Just days into Fallout 4′s release, a player discovers an easy exploit that allows players to max out their SPECIAL skill tree mere minutes into the game.
Fallout 4‘s SPECIAL skill tree can take a long time to fully max out, fueled by a combination of skill books found around the wasteland and points earned by levelling. However, a new exploit has been discovered that allows players to completely max out their skill tree just minutes into the game.
The Fallout 4 exploit can be accomplished as soon as players leave Vault 111 and meet their companion, Dog Meat, at the gas station. With the immortal Dog Meat in tow, players only need to return to their home, and go to their child’s crib. Underneath the crib is a ‘You’re SPECIAL’ book that will raise one random point of the player’s SPECIAL score. However, instead of picking it up themselves, players can use a Dog Meat exploit to get unlimited SPECIAL books.
Redditor B-FOXY discovered that if players issue a command for Dog Meat to pick up an item, and the player waits until just the right moment and picks it up themselves, both the player and Dog Meat will receive a copy of the item. All players have to do to max out their SPECIAL skills is to issue a command to Dog Meat to retrieve the book, wait for him to stoop down, then grab it themselves. If performed correctly, the player will have one copy in their inventory, and Dog Meat will drop the other at their feet. The process can be repeated from this point, ordering Dog Meat to grab the dropped copy and grabbing it at the same time as Dog Meat until the player has enough copies to raise every SPECIAL stat to 10.
While PC gamers can use Fallout 4‘s console commands to duplicate items and max out their SPECIAL stats and EXP, gamers playing on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are left out in the cold. Thankfully for console gamers, this glitch can be used on any version of Fallout 4. Bethesda will probably get around to patching it at some point, although this type of duplication glitch is prevalent in many games, so it remains to be seen if they can find a fix for it or not.
While there’s something to be said for playing a game the way it was meant to be played, there’s also a lot of fun to be had feeling like the richest, most skilled wanderer in the wasteland. Between this exploit, our Fallout 4 easy EXP guide, and the infinite caps glitch, players can breeze through Fallout 4 without breaking a sweat.
Fallout 4 is now available for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.