Steel Reign Questline – PTS Changes Notes (Re-Print from Bethesda)

Here’s a live stream I did for a datamine of the new ATX items, the original article is below!  
The Steel Reign Update for Fallout 76 is now available in the Public Test Server! We hope you will join us for some playtesting, questing, Legendary Crafting, and then share your feedback and bug reports with us here in the PTS forums. Read on to catch brief descriptions of the features and improvements we’d like you to check out.

Steel Reign Questline

This update brings all-new quests to Fallout 76 with the Steel Reign questline, which picks up right where you left off with the Brotherhood of Steel at the end of Steel Dawn. After you’ve gotten the chance to dive into a couple of the new quests, please share your thoughts on Steel Reign with us by visiting this thread in the PTS Forums.
  • Please note: There is no Non-Disclosure Agreement during this phase of the PTS. Please use spoiler tags, or do your best to warn other players about story spoilers, when discussing the new quest content outside of this PTS forum. Thank you!
Here’s how you can get started with Steel Reign:
  • Steel Reign quests are open to any level 20+ characters who have already completed the quest “The Best Defense” in the live version of the game at the end of the Steel Dawn questline.
    • When eligible characters log in, a quest called “A Knight’s Penance” will lead you to speak with Russell Dorsey in Fort Atlas to continue the Brotherhood story.
  • Alternatively, you can use the premade character, named “Quests,” that we’ve added to your PTS account to get started with Steel Reign no matter your existing characters’ quest progress. (More on premade characters below.)

New Vendor: Minerva

A Blue Ridge Caravan Merchant, named “Minerva,” just arrived in Appalachia, and she’s ready to trade a selection of coveted item plans in exchange for your Gold Bullion.
  • The items that Minerva has available will rotate regularly, so be sure to check in with her whenever she’s in town! Her wares include Gold Bullion Plans that are normally only available from other Gold Bullion Vendors, or by completing Daily Ops.
    • Minerva is no slouch when it comes to making sales! She wants your business, and she’s offering discounts on Gold Bullion plans so that you’ll buy directly from her.
  • When Minerva arrives, she will set up shop at one of three settlements: Fort Atlas, Foundation, or The Crater.
  • Minerva’s visits will last for a few days at a time, but she will return to Appalachia each week to strike up new deals with any Dwellers who wander by her camp.
    • Please Note: Starting on May 17 in the PTS, Minerva will visit from Monday – Wednesday each week for three weeks.
    • During the week of June 7, she will appear from Thursday, June 10 – Monday, June 14, with a different inventory a special sale. The following week, she will not appear.
    • During the week of June 21, Minerva will resume her Monday – Wednesday visits, and the above cycle will repeat.
Alongside Minerva’s arrival, we’ve also removed the need to unlock Gold Bullion and Gold Bullion Vendors by completing the Wastelanders quest, “Secrets Revealed.”
  • All players can now see and purchase Gold Bullion items and plans from the following Gold Bullion Vendors’ inventories: Samuel in Foundation, Mortimer in The Crater, and Regs in Vault 79.
    • Players must still complete “Secrets Revealed” in order to purchase Gold Bullion using Caps from Smiley at The Wayward.
    • Additionally, Gold Bullion Vendor items that have Faction Reputation requirements have not been changed.

