With the addition of Wastelanders to Fallout 76, a bunch of new (and incredibly strong) weaponry has been added to the game, including the insanely powerful Gauss Minigun. This weapon, capable of dealing obscene amounts of explosive damage to enemies, is probably the most powerful gun in the game IF you roll a good legendary version of it.
Today, we’ll walk through my personal build that I use every day, a build that has solo’d the Scorchbeast Queen, annihilated GROUPS of end game enemies within seconds, and has enough power to deal anywhere from 300-1000 damage PER SHOT if you build it right.
Perk Cards of Choice (SOLO)
Perk Cards of Choice (TEAM)
If you play solo or in a team, you can deal pretty close to the same amount of damage, but if you DO play in a team, the bigger the team the better.
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:
Anti-Armor: Ignores 50% of an Enemies armor
Junkie’s: Deals greater damage the more negative effects you have
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:
Faster Fire Rate
+50 Limb Damage
Any of those effects rolled on a Gauss Minigun will prove beneficial. OF COURSE Bloodied will still remain on the throne, as it’s damage is unbeatable by almost any other effect in the game, so if you DO run a Bloodied Gun, be sure to swap out the Perk card Gunsmith to only a level 2 Gunsmith and put on a level 3 Nerd Rage. This will greatly boost your bloodied damage, and is how I solo’d the Queen quickly. Just make sure you have a team with you, boosting you with damage reduction perks.
At this point, I don’t even really recommend using regular Armor with Heavy Gunner builds, as you deal SUBSTANTIALLY better damage while using Power Armor instead. So, because the game is quite open to debate on which Power Armor to use, in the case of using a Heavy Gauss Minigun build, I recommend using either the brand new, Gold Bullion Purchased T-65, which will offer (hands down) the best resistance in the game Power Armor wise. Besides that, just spec out your X-01, Ultracite, T-60, or whatever other Power Armor you use to your liking.
If you’re a DIE HARD non-Power Armor using player, be sure to swap out the Perk Card Stabilized for, say, Nerd Rage or Batteries Included Perk Cards, just because Stabilized because useless outside of Power Armor. With that being said, unless you’re using a Bloodied Build, use Vanguard’s armor to benefit from having higher health, but if you ARE Bloodied, be sure to use Unyielding to benefit from all the stat bonuses.
Food and Buffs
Using a Heavy Gunner Build typically means you want to stay alive to deal the most amount of damage possible, so boosting your character through buffs is very important. Here are some Mutations and Food buffs to consider helping you out.
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. 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. The reload speed with a Heavy Gunner build is a MUST HAVE, as they can take a LONG time to fully reload, and the Gauss Minigun is no exception. Without Class Freak, this comes at a cost of 50% more hunger and thirst while moving.
Eagle Eyes: Here you find yourself at a BIT of a dilemma, as your strength is now completely wiped off the face of the planet BUT your critical damage is boosted greatly. Even though you won’t be too strong anymore, you’ll be dealing better crit damage than ever before.
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.
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 Tea: +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.
Overdrive: +15% Damage, +25% Critical Chance. Of course, it doesn’t last for very long, so it’s good to use it sparingly.
Heavy Gunner – Obviously this will give you a substantial boost to Heavy Gun damage.
The Gauss Minigun, if used right, can deal some of the highest amounts of damage in the game, rivaling the damage of almost ANY other weapon. Automatically boosted with Explosive ammo, insane rate of fire, near perfect accuracy while in Power Armor, and easy to craft ammo, you will be able to easily wipe the floor with literally any enemy in the entire game.
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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