Fallout 76’s massive Steel Reign story update is out, here’s the patch notes

Fallout 76 Steel Reign Update Info

And a look at Steel Reign’s trailer

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Fallout 76 continues to improve, to the point where it’s basically a new game at this point. Before we enter The Pitt (which was teased at E3) it’s time to enjoy the Steel Reign update, which continues the storyline of the Brotherhood with another free patch.

Bethesda has released the full patch notes for Steel Reign, which is live across all platforms (Bethesda.net, Microsoft Store, Steam, PS4, Xbox One), alongside of season 5. As previously stated the big draw beyond the campaign bits include legendary crafting, which you can read more about here.

Legendary crafting should give the game new life in terms of its endgame, as folks endlessly attempt to make the best gear possible. The best part is that the system applies to both weapons and armor, so you can customize basically your entire loadout. This is on top of all of the shelter customization options and the addition of player vaults in prior patches. At the very least, you can engage in a few more role-playing elements in this game that was mostly devoid of them at launch.

Here’s a look at the finer points of the patch in video form:

There’s too many changes to list here, but here’s a collection of the bigger stuff:



  • Caps: The max cap limit has been increased from 30,000 to 40,000.
  • Gold Bullion: The daily vendor limit has been increased from 200 to 400. Additionally, the max player cap for Gold Bullion has been increased from 5,000 to 10,000.
  • Scrip: The daily vendor limit has been increased from 150 to 300. Additionally, the max player cap for Scrip has been increased from 1,000 to 5,000.


    This update brings all-new quests to Fallout 76 with the Steel Reign questline, which picks up right where you left off with the Brotherhood of Steel at the end of Steel Dawn.

    • Steel Reign’s questline is available to any player over level 20 who has completed “The Best Defense”.
      • Players who have completed that quest will then see the quest “A Knights Penance”, which will lead them to speak with Russell Dorsey in Fort Atlas.

    Completion of the Steel Reign questline will award the player with brand new items.


    With this update, we’re implementing the Legendary Crafting system, which you can use to turn normal items into legendary items, re-roll your existing legendary items’ attributes, and even upgrade or downgrade their star-ratings.

    • Using a new crafting component, called Legendary Cores, along with a few Legendary Modules, you can now craft “Legendary Upgrades” for your items.
      • Visit Weapon and Armor Workbenches, and then open the Modify menu to get started with Legendary Crafting.
      • You can earn Legendary Cores as rewards by completing Seasonal Events, Public Events, and Daily Ops.
      • As always, Legendary Modules are available from Purveyor Murmrgh in exchange for some Legendary Scrips.
    • You can craft 1-, 2-, and 3-star Legendary Upgrades for your gear, and the materials required to craft them increase based on the Legendary Upgrade tier you choose.
      • Applying a Legendary Upgrade to a normal item will turn it into a legendary version of that item, with 1, 2, or 3 randomly assigned legendary attributes, depending on the tier of Legendary Upgrade you applied.
      • Applying a Legendary Upgrade to an existing Legendary Item can increase or decrease the number of legendary attributes that item has, again depending on the tier of Legendary Upgrade you apply. Here are examples of each option:
      • Upgrade: Modding a 1-star item with a 3-star Legendary Upgrade will turn it into a 3-star version of that item with 3 random attributes.
      • Downgrade: Modding a 3-star item with a 2-star Legendary Upgrade will result in a 2-star version of that item with 2 random attributes.
      • Re-roll: Modding a 3-star item with a 3-star Legendary Upgrade replace all 3 of the existing item’s attributes and apply 3 news ones at random.


    In addition to weapons and normal armor, Legendary Crafting can also be used to create pieces of Legendary Power Armor.

    • Like weapons and armor, Legendary Power Armor pieces can also be upgraded, downgraded, and re-rolled.
    • Visit any Power Armor Station and modify your favorite set of Power Armor to apply some Legendary Upgrades.
    • The vast majority of Legendary attributes that are available to normal armor can also be applied to Power Armor, with the following exceptions:
      • 1-Star
      • Auto-Revive: Chance to revive using a Stimpak
      • 3-Star
      • Acrobat’s: Reduced fall damage
      • Improved Sneaking: Harder to detect while sneaking
      • Diver’s: Grants underwater breathing
      • Unyielding: +3 to all stats (except END) when low health
      • Weightless: 90% less carry weight, does not affect that Chameleon mutation
      • Limb Damage: Reduced Limb Damage
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