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Here's how to get better loot and help from a Mysterious Stranger in Fallout 4

It doesn't matter how well prepared you are for life in the post-nuclear wasteland; you could always use a little extra help from the random number generator. Or from a Mysterious Stranger who occasionally shows up to pull your keister out of the fire, tip his hat, and disappear, as the case may be. The last Fallout 4 (opens in new tab) SPECIAL video shows off the many benefits of that most ineffable of quantities - Luck.

Thankfully, Luck is much more, erm, effable in Fallout 4 than in real life. Buff up your Luck and you'll find better loot and get more critical strikes, not to mention unlocking access to the classic Bloody Mess perk, which makes people blow up real good, and Grim Reaper's Sprint, which keeps your VATS slow-motion murder party rolling. But stack the chips high enough and your Luck will run out eventually - you'd better spare a few points for Strength (opens in new tab), Perception (opens in new tab), Endurance (opens in new tab), Charisma (opens in new tab), Intelligence (opens in new tab), and agility (opens in new tab), too.

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Connor Sheridan
Connor Sheridan

I got a BA in journalism from Central Michigan University - though the best education I received there was from CM Life, its student-run newspaper. Long before that, I started pursuing my degree in video games by bugging my older brother to let me play Zelda on the Super Nintendo. I've previously been a news intern for GameSpot, a news writer for CVG, and now I'm a staff writer here at GamesRadar.