And now for something truly sick. My idea was to go to a really dark place. The quintessential anti-hero. Which, to be honest is not easy in FO4. Even the “rude” dialogue options are fairly mild-mannered. So to role-play a real psychopath, actions must speak louder than words. Burn, hack, rip, repeat.
Welcome to the Torturer!
With a narrow focus on three stats, Strength, Agility and Luck, we’re looking to maximize unarmed damage and accelerate AP/Critical bar regeneration. Put the Special book in AGI to open up Blitz and invest in STR right off the bat to open up Rooted. One more investment in Luck gives way to Four Leaf Clover.
Iron Fist - Unarmed Damage gets a max boost.
Heavy Gunner - The Flamer damage is kicked up a few notches.
Armorer - Upgrades to armor and ballistic weave in order to soak up a lot of damage.
Rooted - A crazy strong perk to boost unarmed stats and minimize incoming damage.
Sneak - Sneak multipliers combined with VATs / Blitz Unarmed attacks.
Ninja - More Sneak multipliers.
Blitz - Close the gap for those brutal meat hook attacks.
Bloody Mess - A nice thematic choice.
Critical Banker - Use the Flamer to fill and bank your Criticals.
Better Criticals - Improve Critical Attack Strength.
Four Leaf Clover - Refill your Critical bar even more!
Action Boy - Another fitting perk for the focus on AP regeneration.
The Look: Scarred, burnt, bald, big
Early - Harness, Raider, Leather or Metal Armor, bandana, Welding Goggles
Late – Armored Dirty Army Fatigues, Gray knit cap (+1 luck), bandana, Lucky Raider Chest Piece, Brawling Arms, Sprinting or Sentinel Legs of choice.
Weapons: Flamer (Seargent Ash – knee capping), Butcher’s Meat Hook (refill AP on Critical), Kellogg’s Pistol (Refill AP of Critical), Ripper (Harvester). With a huge Strength pool, haul around all of your favorite torture tools for every conceivable maleficence.
Faction: None (see notes)
Followers: Cait – Trigger rush fits well with the AP regeneration theme, and she’s kind of crazy. Plus, I put her in Grognak’s outfit with a Hunter’s Hood, Sturdy Raider Arm Guards and let her chop people up with the Krevmah’s Tooth. All in all, a pretty good sidekick.
Settlement: The Castle – perfect dungeonous feel with all crafting stations at hand and plenty of space to setup your prisons, torture rooms, etc. This will require “joining” the Minutemen in order to get access to the armory. RP’d this as duping the idiots into becoming your guards/victims.
Bobbleheads: Big Guns, Unarmed, Sneak, STR, AGI, LUCK
Start off as usual and pick up some knuckles in Concord – upgrade them to sharp for some bleeding damage. Outfit him in a harness and looted armor of your choice. A bandana is a nice touch. If you get really lucky and one of the Diamond City guards is killed in the skirmish with the Supermutants, a mix and match of their armor has a certain Hannibal Lectur-ish quality to it. I was also fortunate to have a “Lucky” Raider Chest piece fall to me early on.
When you’ve leveled up a few spots and are feeling ready to take out a few ghouls– head to Fen St. Sewer to grab the Flamer tucked away in there. You can then head to Far Harbor (NE corner) when you feel up for the walk. I thought you'd had to proceed through the main quest until completing “Getting a Clue” to open up access to FH, but thanks to info from Sinistas - it seems you can just go to the Nakano Residence. Just make sure to be as rude and sadistic as possible on your way.
In FH, make your way to Acadia and talk to Dejen to buy Seargent Ash. Then head a little north and trade with Erickson at Horizon Flight 1207 for the Butcher’s Meat Hook. The last stop in FH is Echo Lake Lumber to snag the Harvester. (You can take Cait to pick the lock for you, or jump through the wall if you know how to access the trunk upstairs.)
Notes on flamer fuel: So, it’s rare early on. I was happy to run into Cricket outside of Diamond City on my first trip and she had over 200 on her, which is the most I’ve found, pre-level 10. Percy in DC and Rufus in Goodneighbor are other known fuel vendors. Once you hit level 10, most vendors sell plenty (100-200). Hitting up Saugus Iron Works is a must, as is the Castle. I left Saugus with over 1700 at level 14 (normal difficulty).
