options available other than your own two feet unless you want to call in a fragile Vertibird.

Here is the complete text of the upcoming Fallout 4 Survival Mode. A beta is expected to be released by Bethesda Game Studios first to the PC before it is released officially to the platform followed by the PS4 and Xbox One.

Is the struggle of this world merely a pleasant game for you? Do you long for a more brutal take on a life lived post apocalypse?

If you answered “Yes and yes!”, then Survival difficulty is for you!

Survival upends many of the rules of life in the Commonwealth for maximum challenge. For a full list of these changes, see below.

To enable Survival, press [Pause], select “Settings,” then “Gameplay” and choose “Survival” from the “Difficulty” options.


Manual and quicksaving are disabled. To save your game, you’ll need to find a bed and sleep for at least an hour.


Combat is more lethal for everyone. You now deal, but also take, more damage. You can increase the damage you deal even further with “Adrenaline” (see below).

Fast Travel

Fast Travel is disabled. If you wish to be somewhere, you’ll have to physically travel there.

Weighted Ammo

Bullets and shells now all have a small amount of weight, which varies by caliber. Heavier items such as fusion cores, rockets, and mini-nukes can really drag you down.


Be sure to keep your eyes peeled, as enemies will no longer appear on your compass. As well, the distance at which locations of interest will appear has been significantly shortened.


Survival automatically grants the Adrenaline perk, which provides a bonus to your damage output. Unlike other perks, the only way to increase your rank of the Adrenaline perk is by getting kills (hostile or otherwise). The higher your Adrenaline rank, the higher the damage bonus. Sleeping for more than an hour, however, will cause your Adrenaline rank to lower. You can check your current Adrenaline rank at any time in the Perks section on the Stat tab in your Pip-Boy.


You’ll find it difficult to survive without taking proper care of yourself. You must stay hydrated, fed, and rested to remain combat-ready. Going for extended periods of time without food, water, or sleep will begin to adversely affect your health, hurting your SPECIAL stats, adding to your Fatigue (see “Fatigue” below), lowering your immunity (see “Sickness” below), and eventually even dealing physical damage to you.


Fatigue works like radiation but affects your Action Points (AP) rather than your Hit Points (HP). The more Fatigue you’ve built up, the less AP you’ll have for other actions. The amount of Fatigue you’ve accumulated is displayed in red on your AP bar.


A comprised immune system and a few questionable decisions can end up getting you killed. Eating uncooked meat, drinking unpurified water, taking damage from disease-ridden sources, such as ghouls and bugs, or using harmful Chems all put your body at increased risk for various ill effects. When you are afflicted with an illness, a message will appear onscreen. You can view specifics about your current illnesses by navigating to the Status section on your Pip-Boy’s Data tab and pressing [RShoulder] to view your active effects.


Antibiotics, which can be crafted at Chem Stations or purchased from doctors, heal the various effects of sickness.

Bed Types

The type of bed you’re sleeping in determines the length of time you are able to stay asleep. A sleeping bag will save your game and may help save your life when you’re desperate, but it will never allow for a full night’s rest and the benefits that come with it.

Crippled Limbs

Crippled limbs will no longer auto-heal after combat and will remain crippled until healed by a Stimpak.

Carry Weight

Exceeding your carry weight reduces your Endurance and Agility stats and periodically damages your legs and health. Think of your back!


Companions will no longer automatically get back up if downed during combat and will return home if abandoned without being healed.

Enemy and Loot Repopulation

Locations you’ve cleared will now repopulate enemies and loot at a significantly slower rate.

[Image via Fallout 4]

- This article was updated on:March 8th, 2018

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