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PSA: Misunderstood Perk Cards

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Over the course of playing Fallout 76, I've ran into a lot of Perk cards that don't function as I originally thought they would. So, I've compiled a list of details for certain Perk cards based on a mixture of what I've found from other posts and my own experience. Please let me know in the comments if you have changes/suggestions to enhance this list.


Perk Cards

Strength

  • No cards to mention

Perception

Butcher's Bounty

XX% chance to find extra meat when you "Search" an animal corpse.

  • The "Search" it mentions is an active ability. You must press (default) Spacebar on the animal corpse to activate Search.

Concentrated Fire

V.A.T.S. now targets limbs. Focus fire to gain accuracy and damage per shot.

  • To select limbs, use (default) Mouse Wheel while in V.A.T.S.

Endurance

Adamantium Skeleton

Your limb damage is now .

  • The concept of limb damage only applies when not wearing Power Armor.
  • Does not affect HP damage taken by limbs. Only affects the ability to cripple limbs.

All Night Long

You suffer XX% less from hunger and thirst.

  • This does not affect the hunger and thirst meters. Instead, it reduces the effects of being Hungry and Thirsty.
    • When you have zero Hunger and Thirst meters, the Hungry and Thirsty effects appear in your Effects tab.
  • I'd change the description of this Perk card to say:
    • While hungry or thirsty, the negative effects are reduced by XX%.

Cannibal

Eating human, Ghoul, Super Mutant, Scorched, or Mole Miner corpses restores Health and hunger.

  • You can only eat corpses while not wearing Power Armor.

Ghoulish

Radiation now regenerates your lost Health.

  • This perk only activates while currently taking radiation damage. This perk is not related to how much radiation damage exists on your HP meter.
    • Basically, while radiation damage is decreasing your max HP, it will regenerate your HP if your HP is currently below the radiation damage in your HP meter.
  • This perk does work in combat (unlike most HP regeneration perks).

Charisma

Animal Friend

Aim your gun at any Animal below your level for a XX% chance to pacify it.

  • This is an active ability. You manually activate it on an animal you wish to attempt to pacify.

Overly Generous

Rads increase your chance to inflict XX Rads with melee attacks!

  • this is only active while currently taking radiation damage.
    • This needs tested, but my research seems to lean toward this.
  • Only Players can take radiation damage (because they are human).
    • I've also heard that (potentially) non-irradiated animals may also take radiation damage.

Squad Maneuver

Run XX% faster when part of a team.

  • This affects Run speed.
    • There are 3 kinds of (normal) movement modifiers: Walk, Run, and Sprint. By default, your primary movement is running.
    • Does Run speed affect Sprint speed?

Strange in Numbers

Positive mutation effects are +25% stronger if teammates are mutated too.

  • This causes the mutation Bird Bones to become very buggy, nearly allowing the player to run/stand in the air for a very long time.
  • This can cause your mutations to become 'bugged' where the positive effects (not just the extra 25%, but all positive effects) are no longer active. This seems to happen when a teammate suddenly disconnects from the game, but remains as part of the team.

Wasteland Whisperer

Aim your gun at any creature below your level for a XX% chance to pacify it.

  • This is an active ability. You manually activate it on a creature you wish to attempt to pacify.

Intelligence

Licensed Plumber

Your pipe weapons break XX% more slowly and are cheaper to repair.

  • This card does not apply to Lead Pipe or Pipe Wrench.

Portable Power

All Power Armor parts and chassis weights are reduced by XX%.

  • Only applies to Power Armor parts an chassis in your inventory. This card affects nothing to the chassis or parts you are wearing (unlike Sturdy Frame for normal armor).

Agility

Born Survivor

Falling below XX% health will automatically use a Stimpak, once every 20s.

  • Only activates when you pass below the XX% health threshold. This does not remain active if you remain below the XX% health threshold (via radiation damage, for example).

Escape Artist

Sneak to lose enemies, and running no longer affects stealth.

  • Crouching is called Sneak. With this perk, you can crouch and it will make enemies lose sight of you. Normally, moving while crouched (sneaking) will allow enemies to still keep sight of you.
  • There are 2 states of Sneak: Sneak Run and Sneak Walk. The running mentioned in the perk is actually 'sneak running', which is the default movement speed while moving when crouched. To activate 'sneak walking', use your Walk key while crouched. This perk does not affect standing Running.
    • Sources:
    • https://www.reddit.com/r/fo76/comments/9wa3m4/perk_quality_escape_artist_worth_it/e9j6zeq/
    • https://www.reddit.com/r/fo76/comments/a1rpg5/running_while_stealthed_escape_artist/eas68b7/

Gun Runner

Your running speed is increased by XX% when you have a pistol equipped.

  • This affects Run speed.
    • There are 3 kinds of (normal) movement modifiers: Walk, Run, and Sprint. By default, your primary movement is running.
    • Does Run speed affect Sprint speed?

White Knight

Your armor breaks XX% more slowly and is cheaper to repair.

  • Only affects (normal) armor. Does not affect Power Armor.
    • Any mention of armor without the word Power before it is normal armor.

Luck

Better Criticals

V.A.T.S. criticals now do +XX% damage.

  • A critical in V.A.T.S. is an active ability. Your 'critical meter' needs to be full to be able to activate a critical. To activate, hit (default) Spacebar while in V.A.T.S. and then shoot (default is left mouse click). After the shot, your critical bar will go to zero again (it consumes the bar).

Bloody Mess

XX% bonus damage means enemies may explode into a gory red paste.

  • This perk is a damage modifier along with an effect on the corpses of the enemies you kill.
  • The damage bonus is multiplicative (making it one of the best damage bonuses in the game)
    • Example: If a weapon has 100 damage and you have 60% from other perks, then your damage would be 160. Having level 3 Bloody Mess would make your damage 184 (15% * 160). If it was additive, your damage would be 175 (60% + 15% -> 75% * 100 = 175).
    • Source: https://www.reddit.com/r/fo76/comments/a15vs8/friendly_reminder_bloody_mess_damage_increase_is/eanmho4/

Can Do!

XX% chance to find an extra canned good when you "Search" a food container.

  • The "Search" it mentions is an active ability. You must press (default) Spacebar on the food container to activate Search.
  • Trash Cans and Dumpsters are also considered to be food containers.

Pharma Farma

XX% chance to find extra first aid Chems when you "Search" a chem container.

  • The "Search" it mentions is an active ability. You must press (default) Spacebar on the chem container to activate Search.
  • Mirror Medicine Cabinets are also considered to be chem containers.

Scrounger

XX% chance to find extra ammo when you "Search" an ammo container.

  • The "Search" it mentions is an active ability. You must press (default) Spacebar on the ammo container to activate Search.

Storm Chaser

Gain high health regeneration while outside during rain or Rad Storms.

  • Only applies while out of combat.
  • Does not apply to Nuke fallout. Only during rain or Rad Storms (which are rare in Fallout 76).

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