Fallout Shelter Tips: The Ultimate Guide for Ruling the Wasteland.

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If the lack of time is not your problem and you want to be the best overseer around, you’re going to need these Fallout Shelter tips & tricks nearby.

Because the wasteland can be rough, and having every advantage you can is a must!

In this Fallout Shelter guide, you’ll learn everything you need to know to make your vault the safest and happiest place around.

After reading the blog post you will now:

  • How to build the most efficient vault around
  • How to grow your population and keep them happy
  • How to make sense of using your equipment
  • And how to keep out raiders… or worse!

So, if you’re ready to lead your vault dwellers to a better future underground, you’ll want to read all the way through to the end.

1.Plan Your Vault, Build, and Upgrade

Need some Fallout Shelter building tips? Well, search no more!

With proper planning and room placements, your vault dwellers will be building a better future underground in no time.

If you’re just starting out, you may be overwhelmed trying to figure out what rooms to build and how to even arrange them.

Well, the good news is it’s not as tricky as it seems.

There is an optimal way to build your vault that will generate the most “bang for your caps”.

The first thing you need to know is that you can combine up to three one-room segments of the same type to form one giant section. It’ll take a bit of in-game currency known as CAPS if you’re planning to build these mega rooms right away.

But if you don’t feel like forking over the cash you can always just build them over time.

Make sure you invest in building a power plant and a water-treatment plant right off the bat. Rooms require both to function effectively keeping your vault dwellers healthy and happy. Just make sure you leave enough room for combining three of the same room type-together. That’s how you’ll make the most “bang for your buck” and avoid messy vault layouts.

PRO TIP: Don’t be afraid to build and expand a cafeteria and living quarters when you start out as well.

Just… make sure you have the power available to actually support your vault. Otherwise, you’ll find a lot of dark rooms suddenly sprouting up.

So, DON’T build too fast!

(You can always check out your power, food, and water levels right at the top of the screen.)

As your vault grows, feel free to experiment with different room types and see what works best. Always remember to leave enough room for combining rooms, and make sure you upgrade regularly as your vault grows as well.

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2. How to Keep Your Vault Dwellers Happy

Okay, so let me start out with a word of caution…

WATCH OUT: It can be very tempting when you just start out to want to grow your vault population as quickly as possible.

Maybe you’ve already started pairing off dwellers like cattle in the hopes of producing a little bundle of joy.

Don’t fall for this trap!

Take some advice from 7th-grade health class and hold off on the procreation until you’ve laid the groundworks to support your population.

Your Fallout Shelter game strategy should be to build first and populate second.

Here’s why…

First of all, you should know that, while pregnant women will still be able to work, they will outright refuse to fight off raiders. They’ll run away at the sight of them to save their baby.

So if half your vault is pregnant women, that’s half your defenses completely gone.

And it takes 3 hours of real time before they’ll give birth.

Now, I’m sure you’re thinking that the good news is after 3 hours your women will be in fighting shape once again. Right? Well, in reality, it’s more of a good news/bad news situation.

The good news is, indeed, that your women will be able to fight again.

The bad news, however, is that the babies will be useless children for 3 additional hours.

And I’m not just being a bitter old man – the children ARE useless. They can’t work, can’t fight, and they use up resources.

So, when in doubt, always look to upgrade and expand your vault before growing your population.

Another thing to keep in mind is that: happiest are those who work where they belong (I read that in a fortune cookie once, I think).

It’s 100% true, by the way. The happiest vault dwellers are the ones who work where their SPECIAL stats are most useful.

Of all the tips for Fallout Shelter, I can throw your way, make sure you pay attention to this one.

Because I’m about to break down the whole SPECIAL stats system for you.

Dwellers with high Strength make for excellent power specialists, so be sure to place them in the power plant.
They also are more effective at fighting enemies when sent out to the wasteland.
Dwellers with high Endurance are much more durable than others in the vault. Your best bet is putting them in a Nuka-Cola production plant.
They’re also great for exploring the wasteland longer than anyone else.
Dwellers with high Perception can spot leaky pipes in an instant. Make sure you place them in your water treatment plants.
Out in the wasteland, you can count on them to find more locations than your other dwellers.

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Dwellers with high Intelligence are smarter than the average yaoguai. You’ll want to place these smarty-pants in your medical bays or science laboratories.
They also are great at helping injured survivors out in the wasteland and avoiding danger with certain enemies.
Dwellers with high Charisma are great at smooth-talking their fellow vault dwellers. It’s best to place them in radio stations or use them for…er…growing the population.
In the wasteland, charismatic dwellers are great for smooth-talking other civilized survivors.
Dwellers with high Agility are quick on their feet. They’re also quick in the kitchen, so make sure you send these dwellers to work in your diners.
These agile dwellers also make great escape artists from danger out in the wasteland.
Dwellers who have high Luck will always find good fortune. Lucky vault dwellers increase your odds of a successful “rush” and have a higher chance of generating bonus CAPS during a room’s regular production.
Out in the wasteland, they’re also better than the rest at finding loads of high quality items and CAPS.