As most unarmed/melee players know, strength rules. So make sure to always have some Buffout variants or a Dirty Wastelander handy for tougher foes. Stacking these make things quite exhilarating.
Lastly, you have to be able to soak up a lot of damage with this approach. While you’ll dish out massive damage, the flamer and unarmed approach will require you to take some serious heat. For this reason, I did end up joining the RR up to the point of getting ballistic weave. Armoring the Dirty Army Fatigues made playing a lot more fun than having to stimpak in the middle of every battle.
This build’s combat style places a focus on AP Regeneration & Critical Stacking and introduces a new mechanic. Please note this little overlooked gem from Fallout Wikia:
“The first shot of the Flamer using VATS generates only a single tick on the critical meter, but the second shot generates several ticks at once, potentially filling the critical meter in an instant.”
Before playtesting, I thought this was hyperbole. But it’s not. With this high luck setup, Sargent Ash will fill your critical bar on EVERY ATTACK! Just click VATs twice consecutively and poof! In fact, by adding in Critical Banker you’ll actually fill (at least) TWO criticals in just two VATs attacks with the Flamer. Then switch over to the Butcher’s Meat Hook for epic kill cams. (Don’t believe me – See me use this technique on the Supermutants in the video below).
The combo of these two weapons, and their brutal nature form the basis of the Torturer’s assault. Light your targets on fire, fill up your Critical bar and stick a meat hook in their head with a critical. Rinse and repeat for awesome kill cams. Plus, Sargent Ash’s knee capping legendary prefix with leave many of your victims burning and unable to move…so there’s that bit of sadism!
Adding in a ranged scoped weapon (I went with Kellogg’s Pistol to stick with the AP refill theme) to help with pesky targets like turrets round out the Torturer’s toolkit.
Notable RP options include building stockades and/or cages, prisons, and deathclaw arenas for your victims. Have fun being friendly with no one, or befriend and imprison unsuspecting settlers and put them through your chamber of horrors. The Contraptions DLC added stockades, which should be used liberally.
Dark Quest List
I started a discussion early on about the Creepiest Things You’ve Found in FO4. Here’s a list of some quests/places that suit this dark build:
I have a feeling this will be my last FO4 build until everyone has had time to play with Mods (PS4 - still waiting!). There’s still a lot to be explored in the Wasteland. Have fun! All of my FO4 can be seen here.
That uppercut kill cam that you pulled on Cinder is the only reason I need to play this build. That was amazing!
So your last build was a Dogmeat build, this one is a Cait build..
Are you going through the Companions List, and designing a build around the personalities and perks of each one?
Because that is a project I could get behind.
ha - NO!
I think looking back at my other builds I've only used Piper (The One) and ADA/Curie (The Gearhead).
Most of my characters are lone wanderers. But that's an interesting idea. In fact, I've never even played with most of the companions. McCready, Hancock, Codsworth...
I actually enjoy Cogsworth just for his "TALLY-HO AND ONWARD SIR/MUM!" dialogue. He's like your personal cheerleader, and even when he's being emotionally tormented he sounds so upbeat!
I should really make some kind of Mechanist DLC build just so I can have multiple Cogsworth "Builds".
haha yeah I can't get into Cods as a companion. Interesting side note/exploit on him though - put him in your home base (red rocket for example) and throughout the course of simply modding armor and weapons and making chems, you'll gain max affinity easily without him ever actually following you. I've done this on a few playthroughs for the Robot Sympathy bonus.
Or really exploit the gun mod "love" as explained here.
I usually roll with Nick or dogmeat
Just for giggles, start a new character, name him, Fuckface. and run with Codsworth.
He says it? Lol
Awesome!! I can't wait to watch the vid later, and that part about the crits and a flamer, just a cherry, or eyeball, on top of all that skin, flesh, and burnt corpses.
Don't have enough endurance, but cannibalism would be pretty cool for thisbuild, eating burnt, charred, bodies.
is the butcher's meat hook a unarmed weapon? I would assume so but...
Yes - meat hook is "unarmed". The Harvester was the original idea (which is melee). But when I started playing with the AP regen theme - the Butcher's hook fit so well, I switched it up. Still, the harvester is a nice touch for an accessory tool. And its stagger effect is super OP.
they both look sick!