Vault dwellers (Fallout Shelter)

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Vault Dwellers
Vault dwellers (Fallout Shelter).jpg
Biography and appearance
RaceHuman
GenderMale
Female
RoleVault dweller
LocationVault
Dialogue FileVault dweller's dialogue (Fallout Shelter)
 
Game tile Fallouit Shelter.png
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Vault dwellers are the inhabitants of your Vault. They are the workforce, defenders and explorers for the vault. As such, they're paramount for the vault survival, and who you as an overseer must pay attention to if your Vault is to thrive.

Statistics[edit | edit source]

Each Vault Dweller has its own SPECIAL stats and characteristics, these govern the different aspects of life in the vault, and making the best use of your dwellers abilities is key to their ongoing happiness and your vault efficiency.

SPECIAL[edit | edit source]

SPECIAL stats determine which jobs the dwellers most suited for. Every room in the Vault is linked to one of the SPECIAL stats. The better the Dweller's stat is for that room, the more they influence the room's effects. While assigning the dwellers to jobs they're most suited for, as determined by their strongest SPECIAL stats increase their happiness.

Additionally, each SPECIAL stat increases a Dweller's effectiveness in the Wasteland in its own way. Higher level Dwellers with high SPECIAL have a better chance of surviving in the Wasteland.

Attribute Best suited for work in Other uses
S Strength Power generator or Nuclear reactor
P Perception Water treatment or Water purification When VATS is activated in combat, the speed at which the gauge moves is slowed.
E Endurance Nuka-Cola bottler or Exploring the Wasteland. Endurance Reduces damage/radiation taken. Very important attribute in an Explorer.
C Charisma Radio studio Make children
I Intelligence Medbay or Science lab
A Agility Diner or Garden In quests or the wasteland it determines how many shots you can fire before the enemy does.
L Luck Decrease chance of Rushing production failure. While Exploring Luck increases chances to get better gear faster.

All SPECIAL statistics can be improved. Once you've added enough dwellers to your vault, you can build training rooms that will increase particular Special stats. The higher the SPECIAL stat of a Dweller is, the longer it takes to train them to the next level. Alternatively you can use different outfits for temporary boost to SPECIAL stats.

Note that this takes a fair amount of (real) time and take care not to pull dwellers in important places off duty.

Happiness[edit | edit source]

Depending on what you ask your Dwellers to do, they can become happy or sad. Keeping Dwellers happy is very important! A happy Vault runs more efficiently and produces resources faster. Dwellers Happiness increases when they are provided for, safe from harm and or placed in the rooms that best suited for their SPECIAL stats.

Level & Health[edit | edit source]

Dwellers level up over time by gaining new experience through work in Production Rooms, scavenging in the Wasteland, successfully rushing or after dealing with incidents. Leveling increases the health of a Dweller and gives you a sum of caps equivalent to the level reached. The higher their level is, the more hit points they have.

Dwellers need food and clean water to stay healthy. Run low on FOOD and your Dwellers will begin to lose Health. Run low on WATER and your Dwellers will accumulate Radiation permanently lowering their maximum hit points, until manually treated. Use RadAway and Stimpaks to keep your Dwellers at peak health because that can affect their happiness too.

A Dweller dies when their hit points are depleted. A dead Dweller can be revived with CAPS, or removed from your Vault. The higher the Dweller's level, the more CAPS their revival will cost, starting at 100 CAPS for level 1, and increases an additional +20 CAPS for each level afterwards.

Activities[edit | edit source]

Production[edit | edit source]

As the game explains in the tutorial, you should assign dwellers with the highest possible SPECIAL statistic. What it doesn't point out is that you should focus on boosting that stat by any means necessary - a single dweller with a high SPECIAL stat will be more effective using the room than two with mediocre statistics.

That means that whenever you get a outfit, you should immediately assign it to a dweller, rather than let it languish in the wardrobe.

Procreation[edit | edit source]

While outside recruitment is an important source of dwellers, in order to keep your Vault healthy in the long term, you should focus on encouraging procreation. Pregnancy doesn't inhibit the job performance of female dwellers, so if you want good long term growth, make sure to keep them occupied in the living quarters.

The only thing pregnancy does prevent is exploring the wasteland and participating in the defense of the Vault.

Exploring[edit | edit source]

Exploration is a key source of outfits and weapons. Send out a dweller as soon as possible to start racking up gear. As new weapons and outfits become available, recall them to upgrade their gear and increase their chances of surviving the nuclear wasteland.

In general, the better the equipment and the higher their level and SPECIAL stats, the better the return.

A list of how each SPECIAL attribute effects exploration can be found on the exploration page.

Improving statistics[edit | edit source]

If the SPECIAL stats of a Dweller are lacking or aren't quite up to snuff, a Dweller can be assigned to a training room to improve their stats. The process happens in real-time and the amount of time is based on how high the particular that is being trained already is. For example, if the stat being trained is at 1, the process may only take around 20 minutes; however, if the stat is around 5, the process make take a couple hours.

Legendary Vault Dwellers[edit | edit source]

Legendary Vault dwellers are a very rare type of dwellers who can be added to your Vault roster, usually coming with legendary outfits and with characteristically very high attributes. The only real source for legendary Vault dwellers are Lunchboxes.

