Fallout Shelter Beginners Guide - Helpful tips to get started in a new vault (2022)

Fallout Shelter Beginners Guide - Helpful tips to get started in a new vault (1)

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Starting off your first vault seems great at the time, but as you progress and learn more about the game, you realize that you have screwed things up. With this beginner’s guide to Fallout Shelter, I hope to give you enough information to plan ahead, without completely giving away everything about the game.

Building Rooms

So when you first start up the tutorial will prompt you to do a few things to help you get the hang of the interface and will get you to create a few rooms. You will be running low on food, water and power early on in the game, so you will need to create the correct rooms. When placing these new rooms try to keep in mind that you will want to upgrade/expand these rooms later in the game. When you build 2 of the same room next to each other they will merge into a single large room. Later in the game, you can merge 3 of the same rooms. Keep this in mind when you are adding rooms to your vault. If you build everything in 1 long row, you will never be able to merge them later in the game.

A time will come when you are badly stuck and will need to break the layout plan. It’s fine to do it when you know you are going to undo the room at a later date in order to get back to the original design.

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Another thing to take note of is that each type of room requires a specific SPECIAL stat. Power stations require the S(Strength) stat, you should place dwellers that have a high strength stat into these rooms. When you have a new dweller to place into a room, a quick way to figure out which room to put them into is to touch and hold the person so you can drag them around the screen. Hover the dweller over each of the rooms and you will see a number show up. Place the dweller in whatever room gives you the highest number.

Vault Dwellers

Vault dwellers are the whole point of this game. You need to look after these guys and make sure they survive in order for you to grow your vault. There are limits to the number of dwellers that you can place within your vault. This number is determined by the amount of living quarters you have in your vault. The more you build, the more dwellers you can support.

You can get new vault dwellers in 3 different ways. The first way you will find them is by them showing up outside the door. You can decide whether you want to accept them or not. The second way is to make babies. You can make a baby by placing a man and a woman into living quarters together and they will eventually have a baby. If both dwellers have high charisma they will have a baby faster, so check to see if you have any clothing to increase these stats. The third way is through lunch boxes. You will get lunch boxes during the tutorial and you will likely get a high-level dweller inside one of these. After the tutorial, you will have to pay real-world money to get more.

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A point will come where no more dwellers come from the wasteland so you will have to make babies at some stage. When you have enough dwellers you can make a radio station that will start attracting wanderers from the wasteland again.


The special stats are a returning feature from past Fallout games. The SPECIAL stats determine how well your dwellers will perform in particular areas. At the start, you will be lucky to find a dweller with any stat higher than 3. You can raise these stats, but it will be a while before you can. There are 2 ways to increase the SPECIAL stats. It can be done by either equipping your character with clothing that adds a bonus to the stats. The alternative and permanent way to increase them is to use the training rooms. You place a dweller into a training room and they will spend time increasing their stats.

Vault Attacks

Every now and then your vault will get attacked by Deathclaws or bandits (soon to be mole rats). These enemies will move room to room and attack people. I’ve yet to have anyone die from this so don’t panic too much if it happens. Usually, they will run into a room and all dwellers in this room will try to fight off the attackers. If you are quick you can equip the dwellers with weapons to fight off the enemies quicker. The enemies will eventually move onto another room if they are not killed quickly enough. If they do the dwellers will not chase after them and it will be up to the dwellers in the next room to continue the fight, so be quickly equipping the armor and weapons.

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Upgrading Rooms

In most cases It’s better to upgrade a room than it is to build a new one. More rooms require more dwellers which will put a strain on your resources. If you upgrade existing rooms they will produce more resources and do it faster than before. You should aim to max these rooms out before building more. Toward the end it does become very expensive, but it’s better to build a small, tidy and efficient vault than it is to build a monster of a vault that is all over the place. Slow and steady will result in a much better vault.

Exploring The Wasteland

This one is a risky step and isn’t something you will want to do too early, but it’s well worth doing. If you drag a dweller outside of the vault it will give the option for you to send the dweller out into the wasteland to gather anything. This will usually net you some caps, a ton of XP for the dweller and more importantly, it will get you weapons and armor. You can send dwellers out fo any amount of time, but the longer they are out the more chance they have of getting killed. One thing to remember is that if you send a dweller out for 10 minutes, it will take another 10 minutes for them to come back after you recall them. If the dweller dies you can revive them, but they will lose all XP that they gained. Once you have built a medical bay you will be able to create stimpacks that dwellers can use to heal themselves with.

Luck is one of the best SPECIAL stats for exploring the wasteland. It will result in better drops, more XP and better odds that the dweller won’t get killed by an enemy. It’s up to you, you can risk sending your best man out there in order to get the best rewards or can send a low-level guy to get something (its better than nothing!), but not get the best.

