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18 Fallout Shelter Tips, Tricks, Cheats & Strategies



Here are the most important Fallout Shelter tips and tricks to level up faster, get more dwellers and unlock new building types. With Fallout Shelter on new systems and with new options like Mr. Handy there are more things you need to know as you play.

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 cheats in 2018. We’re also diving into the Fallout Shelter secrets you should know about.

Fallout Shelter is an iPhone, iPad, Android, Xbox, PS4, Nintendo Switch 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 on most systems that deliver items, caps, resources and new dwellers. You can spend up to $49.99 on a single in app purchase on the PS4. You can play this game without spending any real money, and this is easier if you use the Fallout Shelter tips below.

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

As you start to build, think about the layout of your vault.

As you start to build, think about the layout of your vault.

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

Make sure dwellers go in the right rooms.

Make sure dwellers go in the right rooms.

When you start bringing dwellers into 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 into 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

Upgrade for better output.

Upgrade for better output.

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

Happy dwellers mean better output.

Happy dwellers mean better output.

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.

Use Mr. Handy Wisely

Mr Handy is a robot assistant to you. You can earn a Mr. Handy in lunchboxes as a legendary card, or you can buy a Mr. Handy for about 99 cents through an in app purchase. You can also earn one through completing objectives in the game.

With Mr. Handy you can put him in a single floor and allow him to walk around collecting resources, protecting the floor from incidents and even sent out into the wasteland to collect caps.

This allows you to collect more resources while you are not actively in the game. and you don’t have to worry about invaders and other problems as much as you normally would.

Set aside some time to try and complete quests that pop up with Mr. Handy rewards. If not, it’s actually worth picking up one for a dollar or five for $4.

Rush with Caution

A failed rush can mean roaches or fire.

A failed rush can mean roaches or fire.

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.

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  1. Tobyz

    06/20/2015 at 10:26 pm

    Can you reassign dwellers after you’ve given them an assignment? I haven’t seen where to do that if it’s possible.

    • Marc

      06/21/2015 at 2:12 am

      Just drag and drop them to another room

    • Mark Carroll

      09/16/2015 at 9:06 am

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      • anon

        10/11/2015 at 12:41 am

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        • JamesF

          10/11/2015 at 7:50 am

          It worked really well for me, you must have done something wrong.

          I am now playing with unlimited caps and lunchboxes thanks to him!

          • Jered K,

            11/12/2015 at 11:59 am

            Don’t use the “hack tool” BS.

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    • Fallout Cheats

      02/12/2016 at 4:35 pm

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  2. Liz

    06/22/2015 at 9:00 am

    “Tap the radio”

    Pretty sure it’s a pip boy, not a radio.

    • jared

      08/31/2015 at 11:33 am


  3. Andrew

    06/24/2015 at 8:41 am

    How do more dwellers come to ur vault

    • Marcel

      06/24/2015 at 11:14 pm

      Radio room

  4. Kevin

    06/26/2015 at 4:04 am

    You can find a detailed way to cheat the game here; and you can even get thousands of lunchboxes with simple tricks

  5. dasilodavi

    07/07/2015 at 1:06 pm

    “Leave Guards at the Vault door”

    Turns out this is not a good idea. You can only fit two guards in that room, they’ll only delay raiders unless they have super-strong guns, and the resources will still get stolen at the same rate.

    A better plan is to put a level 2 or 3 building next to the vault entrance (other side of the start elevator) and deck those folk out with your best weaponry. The raiders rush to that room, get killed, those folks get a nice XP bonus. For a lvl 3 room, 6 people get the boost as opposed to maybe 2 if the vault guards do it.

  6. ZUMA

    07/15/2015 at 12:15 am

    what happens when the game freeze while playing timeskip?

    • Matt Mosher (Moshunit)

      07/09/2016 at 11:18 am

      Ive had progress freeze on other games and apps on my phone after setting the time forward on fallout shelter and the only fix was to start the other games over. Be warned.

  7. John Tucker

    08/16/2015 at 1:38 pm

    What happens if you roll your device back to the current date?

    • Fallout Boi

      03/03/2017 at 4:19 pm

      Nothing happens but I don’t recommend using this cheat because after a few minutes the resources are ready but if you don’t collect them they won’t produce more. So you may run out. This happened to me and I ran out of water and couldn’t fix it. So I recommend not using this cheat. Maybe play the game right?😂

  8. George

    08/16/2015 at 3:19 pm

    If you want extra Lunchboxes check this :
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  9. Christina

    08/16/2015 at 9:47 pm

    What do you do when the dwellers say they need a nap??? This game is confusing the heck out of me Lola

    • Fatso

      02/25/2017 at 6:40 am

      Nothing. Just ignore it.

  10. Johny

    08/17/2015 at 12:39 am

    Thanks George !!!!
    In my Sony Xperia Z2 that works too !! For others :
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  11. MatthewUS

    08/17/2015 at 3:40 am That hack works too in iPhone 5s. Nice Job

  12. Marcus.Smith

    08/18/2015 at 11:02 am

    Ty Johny !! Amazing items drop from that Lunchboxes :D
    btw. my phone Galaxy S3

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    08/25/2015 at 8:21 pm

    Ya know, you don’t have to fill out surveys, or give out your information to get a boost in Fallout Shelter. Check out this video
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    09/01/2015 at 7:11 am

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    09/01/2015 at 12:34 pm

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    09/16/2015 at 9:05 am

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  19. Chris

    09/19/2015 at 1:22 pm

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  20. boombeachcheat1

    09/27/2015 at 8:18 am

    Lo.I see that everyone just posting cheats to fallout shelter that are so popular now.I tested a lot these tools and most of them are crap.I recomment to use this one from legit cheats website for example DragoCheats

    • David

      01/23/2016 at 4:40 pm

      It won’t let me finish the offer thing. How do I do this?

