Running a fully automatic pistol build has been widely accepted as the gun “you just don’t use.” and for GOOD reason. They chew through ammo, they seem to break quickly, they don’t cause nearly as much dps as other automatic builds can (their damage is fine, but reloading constantly slows you down) AND, well, lets face it… they don’t have the same “big gun” flair that other automatic guns have. BUT, even thought this sounds absolutely awful, WE STILL MADE IT SOMEHOW EFFECTIVELY GOOD!
Perk Cards of Choice
Of course, you can swap these around if you deem worthy, or seem to find some aren’t fitting how you play, but for me, this gave me the best plan of attack.
This is really up in the air. When it comes to builds, you need to go out there and find what you can, and use it to the best of your abilities.
Now, the one pistol that I would MOST HIGHLY recommend looking out for, would be a Bloodied Plasma Pistol. Equipping the flamer attachment onto a plasma pistol LITERALLY melts your enemies almost quickly than ANY other weapon in the entire game, especially when you prime receiver it up to fight the Queen. You’ll need some perks to craft the mods, but it’s definitely worth it!
Besides that, here are some important perks to look out for in hunting for a good Fully Automatic Pistol Build:
Quad ammo capacity
Mutant’s Being mutated gives you 10% more damage
Furious Damage (Each hit increases damage consecutively on same target)
+50% Limb Damage
Executioner’s Deals 50% more damage when your target is below 40% HP
Bloodied (Deals greater damage when you’re health is low)
Stalker’s If you’re not in combat, +100% VATS Accuracy at +50 AP Cost.
Two Shot Each time a round is fired, the weapon shoots twice the normal number of projectiles. Each projectile from the Two Shot weapon has a base damage that is 62.5% of the base damage of a projectile from the normal weapon.
When it comes to armor when using a fully automatic pistol build, you don’t actually need to look too much into Strength, which seems to be everyone’s go to in this game regardless of weapon. Here, you want to focus a LOT on agility and luck, which means unyielding armor. With that being said, you’re also going bloodied a lot of the time, if you get lucky with legendary’s, so you want bolstering armor.
Food and Buffs
You might want to look into a couple of different buffs while running an auto-pistol build. It’s important to try to maximize your damage or help you stay alive during the more intense fights. SO, with that being said, here are a couple things you’ll want to look into.
Adrenal Reaction: Increased Damage Output at low health. This is GREAT for players with Bloodied Builds.
Marsupial: +20 Carry Weight, and you can jump much higher. Fun to jump around and get a better position during fights.
Speed Demon: +20% run and sprint speed, +30% faster reload speed. Speed Demon is PROBABLY the most important mutation for pistol builds, because you drain your clips so quickly, so that reload speed is everything.
These are just a few options to go with that I personally recommend that won’t take you five million years to farm and craft. These are quick, easy, and incredibly effective to boost your build to the max
Grilled Radstag: +20% Food & +20 Carry Weight
Glowing Meat Steak: +15% Food & +10% Melee Damage
Awesome Opossum Bacon: +15% Food & +2 Luck
Brain Bombs: +25% Food & +3 Intelligence +300 AP
Cat Meat Steak: +15% Food & +2 Agility
Once again, really easy to find and make, these are the drinks you want to spam create in order to pop them as often as possible, plus the ingredients don’t weigh you down.
Steeped Melon Blossom Chai: +25% Water & +2 Agility
Steeped Thistle Tea & Sweet Mutfruit Teat: +25% Water & +20% Crit Damage
Everyone’s favorite Fallout meal of the day. Here are the drugs you want to bulk up on, just to always boost your build to the most powerful it can possibly be. Some of these are harder to come by than others.
Psychobuff: +3 Strength, +3 Endurance, & +65 Max Health at the cost of -3% Food, -3%. This is just MORE power to you and your Melee weapons build, and is highly encouraged to hop up on these before MASS killing sprees. These are easier to come by, and definitely boost your build.
Addictol: With the heavy consumption of drugs and alcohol with this build, you’ll really want to stock up on Addictol, just to cure yourself of the nasty negative effects that being addicted can bring.
With this build you don’t really need Alcohol as it really negatively affects you rather than benefits you, so we’re just gonna be good lads and lassie’s and skip over alcohol right now.
Fully Automatic Pistols are quite the dilemma, as they don’t typically deal near the amount of damage as other builds do, especially automatic RIFLES, but they can still deal substantially good damage, if you KNOW what is good. Personally, like I mentioned above, using a flamer Prime Plasma pistol is probably your GREATEST bet to deal the best damage you can with pistols.
You want to be dodgy, you want to be evasive, and you want to be STEALTHY. Stealthy means better damage AND VATS crits on top of that, you want to specialize in those areas (that’s why your luck should be higher up). Even when you attack the scorchbeast queen, you can actually deal upwards of 100-200 damage PER HIT. Other enemies will literally blow up when you attack them, as you deal extremely high damage numbers when chasing them, and even HIGHER numbers when stealthed.
If you want to check out the build for yourself, or maybe even customize it to your own liking, I would highly recommend checking out NukesDragons “You are SPECIAL” Character Builder, it’s super quick and easy to use.
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For more guides and builds (like the fully automatic pistol build), check out the rest of my Fallout 76 portion of the website!