Here are the most important Fallout Shelter tips and tricks to level up faster, get more dwellers, and unlock new building types. With Fallout Shelter on new systems and with new options like Mr. Handy, there are more things you need to know as you play.
We’ll also explain how to get free Caps and Lunchboxes just by playing Fallout Shelter with a purpose. Finally, we look at what you need to know about Fallout Shelter cheats in 2018. We’re also diving into the Fallout Shelter secrets you should know about.
Fallout Shelter is an iPhone, iPad, Android, Xbox, PS4, Nintendo Switch and PC game that lets users build and manage a vault from the popular Fallout game. This is not Fallout 4 for the iPhone and there is no tie-in with stats or in-game bonuses for the Fallout 4 game on consoles.
Fallout Shelter is free to play with the option to spend up to $19.99 on in-app purchases on most systems that deliver items, caps, resources and new dwellers. You can spend up to $49.99 on a single in app purchase on the PS4. You can play this game without spending any real money, and this is easier if you use the Fallout Shelter tips below.
There is no one right way to play Fallout Shelter. You can manage your vault as you see fit, but with these tricks, you will be able to add more dwellers and unlock added rooms faster that will make your dwellers happier and add to their skills.
Here are the Fallout Shelter Tips you need to build a bigger shelter, attract more dwellers and prepare for raiders and Radroaches. Before you try to use any Fallout Shelter cheats we recommend reading to the end.
Build with a Purpose
It’s not until after you build a few rooms that the game tells you the biggest secret in where to place your rooms. If you build two rooms of the same kind next to each other they join and offer better performance.
You can also place three of a room next to each other to link up those, but you don’t get as much of a bonus across the board when you do this.
As you plan where to build, make sure you leave room to connect your rooms to one of the same type.
If you build two rooms next door and they don’t link, you will need to make sure they are upgraded to the same level. Keep in mind that adding rooms requires more electricity output.
Place Dwellers in the Right Rooms
When you start bringing dwellers into your vault, you will need to make sure they are in the right rooms. This boosts production and will keep them happy. Tap on any dweller to see their attributes and what they are best at. Each room does best with a specific attribute.
Rather than try to remember the specials that help each room, you can just zoom into the room to see which special does best there. The small letter in a circle shows you which special attribute will boost production.
You can also drag the dweller from room to room to see where they will fit best. The letter and a positive or negative number will show on-screen when you do this. Drop them in the right room for better production.
If you add someone with luck to a room it will increase the chance of success on a Rush.
Upgrade Your Rooms
You don’t need to build a sprawling underground vault right away. You can also upgrade rooms to increase output and storage. This will help you meet the needs of your growing population without the need to constantly add a new power or water station.
Tap on a room and then on the upgrade arrow in the upper right to upgrade. This will show you the cost and the increased output and storage. Adding a second room that combines to make one bigger is a better idea in some cases, so you’ll have to decide when to upgrade and when to expand.
Keep Everyone Happy
One of your tasks as the overseer is to keep the dwellers happy. This increases output, which makes the game easier overall. You can see your overall happiness score on the face in the upper left of the screen.
You can also tap on an individual dweller to see their happiness. You can manage happiness by keeping resources above the minimum, placing dwellers into a job they like, and by giving them breaks in lounges or in the living quarters.
Place an unhappy dweller in the living quarters with one of the opposite sex and eventually, they will have sex. This results in 100% happiness for both characters and the woman is at 100% happiness for the length of the pregnancy.
Use Mr. Handy Wisely
Mr. Handy is a robot assistant to you. You can earn a Mr. Handy in lunchboxes as a legendary card, or you can buy a Mr. Handy for about 99 cents through an in-app purchase. You can also earn one by completing objectives in the game.
With Mr. Handy, you can put him on a single floor and allow him to walk around collecting resources, protecting the floor from incidents, and even sending him out into the wasteland to collect caps.
This allows you to collect more resources while you are not actively in the game. and you don’t have to worry about invaders and other problems as much as you normally would.
Set aside some time to try and complete quests that pop up with Mr. Handy rewards. If not, it’s actually worth picking up one for a dollar or five for $4.
Rush with Caution
You can rush any production to meet the immediate needs of the vault, but there is a risk. When you tap on Rush you’ll see how likely an accident is. This can mean Radroaches or a fire that will hamper production and hurt your dwellers.
Use this option when you need it, but be aware that it can backfire and slow you down in the long run.
You should attempt to bring in dwellers with high Luck power to rooms you need to rush often as this will increase your chances for success.
Equip Dwellers Correctly
As you play you will get new outfits and weapons. Before you send a dweller out to explore, you should give them a weapon and an outfit that increases their powers.
