What are raids for, if not to grab some friends, leave a trail of carnage, and score some epic-tier loot for the trouble? The new raid added to Fallout 76 is supposed to be no exception, and yet today one player fought their way to success and found themselves the sole recipient of...well, garbage.
Fallout 76's Vault 94 raid is the latest feature to be added to the game by an update along with a host of other activities and bug fixes. Patch 12 has been long-awaited, as Vault 94 adds an endgame activity for high-level players; due to the raid's challenge, Bethesda recommends that only characters over level 50 participate, and in full squads of 4.
That's all well and good, but the end of a Vault 94 raid is supposed to culminate with players earning rare, extremely powerful gear. But one player, going by Kaelynath on Reddit, got a rude awakening after he and his three teammates fought their way to the loot chest at the raid's end. His teammates each received a three-star legendary item--the best Fallout 76 has to offer. Kaelynath himself opened up the chest and found a single, simple, completely useless drill.
Bethesda games are known for their bugs, and Fallout 76, in particular, was plagued by bugs and glitches immediately after release to many players' dismay. In fact, this isn't even the first time that a drill has dropped from a legendary enemy, instead of powerful loot. But as Kaelynath puts it, "This was also after over an hour spent in Vault 94, which due to the fact that it zergs you with enemies throughout is in itself a gigantic resource sink that gives next to nothing for exp." So Kaelynath put in a lot of effort for nothing, but at least the Fallout 76 subreddit is having fun with it--even naming the drill "Rod of Howard" in reference to Bethesda's game director Todd Howard.
In other (less buggy) games, this might not even be such a big deal. But for all its many players, Fallout 76 has been collecting criticism from the start with annoying microtransactions, glitches, and the sorry state of its Collector's Edition goodies. It's hard not to wonder how many more day-ruining bugs players will encounter before they lose their patience.
At the very least, Kaelynath got something for his trouble in the end. Fellow Reddit user mepradayounada offered to buy the drill for 10,000 caps, just for the honor of owning something with such a story behind it. All in all, not a bad deal for everyone involved.
Fallout 76 is available now for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.