Fallout 4 Guide: Complete Weapon And Armor Modding Basics

One of the big changes in Fallout 4 is its deep and extensive crafting/modification system. This allows you to do anything from constructing housing and defense structures for your own settlements, to modifying and repairing your own weapons and armor. If you want to know how to successfully build your own settlement, click here. If you want more info on effectively scrapping materials, click here. If you want to know how to modify your weapons and armor, keep reading. 

You can also go directly to: Weapons || Armor

The Basics

You can craft weapon mods from both weapon parts and random wasteland junk. To turn weapons and junk into crafting sources, you’ll need to scrap them. Our scrapping guide, linked above, tracks which crafting components can scrapped from which junk items. To craft weapons, a weapons workbench is necessary. Armor is modded separately at its own workbench.

The important thing to remember before you begin modifying and crafting is that you should collect as many items and loot as you can carry, and bring it back to your settlement once you’re ready to start. Scrapping those items will leave you with a fresh set of components to work with. Make sure to always grab superglue, since adhesive is necessary for every weapon and armor mod.

To take as much advantage of weapon mods as possible, you should try to grab the following perks when you can:

  • Gun Nut (requires 3 intelligence), which gives access to base level and Rank 1 gun mods,Blacksmith (requires 4 strength),which allows you to craft melee weapon mods,
  • Science (requires 6 intelligence), which opens up high-tech mods for advanced crafting.

To fully explore armor mods, you should grab these two perks:

  • Armorer (requires 3 strength)
  • Science (requires 6 intelligence)


 You can modify virtually every non-legendary weapon in the game; this guide will focus on guns commonly found in the initial stages. There are four types of guns: pistols, shotguns, rifles, and energy weapons (rifles and pistols). Each of these is made up of five or six smaller components. The type of gun determines which components can be modified. While there are many variations of guns to be found throughout The Commonwealth, these are the most common you’ll find in each group, especially towards the beginning of the game.


  • 10mm Pistol
  • .44 Pistol
  • Pipe Pistol
  • Pip bolt-action pistol
  • Pipe Revolver


  • Pipe Rifle
  • Pipe Bolt-Action Rifle
  • Pipe Revolver Rifle
  • Hunting Rifle
  • Submachine guns
  • Combat Rifle
  • Sniper Rifle
  • Syringer
  • Railway rifle



  • Double-Barrel Shotgun
  • Laser Musket
  • Combat shotgun


Heavy Weapons

  • Flamer
  • Junker Jet
  • Minigun
  • Missile Launcher
  • Fat Man

Laser Weapons

  • Laser Pistol
  • Institute Pistol
  • Laser Musket
  • Laser Rifle
  • Institute Rifle
  • Gatling Laser


Plasma Weapons

  • Plasma pistol
  • Plasma Rifle
  • Plasma scattergun
  • Plasma sniper rifle
  • Plasma thrower



  • Baseball grenade
  • Cryo grenade
  • Fragmentation grenade
  • Pulse Grenade
  • Molotov cocktail
  • Plasma Grenade
  • Bottlecap mine
  • Cryo mine
  • Fragmentation mine
  • Nuke Mine
  • Pulse Mine


Melee Weapons

  • Baseball bat
  • Board
  • Lead pipe
  • Wrench
  • Pool Cue
  • Rolling pin
  • Security Baton
  • Sledgehammer
  • Super Sledge
  • Tire Iron
  • Boxing Glove
  • Knuckles
  • Power Fist
  • Deathclaw gauntlet



  • Gamma Gun
  • Gauss Rifle
  • Alien Blaster Pistol



There are six components that can be found on most guns. These are what you can modify. Each component modification comes with different advantages and disadvantages. We’ve listed the general pros and cons for each component below.

  • Barrels: these mods generally increase a weapon’s range and accuracy, while increasing its weight.
  • Sights: Usually increase accuracy. Sight mods for some weapons also add minimal extra weight.
  • Receivers: Depending on which receiver upgrade you choose for which weapon, these can affect accuracy, damage, and weight either positively or negatively.
  • Grip: Modding this part almost always increases accuracy and weight.
  • Muzzle: Increase accuracy at the cost of reduced range.

It is important to note that for energy weapons, the barrel, stock, and sights components work the same way, but muzzles work differently, and capacitors replace receivers.

  • Capacitors: affect damage and can add burning damage over time.
  • Muzzles: Can change the way the beam shoots from the gun; usually allowing the beam to cover a wider area, and reducing range while adding accuracy.


