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Power Armored Heavy Gunner - Fallout 76 Tank build

Power Armored Heavy Gunner - Fallout 76 Tank build

Another shot at a sturdy Power Armor build, which uses Heavy Guns to obliterate enemies

Power Armored
Heavy Gunner
Fallout 76 Tank build

General information

This is our second Fallout 76 Tank build. This build utilizes Heavy Guns to deal very damage in close and mid-range, removing the necessity to chase down every single enemy. This build also provides a quite comfortable playstyle for solo players, instead of making you look for a team as soon as you enter a new game.

Below you will find all the recommended Perks for this build. We are also including brief introductions to this build's equipment options, recommended Chems, and Consumables, and beneficial mutations you can consider keeping.

You can also check our other builds on FO76 Builds and a beginner's guide to character customization

SPECIAL Attributes and Perk Cards

Strength FO76STRENGTH

[14 POINTS]

Blocker Perk

Take 45% less damage from your opponents' melee attacks

BULLET SHIELD 3

Gain +60 damage resistance while firing a heavy gun

EXPERT HEAVY GUNNER 3

Your non-explosive heavy guns now do +20% damage

MASTER HEAVY GUNNER 3

Your non-explosive heavy guns now do +20% damage

HEAVY GUNNER 2

Your non-explosive heavy guns now do +15% damage

Strength is a very important SPECIAL attribute in this build. It increases your maximum carry weight which will help you carry more ammo for the Heavy Guns that you are using, as well as it grants two extremely important defensive Perks - Blocker and Bullet Shield

Perception FO76PERCEPTION

[4 POINTS]

Refractor 4

You now gain +40 Energy Resistance

Perception is the least since you are not going to use V.A.T.S. at all. However, we recommend taking the Refractor Perk for some extra defenses

Endurance FO76ENDURANCE

[15 POINTS]

LIFEGIVER 4

Gain a total of +45 to your maximum Health

VACCINATED 3

Chance of catching a disease from creatures is reduced by 90%

Rad Resistant

+50 Radiation Resistance.

PHOTOSYNTHETIC 2

Gain improved Health regen between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Professional Drinker

There's no chance you'll get addicted to alcohol

Endurance is the most important attribute for this build. It increases your maximum Health, Health regeneration and increases your resistance to radiation and diseases

Charisma FO76CHARISMA

[6 POINTS]

Bodyguards

Gain 12 Damage & Energy Resist (max 36) for each teammate, excluding you

Suppressor 1

Reduce your target's damage output by 10% for 2 seconds after you attack

 STRANGE IN NUMBERS 1

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

Charisma is important for team play. It grants a very high defensive bonus when playing in a team, which is critical for this build

Intelligence FO76INTELLIGENCE

[3 POINTS]

Nerd Range 3

While below 20% Health, gain 30 Damage Resist, 15% damage and 15% AP regen.

Nerd Rage gives you insane bonuses when triggered. It will save your Life countless times

Agility FO76AGILITY

[3 POINTS]

Dodgy

Avoid 30% of incoming damage at the cost of 30 Action Points per hit

Agility grants a nice defensive bonus at the cost of Action Points. Since you don't need much AP in combat (you are stationary and you don't use V.A.T.S. or Power Strikes) it shouldn't be a nuisance for you

Luck FO76LUCK

[11 POINTS]

BLOODY MESS 3

15% bonus damage means enemies may explode into a gory red paste

RICOCHET 3

Gain an 18% chance to deflect back some of enemies' ranged damage

Serendipity 3

While below 30% health, gain a 45% chance to avoid damage

STARCHED GENES 2

You will never mutate from rads and Radaway will never cure mutations

Luck is another important attribute in Fallout 76. It affects almost every action you take. It grants a number of very important Perks. Serendipity and Ricochet are extremely powerful Perks for a Tank, and Starched Genes allows you to keep your beneficial mutations forever

Equipment

ARMOR: Power Armor is mandatory for this build. It grants terrific damage and energy resistances, bonus Strength and additional carry weight

WEAPON: You can use any Heavy Weapon depending on your personal preference. One of the weapons I would recommend for this build is the Light Machinegun as it uses .308 Ammo which is easiest to farm and you start looting it right after the game. Also, Anti-Armor, Furious, and Never Ending are very useful Legendary weapon modifiers you should look out for

CHEMS: Med-X (DMG Resist +25) and Psycho (DMG Resist +25, Damage increased by 15%) are the two best Consumables you can use. Also, we recommend resupplying your Whiskey stash.

Mutations

Mutations can be a great addition to any build. Especially if you manage to get Herd Mentality you should prioritise getting the Starched Genes Perk which will prevent you from removing the beneficial mutation with Rad-Away

  1. Herd Mentality - increases all your SPECIAL stats by +2 when playing in a team. It also reduces them by 2 if you are playing solo, but we recommend sticking to team play at all times
  2. Grounded - grants 100 energy resistance, but reduces your energy damage by 20%. You may reconsider using energy weapons if you get this mutation, other than that, it's very useful
  3. Electrically Charged - grants a chance to electrically shock enemies when they hit you with a melee attack

If you have any suggestions related to this build or you have a suggestion for our future build, let us know in the comments below. You can also join the discussion on our Facebook fan page.

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