Legendary Crafting

With this update, we’re implementing the Legendary Crafting system, which you can use to turn normal items into legendary items, re-roll your existing legendary items’ attributes, and even upgrade or downgrade their star-ratings. Once you’ve tried Legendary Crafting in the PTS, please feel free to share your thoughts on the system with us by visiting this thread in the PTS Forums.
  • Using a new crafting component, called Legendary Cores, along with a few Legendary Modules, you can now craft “Legendary Upgrades” for your items.
    • Visit Weapon and Armor Workbenches, and then open the Modify menu to get started with Legendary Crafting.
    • You can earn Legendary Cores as rewards by completing Seasonal Events, Public Events, and Daily Ops.
    • As always, Legendary Modules are available from Purveyor Murmrgh in exchange for some Legendary Scrips.
  • You can craft 1-, 2-, and 3-star Legendary Upgrades for your gear, and the materials required to craft them increase based on the Legendary Upgrade tier you choose.
    • Applying a Legendary Upgrade to a normal item will turn it into a legendary version of that item, with 1, 2, or 3 randomly assigned legendary attributes, depending on the tier of Legendary Upgrade you applied.
    • Applying a Legendary Upgrade to an existing Legendary Item can increase or decrease the number of legendary attributes that item has, again depending on the tier of Legendary Upgrade you apply. Here are examples of each option:
      • Upgrade: Modding a 1-star item with a 3-star Legendary Upgrade will turn it into a 3-star version of that item with 3 random attributes.
      • Downgrade: Modding a 3-star item with a 2-star Legendary Upgrade will result in a 2-star version of that item with 2 random attributes.
      • Re-roll: Modding a 3-star item with a 3-star Legendary Upgrade replace all 3 of the existing item’s attributes and apply 3 news ones at random.

Legendary Power Armor

In addition to weapons and normal armor, Legendary Crafting can also be used to create pieces of Legendary Power Armor.
  • Like weapons and armor, Legendary Power Armor pieces can also be upgraded, downgraded, and rerolled.
  • Visit any Power Armor Station and modify your favorite set of Power Armor to apply some Legendary Upgrades.
  • The vast majority of Legendary attributes that are available to normal armor can also be applied to Power Armor, with the following exceptions:
    • 1-Star
      • Auto-Revive: Chance to revive using a Stimpak
    • 3-Star
      • Acrobat’s: Reduced fall damage
      • Improved Sneaking: Harder to detect while sneaking
      • Diver’s: Grants underwater breathing
 

Legendary Attribute Balance Changes

Alongside the arrival of Legendary Crafting, we’ve also revisited our lineup of Legendary Attributes to add some new ones, and give a tune-up to a few that already existed. Give some of the new and updated legendary attributes a test run using your existing items, or by making them using the Legendary Crafting system. Then, share your thoughts with us by visiting this thread in the PTS Forums.

New Legendary Weapon Attributes

  • 1-Star
    • Aristocrat’s: Damage increases as Caps increase. Maximum of +50% damage at 29,000 Caps.
    • Juggernaut’s: Damage increases as Health increases. Maximum of +25% damage at 95% health or above.
    • Heavyweight: This attribute is still a work in progress, and it is currently non-functional. Look for it in the next PTS update!
    • Gourmand’s: Damage increases as you fill your hunger and thirst meters. Maximum of +24% damage.
  • 2-Star
    • Last Shot: The final round in a magazine has a 25% chance to deal twice as much damage.
      • Single shot weapons, like Black Powder Rifles, cannot spawn with Last Shot.
    • Steady: +25% damage while standing still
    • Inertial: Replenish 15 Action Points with each kill.
  • 3-Star
    • Ghost’s: Attacks that hit enemies each have a 10% chance to generate a Stealth Field.

New Legendary Armor and Power Armor Attributes

  • 1-Star
    • Aristocrat’s: Energy and Damage Resistances increase as Caps increase. Maximum of +20 for each resistance at 29,000 Caps.
      • Power Armor: Maximum of +35 for each resistance at 29,000 Caps.
    • Heavyweight: This attribute is still a work in progress, and it is currently non-functional. Look for it in the next PTS update!
      • Power Armor: Maximum of +35 for each resistance at 350 pounds.
    • Overeater’s: Increases Damage Reduction up to +6% as you fill your hunger and thirst meters.
  • 2-Star
    • Glutton’s: Hunger and Thirst grow 10% slower. This effect stacks up to a maximum of +50%.
    • Fireproof: +25 Fire Resistance
    • Warming: +25 Cryo Resistance
    • Hardy: Receive 10% less damage from explosions
  • 3-Star
    • Doctor’s: Stimpaks, RadAway, and Rad-X are 5% more effective.
    • Burning: 5% chance to deal 100 Fire damage to melee attackers
    • Electrified: 5% chance to deal 100 Energy damage to melee attackers
    • Frozen: 5% chance to deal 100 Cryo damage to melee attackers
    • Toxic: 5% chance to deal 100 Poison damage to melee attackers
    • Dissipating: Slowly regenerate Radiation damage when out of combat.

