Fallout 76 – Inside The Vault – December Updates – Re-Print from Beth


There’s a lot going on in Appalachia as we kick off the holiday season, including a Free Trial and Double XP combo event, exclusive rewards for Twitch Prime members, and a variety of festive activities you can take part in. Below, we’ve recapped all the details you need to know for everything that’s happening this week, including an extension for the Holiday Scorched event.


76 Banner ReclamationDay 750x300

Whether you’ve never played Fallout 76 before, or you’re a battle-hardened Scorchbeast slayer looking to introduce your friends into Appalachia, now is the perfect time to head in-game because we’ve just kicked off a new Free Trial Weekend! In addition to having access to the full game you will also be able to level up twice as fast, because we’ve fired up a new Double XP Event for all game modes until the trial comes to an end on at 12:00 p.m. ET on December 16.

As a reminder, console players will need an Xbox Gold or a PlayStation Plus membership to access the Free Trial, and you can get full details on the event by reading our Free Trial article on Bethesda.net.


We’ve partnered up with Twitch to bring you a variety of in-game cosmetic rewards that you can claim just for being a Twitch Prime member. The Twitch Prime Holiday Bundle will be available for several weeks, starting at 12:30 p.m. ET on December 13. Keep an eye out for our full Twitch Prime article tomorrow to catch a preview of the rewards and learn more details about how you can participate.


76 Banner HolidayScorched 750x300

Following our announcement of the Holiday Scorched event, we have been reading feedback from those of you who will be busy with holiday celebrations in real life, and that you would like some more time to go hunting for Holiday Gifts in-game. We’re happy to let you know that we are extending the end-date from December 26, until 12:00 p.m. ET on December 31. This change also means that the Santatron bot’s ability to find Holiday Gifts for you is being extended to match the Holiday Scorched event.

Additionally, the “Nightmare Preceding Christmas” Nuclear Winter Challenges are currently available in-game this weekend, offering you another shot at Halloween-themed cosmetics until 7:00 p.m. ET on December 16. The next day, a new set of Holiday Challenges will start becoming available, and six new themed items will be up for grabs. Catch a preview of the rewards in our latest ZAX Transmission.

If you’d like even more details on the Holiday Scorched, the Santatron bot, and the holiday Nuclear Winter challenges, including start and end times, be sure to read the Patch Notes for Update 16.


Following the release of Update 16 earlier this week, we began receiving community reports that effects granted by armor were being disabled after reloading. We have been actively investigating this issue and have confirmed it is related to a fix that we included in Update 16 to address an issue with the “+250 Damage Resistance While Reloading” (+250 DR bug) legendary effect.

Getting this resolved is a priority for us, and the fastest way for us to address it is to roll back the fix for the “+250 DR” bug. We are currently planning to do this as soon as possible, so keep an eye on the Fallout 76 forums and @Fallout on Twitter for more details as soon as they are available. Additionally, it’s still important to us to fix the +250 DR bug, but we want to make sure that fix completely addresses the issue and does not introduce anything new. We are currently aiming to fix this prior to Wastelanders, and we will let you know as soon as we have more concrete details to share.