Fallout 4: How supply lines work in settlements
Settlements were one of the major new features introduced in Fallout 4. With them, you no longer have to wander the wasteland alone or spend caps on r...
Settlements were one of the major new features introduced in Fallout 4. With them, you no longer have to wander the wasteland alone or spend caps on rundown hotels. Now you can build your own small settlements and become a kind of wasteland feudal lord.
Creating good settlements can be initially confusing. The role of Preston Garvey may seem more important than it actually is. The thing is, you can build settlements without him as well. However, it is much more important to understand what supply lines are and how they work. That's why this guide will help you with everything you need to know about supply lines in Fallout 4.
Updated on September 24, 2023 by Sean Murray: Want to ensure the longevity of your settlement with well-secured supply lines? We've got you covered. This guide has been updated with a customized format to make the supply lines of your settlements as solid as possible.
What Is A Supply Line?
A supply line is something that connects settlements and allows them to share workshop inventory space. This means that you can store something in the workshop inventory of Sanctuary Hills and retrieve it in the workshop of Hangman's Alley without having to carry it all the way there yourself.
What Are The Other Benefits?
If the shared inventory alone isn't enough to convince you to connect your settlements, hopefully these other benefits will pique your interest.
- Excess food and water are shared amongst connected settlements, meaning you could have one farm settlement you connect to all others and all would be happy and fed.
- The people you assign to the supply lines can help you out if they spot you in a bother while you're out and about. Many supply lines mean many patrols and safer travels.
How To Set Up Supply Lines In Fallout 4
Before you can use supply lines, you need to have the first rank of the "Local Leader" perk to establish them. This means you must have six points in Charisma.
With the "Local Leader" perk, simply open the workshop, select a settler, and click on the supply lines button. Then choose which settlement you want to supply, and voila, the supply line is created.
You don't have to connect every settlement with every other settlement. The supply line can be a point-to-point chain and works perfectly to connect everything together.
Additionally, it's a good idea to equip the settlers assigned to supply lines, who actually travel through the wasteland, with decent weapons and armor. They can't die, but that means they can help you if they encounter any threats.