How does Fallout 76 VATS work, and how to use it best

Fallout 76 VATS has changed for its online debut. It no longer triggers a slow motion break to let you chose a limb at your leisure but now works like an automated targeting system in real time. You can still pick limbs and body parts in Fallout 76, and see the stats involved, it's just that everything is still going on around you. Making it all a little more chaotic than it used to be. 

It means you'll have to learn a new way to use Fallout 76 VATS but once mastered it's actually a very powerful tool. You can still deal guaranteed damage, or take out a specific enemy part to hider their attempts to hurt you - crippling a leg to slow a Ghoul down for example, or taking out a robot's targeting so it can't hit you as easily. So read our Fallout 76 VATS guide and prepare to fight back.  

How Fallout 76 VATS works

When you go into V.A.T.S. by pressing LB on Xbox One or L1 on PS4, any nearby enemies will appear highlighted in bright green. Time won’t slow down, but you will still get shown the percentage chance you have to hit your foe. You can cycle between different enemies by pressing left or right on the control pad, and press Y or triangle to go into critical mode, where your attack will deal critical damage. Later on you can use the Concentrated Fire Perk Card that allow you to target specific body parts, but to start off with you’re just going to be able to aim for their entire body. Simple, right?

How to use Fallout 76 VATS

Gone are the slow-mo cinematic kills of previous Fallout games, and in this new online world they aren’t coming back. Instead use V.A.T.S. when you’re in a rush as a way to quickly to hit your enemies with an attack without aiming properly. As the percentage chance obviously alters as your enemy gets closer or further away, Fallout 76’s V.A.T.S. system is best used when you don’t have the time to aim and instead want to fire off a couple of pot shots when the percentage chance starts to verge on the 70%+ territory. It’s a gamble about whether those bullets will connect with their target, of course, but at the moment it’s the best way to use V.A.T.S. in Fallout 76. 

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