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Fallout 76 Guide: Which Edition to Buy?



While many of you will want to explore Fallout 76 without any assistance, others might benefit from picking up a full length guide.

According to Bethesda, Fallout 76’s world is four times the size of Fallout 4’s. If you’ve ever played Fallout 4, you know just how big that is. If you haven’t, it means there’s going to be a lot to do and a lot to see.

While some people love to play through games unassisted, some of you might want help tracking down quests, items, and locations. Having this information in front of you can help you level up faster and avoid potential headaches, particularly if you don’t have a ton of time to invest in the game.

Once the Fallout 76 beta goes live in October (remember, Bethesda says it’s hoping the beta is the full game), we’ll start to see unofficial guides appear online. Unfortunately, these guides are often confusing and disjointed.

This is one reason why you might want to invest in an official Fallout 76 strategy guide. Official strategy guides are typically more polished and offer accurate, great-looking information about quests, enemies, characters, gameplay elements, and items.

Bethesda’s confirmed two versions of the official Fallout 76 guide. There’s a standard edition and there’s a Collector’s Edition for those that want something extra.

If you decide you want to buy an official guide to Fallout 76, allow us to walk you through each option and help you decide which is right for you and your budget.

Fallout 76 Guide: Standard Edition

The standard edition is the most basic version of the Fallout 76 guide and also the cheapest.

The $30 softcover guide comes with 554 pages of information about Fallout 76 including:

  • Detailed training, character creation guidance, and combat strategies.
  • Breakdowns of every quest, plus analysis of how your choices will affect your experiences in Fallout 76.
  • Fully labeled maps and detailed information on every wasteland location.
  • Guides on how to create shelter and necessary supplies with the new Construction and Assembly Mobile Platform.
  • Comprehensive multiplayer coverage.

The standard edition also nets you a digital version of the guide that you can access from your computer, phone, or tablet whenever you need to. The code for the free digital guide is included.

This is the guide most people should buy and you might be able to find a deal through a retailer like Amazon if you keep your eyes open ahead of the game’s launch in November.

Fallout 76 Guide: Collector’s Edition

The Collector’s Edition is for those that want a little bit more from their Fallout 76 guide.

There are a few differences between the standard edition and the Collector’s Edition. First off, it’s $50, or just $10 less than the full retail price of Fallout 76 itself.

Spending the extra cash gets you a West Virginia Poster Map that’s thoroughly labeled with with important locations, points of interest, and resources you’ll need on your journey.

The Collector’s Edition also comes with unique cover art and full-color end sheets. The hard cover version of the guide is printed on bright, heavyweight paper which should add some pop to the art, maps, and screenshots.

Like the standard edition, the Collector’s Edition is 554 pages and it also comes with a code for a free digital guide for your computer, phone, or tablet.

If you want the best looking version of the guide, this is the version you’ll want to go with. We could definitely see a deal drop the price below $50 before launch so be on the lookout.

4 Reasons to Pre-Order Fallout 76 & 7 Reasons to Wait

Pre-Order If You Want the Power Armor Edition

Pre-Order If You Want the Power Armor Edition

If you want the Fallout 76 Power Armor Edition, you'll want to pre-order.

The Power Armor Edition is a $200 bundle that nets you a copy of the game and some unique items. These items include:

  • Full-Scale Wearable T-51 Power Armor Helmet with West Tek Canvas Carrying Bag: This wearable helmet faithfully replicates the in-game model and comes complete with voice modulator speaker, functioning LED head lamp and custom V.A.T.S. sound feature.

  • Glow-in-the-Dark World Terrain Map: This physical, fully-colorized 21”x 21” glow-in-the-dark vintage map showcases the six distinct regions of West Virginia complete with irradiated landmarks, towns and wildlife.

  • 24 Collectible Fallout Figurines: Crafted from in-game 3D models, these detailed miniatures bring Fallout 76’s Vault Dwellers, Power Armored Soldiers, Creatures and more to life.

  • Tricentennial Steelbook: Exclusive to the Power Armor Edition, this decorated metal case is the ultimate collectible celebrating America’s 300 years of freedom.

  • Fallout 76 Tricentennial Edition Bonus In-Game Items: Celebrate 300 years of freedom with the all-new Fallout 76 Tricentennial Edition, commemorating the opening of Vault 76. Be the talk of the town when you emerge from Vault 76 fully prepared and patriotically styled in the new American frontier!

Bethesda says supply is going to be limited which means it could sell out before launch this November. In fact, it's already sold out at some retailers with no word on when stock will return. Amazon recently got resupplied, but the stock sold out in hours. 

If you went through the Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition debacle back in 2015 and want to avoid a similar disaster this year, make sure you pre-order the game.

Most retailers will let you cancel for free if you decide you don't want to spend $200. 

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