Fallout 4 exploit lets you max out every SPECIAL in minutes

If you don't have the patience to become superhuman the old fashioned way, this Fallout 4 (opens in new tab) exploit will let you get every SPECIAL stat to 10 with just a few minutes of work. The best part is that it requires almost no setup. All you need to do is get out of Vault 111 and pick up Dogmeat at the gas station.

Here's Reddit (opens in new tab) user B-FOXY's method: once you have Dogmeat in tow, head back to your house and find the "You're SPECIAL" book under Shaun's dresser. Drop the book, command your canine companion to fetch it, and then grab it yourself right as he bends down to pick it up. If you do it right, Dogmeat will drop another copy of the book at your feet (you can actually use this trick to duplicate any item, like those sweet, sweet fusion cores). Check this video tutorial for more step-by-step instructions.

Since each copy of the book boosts one chosen SPECIAL stat by a single point, you can max them all out without ever levelling up. You'll still have to level to earn Perk Points, but at least you can save them for unlocking actual Perks instead of spending them on skill training. Not to mention having a 10 in every stat will give you a serious boost to HP, AP, carrying capacity, and even future experience gains. And yes, PC players, we know that you can just punch in a few console commands to max out all your stats. Just let the console gamers have this moment.

Remember that you're deliberately messing up the flow of the game by using this exploit, and your overall experience may suffer for it. But hey, it's a single-player game and you're not hurting anybody else's fun - if that's how you want to play, go for it. Until Bethesda fixes Dogmeat's +1 Maw of Duping, anyway.

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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.