It can get pretty lonely in the radiated wastes of the Commonwealth and many players will take time out of finding their son and restoring order to find a romantic partner. There are a few options in the game, and each come with their own set of baggage and benefits to the player.
This list ranked romantic companions in Fallout 4 based on the skills they bring to your combat efforts and for how complicated their personalities would make pursuing a romantic relationship. After all while some may be useful in combat their aggression and love of violence would make an intimate relationship difficult.
9 John Hancock
They say love is blind, but they never say whether it has a sense of smell. Having a romantic relationship with an irradiated ghoul would be complicated enough let alone with someone who’s addicted to chems and shows no signs of stopping.
Admittedly his good nature and passion for defending the innocent make him an honorable guy and he can hold his own in a fight. But any physical touch would require a Rad X or two, he’s guaranteed to outlive you by several hundred years, and kids are definitely off the table.
Magnolia is certainly a beauty and has a wonderful singing voice, but a one night stand does not typically make a healthy romantic relationship. She also will not join the player as a companion which makes her battle skills irrelevant assuming she had any to begin with.
Complicating the relationship even further is the fact that she’s a synth in a world where synths are essentially boogeymen. There really isn’t a strong argument to pursue a romantic relationship with Magnolia as she brings very little to the table and doesn’t want anything long term.
7 Porter Gage
A new companion introduced in the Nuka-World DLC he’s a raider with some semblance of morals. He is very aggressive and has quite the mouth on him. If you can overlook his bloodthirsty ways and hatred of all factions in the Commonwealth he makes a great hired gun, but not a great romantic companion.
Between the violent tendencies, rotten teeth, and ambitions to create the ultimate raider gang it’s hard to find anything appealing about him. Sure he hates chems, doesn’t drink, and is good at putting food on the table, you just have to wonder how often that food comes from an animal and not something else.
Cait’s childhood is a tragic story; her parents were abusive, she was sold into slavery, she murdered them in a fit of revenge, became addicted to Psycho, and has spent the last few years as a cage fighter to pay for her addiction.
She’s definitely a project and you can help her kick the chem addiction, but she’ll always be a wild child who’s prone to fighting, stealing, breaking into places, and running stark naked across the Commonwealth. She’s a great melee fighter, but it’s hard to picture her ever settling down and living the simple life.
5 Paladin Danse
Paladin Danse is a man of principle and you won't find many on this list as loyal as him. With his power armor and devastating energy weapon, he’s the guy you want watching your back and defending your home.
The reason he doesn’t rank higher as a romantic companion is he has some issues with people he doesn’t perceive as normal. He sees ghouls, synths, and super mutants as monsters who need to be destroyed for the good of the Commonwealth and that puts him at odds with a large portion of your neighbors.
MacCready is a mercenary with a tragic past. His wife was killed by feral ghouls and he's been on the run with his only chid avoiding his old employers. His boy has developed a terrible disease and MacCready is devoted to finding a cure no matter the cost.
He’s a dad who’s been forced to make terrible choices for his family and he’s one of the few people on the list who can truly empathize with your plight to find your son. This makes him a great romantic companion and someone to stand by your side in battle. He’s even working on getting the swearing under control.
3 Preston Garvey
A lot of fans like to hate on the guy for his endless requests to help settlers out, but there are worse attributes you could find in a partner. He has a better head on his shoulders than most and enjoys doing good.
In combat, he is a skilled fighter and his ambitions to rebuild the Commonwealth with a network of settlements is both honorable and incredibly smart. He’s the man with the plan and the skills to see his ambitions come to life. He’d rank a lot higher if he wasn’t such a nag about helping settlers.
Piper is a woman obsessed with finding the truth and sharing it with the public, even if it’s something the public doesn’t want to hear or know about. This passion has frequently gotten her into hot water but has done little to quench her zeal for uncovering evil plots and ratting out the bad guy.
In combat, she does alright with her pistol and leather clothing. She likes to go on adventures which is handy when exploring the wastes and gets a thrill out of helping people and delivering justice. The one downside is her need to reveal the truth often puts her and those she cares about in the cross-hairs of dangerous individuals, something she doesn’t seem to concern herself with nearly enough.
Curie is perhaps the most nontraditional romantic companion on this list given she starts out as a modified Miss Nanny Robot and becomes a synth in the end. She’s very intelligent and her French accent can be soothing to listen to while traversing the radiated wastes.
She’s incredibly useful in fights thanks to her deep health pool and laser weapon. Her moral compass is easily the straightest out of any person you’ll meet in the Commonwealth and you’ll never worry about her doing anything rash, evil, or mean spirited. This is someone who will fight at your side and could one day settle down into a normal life making her the best choice.