Here are the most important Fallout Shelter tips and tricks to level up faster, get more dwellers and unlock new building types.
We’ll also explain how to get free Caps and Lunchboxes just by playing Fallout Shelter with a purpose. Finally, we look at what you need to know about Fallout Shelter Hacks and Cheats.
Fallout Shelter is an iPhone, iPad, Android and PC game that lets users build and manage a vault from the popular Fallout game. This is not Fallout 4 for the iPhone and there is no tie in with stats or in-game bonuses for the Fallout 4 game on consoles.
Fallout Shelter is free to play with the option to spend up to $19.99 on in app purchases that deliver items, caps, resources and new dwellers. You can play this game without spending any real money, and this is easier if you use the Fallout Shelter tips below.
The latest Fallout Shelter 1.6 update adds in quests and adds support for the PC, so you can plan on another device.
There is no one right way to play Fallout Shelter. You can manage your vault as you see fit, but with these tricks you will be able to add more dwellers and unlock added rooms faster that will make your dwellers happier and add to their skills.
Here are the Fallout Shelter Tips you need to build a bigger shelter, attract more dwellers and prepare for raiders and Radroaches. Before you try to use any Fallout Shelter cheats we recommend reading to the end.
Build with a Purpose
It’s not until after you build a few rooms that the game tells you the biggest secret in where to place your rooms. If you build two rooms of the same kind next to each other they join and offer better performance.
You can also place three of a room next to each other to link up those, but you don’t get as much of a bonus across the board when you do this.
As you plan where to build, make sure you leave room to connect your rooms to one of the same type.
If you build two rooms next door and they don’t link, you will need to make sure they are upgraded to the same level. Keep in mind that adding rooms requires more electricity output.
Place Dwellers in the Right Rooms
When you start bringing dwellers into the your vault, you will need to make sure they are in the right rooms. This boosts production and will keep them happy. Tap on any dweller to see their attributes and what they are best at. Each room does best with a specific attribute.
Rather than try to remember the specials that help each room, you can just zoom in to the room to see which special does best there. The Small letter in a circle shows you which special attribute will boost production.
You can also drag the dweller from room to room to see where they will fit best. The letter and a positive or negative number will show on-screen when you do this. Drop them in the right room for better production.
If you add someone with luck to a room it will increase the chance of success on a Rush.
Upgrade Your Rooms
You don’t need to build a sprawling underground vault right away. You can also upgrade rooms to increase output and storage. This will help you meet the needs of your growing population without the need to constantly add a new power or water station.
Tap on a room and then on the upgrade arrow in the upper right to upgrade. This will show you the cost and the increased output and storage. Adding a second room that combines to make one bigger is a better idea in some cases, so you’ll have to decide when to upgrade and when to expand.
Keep Everyone Happy
One of your tasks as the overseer is to keep the dwellers happy. This increases output, which makes the game easier overall. You can see your overall happiness score on the face in the upper left of the screen.
You can also tap on an individual dweller to see their happiness. You can manage happiness by keeping resources above the minimum, placing dwellers into a job they like and by giving them breaks in lounges or in the living quarters.
Place an unhappy dweller in the living quarters with one of the opposite sex and eventually they will have sex. This results in 100% happiness for both characters and the woman is at 100% happiness for the length of the pregnancy.
Rush with Caution
You can rush any production to meet the immediate needs of the vault, but there is a risk. When you tap on Rush you’ll see how likely an accident is. This can mean Radroaches or a fire that will hamper production and hurt your dwellers.
Use this option when you need it, but be aware that it can backfire and slow you down in the long run.
You should attempt to bring in dwellers with high Luck power to rooms you need to rush often as this will increase your chances for success.