  21. elitetankmaster

    11/24/2015 at 5:48 am

    can anybody name one of the cheats instead of post the site the school computers have firewall so i cant go to any of the sites

  22. Robert

    11/27/2015 at 10:30 am

    Why cheat the game? It’s super easy if you remember not to go over 70 dwellers until you build enough caps (500000) and set up enough dwelling space for 200. Build up as much as possible on rooms. And set up a path that anything coming into your vault has to follow and set your biggest and best guns into those rooms. DEATHCLAWS do not get pass the third room of dwellers, which makes my other dwellers safe. Raider enter and die in room one! I have no one in my entrance. And I have almost all stats to 10. And I build all level 1 dwellers to 10 in all stats before placing them. I only send level one with all 10’s to explore, they return level 50, and full of items.

  23. Deezy

    12/08/2015 at 8:06 pm

    How do you upgrade your dwellers?

    • Dallas Valerian

      08/03/2016 at 12:16 pm

      You upgrade their levels by having them work.
      You upgrade their stats by having them workout in special rooms specific foe each stat, eg, send dweller to classroom to raise I [Intelligence] stat.

  24. kate

    12/17/2015 at 2:40 pm

    how do you get more dwellers to come to your vault?

    • Dallas Valerian

      08/03/2016 at 12:20 pm

      Dwellers placed in the residence rooms will make baby dwellers.
      Or a radio room staffed with high C [Charisma] dwellers will attract outsiders and raise happiness. It will also attract raiders. You can raise Charisma in by sending dwellers to the lounge bar.

  25. Trey

    12/18/2015 at 5:26 pm

    Why does everyone think their so cool because they are hacking the game? They didn’t do anything exempt add it on, so there is nothing special about them, unless they are onlonly trying to show off the design they made.

  26. Kamil

    01/05/2016 at 5:54 am

    Hi, is it possible to have more than 200 dwellers? Thanks.

    • Fatso

      02/25/2017 at 6:42 am


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    02/26/2016 at 10:48 am

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  28. ImmortalWolf

    06/22/2016 at 7:28 pm

    I don’t need to complete survey …
    I just downloaded pimp my vault at play store, and i can edit my dwellers, food, energy, stimpaks, rads, water, caps but not weapon or clothes.

  29. Not Captain Obvious

    08/24/2016 at 3:02 pm

    thank you captain obvious. you forgot to mention that if you tap on the icon the game will start.
    i was actualy expecting to read a tip & trick like when a scorpion appears in the shelter and start sucking energy just exit and log back in and he wont deplede the energy.

    let me giess youre 10 and from usa?

  30. Tyler

    09/04/2016 at 2:50 pm

    What does quantum cola do in the game

    • Nothanks needed

      09/05/2016 at 8:36 pm

      You can use quantum cola to speed up dwellers return from the wasteland or to and from quests.

  31. Paul

    09/30/2016 at 8:08 pm

    A nuka cola factory seems to provide both water and food.
    Likewise a nuclear generator seems to provide more power than the older power generator room (albeit its more expensive to build/upgrade).

    Is it more efficient to just build nuka cola’s and nuclear power’s, or is there any reason I should still have some gardens, water plants, and power plants?

  32. Wolfet Childs

    10/02/2016 at 3:56 am

    Cheats are for busters what happened to playing the game to win :(

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    01/21/2017 at 6:07 am

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  34. Dawn

    02/22/2017 at 1:32 pm

    So I’ve got this problem where I have constant raids by deathclaws, radroaches, and those pink things as well as raiders. Everyone in my vault is constantly killed with only a few left standing. I save up slowly to bring them all back from the dead, but before that is completed I get raided again. I’m not making any progress in the game because of constant raids. It’s very frustrating. I only have a fully upgraded diner, barraks, power plant and water plants. Not sure why I am being raided so much. I have 76 people but at the moment 5 are alive. I had been previously chugging along in the game fine, but suddenly there have been non stop attacks and nearly everyone is dead.

    • Kerry

      03/04/2017 at 2:26 am

      When you level your rooms up all the way they bring more powerfull creatures. Keep your rooms at the second level till you have level 20 or higher on your first 2 floors. If you do that then usually they dont get past the second room. Keep your lower level dwellers in their lower levels , never put a level 3 dweller in your top floors. They will just use up your stimpacks and die anyway. Hope this helps

  35. Riley

    04/13/2017 at 7:00 am

    Where are the cheats?

  36. Benjamin

    04/17/2017 at 2:05 am

    Actually the surveys are fake and will not release the item you want to download. These surveys keep you endlessly filling them out so the person continues to earn money off of you. Not worth the effort and usually people catch onto the scam after two maybe three tries.

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    04/26/2017 at 8:05 pm

    Wow. Thanks for teaching me how to make my account good. I am a humble beginner now. SO, THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    05/05/2017 at 2:00 pm

    Love the game…not bad for a Freemium – I’m happy playing without hacks, although do find sometimes the waiting times to be a pain!

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