Legendary Weapon Attribute Changes

  • 1-Star
    • Assassin’s: Increased damage vs. Humans from +10% to +50%.
    • Berserker’s: Removed the damage debuff when Damage Resistance is 80 or higher. The damage buff when Damage Resistance is between 1 and 60 has been slightly reduced.
    • Exterminator’s: Increased damage vs. Mirelurks and Bugs from +30% to +50%.
    • Ghoul Slayer’s: Increased damage vs. Ghouls from +30% to +50%.
    • Hunter’s: Increased damage vs. Animals from +30% to +50%.
    • Mutant’s: Updated functionality. Damage now increases by +5% per Mutation that affects the character, up to a maximum of +25%.
    • Mutant Slayer’s: Increased damage vs. Super Mutants from +30% to +50%.
    • Nocturnal: Removed daytime debuff. Nighttime damage buff has been increased.
    • Suppressor’s: Damage reduction applied to the target has been buffed from 20% for 3 seconds to 25% for 5 seconds.
    • Troubleshooter’s: Increased damage vs. Robots from +30% to +50%.
    • Zealot’s: Increased damage vs. Scorched from +30% to +50%.
  • 2-Star
    • Basher’s: Increased bashing damage from +40% to +50%.
    • Hitman’s: Increased damage while aiming from +10% to +25%.
    • Enhanced VATS: Increased the VATS hit chance from +33% to +50%.

Legendary Armor Attribute Changes

  • 1-Star
    • Assassin’s: Now reduces damage taken from all humans by -15%.
    • Nocturnal: Removed daytime debuff. Damage and Energy Resistances now increase by +10% per piece of Nocturnal armor during nighttime.
 

Meat Week

During this iteration of the PTS, we’re activating the “Meat Week” Seasonal Event. Gather Prime Meat from beasts at Primal Cuts events around Appalachia. Then, head to Grahm’s Meat-Cook near Vault 76 every hour to turn in Prime Meat for Legendary Scrips, and help Grahm throw his sizzlin’ summertime shindig. If the party is a success, you’ll also earn some rewards! If you have any feedback you’d like to share for Primal Cuts, Grahm’s Meat-Cook, the new rewards (listed below), or if you find any bugs during the Meat Week event, please let us know by posting here in the forums.

New Rewards

Feel free to take some of the new rewards that we’re adding to Meat Week and Steel Reign for a test drive while you’re playing in the PTS. Please Note: Rewards like the Cryogenic Bed and Hellcat Power Armor are still in progress, and do not have final art just yet.

Steel Reign Questline Rewards 

  • Face Breaker – Legendary Power Fist
  • Hellcat Power Armor
  • Mercenary Outfit
  • Brotherhood Civvies Outfit
  • Cryogenic Bed

Meat Week Rewards

  • Plan: Grocery Cart Grill
  • Plastic Fruit Wreath
  • Plastic Fruit Bowl
  • Decoy Duck Set
 

