Fallout 76 One Handed Melee Build

Fallout has always included an insane amount of variety in One Handed Melee weapons, and Fallout 76 has proved to be no different. This build is for those players who want to get up close to their enemies, slicing and dicing through everything in their path. Of course, you need a good build to do that, and I’ve got just the one.

S.P.E.C.I.A.L. Points

Fallout 76 One Handed Melee Build

Perk Cards of Choice

Fallout 76 One Handed Melee Build

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.


Using One Handed Melee Weapons opens up a WORLD of variety, but you need to remember that some weapons are (obviously) far greater than others. For example, if you find both a Legendary Rolling pin AND a Legendary Shiskebab Sword, you know which one you gotta get rid of. 

With that being said, even though some weapons are clearly inferior to others, it can still be fun to modify the more unusual one handed melee weapons to insane heights, just to see what they can do!

Here are some of the better Legendary One Handed Melee Weapons I’d recommend keeping an eye out for:

Legendary Main Effects:

Furious Damage: (Each hit increases damage consecutively on same target)

Instigating: Deals DOUBLE damage to full health enemies

Berserker’s: Deals more damage the lower your resistances

Anti-Armor: Ignores 50% of an Enemies armor

Junkie’s: Deals greater damage the more negative effects you have

+50% Limb Damage

Bloodied: (Deals greater damage when you’re health is low)

Legendary Major Effects:

Faster Swing Speed: Swing 40% Faster

Legendary Minor Effects:

+1 Strength


When it comes to using a One Handed Melee weapons build in Fallout 76, it’s important to maintain a good amount of resistance OR health, depending on if you’re going a bloodied or Berserker’s route. You can NEVER go wrong with using Unyielding Armor, which basically boosts all of your S.P.C.I.A.L. stats (that’s right, it excludes Endurance) by +3, or use Bolstering Armor, which helps you maintain a VERY high amount of resistance when at lower health, almost mandatory for Bloodied builds. If you’re not wanting to risk a low health build (which is DOUBLE risky when using a Melee build) you can try to focus on using legendary melee weapons that don’t rely on low health, and then look more towards Vanguard’s Armor.

Food and Buffs

On an OP One Handed Melee Build, using certain buffs to compliment your overall damage, and your movement speed is very important.


Remember, you have BOTH Class Freak AND Starched Genes on to fully utilize the benefits of mutations and take away their negative effects.

Adrenal Reaction: Increased Damage Output at low health. This is GREAT for players with Bloodied Melee weapons that already boost low health damage. Without Class Freak, this comes at a cost of 50 Health.

Marsupial: +20 Carry Weight, and you can jump much higher. The carry weight is a HUGE bonus in this game, and the fact that you literally get to hop around swinging a one handed melee weapon is too good to pass up. Without Class Freak, this comes at the cost of 4 Intelligence

Speed Demon: +20% run and sprint speed, +30% faster reload speed. Now, the reload speed here is kind of a loss, but as a melee build, it seems like you’re never close enough to your enemy’s, so speed demon gives you that edge. Without Class Freak, this comes at a cost of 50% more hunger and thirst while moving.

Twisted Muscles: Melee damage +25%, better chance to cripple limbs. Obviously, this is one of the more important perks to utilize with a Melee Build.

Healing Factor: With Healing factor on, you have quite a bit less to worry about with having a lower health build for Bloodied or Berserker’s. This is just an added bonus to help you stay alive.

Carnivore: No disease from Meat and 2x bonus to Food from eating meat products. This comes at the cost of of fruits and vegetables not satisfying your hunger whatsoever. But who cares, you’ll be eating a TON of Glowing Meat Steak to boost your melee damage.


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

Cotton Candy Bites: 6% Food & +60 AP

Cranberry Relish: 20% Food & +10 Bonus XP, +200 AP

Glowing Meat Steak: Specifically for Melee builds, combine this with the Carnivore mutation and you get a big damage boost


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.

Tarberry Juice: 15% Water & +120 AP

Steeped Thistle Tea & Sweet Mutfruit Teat: +25% Water & +20% Crit Damage

Melon Juice: 15% Water & +0.08% Health Regen


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.

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.

Overdrive: +15% Damage, +25% Critical Chance. Of course, it doesn’t last for very long, so it’s good to use it sparingly.

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.


Strange this isn’t under the drugs section, but I suppose this is a totally different system. Alcohol is very important to strength builds, as it directly buffs that attribute specifically. Here are the best drinks to look out for. These two beverages are useful for keeping up your strength (in case of carry weigh purposes) and endurance, to maintain a higher health level.

Bourbon: +1 Endurance & +1 Strength at the cost of -1 Intelligence

Whiskey: +2 Strength at the cost of -1 Intelligence

The Rundown

In Fallout 76, Melee has always been a very viable option for those who love high risk but big damage situations. One Handed Melee Builds can get players through some of the toughest content in the game, especially players who know how to be stealthy, yet break out of stealth when need be. Just remember, the faster your swing speed, the greater your damage.

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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Fallout 76 One Handed Melee Build