Weapons also come in handy when guarding the vault door against raiders and dealing with Radroaches.
The clothing can add to special skills, making a dweller more productive in a specific room. Make sure you put these to use.
Send Dwellers Exploring
You can send dwellers exploring to find items, gain XP and earn caps. Equip a dweller with a weapon and an outfit that adds endurance. If you can send an explorer with high endurance, the outcome is more favorable. You can also send other dwellers out to increase happiness as some will prefer exploration to work at a water plant.
Use the Medbay and Science Lab to create stimpacks and roadways to equip your explorer with better success in the wastelands. Give the wanderers the best weapons available.
Check on your explorers often and make sure you call them back in time so they don’t die. Once you get the production up and running and have enough weapons one good strategy is to keep a few dwellers exploring at a time.
Get More Dwellers
There are three main ways to get more dwellers. The first is to invite those in who shows up randomly at your door. The second is to put a man and a woman in the living quarters and wait for them to make a baby. The third is to create a radio station that can call in dwellers who hear your messages.
Make sure you don’t have a baby boom that cripples resources. When I started I tried to grow my population fast and ended up with three kids who can’t work or explore, but need food and water. Space kids out some and don’t attempt to grow too fast or your resources will falter.
Build for the Future
While playing I find myself with an excess of caps when I don’t have an immediate need, but there are things to do.
If you don’t need more rooms to drain your electricity you can build an elevator so that you have a new floor ready to go. Another option is to clear out rocks that are in the way of your other building areas.
When you finally do place buildings leave room to match up at least two of the same type next to each other for bonuses.
Free Fallout Shelter Caps and Lunchboxes
You can earn free Fallout Shelter caps and free lunchboxes full of items, gear, and resources just by playing the current objectives.
Tap the radio and then the small award-looking icon to see your current objectives. Some only offer free caps as a reward, but others will deliver a free lunchbox stuffed with good items.
Check these often and claim them as soon as you earn a reward so that you can start working towards the next one.
Strengthen Vault Door & Add Guards
Eventually, raiders will attack to steal resources and kill your dwellers. When you have 500 caps to spare, upgrade the vault door and as you gain weapons you can equip a few dwellers to guard the door and take the raiders on without waiting for them to break into other areas.
Bring Dwellers Back from the Dead
If you lose a dweller to death by raider, exploration, or accident, you can bring them back from the dead to help you out again. You need to spend caps to do this, but it is worth it for higher-level dwellers with the special skills you need.
Sell Fallout Shelter Items
Eventually, you will gain too many items that you don’t need. You can sell these to get caps that you can use to build and revive dead players. Tap on the Pip-Boy icon in the lower right corner and then on items in storage to sell them. This will come into play as you get more items. To start, it’s a good idea to equip and not sell.
Scrap to Craft
With the Fallout Shelter 1.5 update, you can now scrap unwanted weapons and outfits and then craft the materials into weapons or outfits that you want and need.
You’ll need to scrap several items to get enough materials to craft into something else. The items you get depend on the level of the weapons or outfits you scrap. What you get from scrapping varies, so experiment and learn what is best to scrap.
Adopt a Fallout Shelter Pet
You can add a pet to your Fallout Shelter, and it’s not just about making residents happy or adding another mouth to feed.
The Fallout Shelter pets add a bonus to the dweller you assign it to. Think of them as a companion from Fallout 4. You can only add one pet to a dweller, but you can have multiple Fallout Shelter pets.
You’ll find them in lunchboxes and in a Pet Carrier. You can assign them to a dweller for bonuses inside the vault or while exploring the wasteland. Here’s a listing of what each of the Fallout Shelter pet bonuses does.
Fallout Shelter Cheats
There are not a lot of Fallout Shelter cheats and there are no Fallout shelter cheat codes, but you can trick the game to get a lot of weapons and outfits in Fallout Shelter.
In the video above, you can see how to do this, by changing the time of your iPhone or iPad ahead one day. This will speed up calling in the explorers with weapons and items. You’ll also get a lot of new dwellers, babies, and kids will grow up faster because you are essentially simulating 24 hours when you do this. Be careful if you try this as it can freeze your game.
Fallout Shelter Hacks
If you are looking for Fallout Shelter hacks to add unlimited cash, you need to read this before you spend any time or trade any personal information for offers that are almost always linked to these types of hacks.
We discovered one Fallout Shelter hack tool that promises unlimited cash in the game, but there are immediate signs that this is not going to work well. The tool showed an Android option weeks before the game arrived on Android.
The next flag is that when you try to download the tool you see a list of surveys and offers. You must complete one of these to get the tool. These are designed to help the creator earn money, which is fine if the tool actually works, but we rarely see these types of hacks work.