An exploit in Fallout 4 allows players to access one of the game’s most powerful weapons, the Cryolator, at the very beginning of the game by utilizing Dogmeat.

At the beginning of Bethesda’s critically-acclaimed Fallout 4, players are able to explore the Overseer’s office in Vault 111. They are meant to stumble upon a powerful weapon called the Cryolator that is locked in a case, to encourage them to return to Vault 111 later on and collect it when they are a high enough level. However, there is a glitch that allows vault dwellers to acquire the weapon very early on in Fallout 4.

To do this, simply leave the vault at the beginning as usual, and meet up with Dogmeat at the gas station not too far from the neighborhood that the player character lived in before the bombs fell. Interact with Dogmeat so that he becomes a companion character, and then return to Vault 111 with him.

Once back in Vault 111, give Dogmeat the “fetch” command. Dogmeat should approach the locked case that contains the Cryolator, and pull it right out with no trouble. At this point, simply collect the weapon, and enjoy its virtually unparalleled power in the world of Fallout 4.

It’s possible that the Cryolator is the best weapon in the game, so getting it early on gives players a considerable edge over the dangers of the wasteland. The Cryolator can often one-shot kill most enemies, but the downside is that the ammo for it is expensive, and hard to find lying around the game world.

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Those that want to take advantage of this exploit should do so quickly. Like the infinite bottle caps glitch, it is highly likely that Bethesda will move quick to patch it out of the game, meaning that players wouldn’t be able to access the Cryolator until much later. To come by the weapon without using the glitch, players need to be at least level 18 and have their Perception stat leveled up enough to purchase the ability to unlock Master-level locks.

It looks like the Cryolator could become one of the Fallout franchise’s most memorable weapons when it’s all said and done. While obtaining the weapon very early on in the game may make some of the more challenging battles significantly easier than they should be, there’s no denying the thrill of having such a powerful tool at one’s disposal when exploring post-apocalyptic Boston.

Have you acquired the Cryolator in Fallout 4, either by using this glitch or by acquiring it naturally? Is it your favorite weapon in the game, or has some other tool of destruction in Fallout 4 impressed you more? Let’s talk about Fallout 4‘s many powerful weapons in the comments below.

Fallout 4 is currently available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.