Fallout 4's survival mode

Fallout 4’s Survival Mode Leaked

I haven’t finished Fallout 4. I wasn’t sure I would, and I wasn’t sure I cared. I sunk about a good twenty five hours into it and that was enough, but seeing what’s on the way in Fallout 4’s survival mode, I can’t help but be excited again. It might be about time to give the game another go.

Mining has always been a large part of human civilization. First into the ground, and now into game files. If a developer leaves anything hidden away in a game’s code, you can rest assure that someone, at some point, will find it. It’s no surprise, then, that a mere couple days after the beta for patch 1.4 hit Steam, someone (in this case ShaneD53 via reddit) found information pertaining to Fallout 4’s survival mode.

And for anyone thinking he just made it all up, fear not, for Bethesda has confirmed this information as legitimate, even if it’s still a work in progress.

So what does Fallout 4’s survival mode entail? Sit yourself down. The game mode will change many aspects of the open world RPG. Sure it’ll be harder, but it also sounds like it’ll be much more awesome in the process.


Manual and quicksaving are disabled. To save your game, you’ll need to find a bed and sleep for at least an hour.


Combat is more lethal for everyone. You now deal, but also take, more damage. You can increase the damage you deal even further with “Adrenaline” (see below).

Fast Travel

Fast Travel is disabled. If you wish to be somewhere, you’ll have to physically travel there.

Weighted Ammo

Bullets and shells now all have a small amount of weight, which varies by caliber. Heavier items such as fusion cores, rockets, and mini-nukes can really drag you down.


Be sure to keep your eyes peeled, as enemies will no longer appear on your compass. As well, the distance at which locations of interest will appear has been significantly shortened.


Survival automatically grants the Adrenaline perk, which provides a bonus to your damage output. Unlike other perks, the only way to increase your rank of the Adrenaline perk is by getting kills (hostile or otherwise). The higher your Adrenaline rank, the higher the damage bonus. Sleeping for more than an hour, however, will cause your Adrenaline rank to lower. You can check your current Adrenaline rank at any time in the Perks section on the Stat tab in your Pip-Boy.


You’ll find it difficult to survive without taking proper care of yourself. You must stay hydrated, fed, and rested to remain combat-ready. Going for extended periods of time without food, water, or sleep will begin to adversely affect your health, hurting your SPECIAL stats, adding to your Fatigue (see “Fatigue” below), lowering your immunity (see “Sickness” below), and eventually even dealing physical damage to you.


Fatigue works like radiation but affects your Action Points (AP) rather than your Hit Points (HP). The more Fatigue you’ve built up, the less AP you’ll have for other actions. The amount of Fatigue you’ve accumulated is displayed in red on your AP bar.


A comprised immune system and a few questionable decisions can end up getting you killed. Eating uncooked meat, drinking unpurified water, taking damage from disease-ridden sources, such as ghouls and bugs, or using harmful Chems all put your body at increased risk for various ill effects. When you are afflicted with an illness, a message will appear onscreen. You can view specifics about your current illnesses by navigating to the Status section on your Pip-Boy’s Data tab and pressing [RShoulder] to view your active effects.


Antibiotics, which can be crafted at Chem Stations or purchased from doctors, heal the various effects of sickness.

Bed Types

The type of bed you’re sleeping in determines the length of time you are able to stay asleep. A sleeping bag will save your game and may help save your life when you’re desperate, but it will never allow for a full night’s rest and the benefits that come with it.

Crippled Limbs

Crippled limbs will no longer auto-heal after combat and will remain crippled until healed by a Stimpak.

Carry Weight

Exceeding your carry weight reduces your Endurance and Agility stats and periodically damages your legs and health. Think of your back!


Companions will no longer automatically get back up if downed during combat and will return home if abandoned without being healed.

Enemy and Loot Repopulation

Locations you’ve cleared will now repopulate enemies and loot at a significantly slower rate.

Okay, admittedly Fallout 4’s survival mode probably has nothing that wouldn’t have shown up in some mod at some point. I mean basically any mod that can be imagined and executed upon shows up in some way shape or form, but to see it all this done professionally, and likely coming before or roughly the same time as the creation kit, is pretty exciting.

Even though I have long since run out of steam with Fallout 4, I am really tempted to dive back in once survival mode is out.

I guess I like it rough.

About Josh Price

Josh Price is a writer who probably spends too many hours of the day playing video games. At some point he decided to put the two together to (hopefully) great effect. He also wrote some fiction. You should check that out if you're into such things, which you should be. Reading is FUNdamental.

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