 Fallout 4 does not properly explain the different types of armor to the player. There are three types of armor: under-armor, over-armor, and power armor. If you want to upgrade your power armor suit, check out our guide for that here. Normal armor consists of thinner outfits, or “under-armor,” that allow for heavier “over-armor” body armor to be worn on top. There are also “outfits,” like the black vest and slacks, for example, that provide armor and energy protection, but do not allow for over-armor to be worn as well. Lists of the different armor types can be found below.

  • Army fatigues (comes in a “dirty” variant as well)
  • Baseball uniform
  • BOS uniform (comes in orange and gray variants)
  • BOS Officer Uniform
  • Corset
  • Flannel shirt and jeans
  • Green shirt and combat boots
  • Gunner guard outfits
  • Harness
  • Long Johns
  • Military Fatigues
  • Minuteman outfit
  • Raider leathers
  • Road leathers
  • Synth Uniform
  • Undershirt and jeans
  • Vault Jumpsuits (75, 81, 111, 114)
Over-armor sets

Comes in pieces for chest, right/left arms, right/left legs.

  • Leather
  • Raider
  • Metal
  • Combat
  • Synth
  • Diamond City Guard



For under-armor, over-armor, and outfits, there are two types of mods.

  • Mod 1 increases the damage and energy resistances, respectively. There can be some extras found based on the individual armor piece.
  • Mod 2 includes a large variety of mods. Depending on the piece of armor you’re modifying, they can reduce armor weight, reduce damage, increase carrying capacity, and more.


With all of that information, you should be well on your way to becoming a Fallout 4 modding expert. If you want even more help, you should check out our other guides, like getting the best of the combat system, creating your character, cooking and chemistry, Easter eggs in the wasteland, and unlocking Holiday decorations.

This guide may be further updated to reflect newfound information. 


Disney Infinity 3.0 is strong with first ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Play Set trailer

Disney Interactive is sending all good Star Wars fans into the Thanksgiving holiday with a first look at the next Disney Infinity 3.0 Play Set. And this is a big one, because it’s the first trailer for the Play Set based on the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The trailer carries much of the same nostalgic, tense atmosphere that the film trailers have captured. This is a first chance to check out how Finn, Rey, and Kylo Ren will look in their Disney Infinity forms. Also, this is a first glimpse at the far-more grizzled Han Solo. This is being billed as a chance to follow the story of the upcoming film and it certainly seems to appear that this Play Set will follow many of its events.

The Star Wars: The Force Awakens Play Set will hit Disney Infinity 3.0 on December 18, which also happens to be the date of the film’s release.

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Origin PC EON17-X Laptop Review: Phenomenal Cosmic Powers

Origin announced its Origin PC EON17-X this past June, giving PC gamers around the world a reason to show some interest in the gaming laptop. Considering G-Sync technology was only previously available for desktop machines, delivering a gaming laptop with the feature is a pretty big deal as it can keep tearing and screen stutter to a minimum while you’re on the go.

The EON17-X has all the bells and whistles those who take their PC gaming serious would want in a gaming laptop. And while it performs to the degree I expected it to, I didn’t expect it to underperform as much as it did in certain aspects.

Heavy-duty Gaming

The EON17-X is considered a desktop replacement, which means you shouldn’t expect to do any serious traveling with it. Weighing in at 8.6lbs, it’s quite a heavy gaming laptop, but considering how much is stuffed within its chassis, I’m impressed Origin was able to put so much into such a small space. Stuffing an Intel i7 6700K CPU into the EON17-X alone should is an impressive feat, considering it’s only ever been made available for desktop computers. And what makes the CPU even more enticing is the fact it’s been overclocked to 4.5GHz.

While the laptop itself is on the larger side, it uses its space well as it features a 17.3-inch 1080p IPS Matte Display, a full sized keyboard with customizable backlight, and a multi-gesture trackpad. The keyboard was comfortable to write on as it had just the right amount of sponginess and clickiness for my taste, and I really enjoyed the custom backlighting since I was able to have it display a wide variety of colors. It wasn’t to the quality I’d expect from an RGB keyboard, but I was still impressed with its ability to add just a bit of visual spice to its overall black and rigid body.

The trackpad, on the other hand, was more of a nuisance than anything else. Instead of being placed in the middle of the palm rests, it’s positioned slightly to the left. Having it in that position has caused my left palm to come into contact with the trackpad too often. Other than its frustrating positioning, the trackpad had a smooth surface, which I always prefer over one with texture to it, and it even had a fingerprint reader in the middle, which performed very well as I was able to capture all of my fingertips within its system. Now if I lose nine of my fingers, I’ll at least have one more available to unlock this laptop.

