A FAQ for the Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel for the XBox Console This is an ASCII art-less walkthrough by David Riley (Dave [at] frontbeat.com). ********** CHARACTERS ********** Nadia ----- Nadia is probably your best bet if you have trouble listening to Cyrus's profanity or are playing two player (with one person as Cyrus). With the right skill tweaking she's a machine with non-explosive weapons (and she can't use the only one of those worth using, so don't bother) and is able to stack on damage like nobody's business. It's an expensive habit, unfortunately, but a good one. Also, while playing as Nadia, you can access more juvenile humor by having her sleep with Ruby. FUNNY! Nadia can not use the Meat Cannon or Shredder (both of which are good). That's too bad. She also can not use the Incendiary Mortar, Home-Made Rocket Launcher, Rocket Launcher and Plasma Cannon (those aren't a big deal). She's a whiz with the Double Laser Pistols, though. Cain ---- Cain's strength seems to be that he can use pretty much anything. This isn't really too much of a strength, because the stuff that Nadia/Cyrus can't use isn't really anything big. So Cain can use dual guns and whatnot, but he suffers because he has only 300 max HP as opposed to 400 with no really appreciable benefits to counteract this. Probably want to avoid. His "Rad Child" perk seems useful, but quickly loses effectiveness. By the time you can get it you probably won't even want it anymore, there really isn't that much radiation in the game after the beginning and you'd be better off putting those points towards Slayer or something else that's actually good. Since when did the brotherhood start admitting Ghouls, again? Cyrus ----- Ah, nothing like including a stereotypical black guy in a game. Never saw that before! Cyrus grunts and profanes with nearly every swing, thus reinforcing to young gamers that all people of the black persuation are bloodthirsty giants who don't have a polite word to say. All the same, Cyrus is probably your guy of choice. The inability to use akimbo guns isn't really a disadvantage, because you'll always have something almost as good anyway. Big deal, I'm crying here. ************** For Two Player ************** The best combo, the ONLY combo is Cyrus and Nadia. There is no viable reason to play as Cain when you have Cyrus and Nadia available. For later playthroughs (though I can't find a reason why you'd want to inflict that on yourself) the best team would, obviously, be the Vault Dweller and the (very white) Rhombus. <<SECRET CHARACTERS>> All secret characters have the same skill set as the character they were cloned for. There's no Cain clone, but that's probably for the better. Information about inherent skills comes directly from Interplay's forums (forums.interplay.com) Patty (Nadia clone): Unlocked by: Beating Chapter 1 (What the hell? You don't meet Patty until Chapter 3) +20% Bargaining +80% Gun Damage Desert Soldier and Future Woman start at 25% instead of 0 Base Armor of 10(?) Rhombus (Cyrus Clone): Unlocked by: Beating Chapter 2 2xMelee Damage base +50% Explosive Damage Heavy Hitter and Wastelander start at 50% Base Armor of 30 Vault Dweller (Cyrus Clone): Unlocked by: Beating the game Melee, Gun and Explosive Damage start at 2x normal Slayer starts at 20% +20% Fortune Finder Heavy Hitter and Wastelander start at 100% Base Armor of 20 *********************** SO WHO SHOULD I CHOOSE? *********************** Cyrus: Big guy and probably your best all-around character. He can be specialized towards Melee, but it's really just a matter of what you spend your skills on. He can use all the big guns at the end of the game, which is nice, but can't use the Double pistol weapons. This is not as huge a deal as it could be. The Double Laser Pistols are pretty nice, everything else is easy to pass on. It only ends up prohibiting him from using three guns, two of which have extremely limited usefulness anyway. Cyrus has weaker perks (Heavy Handed is okay, the rest aren't worth mentioning), but he is able to use a few choice heavy weapons that Nadia can't. That makes all the difference. Cyrus's only real downfall is his wanton need to shout "S***!" at the top of his lungs every other melee swing. Just like a good, stereotypical black character should. Thanks Interplay! Nadia: A little restricted by her inability to use some big guns, but her "Future Woman" skill is probably the best out of the bunch when it comes to the unique perks. But then again, what's it going up against? Rad Child and Berserker. Woo. Anyway, combined with Slayer this should give Nadia a pretty nice +50% critical chance with Energy Weapons. She can't use some of the bigger guns, but it's only a little more of a concern than Cyrus's inability to use smaller ones. Sure, being able to use the Shredder would be nice, and it sucks that she can't use the Meat Cannon (sucks a LOT), but pump up Future Woman or Desert Soldier and equip the Turbo Plasma Rifle or Minigun on the last boss and watch the damage fly! A very expensive habit, but a satisfying one. Still, Nadia should probably be restricted to two player games where Cyrus (or one of his clones, if you have the constitution to play through it more than once) has already been chosen. Cain: Cain has no benefits at all, unless you count the ability to use every weapon in the game. This is not a benefit, so stop counting it. The absolutely only reason to Cain is if you're playing with young children around, or something and can't be bothered to listen to Cyrus shout profanities