Strange Fallout 76 Bug Causes New Wastelanders NPCs To Permanently Loot Your Weapons

Thanks to a bug in the Wastelanders expansion, the new Fallout 76 NPCs are actually thieves.


Be careful when dying in Fallout 76, as a new bug has been discovered where the newly added Wastelanders NPCs can loot your weapons from your corpse and permanently keep them.

The bug has been reported on Fallout 76's subreddit. Players post that upon dying near an NPC, that non-playable character seizes their weapon and all ammunition associated with it and subsequently uses it in battle. These weapons can't be reclaimed at the moment, and Bethesda is currently investigating the issue.

"We are actively investigating everything outlined in this thread, as well as other reports we've received here, on our own forums, or through support tickets," Bethesda said. "In our next hotfix, we are planning to include a fix for the issue where NPCs can occasionally take a player's weapon when they die. The remaining issues mentioned in [the] thread are all still active investigations, and we want to resolve them as soon as possible.

"If they can be addressed in time for our next hotfix, we will definitely include them. We don’t have an exact timing to share on that hotfix just yet, but we will let you know as soon as we do."

While NPCs will sometimes take your weapon when you die in an upcoming hotfix update, Bethesda makes it clear that this new bug is not what the studio has in mind. You can check out the bug in action in the video below.

In other Fallout 76 news, Bethesda shared some lengthy patch notes alongside the launch of the game's Wastelanders expansion. The update, which is now live on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, adds a host of content in addition to the new NPCs that fill out Fallout 76's barren dystopia. The game is also now on Steam.

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