Performance at a Cost

With an Intel i7 6700K overclocked at 4.5GHz and an Nvidia GTX 980M, the EON17-X performed just as well as I expected it to in our benchmarks. In PCMark 7, it scored a 6513, which is on the higher end of the gaming laptop spectrum, while in 3DMark 11, it scored a P11423 and an X4331. It’s 3DMark 11 scores are also very good as it nearly reaches performance levels that can run the Oculus Rift, which is very impressive for a gaming laptop.

In my time with the EON17-X, I played the latest releases, including Fallout 4, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Across the board, the laptop performed flawlessly as I was able to push it to give me a smooth gaming experience in everything I threw at it. While getting Fallout 4 to perform well was a breeze considering its recommended specs, getting The Witcher 3 to perform at Full 1080p with all of its details maxed out is even more impressive.

When it comes to gaming on the go, battery life may be just as important as the performance you can get out of a machine. While the EON17-X exceeds in its performance, it fails in its ability to stay on for long periods of time. On a single charge, I was able to achieve a little over two hours of battery life when using it for everyday tasks, such as email, social networking, and watching videos on YouTube. When I played a game on it, the battery life dropped significantly as I was only able to get around 30 – 45 minutes of game time while running several games on their highest visual settings. So if you plan on taking your gaming on your commute, it better be a quick one or else you’ll find yourself with a nearly nine-pound paperweight.


Even though the EON17-X is categorized as a laptop, I can’t imagine myself lugging it around on a daily basis. Instead, I could easily see myself propping this on my office desk and treating it like a desktop while also saving some space from having a full-sized desktop set up. And if I need to travel with it, it’ll be at short distances where I can throw it in my car to visit friends and family while also showing off this beast of a laptop.

One caveat that keeps me from wanting to travel with the EON17-X is its very short battery life. I feel like it wasn’t really built with traveling in mind as getting to play a game for under an hour while on the go doesn’t warrant having to lug it around for several hours.

With all that said, as long as you keep the laptop at home and close to its power adapter, you’re going to get some serious performance that should be able to keep up with your gaming habits for a couple of years.

System Specs

  • CPU: Intel i7 6700K overclocked to 4.5GHz
  • GPU: Nvidia GTX 8GB 980M
  • Display: 1920 x 1080p IPS Matte Display
  • Memory: 16GB DDR4 2133MHz
  • Storage: 1TB Seagate Mobile SSHD
  • OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Home
  • OS Drive: 256GB Samsung SM951 PCie M.2
  •  Lifetime 24/7 Based Support and Lifetime Free Labor. 1 year Part Replacement & 45 day shipping warranty
  • 45 Day No Dead Pixel Guarantee Free

This review is based on a loaner unit from Origin. The Origin PC EON17-X is available in retail today.

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Official PS4 Remote Play App for PC and Mac in the Works

Sony is working on an official Remote Play app for PC and Mac.

The company's Shuhei Yoshida said, "indeed working on an official [Remote Play] application for PC/Mac."

Remote Play functionality already runs on PS Vita and the technology's been there since the PS3/PSP days but this takes things a step further, opening up possibilities beyond the traditional PlayStation ecosystem. 

News of the app comes mere days after an unofficial Remote Play app for PC launched. The creator of the unofficial app had been working on and off for more than a year and intended to charge $ 10 for usage. i

Yoshida has not provided a date for when the functionality will role out. 


Shakedown Hawaii is the follow-up to Retro City Rampage

Retro City Rampage was an interesting mixture of nostalgic references and modern open-world gaming ultraviolence. The 8-bit Grand Theft Auto-style adventure was released back in 2012 on PC and gradually released on just about all major platforms, so it would appear that developer Vblank Entertainment is ready to move to its next project. That project was announced yesterday in the form of a sequel called Shakedown Hawaii.

Shakedown Hawaii is being billed as the follow-up to Retro City Rampage and, indeed, upon viewing the trailer, it appears that the open-world mayhem of its predecessor will remain intact. The idea is still to wreak as much havoc as possible in an overhead Grand Theft Auto-style setting. The major difference is an upgrade an graphics, going from 8-bit to 16-bit. This is a sign of the story moving forward, taking place years after the original Retro City Rampage and with its main character coming out of retirement for more chaos.

Not much else is known about Shakedown Hawaii, but PlayStation Experience attendees will have a crack at a playable build during next weekend’s event. Shakedown Hawaii does not have a projected release window, but it is set to come to PC, PlayStation 4, Vita, and Nintendo 3DS.

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Warhammer 40,000 Eternal Crusade Alpha Gameplay Video Revealed

Have you been eagerly waiting for Warhammer 40,000 Eternal Crusade? Behaviour Interactive has a treat for you.

They have shared new footage from the closed alpha, featuring the multiple factions taking each other on in Alpha Promethium. As of right now, things look promising. At its current state, it does not look like it makes use of the full abilities of the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, but it does look great.

