Fallout 4 - Best Companion Perks & Affinity Guide

Hi everybody. My name is MeHow and welcometo Fallout 4 best companion perks and affinity guide video. While you can wander alone inFallout 4, having a companion on your side has some benefits. First of all you can usea companion to carry additional items for you. Second of all your companions might notdeal a lot of damage, but I find them helpful, because often they will get attacked insteadof you and you can kill your enemies from a safe distance. Especially with a Power Armoryou companions can take a lot of damage. But in this video I will focus on the benefitof companion perks. Most companions will give you a permanent perk after you reach max affinitywith them.

I recommend to visit this eurogamer.net article about companion perks, the link isin the description, if you want to see the whole list of companion perks. In my opinionsome perks are almost useless, like Nick Valentines terminal hacking perk or Pipers XP bonus fromdiscovering new locations and speech challenges. Others are very build specific, for exampleMacReadies VATS headshot accuracy bonus is best for a VATS build, while Deacons sneakdamage and Stealth Boy bonus is best for a stealth build. Overall I find Preston's 20%damage and resistance bonus while fighting 3+ enemies and Paladins 20% damage bonus againstSynths, Feral Ghouls and Super Mutants the best.This Eurogamer.net article gives also nice overview what general behavior and what specificactions will increase your affinity with a companion. For example, if you want to raiseDeacons affinity, you can give items, hack computers, heal Dogmeat, pick locks, bothowned and unowned and/or get a speech success. On the other side chem usage, chem addiction,eating corpses and murdering non-hostiles will negatively effect your affinity withDeacon. Getting max affinity isn't that easy, especiallysince there is really no way to know what your current affinity level with a personis.

Affinity level starts at 0 and maxes out at 1000. Reaching the max affinity of 1000will get you the companion perk. There are often events triggered when you reach 250,500, 750 or 1000 affinity. Sometimes you will need to talk to the companion or do a questafter reaching these landmarks, before your affinity can increase further. While on consolesnot available, fortunately on PC you can find out your current companions affinity by openingyour console with tilde and typing getav CA_affinity, clicking on the person and pressing enter.This way the console will give you the exact affinity level with a person. I used thisconsole command to research what action will change the affinity level and by how much.You can also use the console command setav CA_affinity to set the affinity level to aspecific value, but this is basically cheating, so I do not recommend it.For an action to affect a persons affinity, you do not always need to be actually accompaniedby this person, but this person must be available as a companion. For example you cannot choosePreston as your companion after you meet him, but later on in the game this is possibleand after that whenever you modify your weapon, when he is nearby, you will raise your affinitywith him by 7,5 points.

Of course it's easier to raise affinity, if your accompanied bythat person, which you can do by asking that person to follow you. As previously statedDeacon is positively affected by picking locks and hacking computers, so when he accompaniesyou, he will often be nearby when you do these actions on a mission and get 7,5 affinitypoints for doing them. But note that you won't get a bonus for doing the same action in ashort time period, so I recommend that after a successful affinity change you sit downfor an hour or two, so the next time you in example pick a lock you will get the 7,5 affinitypoints again. When your affinity changes, you will always get an information in theleft upper corner of the screen like “Deacon likes that” or “Deacon hates that”.But the same information won't always change the affinity by the same amount of points.Nick Valentine will like a terminal hacking for 7,5 points, but he will like helping asettlement for 15 points. The same action might also have different effects on differentcompanions: Preston will love when you help a settlement for 35 points, so 20 points morethan when you with Nick.

Fallout 4 - Best Companion Perks & Affinity Guide

To get this affinity bonus with Preston from helping a settlementyou will have to be accompanied by him, if you are not, even when you report to him,that you helped a settlement, your affinity won't rise with him.Some actions that you might think should improve the affinity, won't actually raise it. Forexample while you are with Deacon helping his railroad friends by doing their questswon't raise the affinity with Deacon. Stimpacking a hurt companion won't also improve the affinity.There are some exploits that you can use to raise affinity quickly. When a companion likeslock picking you can find a place like University Point where there is a terminal next to asafe. Via the terminal you can lock the safe and than pick lock the safe for 7,5 points.After that you can sit down for 2 hours and repeat the process for 7,5 affinity pointseach time. To max out affinity you need to limit thenegative affinity actions, which lower the affinity by a lot. It's important to checkout what these actions are for your companion, since they are not always so obvious. Deaconwill dislike using chems like Jet, which will cost you 35 affinity points, Strong will dislikeusing power armor.

Murdering Non-Hostile is one of the worst things you can do for almostall companions. First you will loose 35 and than additional 105 affinity points, thanyour companion will leave you and often times turn into an enemy and fight you. On the otherhand actions that you might think should lower the affinity have actually no effect. Forexample shooting your companion won't have any consequences.Not only actions will influence affinity. Being accompanied by a companion by itselfwill increase your affinity. I did hours of testing trying to figure out what exact actionor time will trigger these affinity increases, but these increases seem somewhat random.Sometimes it's enough to build 2 beds and do nothing for 60 minutes to get the bonus,sometimes it's enough to kill an enemy and wait 90 minutes for the bonus, other timesthe same time and action won't result in an affinity increase. One thing for sure, youjust cannot go away from keyboard and leave your Lone Wanderer do nothing for hours andexpect the affinity to raise. In normal gameplay you can expect these affinity raises eachone or two hours of in-game time.

At affinity level 0, this raise from just accompanyingsomebody will increase the affinty by 40 points, after that it's 38,68 points and with eachaffinity increase the bonus will get lowered, at affinity level of 500 this bonus will bearound 23,50 points and at affinity almost 1000 this bonus just for accompanying willbe only 7 points of increase. While only relying on this accompany bonus will take you a longtime to reach affinity 1000 it might be the only option you want to choose for negativecompanions like MacReady, who likes when you steal, pick a owned lock or succeed in speech.When you reach max affinity you will need to talk to your companion and after hearingtheir story you will get the company perk. Thank you for watching. If you have any questionplease ask in the comment section. Please watch my other guides and subscribe to mychannel.

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