Just make sure that if you are sending your vault dwellers out into the wasteland that they don’t come back too injured.

Lower health leads to unhappy dwellers, and that leads to lower production in your vault.

Their health will heal naturally over time, but it’s super slow.

So your best bet is to throw some Stimpacks and Radaway at them so they’re always in a happy and healthy state.

It’s worth noting that another quick way to keep your dwellers happy is to throw a little romance into the mix. Nothing makes a dweller happy faster than “getting lucky” (and I’m not talking about the stat if you know what I mean).

3. How to Make the Best of Your Equipment?

Occasionally, when you’re out exploring the wasteland or opening a Lunchbox, you may stumble across a piece of clothing.

You may also notice some random numbers and letters on the clothing and wonder what that’s all about.

Well, turns out that fashion is still alive and well in this post-apocalyptic wasteland, and your dwellers are eager to try on some new outfits.

If you paid attention to the SPECIAL system I mentioned earlier, then the letters on each piece of clothing will start making sense. “S” will increase a dweller’s Strength, “P” their Perception, etc, etc.

PRO TIP: The numbers show you how much the equipment increases a given stat. And if you’re really lucky, you may even find some clothing that increases more than one stat at a time.

Another piece of equipment to pay close attention to are weapons. You can find them the exact same way you find clothing – Lunchboxes and exploring the wasteland.

The way this works is very simple too. The bigger the number on the gun, the more damage it will put out.

What you should really be wondering, though, is how to make the most of your best weapons. Your first thought may be to post two well-equipped guards at your vault entrance 24/7.

But that’s actually a waste since those are two dwellers that could be increasing your vault production. When at the entrance, they contribute nothing at all.

The thing you should do instead is equip two dwellers in the room closest to your vault entrance with the best guns you have.

Then, whenever an invasion happens, you can quickly move them to the entrance to defend your vault. I’d go ahead and equip the other dwellers on that first floor with your top weapons as well… juuuust in case you need that little bit of extra firepower.

And speaking of raids…

4. Surviving Raiders or Worse…

If you’re looking for the best Fallout Shelter survival guide out there, well here it is.

The wasteland can be a dangerous place, even for those living safely in vaults.

And there’s no greater danger that can occur than the occasional visit from Raiders trying to…well…raid your home.

These random events will happen every now and then, and there’s currently no way to completely avoid them.

Your best bet is to take my advice from earlier and simply place your strongest dwellers with the best equipment up on the first floor.

By doing this, odds are you’ll finish off those mean ole’ raiders before they can even leave the entrance. And as your dwellers grow in strength, you’ll find it easier and easier to handle these events.

That being said, raiders are unfortunately not the most dangerous thing to worry about…

Deathclaws are the real enemies.

They’ll first start to appear when you have 60+ dwellers in your vault (35+ in Survival mode). Another reason not to overpopulate your vault too early.

While the event can seem random, there are certain factors that can increase the likelihood of a Deathclaw attack instead of Raiders showing up at your door:

  1. If you open your vault doors right after sending dwellers out into the wasteland, and…
  2. If you have a radio station broadcasting out toward the wasteland.

Deathclaws don’t drop anything but experience, and they’re strong. Much stronger than your average raider.

So, if you’re looking to avoid a fight with these monsters, it’s best to not reach 60+ dwellers too early in your game.

And, at the least, avoid the two factors I mentioned when you do reach that population.


Whether you’re using Fallout Shelter for Android, iPhone, PC, Xbox, or even the Nintendo Switch, it can be hard figuring out how best to survive the post-apocalyptic world right off the bat.

But hopefully, after reading these Fallout Shelter game tips, you’re now an informed Overseer ready to serve and protect your vault dwellers from the dangers of the wasteland.


  • Plan your vault layout ahead of time, and don’t forget to expand and upgrade as you go.
  • Learn your vault dwellers’ strengths and weaknesses. Be sure to keep them as happy as possible.
  • Always equip your weapons and armor strategically. Make sure the best gear is with vault dwellers near the entrance.
  • Be on alert for invasions by Raiders or Deathclaws. Never let your vault go unguarded!

Have some Fallout Shelter hints of your own? Know something I forgot to include?
Be sure to share your own Fallout Shelter strategies in the comment section below!

Kyle Butler
Kyle Butler
Guest blogger
I'm a gamer and professional writer looking to share my passions with the world. I'm consistently disappointed that real life doesn't come with Achievements. If I'm not writing or gaming, I'm likely cooking Asian food or petting cats - probably both.

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