Premade Characters in Your PTS Account

For those of you who have joined us in the Test Server previously, we’ve added a few premade characters to your PTS account, named “Quests” and “Rewards.” Please Note: Adding multiple characters to all PTS players’ accounts is a process that can take some time to complete. If you don’t have all three characters mentioned below in your Character Menu when the PTS begins, they should appear within the next day or two.
  • Quests Characters: These characters are set to the very start of Steel Reign so that you can begin the new Brotherhood questline right away.
    • We’ve added two versions of the Quests character to your account in case you’d like to run through the questline more than once, or if you encounter any progression blockers.
  • Rewards Character: This character has access to all of the upcoming Steel Reign and Meat Week rewards so that you can check them out and share feedback on them, if you’d like.
    • Additionally, we’ve loaded it up with Gold Bullion so that you buy items from Minerva, as well as Legendary Modules and Cores so that you can dig into Legendary Crafting.
  • As always, we’ve made copies of your existing characters from the live version of the game so that you can experience the Steel Reign questline and playtest new features using the characters you’re used to.
  • If you’re new to the PTS, or if your account does not initially have the premade characters available, please let us know in the forums and we will add it for you.

    Thank you very much for your participation in the PTS, we’re looking forward to hearing what you think!   Source

FALLOUT 76: INSIDE THE VAULT – PUBLIC TEST SERVER AND NEW UPDATE INCOMING (Re-Print from Bethesda)

Welcome back to Inside the Vault! Read on to learn more about our current timing to reopen the Public Test Server for Steel Reign Update playtesting, information about a smaller update that we’re planning to release this month, and the details for Double S.C.O.R.E. this weekend.

THE PUBLIC TEST SERVER REOPENS SOON

76 Banner BoS ATLASLogo 750x300 In a previous article, we shared an overview of what’s headed your way in our next iteration of the Public Test Server (PTS), and we’re aiming to begin playtesting as soon as May 14. If anything comes up that will prevent us from starting that day, then we will instead reopen the PTS early next week. This PTS will include the entire Steel Reign questline, during which you’ll experience the conclusion of the Brotherhood of Steel story that began with Steel Dawn. Additionally, the Legendary Crafting system, legendary attribute rebalancing work, the Meat Week Seasonal Event, and more will be available for you to try out. We’re also planning to add pre-made characters to players’ accounts in the PTS so that they can immediately tackle the Steel Reign questline and take new rewards for a test drive. From the new questline, to new features, and everything in between, we’re looking for your feedback. We hope that those of you on PC who own Fallout 76 through Bethesda.net will join us in the PTS as soon as it is available. Keep an eye on the official Fallout 76 forums, and follow @Fallout on Twitter, to catch the precise moment that you can head into the Public Test Server.

INCOMING GAME UPDATE THIS MONTH

76 Banner PipBoy 750x300 If you’ve been keeping an eye on our most recent Community Calendar, then you’ve probably been eyeing the Steel Reign Update, which we currently have slated for release in July. However, we’re also planning to roll out another patch near the end of this month, on May 25. This will be a smaller update than some of our previous releases, and it will include some prep work for Steel Reign, apply fixes for several community-reported bugs, and bring some new items to the Atomic Shop. As always, we’ll post reminders in-game and on social media the day before our planned maintenance, and we’ll share update notes on Fallout.com as soon as downtime begins.

GET DOUBLE S.C.O.R.E. THIS WEEKEND

76 Banner Season4 Scoreboard 750x300 The showdown between Commissioner Chaos and Armor Ace is heating up, and today we’re kicking off a new Double S.C.O.R.E. weekend as the Power Patrol go toe-to-toe with the Yukon Five. For the next few days, each of your Daily Challenges will offer twice the usual S.C.O.R.E., so that you can give your Scoreboard position a boost and claim rank-up rewards more quickly. Check out the start and end times for Double S.C.O.R.E. below, and be sure to complete as many Daily Challenges as you can this weekend.
DOUBLE S.C.O.R.E. DETAILS
  • Event Start: 12:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, May 13
  • Event End: 12:00 p.m. ET on Monday, May 17
Don’t forget to keep an eye on the Community Calendar on Fallout.com’s Seasons page, so that you can participate in community activities like Around Appalachia and C.A.M.P. Creations, as well as all of our upcoming weekend events into July.   Source