List of legendary vault dwellers[edit | edit source]

Below is a list of the 21 Legendary Dwellers that appear in the game.

Image Name SPECIAL Gear
FOS Dw Allistair Tenpenny.png Allistair Tenpenny Strength: 2
Perception: 9
Endurance: 2
Charisma: 9
Intelligence: 7
Agility: 2
Luck: 9
Tenpenny's suit
Victory rifle
FOS Dw Abraham Washington.png Abraham Washington Strength: 2
Perception: 8
Endurance: 6
Charisma: 6
Intelligence: 8
Agility: 4
Luck: 6
Lincoln's Repeater
FOS Dw Amata.png Amata Almodovar Strength: 4
Perception: 6
Endurance: 5
Charisma: 8
Intelligence: 4
Agility: 7
Luck: 6
Vault suit
Lone Wanderer
FOS Dw Augustus Autumn.png Augustus Autumn Strength: 4
Perception: 6
Endurance: 5
Charisma: 9
Intelligence: 5
Agility: 5
Luck: 6
Autumn's uniform
Smuggler's End
FOS Dw Bittercup.png Bittercup Strength: 5
Perception: 4
Endurance: 7
Charisma: 9
Intelligence: 5
Agility: 5
Luck: 5
Bittercup's outfit
FOS Dw Butch.png Butch DeLoria Strength: 5
Perception: 7
Endurance: 6
Charisma: 9
Intelligence: 5
Agility: 6
Luck: 2
Tunnel Snakes' outfit
Lone Wanderer
FOS Dw Confessor Cromwell.png Confessor Cromwell Strength: 7
Perception: 4
Endurance: 7
Charisma: 8
Intelligence: 6
Agility: 3
Luck: 5
Confessor Cromwell's rags
FOS Dw SLyons Cross.png Star Paladin Cross Strength: 7
Perception: 8
Endurance: 4
Charisma: 8
Intelligence: 4
Agility: 6
Luck: 3
T-51f power armor
Smuggler's End
FOS Dw Eulogy Jones.png Eulogy Jones Strength: 5
Perception: 6
Endurance: 5
Charisma: 8
Intelligence: 5
Agility: 4
Luck: 7
Eulogy Jones' suit
FOS Dw Harkness.png Harkness Strength: 8
Perception: 5
Endurance: 8
Charisma: 5
Intelligence: 5
Agility: 6
Luck: 3
Heavy battle armor
Infiltrator
FOS Dw James.png James Strength: 5
Perception: 8
Endurance: 4
Charisma: 7
Intelligence: 9
Agility: 4
Luck: 3
Expert lab coat
Wild Bill's sidearm
FOS Dw Jericho.png Jericho Strength: 8
Perception: 6
Endurance: 8
Charisma: 2
Intelligence: 3
Agility: 7
Luck: 6
Heavy leather armor
Infiltrator
FOS Dw Lucas Simms.png Lucas Simms Strength: 5
Perception: 9
Endurance: 8
Charisma: 5
Intelligence: 5
Agility: 6
Luck: 2
Sheriff's duster
Infiltrator
FOS Dw Madison Li.png Madison Li Strength: 4
Perception: 6
Endurance: 6
Charisma: 7
Intelligence: 9
Agility: 4
Luck: 4
Expert lab coat
FOS Dw Owyn Lyons.png Owyn Lyons Strength: 4
Perception: 3
Endurance: 3
Charisma: 9
Intelligence: 9
Agility: 3
Luck: 9
Elder robe
Smuggler's End
FOS Dw Scribe Rothchild.png Scribe Reginald Rothchild Strength: 6
Perception: 5
Endurance: 6
Charisma: 9
Intelligence: 4
Agility: 5
Luck: 5
Scribe Rotchild's robes
Lone Wanderer
FOS Dw SLyons Cross.png Sarah Lyons Strength: 8
Perception: 6
Endurance: 8
Charisma: 6
Intelligence: 5
Agility: 5
Luck: 2
T-51f power armor
Wazer Wifle
FOS Dw Three Dog.png Three Dog Strength: 4
Perception: 4
Endurance: 6
Charisma: 9
Intelligence: 5
Agility: 5
Luck: 7
Three Dog's outfit
FOS Dw Legendary Gentleman copy.png Mister Burke Strength: 4
Perception: 7
Endurance: 4
Charisma: 6
Intelligence: 9
Agility: 2
Luck: 8
Lucky formal wear
Wild Bill's sidearm
FOS Dw Legendary Red.png Moira Brown Strength: 4
Perception: 8
Endurance: 3
Charisma: 8
Intelligence: 7
Agility: 5
Luck: 5
Expert jumpsuit
FOS Dw Preston Garvey.png Preston Garvey Strength: 3
Perception: 9
Endurance: 8
Charisma: 6
Intelligence: 5
Agility: 6
Luck: 3
Laser musket
Preston Garvey's outfit
100px Piper Strength: 4
Perception: 6
Endurance: 10
Charisma: 6
Intelligence: 7
Agility: 6
Luck: 6

Piper's outfit
100px Old Longfellow Strength: 5
Perception: 7
Endurance: 8
Charisma: 4
Intelligence: 6
Agility: 3
Luck: 7
Henrietta
Tattered longcoat