every two seconds. *********** LEVELING UP *********** For pretty much any character you'll want to alternate Slayer and First Aid, that'll probably get you through the first eight levels and give you some pretty nice bonuses (+25% to Criticals, +100% to healing items). Maybe not so much Cain, who gets much less of a bonus for First Aid (but it's pointless to play as Cain anyway). Melee characters will want Melee Skill, Cat-Like and Heavy Hitter (If you're Cyrus or one of his many clones). Ranged characters will want Gun Skill (or Explosive Skill, if you intend to use the Meat Cannon) and probably Future Woman (if you're Nadia). Desert Soldier seems like a viable alternative, but Future Woman has the best payoff. By the end of the game, with Nadia, you should be able to max out Slayer, Gun Skill, Future Woman AND Desert Soldier, and have four levels in First Aid with points left over. This is more than enough. With Cyrus, I would follow a similar pattern with Slayer, Gun Skill, Heavy Handed, Cat-Like and four levels of First Aid. Get the first level of Special Attack too, 'cause that's a good one for a melee character. You might question my logic here, but I think the bonus to Gun damage is gonna help you out more in the end than the melee bonus would. If you're playing as Cain, just put the controller down right now and let yourself die. It's okay. ********** PERKS LIST ********** Slayer (2, 4, 8, 16, 32) ------ Increased chance of critical hit. This is one of the main skills you'll be levelling up. Who?: All characters, +5% per level RANK: ***** (Essential) Die Hard (4, 8, 16, 32, 64) -------- More max HP. Pretty good at the end of the game if you've got plenty of points to spend. There's not really much else to raise, but Die Hard does cost twice as much as other skills. Who?: All characters. Max Bonus is +200 (Required Level: 3) RANK: ** (400 HP, 600 HPs, what's the difference, really?) Artful Dodger (2, 4, 8, 16, 32) ------------- More AC. Better than Die Hard, as the 25 armor you'll get at the end game will end up saving you stimpacks, instead of making you use more like Die Hard does (more HP = more to heal) Who?: All characters. +5 AC per (Required Level: 6) RANK: *** (If you've got spare points at the end, why not?) Bargaining Power (2, 4, 8, 16, 32) ---------------- One of those negotiation skills, never bothered to raise it. Money is plentiful enough anyway, but if its your thing... You'll probably have scads of points at the end of the game you don't know what to do with though. [NB: Patrick Gartner, avid reader, makes the valid point that skills like this and Fortune Finder provide an excellent chance for your character to get a leg up when importing them to higher difficulties. While I wouldn't go out of my way to get them, I suppose by the time you start the next difficulty you've got all the important skills anyway. As such, feel free to spend your next few points (should only take about three levels or so) to max out both of these skills. It could help! For what it's worth, it only seems logical to me that Bargaining Power is more important than Fortune Finder, as the money you get from guys in the beginning is a pitiful 1-10 caps, whereas items quickly start going for 400-500 caps] Who?: All characters. +15% to sold items, -5% to bought items per level RANK: ** (Money isn't all that uncommon. You could probably spend your points better than this) Fortune Finder (2, 4, 8, 16, 32) -------------- Worthless. This skill is either broken or only affects how much caps you find from each enemy. Waste of points. Who?: All characters. +20% treasure value per level (Required Level: 5) [NB: Patrick Gartner, avid reader, makes the valid point that skills like this and Fortune Finder provide an excellent chance for your character to get a leg up when importing them to higher difficulties. While I wouldn't go out of my way to get them, I suppose by the time you start the next difficulty you've got all the important skills anyway. As such, feel free to spend your next few points (should only take about three levels or so) to max out both of these skills. It could help! For what it's worth, it only seems logical to me that Bargaining Power is more important than Fortune Finder, as the money you get from guys in the beginning is a pitiful 1-10 caps, whereas items quickly start going for 400-500 caps] RANK: * (Exactly my kind of skill, too bad it's broken) Cat-Like (2, 4, 8, 16, 32) -------- Good for the hammer swinger in your bunch. The bonus to melee is good, the bonus to dodge is useless. Who?: All characters. +5% Melee and Dodge speed per level RANK: **** (Melee characters will probably see a difference, don't get it if you're not a swinger though) Eagle-Eye (2, 4, 8, 16, 32) --------- Alright, but even with just one or two levels of this you'll be able to target guys that are further than you can see. Not worth it. Who?: All characters. Addition of lockon range varies between characters. RANK: * (Wow. Like, it's so totally hard to lock onto guys without this too) First Aid (2, 4, 8, 16, 32) --------- One of the best skills in the game for everyone but Cain. Adds how much a stimpack heals you. GREAT! Who?: All characters. +20% per level for everyone but Cain, who gets a pathetic +5% per level. RANK: ***** (Poor Cain though, he gets the shaft) Melee Skill (2, 4, 8, 16, 32) ----------- If you're focusing on melee weapons, then this is for you. You'll have the points to raise it relatively quickly Who?: All characters. +5% per level RANK: **** (Gotta spend those points somewhere) Gun Skill (2, 4, 