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To browse specific character builds or to contribute one of your own, please visit the Forum:Fallout 3 character builds page.

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In Fallout 3, the creation and development of your character is under your control. The decisions you make at character creation and at level-ups, as well as the gameplay choices you make, contribute to your specific character build.

Considerations for building a character

Building a character is largely a matter of mathematics. Consider each of the following factors, and then crunch the numbers in order to achieve your desired build.

One way to ensure the perfect character is to wait until all game add-ons have been released, as they contain perks that may render your earlier choices obsolete if taken. One example is "Almost Perfect" as opposed to "Intense Training." The increased level cap is yet another reason, so you can refuse to take certain skill-boosting perks, e.c.: Gun Nut or Size Matters., and instead get something more useful. Do not forget that you still need to calculate how to become perfect.

Maximum level

Main article: Level
  • In Fallout 3, level 20 is the maximum level attainable for any character.
  • With Broken Steel installed, the maximum level is raised to 30.


Main article: Fallout 3 SPECIAL

During the quest Baby Steps, you will choose your initial primary statistics, which have a direct effect on

  • your starting skill levels.
  • which perks will become available to you at level-ups.
  • your derived statistics.

SPECIAL stats can be raised during the game by

  • collecting bobbleheads.
  • acquiring certain quest rewards.
  • wearing clothing and armor items.
  • choosing perks.

The maximum value for a SPECIAL stat is 10.


Main article: Fallout 3 skills

Initial skill levels are determined by your primary stats. During the quest Future Imperfect, you will choose three skills to receive a one-time boost of 15 points.

Skills can be raised during the game by

  • distributing points at level-ups.
  • collecting bobbleheads.
  • choosing perks.
  • reading skill books.
  • wearing clothing and armor items.

Each skill book, when read, raises the corresponding skill by one point (two points with the Comprehension perk). There are 25 skill books for each skill.

The maximum value for a skill is 100.


Main article: Fallout 3 perks

Some perks directly affect your primary stats and skills. Others have a variety of gameplay effects.

Which perks become available to you depends on

  • your level.
  • your SPECIAL stats.
  • your skills.
  • your gameplay choices.

You get to choose one perk at every level-up.


Main article: Vault Boy Bobblehead

There are 20 bobbleheads in the game. Each one permanently raises either a specific SPECIAL stat by one point or a skill by 10 points.


Clothing and armor can have a direct effect on your SPECIAL stats and skills.

Third-party tools

Character Creator (Excel 2007)

Author: Oggy1985
Download: FileServe

This version includes Broken Steel DLC and all 30 levels of planing for your character! Please use only the RapidShare link to distribute this file.

This version contains incorrect Hit-Point and Base Skill formulae. Unless one makes sure to correct those ahead of using it, incorrect values will always be returned.

Also contains incorrect formulae for checking prerequisite skill points for Demolitions Expert and Mister Sandman perks.

Fallout 3 CharBuilder (Excel 2003)

Author: the--dud
Version: 1.1 (released on 02/22/2010)
Download: Google Docs

This focuses only on the initial creation of your character, it's not a planner for the whole game as such.

It allows you to assign the SPECIAL stats (as well as seeing how this affects your derived statistics). You can also select your Tag skills. After doing this, you can then go to the second sheet and see what primary statistics you'll get from the SPECIAL and Tag skills selected.

Class Editor (Excel 2007)

Author: Macilnar
Version: 1.1.2 (released on 12/05/2008)
Download: FileServe

The editor allows you to chose between one of 3 primary classes (Stealth, Close Combat, and Ranged Combat) and a main weapon focus (Melee, Small Gun, Energy Weapons, Explosives, Unarmed, and Big Gun). The editor then gives recommended values to skills, S.P.E.C.I.A.L, and what perks to take.

Only the Stealth class and its weapon focuses are complete and it only works with Excel 2007 or newer.

Character Planner (Google Docs)

Author: ?
Version: ?
Link: Google Docs
Downloads: XLS format, ODS format

Character Builder (online)

Author: ?
Version: ?

The builder imitates green Pip-Boy 3000 interface and it allows to create and level up characters. Characters are stored on the server and are given unique URLs for reference. Each character has its history so others can check how it was developed.

Fallout3 SPECIAL Generator (.NET Application)

Author: James Bennet

It is a small app that simply randomly generates SPECIAL stats for use in character creation. You’ll need .NET 3.5 by the way – The app isn’t perfect, but it works. I always felt that random stats generation should have been a part of the game in the first place.