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Can You Reset S.P.E.C.I.A.L. in Fallout 76?

Can You Reset S.P.E.C.I.A.L. in Fallout 76?

Fallout 76 had Bugs, mistruths, and an empty world among a plethora of other problems when it was first released. Even though the game has respawned basically, there are still some issues that players are facing. Re-allocating and leveling characters is one of the issues that the players have had an issue with.

No, you cannot instantly reset your S.P.E.C.I.A.L. stats within Fallout 76. However, you can incrementally reallocate stats to gradually shift towards a build you would want your character to have instead. You can do so once your character is Level 50.

It is not quite so easy to understand the strange reallocation system of Fallout 76. There are many small tweaks and shifts in bonuses that go into re-specing your S.P.E.C.I.A.L stats in Fallout 76. Regardless, we shall explain the entire procedure. So keep reading on!

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Resetting S.P.E.C.I.A.L. in Fallout 76

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The process of leveling up in Fallout 76 is the same as it would be in a conventional role-playing game. You get XP as you defeat enemies and finish objectives, which raises your level. You will receive one point for each level that you can use for a S.P.E.C.I.A.L stat. Strength, Perception, Endurance, Charisma, Intelligence, Agility, and Luck are the components of S.P.E.C.I.A.L. 

Some options exist that can allow a player to choose, and change, the S.P.E.C.I.A.L. stats. However, this process can be quite complex and arduous, requiring quite a bit of patience from the player. Many would sooner lose interest in the game together before they can complete this process.

How to Reset S.P.E.C.I.A.L in Fallout 76?

Fallout 76 S.P.E.C.I.A.L. attributes selection screen

There is no in-game merchant or vendor that can allow your character to re-spec their S.P.E.C.I.A.L stats. You will also not be able to allocate them entirely based on your personal preference either. You will rather be able to make incremental changes.

The pathway the players need to take to change their S.P.E.C.I.A.L. stats is to, first and foremost, reach level 50. This is the level at which characters max out. Once the characters have maxed out at level 50, they stop receiving or winning any extra S.P.E.C.I.A.L. stats points. However, they do start winning Perk Cards.

Perk Cards can be intentionally let go in exchange for the ability to reallocate your characters’ S.P.E.C.I.A.L. stat points.

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What are Perk Cards in Fallout 76?

Perk Cards

Each of the S.P.E.C.I.A.L. stats gets a corresponding Perk Card, which confers a different reward. You can equip more Perk Cards to a given S.P.E.C.I.A.L. attribute. Your investment into an attribute dictates how many Perk Cards you can assign.

For example, if you invest five points in Strength then you can assign five Strength-related Perk Cards to your build. When you level up you also receive packs of Perk Cards. You can receive packs of Perk Cards at regular intervals. Characters obtain Perk Cards at level 6, level 8, level 10, and then at every 5 levels.

You cannot utilize all of the Perk Cards you receive. This is because you receive Perk Cards randomly. Initially, receiving random Perk Cards might seem great, however, it is difficult to utilize them appropriately later.

You can spend double the Perk Cards to enhance the benefit that the card bestows. This will require a rank increase of that card. Players can increase the rank of Perk Cards up to rank 3. It will take some time to do so, however. This is because you require two identical rank two cards. At level 15, S.P.E.C.I.A.L. qualities reach their maximum value, so carefully consider your point usage. 

Difficulties in Reallocating Stats

Once a player finds themselves making these changes, perk card after perk card, they will realize that the procedure becomes painfully tedious. The players will not only be losing perk cards, that they could have used for something much better, but the S.P.E.C.I.A.L. stats points can only be moved one at a time, per each level.

For instance, if a person wants to shift some points from their Perception stat to their Luck stat, after level 50, one can swap only the point between stats. So, if someone plans on changing their character’s entire build using this method, it will take them a very long time to be able to do so.  

What We Recommend

In-game screenshot of re-allocating points

Looking at this long and painfully arduous process, we suggest that if player realizes that they want to change their character’s build early on, they should consider making a new character. It would be much easier to do so if the character being played is at level 20 or under it.

Here, the decision is solely on the player’s understanding and skill. They need to analyze which process would take lesser time:  

  • Changing and reallocating the stats one by one, after level 50. 
  • Or, building a new character with a different build, and playing it till one reaches level 50. 

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Additional Problems

The other thing that needs to be kept under consideration by the player is the fact that they might need their perk cards for something better, and giving up on them for a different character build, seems like a steep bargain.

Additionally, if someone decides to change their S.P.E.C.I.A.L. stat points at any level after 50, they will not receive any points to make those changes. The game is not “retroactive” which means that this process only starts when the players start giving up their perk cards and using level-ups to change stat points. 

One would wonder why the game or the creators make it so difficult for the players to be able to reallocate their stat point characteristics. This is because, essentially, Fallout 76 is a game that has all its mechanics producing outcomes at a dawdling pace.

The mechanics for reallocating S.P.E.C.I.A.L. stat points follow the same idea. This means that there is no possible way for a player to have their stats points cleared up, so they can be arranged and transformed instantly unless one formulates a new character by restarting the game. 

We hope you found this guide informative. And that through this guide you’ve gained a better understanding of how resetting S.P.E.C.I.A.L. works in Fallout 76. Till next time! Ciao.