8, 16, 32) --------- The gun version of melee skill. Nothing else to say that I already haven't Who?: All characters. +5% per level RANK: **** (Gotta spend those points somewhere) Explosive Skill (2, 4, 8, 16, 32) --------------- Don't get anywhere near this unless you're using the Meat Cannon secret weapon Who?: All characters. +5% per level RANK: * (Only good if you're using the Meat Cannon, then it's awesome) Special Attack (8, 16) -------------- Two levels. The first gives you a longer melee combo (3 hits) and the second allows you to charge up for a special attack. The first level is fairly useful, the charge up is not. Who?: All characters. RANK: *** (The first level's pretty worthwhile, anyway) Explosive Traps (10) --------------- Allows you to lay grenades and such as traps for the enemy. Explosives are bad enough as it is and this doesn't help them. Don't bother. Who?: All characters (Required level 10) RANK: * (Even this ain't saving grenades) Energy Charge (16) ------------- Potentially useful. Allows you to charge up your energy weapons to do more damage (3x the ammo per shot). Does quite a bit more damage, but takes WAY longer to fire. Probably not worth getting. Who?: All characters. (Required Level: 12) RANK: ** (Lots of damage, way too long to charge up, way too many points) Berserker (2, 4, 8, 16, 32) --------- Not worth it. It grants a damage bonus when your health is below 30%. Unfortunately, by the end of the game it's very possible that a hit when you're below 30% will kill you. If anything, it's just bad business to let your health fall that low. I raised this on Apocalyptic just because I had a ridiculous amount of points to spend by the end. Who?: Cyrus. +10% damage per level when life is below 30% RANK * (Are you kidding me?) Man's Best Friend (20) ----------------- Gives you a dog companion who is worthless (save for running into mines and blowing them up). The dog does reasonable damage, but will steal your XP if he kills the enemy. Don't get it. Who?: Cyrus, Nadia (Required Level: 5) RANK: * (Hey dog: STOP STEALING MY EXPERIENCE) Heavy Hitter (2, 4, 8, 16, 32) ------------ Sort of an addition to "Slayer" if you're using Blunt Weapons. The best melee weapon in the game is a blunt weapon, so there's some use for this. Who?: Cyrus. +5% to blunt weapon critical chance per level. RANK: ***** (That Turbo Super Sledge has gotta be good for something) Wastelander (2, 4, 8, 16, 32) ----------- A weird skill. Gives you a better critical chance per level when using Home- Made weapons. Unfortunately, unless you're playing as the Vault Dweller (who starts with this at 100% anyway) there's no reason to use this one at all. Probably better not to bother, as Home-Made weapons are quite bad. Who?: Cyrus. +10% critical chance for Home-Made weaponry. RANK: * (So maxing this would give you almost normal damage with the Home-Made weapons, but only with 50% of your shots? Sign me up!) Rad Child (48) --------- An interesting skill that has no real value. It heals you when you're radiated, but after Chapter 2 there's almost no radiation worth mentioning and the point cost is extremely prohibative. Who?: Cain RANK: * (Are you kidding me?) Sadist (16, doubling every level(?)) ------ Heals you when you kill an enemy. It's just a shame that your character starts with 300 or 400 HP and the thing only heals you a pittiance of HP for each kill. Don't get it, as it's insanely expensive per level. I have never raised this. Points are common, not THAT common. Who?: Cain, Nadia. Heals 2 HP per kill per level, 5 HP for Nadia. (Required Level: 10) RANK: * (Don't bother) Pyromaniac (2, 4, 8, 16, 32) ---------- This might be good if it affects the Meat Cannon (if you're using it), otherwise it seems like it's pretty trashy. Fire weapons are bad throughout the whole game. If it doesn't affect explosives (still not sure) then... well, you're using it for one weapon... from the beginning of the game... and it sucks. Who?: Cain. +5% critical chance with fire weapons per level RANK: ** (Maybe if it helps the Meat Cannon) Butcher (2, 4, 8, 16, 32) ------- The opposite of Heavy Handed, this affects your critical chance with bladed weapons. The Plasma Saw is pretty significantly worse that the Turbo Super Sledge, though, and that's the best edged weapon in the game. I wouldn't really waste your time with it. There are better skills to raise. Who?:Cain. +5% critical chance with bladed weapons per level. RANK: * (Edged Weapons don't do it for me) Desert Soldier (2, 4, 8, 16, 32) -------------- Aids in critical hit for "conventional weapons". I'm not sure what these are, but I'm guessing they're standard, bullet based weapons. If so, this is a pretty good skill and possibly worth pumping your Nadia points into after you get Slayer. Who?:Nadia. +5% critical chance with conventional weapons per level. (Required Level: 5) RANK: *** (Good, but outclassed by Future Woman. Equipping Nadia with the Minigun can provide quite the good time, and it'll serve you the whole game, as opposed to Future Woman, which doesn't come into its own until the end) Future Woman (2, 4, 8, 16, 32) ------------ Aids with energy weapon critical hits. In the end of the game this'll probably help you out tremendously when you get those Double Laser Pistol. Consider it. Who?: Nadia. +5% critical chance with energy weapons per level. (Required Level: 12) RANK: ***** (Practically a must where Double Laser Pistols are concerned) In Closing ---------- Don't play Cain. You'll get herpes. And not the good kind. www.fan-service.org Anime... for your FIST!!