Atoms, Challenges, and Atomic Shop guide - Fallout 76

Learn how to earn Atoms fast, what Challenges should be completed, and what to spend those Atoms on in the Atomic Shop!

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Much like other games out there, Fallout 76 includes its own sort of currency that is used to purchase cosmetic items in-game, this currency is known as Atoms. Though Atoms can be purchased using real-world money, they can also be earned by completing various challenges. Thankfully, the items that are purchased by Atoms are only cosmetic, so there’s no concern about Fallout 76 being a pay-to-win experience.

What are Atoms

In Fallout 76, Atoms is a currency used in the Atomic Store to purchase various cosmetic items. These items include paint jobs for Power Armor, leather jackets and dresses, and decorations for your base. Atoms are awarded upon completing challenges in Fallout 76, such as scrapping junk and crafting weapons, though they can also be purchased in bundles through the Atomic Store.

What to spend Atoms on

Atoms are used entirely outside of the West Virginia wasteland, specifically, in the Atomic Shop accessed via the menu. This shop exists to offer players a way to further customize their characters and bases by purchasing purely cosmetic items.

Because there are no items that make the character more powerful, it is entirely up to personal preference what players should purchase. There are paint jobs for Power Armor, emotes for communicating, decorations for the bases, and even some nice clothes to make you feel a bit more fancy while trekking across the North American wasteland.

How to earn Atoms

Players who do not want to spend money buying bundles of Atoms can earn all the Atoms they’ll ever need by simply playing Fallout 76. In the pause menu, players can select the Challenge tab to find all the challenges in the game.

Challenges award anywhere between 10 and 80 Atoms depending on the difficulty and the time it takes to complete. For instance, acquiring 22 different diseases is going to take a long time, so it’s worth more than picking a single lock. Speaking of picking locks, lockpicking and leveling it up works a bit differently in Fallout 76 compared to the other games in the series.

Challenges are also divided into different sections: Daily, Weekly, Character, Survival, Combat, Social, and World. The Daily and Weekly challenges, as the names suggest, rotate every day and every week, so there are always Atoms to be earned. The rest of the challenges are available to be completed at any time, and simply require a lot of work and dedication.

A good way to earn a lot of Atoms quickly is to simply do as much as possible in Fallout 76. Try not to limit yourself to a single gun, as a few challenges require using various weapons to kill enemies. Attempt to pick as many locks and hack as many terminals as possible, and always uncover locations while traveling. The challenges that take the longest to complete should be a low priority, as the effort it will take to complete them won’t be worth the Atoms.

All Challenges and Atom Rewards

The following lists all available challenges and the Atoms they reward. Use this to plan out a good way to earn more Atoms in Fallout 76, especially if you’re looking to pick up something special in the Atomic Store. The daily and weekly challenges have been omitted, but they can be found by opening the map and pressing the appropriate button to bring up the menu, and then selecting “Challenges”.

Though Atoms will likely be a lot of player's main focus, Perk Card packs can also be earned by completing challenges. After level 10, it appears as if a Perk Card pack is awarded for every five levels. Check out the level up and SPECIAL perk card guide for more information on Fallout 76's leveling system.