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Caps (currency)

Caps are the currency that are used in the game. They are used to buy pretty much everything other than lunch boxes. Exploring the wasteland is an easy way to get a lot of caps, but it’s not the quickest either. There are plenty of other ways to get caps, so don’t worry. Sometimes when you harvest resources from a room you will get some caps, you can also get some when you click on a user who has just leveled up. If you look on the sidebar you will see that there are challenges that you can complete to net you caps. Things like, gather 100 water or make a baby, etc. These will be a valuable source of caps early on in the game.


Fallout Shelter Beginners Guide - Helpful tips to get started in a new vault? ›

Fallout Shelter Tips for Beginners
  1. Plan Your Layout Ahead of Time. ...
  2. Don't Expand Your Vault Too Quickly. ...
  3. Use Spare Weapons to Equip All of Your Dwellers. ...
  4. Use the Dweller List to Manage Dwellers Easily. ...
  5. Use Outfits to Optimize Dweller Productivity Skills. ...
  6. Keep an Eye Out for the Mysterious Stranger.
Dec 5, 2019

Does it matter what vault number you choose in Fallout Shelter? ›

No, it's just a way to distinguish different vaults you have aside from saveslot number.

How do you progress faster in Fallout Shelter? ›

The time it takes your dweller to upgrade a skill varies depending on their level, the room, and how many other dwellers are working on the same skill. Put more dwellers in a room together to work on a skill (2, 4, or 6, depending on the size of your training room), and they'll all learn faster.

How do you know where to put dwellers? ›

If you only have a handful of weapons, equip dwellers with your best two and station them in the vault entry as guards. If you've got plenty of guns, arm every dweller you have, giving special preference to those on the rooms to the right of the entrance (raiders pretty much take the same route every time).

Is it better to merge rooms in Fallout Shelter? ›

Rooms must be the same level in order to be merged together. Merged rooms can hold more Dwellers within them so they can produce more resources for your Vault.

How do I attract dwellers to my vault? ›

Players can acquire new Vault dwellers by:
  1. Mating an adult male and an adult female dweller in the living rooms, as detailed below. ...
  2. Enticing a wanderer with the radio broadcasts from the radio studio.
  3. Obtaining a Legendary dweller or rare Vault dweller from a lunchbox.

Why are no dwellers coming to my Vault? ›

New dwellers only pop up at your doorstep in the beginning of the game. After that getting them pregnant or building a radio station will give you new dwellers. Check your building plans to see when the radio station becomes available. It depends on the number of dwellers you have before you can build that.

What is the max level in Fallout Shelter? ›

Your dwellers can level up until Level 50. Each level of your dweller will increase their health points. The S.P.E.C.I.A.L. stats will be capped at 10 for training.

What is the best strategy for Fallout Shelter? ›

Fallout Shelter Tips for Beginners
  1. Plan Your Layout Ahead of Time. ...
  2. Don't Expand Your Vault Too Quickly. ...
  3. Use Spare Weapons to Equip All of Your Dwellers. ...
  4. Use the Dweller List to Manage Dwellers Easily. ...
  5. Use Outfits to Optimize Dweller Productivity Skills. ...
  6. Keep an Eye Out for the Mysterious Stranger.
Dec 5, 2019

What is luck for in Fallout Shelter? ›

Luck also affects the chance of rush attempts succeeding. In the wasteland, it increases the chances of finding items when dwellers go out on quests and explore locations in the wasteland. The higher the Luck, the better the items. During quest combat, it increases the speed at which the critical hit meter fills.

How do you get free lunchboxes in Fallout Shelter? ›

Objectives in Fallout Shelter are a means of earning bottle caps and, importantly, also the only way to get Lunchboxes for free. Located under the ribbon symbol in the bottom-right menu on your screen, three Objectives appear at a time, and automatically renew when completed.

What does C mean in Fallout Shelter? ›

C. Charisma. Living Quarters and Radio Studio.

Does Fallout Shelter run when closed? ›

Your vault will not suffer from fires, raider/deathclaws/molerat/rad roach attacks, or other events while the app is shut down. Events should still queue up for explorers, unless your guys hit the same crazy survival bug that mine did. The safer thing is to recall them.

How long can you explore the Wasteland in Fallout Shelter? ›

There seems to be no limit to the exploration time, some events occurr at 75 hours of exploration, but some player touched the 90 hours mark. The level of the dweller does not matter for the chances at finding gear, but the S.P.E.C.I.A.L.

Can you merge overseer's office? ›

Only one can exist in each vault at any one time and once one is built, it will disappear from the build menu unless destroyed. If one needs to move the overseer's office, they can destroy and rebuild it without any impact on the current quest set or currently questing dwellers.

What rooms Cannot be merged in fallout shelter? ›

All rooms can be merged into 3s (except overseer's = 2 only). The cafeteria and the living quarters can be painted/customized if they're merged into 3. You can get more resources and more storage from rooms merged into 3.

Can you merge power plants in fallout shelter? ›

Fallout Shelter Tips! #2 Merging vs Upgrading - YouTube

What level do Deathclaws appear fallout shelter? ›

Deathclaws will begin to attack when the vault has 60+ dwellers. They will start attacking at 35+ dwellers when playing in Survival mode.

