Fallout 76

The Gauss Minigun is arguably one of the best Heavy Guns you can possibly acquire, and with the right build (and legendary version) you can pretty much mow down a mountain like it’s grass. Not actually, but dang that would be cool.

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Perk Cards (Solo No Power Armor)

Perk Cards (Solo Power Armor)

Perk Cards (Team No Power Armor)

Perk Cards (Team Power Armor)

Legendary Perk Cards

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Weapons

In the case of Gauss Minigun’s, you MUST craft them yourselves, as they are impossible to drop off of legendary enemies. If you’re not sure how to craft Legendary weapons, be sure to check out this guide to learn how:

Once you have enough Modules and materials to craft a Gauss Minigun, it’s all up to luck now. Although SOME Legendary effects are far greater than others, the main ones you want to try and roll will be:

Legendary Main Effects:

  1. Bloodied : More Damage the Lower your Health it
  2. Junkie’s : More Damage the more Addictions you have
  3. Anti-Armor : Ignores 50% of your enemies Armor
  4. Two Shot : Fires 2 projectiles per 1 shot

Legendary Major Effects:

  1. 25% Increased Fire Rate
  2. Bullet’s Explode for Area Damage
  3. 50% Limb Damage

Legendary Minor Effects:

  1. 15% Faster Reload
  2. 90% Reduced Weight
  3. 50 Damage Resistance while Aiming
  4. 1 Agility
  5. 1 Perception

Armor

When it comes down to armor, you have 2 choices and there is one better than the other, you just might not like it. Power Armor is substantially better as a Heavy Gunner build not only because of the tankiness it provides, but the Heavy Gunner perk until Intelligence called “Stabilized”. This perk alone makes it worth rocking Power Armor over regular, BUT, because I know a lot of folks prefer no PA over wearing PA, I have both armor types available to look over.

Under Armor

Under Armor can be one of the most essential pieces to your build, simply because it adds so much straight up damage resistance and SPECIAL bonuses. Remember, you DO NOT receive under armor bonuses while in Power Armor, you will only get the benefits from the Power Armor itself.

The best one you’ll want to try and get is the Secret Service under armor providing:

  • +15 Damage resistance
  • +15 Energy Resistance
  • +15 Radiation Resistance

With Shielded Lining:

  • +4 Strength
  • +2 Perception
  • +4 Endurance

If you can’t get this under armor yet, which new players won’t for a good while, stick with any others you can get along the way, modding them with what you can! (Collect those plans!)

Regular Armor

Regular armor is totally up to the user on which they wear, but when we’re talking about Heavy Gun builds… well, actually any build pretty much, you’re going to want to go with Secret Service armor, which is purchased with Gold Bullion after completing the Wastelander’s main campaign. It provides an insane amount of armor, better than anything else, and the ONLY problem is that you need to buy it at the extremely expensive price and then HOPE you roll some good perks on it.

If you can’t get Secret Service armor just yet, don’t worry about it, as long as you have armor like Combat Armor, Brotherhood Recon, or Marine Armor. Speaking of perks, these are the ones you’ll want to look out for:

Legendary Main Effects:

  1. Unyielding
  2. Bolstering
  3. Vanguard’s

Legendary Major Effects:

  1. Any of the +1 to SPECIAL
  2. Powered

Legendary Minor Effects:

  1. 50% More durability
  2. Receive 15% less Limb Damage
  3. Ammo Weight Reduced by 20%
  4. Weapon Weight Reduced by 20%
  5. Food, Drink, and Chem Weight reduced by 20%
  6. Junk Weight Reduced by 20%

Power Armor

Just like regular Armor, Power Armor also has it’s “better” versions that are pretty much just superior to the rest. If you’re rocking Power Armor with you Heavy Gunner’s build, you’ll want to get T-65. The T-65 Power Armor provides the absolute highest amount of damage resistances as possible, but also costs a fortune in Gold Bullion to purchase all the plans, so once again, use what you can. T-60, X-01, and Ultracite Power Armors are quite easy to come across just by completing the Enclave and Brotherhood questlines.

For Power Armor Mods (because you’ll definitely want to mod them to make them the best) you’re wanting to look for:

  • Helmet: Internal Database – +2 Intelligance
    • Targeting Hud – Highlights Living Targets
  • Torso: Emergency Protocols – Benefits from being Bloodied
    • Jet Pack is also helpful
  • Arms: None of them will really help out a lot, don’t waste bullion
  • Legs: Calibrated Shocks – Carry weight +50 per mod

Buffs

This is for those of you that enjoy going out and absolutizing maximizing the damage output you can deal with your builds. Little do a lot of folks realize, taking the right foods and drastically boost the performance of your build, making it beyond worth it to gather these quick items.

Food/Soup

  • Grilled Radstag: 
    • Super Easy to make, increases Carry weight by +20
  • Pumpkin Pie: 
    • Max Health +40
  • Smoked Mirelurk Filets: 
    • +250 HP and +30 Carry Weight
  • Blight Soup:
    • Critical Damage +20%
  • Megasloth Mushroom Soup: 
    • Critical Damage +20%

    Drink

    • Ballistic Bock:
      • +15+ Ballistic Damage at the cost of 15% Condition Cost for 5 Seconds
    • Firecracker Berry Juice: 
      • +10% Critical Damage
    • Hard Lemonade: 
      • +30 Max AP and +10 AP Regen
    • Steeped Tea Thistle/Sweet Mutfruit Tea:
      • Critical Hit +20%

      Mutations

      • Marsupial
        • Carry Weight +20%, +Jump Height
      • Adrenal Reaction
        • Higher Weapon Damage the lower your HP
      • Speed Demon
        • +20 Faster Movement Speed +20% Faster Reload

        Drugs

        • Overdrive
          • +15% Damage, +15% Critical Damage
        • Pyscho
          • +25 Damage Resistance, +15% Damage
        • Pyschobuff
          • +25% Damage, Strength/Endurance +3, Max HP +65

        Magazines & Bobbleheads

        Thing about Magazines is that there are SO MANY of them that is can make it difficult to pick and choose between them all, whereas Bobblheads are quite a bit easier as there are FAR less. Here are just my few suggestions:

        Magazines:

        • Guns & Bullets #3 – “Little Guns for the Ladies”
          • +30% Critical Damage with Ballistic Guns
        • Live & Love #2 – “Nuke-The-Man”
          • +5% Damage when in a Team
        • Tesla Science #7 – “U.S. Army Goes to Space”
          • +30% Energy Gun Critical Damage
        • Tesla Science #8 – “10 Number 1 Hits!!!”
          • +15% Critical Damage
        • Tesla Science #9 – “Future of Warfare”
          • +30% Heavy Gun Critical Damage

        BobbleHeads:

        • Big Guns
          • +20% Damage with Heavy Weapons
        • Energy Weapons
          • +25% Damage with Energy Weapons
        • Explosive
          • +30% Damage with Explosives

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