If you're stuck in the opening of the game and don't know how to best fill out the Fallout 4 registration form, we're here to help.


The registration form in Fallout 4 tasks you with spending a 21 points on a selection of starting stats – known as SPECIAL.

While the game lets you know what Strength, Perception, Endurance, Charisma, Intelligence, Agility and Luck all mean, if you've not played a Fallout game before, you won't know where to start.

It all depends on what kind of character you want to play as in the earlier stages of the game.

Here's everything you need to know about the registration form in Fallout 4. Find some beginner tips and our suggestions of the best builds in the RPG.

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Fallout 4 registration form: Beginner tips

A robot in a living room in Fallout 4
Fallout 4. Bethesda

Before you randomly place your limited number of points on any stat in the Fallout 4 registration form, you're best off knowing what each stat does and the best ones to focus on for the early game.

Here's what each SPECIAL stat does:

  • Strength | Strength is a measure of your raw physical power. It affects how much you can carry, and the damage of all melee attacks.
  • Perception | Perception is your environmental awareness and "sixth sense", and affects weapon accuracy in VATS.
  • Endurance | Endurance is a measure of your overall physical fitness. It affects your total Health and the Action Point drain from sprinting.
  • Charisma | Charisma is your ability to charm and convince others. It affects your success to persuade in dialogue and prices when you barter.
  • Intelligence | Intelligence is a measure of your overall mental acuity, and affects the number of Experience Points earned.
  • Agility | Agility is a measure of your overall finesse and reflexes. It affects the number of Action Points in VATS and your ability to sneak.
  • Luck | Luck is a measure of your general good fortune, and affects the recharge rate of Critical Hits.

Given there is no level cap, you can unlock all SPECIAL ranks as you play through the game, so what you choose on your registration form will apply to the early portions of your time spent in Fallout 4.

We'd recommend you spend a good number of your points on Intelligence, regardless of the character build you're aiming for. Having high Intelligence from the start will help you level up quicker and is great for earlier unlocks of perks in its tree – all of them proving useful.

Strength and Endurance are good for a few points, too, as these increase your carrying capacity (vital throughout the game) and total amount of HP. Endurance also makes sprinting easier.

Agility, Perception, and Luck are all worth spending a couple of points on each, too (Agility in particular if you want to sneak around like a wasteland ninja). Charisma is less important in the early game.

It all depends on what character build you're going for during the early portions of the game. But we do strongly recommend everyone put seven or eight points into Intelligence in the Fallout 4 registration form.

Dogmeat and vault dweller in Fallout 4
Fallout 4. Bethesda Game Studios

The best builds in Fallout 4 will help you play the game as you want to play it. It's worth remembering that you can unlock all perks eventually, but that will come after quite a few hours of playtime have been put in.

Ultimately what's best will be entirely down to you but we've scoured the wasteland of the World Wide Web to find some cracking builds for you to try out.

These are our picks for the best builds in Fallout 4:

Best Fallout 4 cowboy build

If you've been watching the Fallout TV series on Amazon Prime, you will probably want to be a cowboy/gunslinger – who can blame you?

Fortunately for you, we've found a rootin'-tootin' cowboy build on YouTube that's well worth copying if being a gunslinger in the wild wasteland is your cup of sarsaparilla. Check out Crozyn's YouTube video on the best Fallout 4 cowboy build below:

This is how your registration form should look for the cowboy build:

  • 2 Strength
  • 3 Perception
  • 3 Endurance
  • 3 Charisma
  • 10 Intelligence
  • 6 Agility
  • 1 Luck

Best Fallout 4 tank build

The best tank build in Fallout 4 will have you soaking up all the damage and dealing out plenty of your own. Getting it right can be tricky but once you do it's potentially the most powerful build in the game.

BAD Company Sarge on YouTube has potentially the best Fallout 4 tank build – the Master of War (you'll also find plenty other quality builds in their playlist!). Check out their video below to see how to create your own:

This is how your registration form should be for the tank build:

  • Strength 4
  • Perception 4
  • Endurance 10
  • Charisma 2
  • Intelligence 6
  • Agility 2
  • Luck 1

Best Fallout 4 assassin/ninja build

If using guns isn't for you, you'll need to focus on Agility to maximise your stealth potential. Sneaking around, hacking things and causing mischief is a fun way to play if you have the stamina for it.

For all the details on the best assassin/ninja build in Fallout 4, we'd recommend you watch FudgeMuppet's YouTube video.

The starting registration form stats you should use for a ninja build is as follows:

  • 2 Strength
  • 3 Perception
  • 1 Endurance
  • 1 Charisma
  • 10 Intelligence
  • 10 Agility
  • 1 Luck

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