How do you make a legendary baby in fallout shelter? ›

Fallout Shelter: How to get Legendary Babies - YouTube

How often do new dwellers come to the vault? ›

Typically you will get someone every 6 to 12 hours guaranteed. If you are trying to max out your dweller capacity you can always do the time method. In case you are unaware of the time method I will explain, if you manipulate the time on your computer can 1) collect resources faster and 2) collect new dweller faster.

How long is a female pregnant in fallout shelter? ›

Pregnancies last for three hours, and it takes three additional hours for the child to become an adult. During an incident, pregnant dwellers, children, and pets will hide in living rooms until the threat is cleared.

Do you need dwellers in the radio room? ›

The Radio Studio room requires you have 20 Dwellers in your Vault before it can be unlocked. Radio rooms attract new Dwellers and improve the happiness in your Vault. Assign Dwellers here to attract more Dwellers to your Vault from The Wasteland.

How long does it take for a pregnant woman to give birth in fallout shelter? ›

It can take some time for the woman to give birth - normally around eight hours or so from our experience - and a similar amount of time again for the child to grow into an employable adult Dweller.

Do pets do damage in Fallout Shelter? ›

Nope, they do no damage.

What is the best power armor in Fallout Shelter? ›

1. War's Armor. In terms of raw combat power, War's armor is unparalleled. While Charisma doesn't exactly help in a firefight, the other stats are exactly what a dweller needs to survive.

What is the best melee weapon in Fallout Shelter? ›

Shishkebab. The Shishkebab is the most powerful sword in Fallout 4 and can be found at Saugus Ironworks. The distinct and fiery look on the Shishebab is rivaled by few others in the game, and its stats are top-notch.

Does upgrading the vault door do anything? ›

Upgrading the room will Increase the health of the Vault door itself but will not increase occupancy, which stays at a maximum of 2 dwellers. Dwellers assigned to the Vault Door will only gain experience during raids and will not level up as those assigned to normal production rooms would.

How many Stimpacks can a dweller carry? ›

Notes. The most stimpaks and RadAways a dweller can leave the vault with is 25, but they may acquire and carry more as they explore the wastes.

How many living quarters do you need for 200 dwellers? ›

Only build Living Quarters when you need to increase the capacity of Dwellers that can reside in your Vault. NOTE: The maximum number of Dwellers that the Vault can hold is 200.
Building Cost.
15thCaps14.png 3,320 (+740)
16thCaps14.png 4,260 (+940)
17thCaps14.png 5,460 (+1200)
18thCaps14.png 7,020 (+1560)
16 more rows
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How do you not run out of resources in fallout shelter? ›

Try this: Build 2 elevator down and then another power plant 2 wide. Leave it empty for now. It's isolated so won't be a problem with only 21 dwellers. Before you quit, max your resources and then move 1 dweller to that room.

What happens when a Mr Handy dies fallout shelter? ›

Handy can be destroyed. If destroyed, he can be revived / repaired for CAPS. Mr. Handy can also be sent out to the Wasteland to collect CAPS.

What does the barbershop do in fallout shelter? ›

Overview. The barbershop is a room where dwellers can change their hairstyle, hair color and facial features. Each upgrade allows for small additional upgrades. Unlike other production rooms, the Barbershop is placed as one room that takes up two room spaces.

Do bottle and Cappy do anything? ›

Cappy and Bottle are kidnapped by a raider gang in the quest series "Nabbed from Nuka-World". After freeing them, the pair will appear in the vault sporadically. They provide a temporary 20% happiness increase to every dweller, regardless of which room they are in.

Do dwellers heal over time? ›

Your dwellers will recover over time (health and radiation) if you have enough food and water and if they are currently in the vault. If you lack food, your dwellers will lose health slowly. If you lack clean water, your dwellers will get irradiated slowly.

What does the mysterious stranger do in Fallout Shelter? ›

The Mysterious Stranger spawns either on top of the enemy or within touching distance and won't fire his shot. He continues doing this and resetting the game doesn't fix it, effectively making him useless. If this happens try to put space between you and your target.

What is the best strategy for Fallout Shelter? ›

Fallout Shelter Tips for Beginners
  1. Plan Your Layout Ahead of Time. ...
  2. Don't Expand Your Vault Too Quickly. ...
  3. Use Spare Weapons to Equip All of Your Dwellers. ...
  4. Use the Dweller List to Manage Dwellers Easily. ...
  5. Use Outfits to Optimize Dweller Productivity Skills. ...
  6. Keep an Eye Out for the Mysterious Stranger.
Dec 5, 2019

How long is a pregnancy in Fallout Shelter? ›

Fallout Shelter pregnancies last three hours, and children take another three hours to become adults. Children don't require any care and pregnant dwellers can get right back to work after delivery.

What does storage room do in Fallout Shelter? ›

The storage room allows a vault to hold more junk, outfits, pets, and weapons that are not currently in use. Vaults start with a base storage capacity of 10. The storage room requires 12 dwellers to be unlocked.


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