Fallout 4 DLC Order – Release Date & Level Recommendations

Last Updated on August 11, 2022 by Samuel Franklin

Fallout 4 DLC Order – Release Date & Level Recommendations

Deciding on the right Fallout 4 DLC order for your adventure into the post apocalyptic world of The Commonwealth is a common question for first and repeat playthroughs. In this guide to Fallout 4 DLC you’ll learn how to initiate the DLC (if applicable), DLC level recommendations, the story of each, the important equipment or perks you can obtain from completing the available Fallout 4 DLCs and accordingly which DLC play order is best depending on your preferences.

In total Fallout 4 has 6 pieces of downloadable content that were released throughout 2016 and like past titles in the franchise boosts the gameplay significantly beyond the vanilla adventure while also being available in the single Fallout 4: Game of the Year Edition collection. Notably three of these Fallout 4 DLCs are workshop packs that are focused on adding additional objects to the settlement build mode rather than large amounts of quest or story content. After you’ve conquered and explored everything that The Commonwealth has to offer players can find their next action RPG adventure on our games like Fallout 4 page.

Each of these 2016 Fallout 4 add-ons are discussed in DLC release order below, given this article below discusses various Fallout 4 content in detail there are some story spoilers from this point.

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Fallout 4 DLC Order Release Dates

Like Fallout 3 DLC and Fallout: New Vegas DLC the release date order is an effective default choice for players in Fallout 4. When in doubt or the factors discussed below simply don’t matter to you following this order of release to decide when to do DLC is an effective play order. Note that there are some minimum Fallout 4 DLC levels which are enforced within the game that also need to be considered.

The Fallout 4 DLC in order of release date are:

  • Automatron (March 2016)
  • Wasteland Workshop (April 2016)
  • Far Harbor (May 2016)
  • Contraptions Workshop (June 2016)
  • Vault-Tec Workshop (June 2016)
  • Nuka-World (August 2016)

A Fallout 4 High Resolution Texture Pack was also released exclusively for PC players in early 2017 and available for free. Wasteland Workshop and Contraptions Workshop add new objects to the settlement build mode only and are not discussed in further detail given these are essentially always active and do not factor into a Fallout 4 DLC play order. Vault-Tec Workshop is similar although is only available from level 20 and does include some simple quest content.

The other factors in considering which order to complete the Fallout 4 DLC are as follows:

  • Automatron triggers a number of robot related events and mechanics across the core Commonwealth location. Most players will wish to trigger this as soon as possible to start using these mechanics while other players might want to retain the vanilla Fallout 4 world experience and do this at the end of their adventure instead depending on the experience you want.
  • Far Harbor provides some great armour and weapons that can assist players with their broader adventure. While it’s a standalone story it also builds on the story of a core companion for story focused Fallout 4 players who may want to travel with this companion for some time before diving into their personal adventure.
  • Vault-Tec workshop provides players with various utility mechanics and useful equipment by completing a small Vault 88 adventure. Doing this as soon as possible is often recommended to start maximising the benefits as soon as possible.
  • Nuka World is a significant challenge and intended to serve as a capstone piece of content towards the end of your adventure or as a post game challenge. Given the story of Nuka World offers a wealth of content for a bad karma character path those who are role playing as a good karma character in the core Fallout 4 game will either delay this to the end of a playthrough or sneak off do this before initiating the main storyline.

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Automatron Summary

  • Accessed By: Tune in to the Caravan distress frequency and visit Wattz Consumer Electronics in the top middle of the map.
  • Recommended Level: 15 – 20
  • Notable Rewards: Various robot themed mechanics which provide utility to your adventure including the ability to build robots and unlocking the Eyebot pod. Also allows players to obtain the unique Tesla Rifle and Mechanist armour.

Unlocking at level 15 Automatron is the first of the Fallout 4 DLC releases and unlocks some fantastic robot related mechanics to the game. Obtaining maximum benefits from these mechanics not only add an additional layer of content throughout your adventure but can also help smooth out your overall progression to building your perfect character or settlements. Depending on your preferences though if you’d rather not have these additional mechanics and retain the vanilla experience during the main story players can instead activate this DLC much later. Players should also consider that Automatron is not necessarily an easy adventure at level 15 and depending on your character build the DLC recommended level can increase to 20.

The focus of this extra content is the mysterious Mechanist who has released evil robots into every corner of the Commonwealth with players creating their own robot army to fight back. One of the highlights of Automatron is the added ability for players to build robot companions which can be customised for you needs and provide an alternative to the base game companion followers. Popular choices include pack mules to carry gear across The Commonwealth for players or a melee/ranged fighter that complements your own Fallout 4 character build. Building robots early can be a drain on resources but are generally worth the investment and provides an additional reason to farm resources not available in the base game.

Robots also double as potential settlers to help you populate your settlements or supply lines while also allowing you to create a fully robot themed settlement location if desired. Completing the Automatron quest line also provides two new schematics for build mode with a spotlight that is useful for spotting and tracking attackers and the Eyebot pod. With Eyebot pods you can command an Eyebot army to search for materials for you and then visit the discovered location to obtain a cache of the item you select. These provide another repeatable piece of content while helping to offset the additional cost of building robots in your settlements.

In terms of equipment the Automatron Fallout 4 DLC introduces players to the Tesla rifle which is a solid weapon for the level you can unlock it and will likely become a staple weapon in your inventory for some time. Players can also obtain the Mechanist armour which is again a strong early game option and in time if players obtain the Ballistic Weave mod for it can even take it through mid to late game content.

