Automatic Rifles are probably the most sought after weapon in the entire game. Everyone wants to have a high fire rate rifle to just quickly deal with enemies, but what a LOT of people don’t know is how to properly set up for a rifle build. Today, I’m going to show you what you want to look into in order to maximize your damage, lessen your damage taken, and altogether obliterate the weasteland.

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

Fallout 76 Auto Rifles Build

Perk Cards of Choice

Fallout 76 Auto Rifles 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.


When using an Automatic Rifle Build in Fallout 76, there are quite a few things to look out for. Now of course, number 1 is the META. You’ll want to search for those Handmades, not the regular assault rifles. Handmades are definitely going to give you the best bang for your buck, so make sure that you hunt down Legendary versions of them!

Number 2, modifications. You will probably get a number of NON-automatic rifles, and if you get a GOOD one, do not fret, as these can easily be converted to an Automatic version at a weapons workbench, with the right mods of course!

Here are the perks I would HIGHLY recommend looking out for in Shotgun Weapons:

Legendary Main Effects:

Quad Ammo Capacity

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

Berserker’s Deals more damage the lower your resistances

Anti-Armor: Ignores 50% of your Enemies armor

Junkie’s: Deals more damage the more negative effect you have

+50% Limb Damage

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

Two Shot Fires a second projectile equal to 25% max damage every shot

Legendary Major Effects:

25% Increased Fire Rate

V.A.T.S. Critical Shots do +50% Damage

Explosive Rounds

Legendary Minor Effects:

15% Faster Reload Speed

V.A.T.S. Critical Meter fills 15% Faster

90% Reduced Weight


When it comes to using a Rifle Build, 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 lower resistance risk builds aren’t your cup of tea, well, Unyielding STILL comes in clutch no matter what, but Vanguard’s allows you to play at FULL health without much risk, and you still can deal high damage with guns that are Two Shot or Furious, even Anti-armor!

Food and Buffs

On an Automatic Rifle Build, using certain buffs to compliment your V.A.T.S. critical strikes, your overall damage, and your movement speed is very important. You want to be very quick BUT accurate a powerful, so I’ve thrown together a couple of items to help create this kind of build.


Adrenal Reaction: Increased Damage Output at low health. This is GREAT for players with Bloodied Builds 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. 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.

Healing Factor: Here you have just a standard mutation that greatly boosts your health recovery at the cost of the effectiveness of your chems, which can be nerfed back if you use the perk card Class Freak.

Eagle Eyes: This is straight up Crit Damage at the cost of some strength. Beyond worth it on a rifle build, as Crit Damage is absolutely EVERYTHING. You want to hit those headshots to ensure your dealing the most damage you can.


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


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%. 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 weight 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, The Fully Automatic Rifle build is hands down one of the most powerful to use. Fast fire rate, high damage, and incredible accuracy, you cannot go wrong with an Automatic Rifle Build.

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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