Fallout Shelter: S.P.E.C.I.A.L. Skills Guide

A complete overview of the skills in Fallout Shelter, ways to use and upgrade them.


What skill points mean and how to get them

S.P.E.C.I.A.L. skill system in Fallout Shelter won’t confuse you if you have already played the Fallout series games. Developers removed abilities and simplified the game process, but we will have to clarify certain nuances. For instance, we’ll discuss how skill points are used in the Shelter and in the Wasteland and we’ll show how to upgrade skills.

S (Strength)

Shelter usage

The higher the Strength level of generator and reactor workers, the faster you’ll get energy. Good strength decreases the risk of accidents when you accelerate production in these facilities.

Wasteland usage

Strong scouts deal more damage and can open locked containers with loot. This parameter does not influence combats inside the Shelter. Strength minimally increases the probability of getting items or trash for mission completion.

Upgrade

Strength is upgraded in the Weight room, which is available once the population of your Shelter reaches 24 people.

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P (Perception)

Shelter usage

Increases water production speed at water treatment stations and water purification rooms. Decreases the number of accidents during production acceleration.

Wasteland usage

Materially, it increases the chances of getting items for mission completions. When Perception is high, you can deal critical damage. It also increases the probability of finding interesting objects.

Upgrade

Perception is upgraded in the Weapon workshop, which is available when the Shelter population reaches 28 people.

E (Endurance)

Shelter usage

Endurance is useful for Nuca-Cola bottler personnel as it increases production and decreases the risk of accidents. Also, endurance increases maximum health points of settlers. After the 50th level is reached, Endurance has no effect on HP.

Wasteland usage

High Endurance decreases scouts’ radiation damage. When endurance gets to 11, a settler stops getting radiation in the Wasteland and he’ll need RadAway solely during quests. Also, Endurance increases the probability of finding items or trash.

Upgrade

Endurance is upgraded in the Fitness room, which is available when the population reaches 35 people.

C (Charisma)

Shelter usage

High Charisma workers are useful for Radio station work. They increase the happiness of Shelter inhabitants and are effective in attracting new settlers.

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Also, Charisma decreases the time needed to build a pair in the living quarters and the time needed to construct a new appearance in the barbershop.

Wasteland usage

Charisma allows to solve some problems without using force. If a charismatic scout meets a cheapjack in the Wasteland, he can exchange items with him.

Upgrade

Charisma is upgraded in the Lounge, which is available after the population of the Shelter reaches 40 people.

I (Intellect)

Shelter usage

If doctors in Medbays and scientists in Science labs have a high level of intellect, they make stimpacks and RadAways faster. Also, high level of Intellect decreases the risk of accidents during production acceleration.

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Wasteland usage

Intellect is necessary to provide first-aid to injured. It also has some positive effect on the probability of getting items and trash during quests.

Upgrade

Intellect is upgraded in the Classroom, which is available after the population of the Shelter reaches 30 people.

A (Agility)

Shelter usage

Agile workers prepare food in the Diner and harvest crops in the Garden faster. Agility decreases the risk of accidents during production acceleration.

Wasteland usage

Agility decreases the time between attacks and increases the probability of getting items and trash during quests.

Upgrade

Agility is upgraded in the Athletics room, which is available after the Shelter reaches the population of 26 people.

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L (Luck)

Shelter usage

Luck increases the probability of getting caps during resource gathering and decreases the risk of accidents during production acceleration in any room.

Wasteland usage

Luck allows to make more critical attacks.

Upgrade

Luck is upgraded in the Game room, which is available after the population of the Shelter reaches 45 people.

Tips

  • Each skill can be increased immediately if you find an appropriate armor or give shelter to a pet with a necessary bonus. Some types of clothes increase several skills at once.
  • If you choose parents wisely, you’ll get a skilled child. For example, if both parents have a high Strength skill, the child will also be strong. If parents have various high-level skills, the child will randomly get one of them. Find pets with bonuses to child skills as such pets boost all seven skills.
  • Training progress does not get lost when citizens are moved from one room to another. You can restart upgrade at any time.
  • Training time is decreased due to high happiness level and high level of training facilities.
  • High skills allow settlers to endure accidents with less damage.

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