Since writing the Fallout Shelter tips and tricks article yesterday, I have been playing the game continuously (and restarted a couple of times to put everything to best practice). And now I am back with even more tips and tricks, including a real Fallout Shelter cheat that will help you progress faster and build the best Vault there can be after the apocalypse.
So let’s not waste any time, I have a lot of very interesting stuff for you – good for more advanced players, too, so let’s check out the Fallout Shelter cheats and tips – Part 2 below:
1. Fallout Shelter Cheat
You can use the so-called “time lapse cheat” in Fallout Shelter with good results. In order to do it, go to your device’s settings after quitting the game and simply set the time forward (usually 15-20 minutes are enough). This cheat ruins a lot the gameplay, but if you want an easy start, that’s how to do it.
In order to get the most out of this cheat (because usually wait times are pretty low), here is what to do: build a massive Vault and fill it with a lot of three room chambers and only place once Dweller inside. The timers will be usually higher, above 10 minutes, but use the cheat to set the time forward. You will have a ton of resources this way – and it’s also useful if you want to stock up on medkits and/or stimpacks.
2. How to remove a Dweller from the Vault
There is no option to kick them out and most likely they will die of old age eventually. But if you don’t want to wait, there is a little exploit you can take advantage of: place just that Dweller, alone, in a room then start using the Rush option. You want it to fail for as many times as possible, until the health bar of that Dweller drops to zero and they die. Now you can replace them with better Dwellers waiting outside.
3. Build the Radio station ASAP!
It’s extremely important because more Dwellers will come to you if you have it built and operated by a person with high Charisma. I build it before building the Medbay and Science Lab (even though these are unlocked first). It’s easier to get Dwellers this way – even though you should always have all the ladies pregnant too!
4. Restart and develop your Vault as you should
The first game is your learning game. Restart, don’t be afraid about that and put everything you now know to good use: only build rooms in sets of three, don’t over-expand and take your time. Make sure that everything is running smoothly before expanding and always upgrade instead of building – building new rooms of the same type is the last thing you need. Keep your Vault small and over-optimized for the best results!
5. How to use Radaways and Stimpacks
Our reader Ben answered this question in our previous guide, but I will publish it here too just in case you missed it in the comments section. The only note I have to add is that you only have to manually add the Stimpacks and Radaways to Dwellers you send out to explore the Wastes. Now here’s how to use them:
If the Dweller has some of their green health bar missing, and it is black, then you can click the stimpack icon and it will heal them. However, if the missing section of the health bar is Red then you need to use Radaway first, then you can use the stimpack to give them the health.
6. How to easily defeat Raiders and Radroaches
We have already talked about defeating Raiders in the previous article, but I have a better strategy now. For Raiders, have two well equipped dwellers ready for intervention (I call them soldiers): Great armor and the best possible weapons you have. Keep them as close to an elevator as possible and send them to the Vault Door as soon as the raiders start knocking. Usually, they will be enough to destroy them.
With Radroaches, have a different approach: hold in your inventory a few weapons (the better they are, the best, but even pistols work) and quickly equip them to your Dwellers when Radroaches strike. Then simply unequip and have them ready for the next infestation.
7. How long to explore for optimum results
Initially, I only kept my survivors exploring the Wasteland for about 60 minutes, but it’s true that the more they explore, the better the rewards. The safest bet (if they have good equipment) is to have them explore 4-6 hours, but if you have a lot of goodies to send them exploring with, you can go for 12 hours easily and get the best possible rewards. You will also get a ton of XP for that Dweller, but he will be pretty unhappy!
8. How to really keep your Dwellers happy
We touched the subject in the previous article, but I have something to add: build the radio tower first! As soon as you have that, you will notice a mood increase. Also, keep the resources in the green to have your Dwellers happy and try to mix girls and boys in the rooms: I am not sure this increases happiness, but that’s how I do it and I’m always at over 90% overall in my Vault.
Hopefully this extra set of tips and tricks has managed to help you even more with understanding the game and getting better at it. Don’t forget to let us know if you need any extra help!