The trailer also appears to be a mix of cinematic cutscenes and actual action. For better or worse, the two are indistinguishable from each other. Again, and of course, this graphical quality may change for the final product.

For what it’s worth, it’s also not too graphically impressive in its current state, but it does bear a resemblance to the wargaming miniatures it takes inspiration from, so there is that.

As of right now, Warhammer 40,000 Eternal Crusade is getting tested for its gameplay systems, with progression and persistent world systems coming later.

Warhammer 40,000 Eternal Crusade is in development for Windows, Linux, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. You can purchase a Founder’s Pack to jump into the closed alpha here.


Test : Beyond : Two Souls (PS4)

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Nintendo Cyber Deals offer eShop discounts through Monday

Thanksgiving kicks off tomorrow and a number of retailers, both physical and digital, are getting ready to deploy massive sales. The Nintendo eShop is no different and Nintendo has kicked off sales for both Wii U and 3DS.

These deals are not available from the eShop website, so Wii U and 3DS owners will have to physically go into each platform’s respective eShop store to find these deals. Fortunately, Shacknews has rounded them all up for your convenience.

Wii U

  • The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD – $ 34.99 (30% off)
  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze – $ 34.99 (30% off)
  • Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker – $ 27.99 (30% off)
  • Pikmin 3 – $ 38.99 (35% off)
  • The Wonderful 101 – $ 19.49 (50% off)
  • Pushmo World – $ 4.99 (50% off)
  • Child of Light – $ 7.49 (50% off)
  • Rayman Legends – $ 19.99 (50% off)
  • Kirby’s Return to Dream Land [Virtual Console] – $ 12.99 (30% off)
  • Metroid Fusion [Virtual Console] – $ 4.79 (30% off)
  • Mario Golf [Virtual Console] – $ 4.99 (30% off)
  • Star Fox Command [Virtual Console] – $ 4.99 (30% off)
  • Don’t Starve: Giant Edition – $ 7.49 (50% off)
  • Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse – $ 9.99 (50% off)
  • Adventures of Pip – $ 7.49 (50% off)
  • Teslagrad – $ 7.49 (50% off)
  • Chariot – $ 7.49 (50% off)
  • Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna) – $ 5.99 (60% off)
  • SteamWorld Dig – $ 4.99 (50% off)
  • Art of Balance – $ 4.49 (50% off)
  • Trine 2: Director’s Cut – $ 9.99 (33% off)
  • Blek – $ 2.99 (50% off)
  • Mutant Mudds Deluxe – $ 4.99 (50% off)
  • Scram Kitty and his Buddy on Rails – $ 4.99 (50% off)

Nintendo 3DS

  • Fire Emblem Awakening – $ 27.99 (30% off)
  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate – $ 23.99 (40% off)
  • Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon – $ 27.99 (30% off)
  • Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D – $ 20.99 (30% off)
  • Box Boy! – $ 3.49 (30% off)
  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy – $ 20.09 (33% off)
  • Crashmo – $ 4.49 (50% off)
  • Kid Icarus Uprising – $ 24.49 (30% off)
  • Mario Golf World Tour – $ 20.99 (30% off)
  • Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move – $ 6.49 (35% off)
  • Rune Factory 4 – $ 19.99 (50% off)
  • Inazuma Eleven – $ 9.99 (50% off)
  • Metroid [Virtual Console] – $ 2.49 (50% off)
  • Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream [Virtual Console] – $ 2.49 (50% off)
  • 3D Sonic the Hedgehog – $ 2.99 (50% off)
  • 3D Out Run – $ 4.19 (30% off)
  • Azure Strike Gunvolt – $ 7.50 (50% off)
  • Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse – $ 9.99 (50% off)
  • SteamWorld Dig – $ 4.99 (50% off)
  • 1001 Spikes – $ 9.99 (33% off)
  • Retro City Rampage – $ 4.99 (50% off)
  • Mutant Mudds – $ 4.49 (50% off)
  • Siesta Fiesta – $ 2.99 (50% off)

The Wii U deals are somewhat underwhelming, since many comparable deals can be found at retail outlets. With that said, for those that have not tried Platinum’s The Wonderful 101, this seems like a good time to grab it. The 3DS deals feel far superior, particular the Capcom deals for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate and Ace Attorney Trilogy. Luigi’s Mansion and Fire Emblem Awakening are also nothing to sneeze at. And while there are several games here that could be classified as ‘under the radar,’ one of the most recent games to fit that description is Box Boy!, which Shacknews liked quite a bit.

The Cyber Deals are set to run all weekend on both the Wii U and 3DS eShops.

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