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Far Harbor Summary

  • Accessed By: Complete the Getting a Clue quest in the main Fallout 4 storyline and then visit the Nakano Residence in the north-east section of the map.
  • Recommended Level: 20+
  • Notable Rewards: Useful mid game equipment with the likes of the Radium Rifle and Marine Armour.

With closer ties to the core Fallout 4 storyline players will need to reach a specific point in the main quest line to access this DLC content. Designed with Nick Valentine in mind players are encouraged to bring him along as the companion for your adventure which provides additional situational dialogue although by no means a must have if you prefer to travel alone or have another favourite companion. Set on its own island Far Harbor is a standalone story where you search for Kasumi Nakano while battling the politics between the synths and Children of Atom and ultimately deciding the fate of the island.

With a range of difficult content a minimum level of 20 is a good recommended level for Far Harbor although level 25+ and beyond will give you an easier time. Note this does delay your acquisition of some strong equipment within the DLC that are effective mid game options. This includes the Marine armour that provides some of the highest defence of non power armour options in the game and the Radium rifle that is an effective radiation based weapon. The unique Skipper’s Last Stand also literally equips players with a harpoon gun that is an extremely fun heavy weapon to use.

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Vault-Tec Workshop Summary

  • Accessed By: Vault 88 radio beacon and visiting the Quincy Quarries in the southern middle of the game map.
  • Recommended Level: 20+
  • Notable Rewards: Utility benefits (SPECIAL boosts and water supply), useful under armour and the large Vault 88 building area.

The only workshop DLC in Fallout 4 that adds significant quests in addition to the new build mode items which makes this another DLC to factor into your ideal Fallout 4 DLC play order. While you can beat this DLC at level 20 generally you’ll want to complete Far Harbor first for the useful equipment it provides given some tough encounters are littered throughout your journey in Vault 88. Centred around this strange location players will be creating their own vault and engaging in vault experiments if they wish after meeting with the Ghoul Overseer.

While a hilarious adventure to the darker side of Fallout lore that allows you to shift away from your usual role of vault experiment victim it’s the rewards and utility from this DLC content you’ll be mostly interested in. In Vault-Tec Workshop this sees players obtaining the ability to construct water fountains at settlements for only 3 steel which provide an amazing supply of water and healing that can be a lifesaver in survival mode in particular. Survival mode also allows players to fill up empty containers they obtain in their adventures to take some purified water with them just like other water sources from The Commonwealth. Players also gain access to the Vault-Tec water pump that produces a regular amount of purified water that doubles as a potential cap income stream if required.

Uniquely the Vault-Tec Workshop DLC provides players with a range of SPECIAL stat boosting objects that can give you +1 to your choice of SPECIAL which stay with you during your adventure when you leave Vault 88. Players can only have one active at a time but this flexibility can be invaluable by allowing you to shift where this single SPECIAL point is invested as your character progresses. Lastly on the equipment side of things players earn themselves the Legends of Vault 88 jumpsuit for completing the story that provides large boosts to energy resistance and radiation. As an under armour piece of equipment players can then layer this with other armour pieces to create a balanced defensive option for their character.

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Nuka-World Summary

  • Accessed By: Tune in to the Nuka-Cola Family Radio and visit the Nuka-World Transit Centre in the far west of the Fallout 4 map.
  • Recommended Level: 30+
  • Notable Rewards: Various powerful faction related perks and weapons.

Nuka-World is a tough and unique piece of content in the Fallout 4 universe that starts via the radio at level 30 or can be kicked off earlier if players visit the location directly. The setting for this adventure is an amusement park with players exploring different zones within the park that have their own themes. Ultimately Nuka-World is about the raider factions and other Fallout creatures that live here and fighting for control of the area with some spill over into the broader Commonwealth as you claim settlements on behalf of raiders. This setting means that Nuka-World can impact on your karma, relationships with other Commonwealth factions and your broader role playing experience.

The intention of this DLC is an end game piece of content with players wanting to be a high level with appropriate gear and perks to ensure success and as a result the Nuka world recommended level is 30 at least. While this is also the developer intention some savvy players in the Fallout 4 community have created some unique strategies to create a different story than intended by starting your Fallout 4 story with this DLC adventure instead. While difficult to do in practice this option is favoured by some players as it allows you to fully commit to the darker side of the DLC content without significantly impacting your karma and other Commonwealth faction reputation given you have not yet met those factions. After completing Nuka-World players then meet up with Preston Garvey in Concord to start the rest of the main story line without worrying about when to fit in the Nuka-World content and allows you to utilise the rewards throughout your Fallout 4 journey.

A popular alternative to this approach is to play Nuka-World as one of your last acts in The Commonwealth so you can similarly not worry about the impacts of your actions given you are at the end of your game. However, the negative of this approach is that you won’t be able to gain benefit from the powerful rewards to help you progress through the story. Rewards include powerful faction perks equivalent to that of other Commonwealth factions based on who you side with between The Operators, The Disciples and The Pack. The Nuka-World DLC perks are useful particularly to melee and stealth characters although do provide a resist damage perk (Pack Alpha) that is useful to all characters. Non-melee builds can also enjoy the Splattercannon that is easily acquired from the Nuka-World market and highly effective..

Written by
Samuel Franklin
Samuel Franklin is the founder and lead editor of the Games Finder team and enjoys video games across all genres and platforms.

Sam enjoys the modern Fallout franchise for the large open world settings of choice which blend RPG and FPS mechanics. Preferring to play as a character with good karma he can often be found saving the Wasteland from evil while using a build that focuses on traditional weapon types.

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