Challenge Type Objective Reward
Character
Reach Level 4! 1 Card Pack
Reach Level 6! 1 Card Pack
Reach Level 8! 1 Card Pack
Reach Level 10! 1 Card Pack
Reach Level 15! 1 Card Pack
Reach Level 20! 1 Card Pack
Reach Level 25! 1 Card Pack
Collect a Bobblehead, Holotape, or Magazine 10 Atoms
Equip a Perk Card 10 Atoms
Explore Appalachia for an Hour 10 Atoms
Explore Appalachia for 24 Hours 20 Atoms
Explore Appalachia for 76 Hours 20 Atoms
Fully rank up Perk Cards (S.P.E.C.I.A.L.) 40 Atoms
Survival
Coolect wood 10 Atoms
Collect wood (76 total) 20 Atoms
Cook a meal 10 Atoms
Boil water 10 Atoms
Collect Purified Water (76 total) 40 Atoms
Harvest wild plants and fungi 10 Atoms
Learn a recipe or plan 10 Atoms
Learn cooking recipes (76 total) 80 Atoms
Acquire a disease 20 Atoms
Acquire different kinds of diseases (22 different diseases) 80 Atoms
Brew teas and drinks (76 total) 20 Atoms
Deploy a CAMP to settle Appalachia 10 Atoms
Deploy CAMPS to settle Appalachia (76 total) 40 Atoms
Harvest different herbs (12 different items) 40 Atoms
Harvest fruits, berries, and vegetables (11 different items) 40 Atoms
Harvest fungi, plants, and nuked flora (10 different items) 40 Atoms
Scrap junk to produce resources 10 Atoms
Scrap junk to produce resources (76 total) 20 Atoms
Scrap junk to produce resources (760 total) 20 Atoms
Scrap junk to produce resources (7,600 total) 40 Atoms
Combat
Craft grenades (76) 20 Atoms
Craft or scrap armor (76) 20 Atoms
Craft or scrap energy weapons (76) 40 Atoms
Craft or scrap melee weapons (76) 20 Atoms
Craft or scrap pistols (76) 40 Atoms
Craft or scrap rifles (76) 40 Atoms
Destroy robots (101) 20 Atoms
Kill animals (76) 40 Atoms
Kill aquatic or semiaquatic creatures (76) 40 Atoms
Kill Arthropods (76) 40 Atoms
Kill Critters (76) 40 Atoms
Kill Cryptids (76) 40 Atoms
Kill different kinds of animals (5) 40 Atoms
Kill different kinds of aquatic or semi-aquatic creatures (7) 40 Atoms
Kill different kinds of arthropods (8) 40 Atoms
Kill different kinds of critters (10) 40 Atoms
Kill different kinds of cryptids (8) 40 Atoms
Kill different kinds of human-like creatures (6) 40 Atoms
Kill different kinds of insects and bugs (7) 40 Atoms
Kill different kinds of robots (6) 40 Atoms
Kill glowing creatures (76) 40 Atoms
Kill insecets and bugs (76) 40 Atoms
Kill Scorched with crossbows (76) 80 Atoms
Kill Scorched with a melee weapon (79) 20 Atoms
Kill Scorched with a pistol (76) 40 Atoms
Kill Scorched with a shotgun (76) 40 Atoms
Kill Scorched with an energy weapon (76) 40 Atoms
Kill Wanted players (76) 40 Atoms
Launch a Nuke! 80 Atoms
Learn armor plans (76) 80 Atoms
Learn weapon plans (76) 80 Atoms
Mod weapons (76) 20 Atoms
Mod a piece of armor  10 Atoms
Repair armor (76) 20 Atoms
Repair weapons (76) 20 Atoms
Scrap clothes (76) 20 Atoms
Craft a piece of armor  10 Atoms
Craft or scrap ranged weapons (76) 20 Atoms
Craft or scrap a melee weapon 10 Atoms
Craft or scrap a ranged weapon 10 Atoms
Craft some ammo 10 Atoms
Destroy robots (10) 10 Atoms
Destroy a robot 10 Atoms
Fully rank up a Perk Card 20 Atoms
Kill different kinds of creatures (10) 40 Atoms
Kill human-like creatures (76) 40 Atoms
Kill Scorched (76) 20 Atoms
Kill Scorched with a ranged weapon (76) 20 Atoms
Kill Scorched with a rifle (76) 40 Atoms
Kill a creature  10 Atoms
Kill a Wanted player 20 Atoms
Kill an enemy 10 Atoms
Learn a weapon or armor plan 10 Atoms
Mod a weapon 10 Atoms
Repair a piece of armor or a weapon 10 Atoms
Social
Build a decorative furnishings in Workshops and CAMPs (76) 20 Atoms
Build functional objects in Workshops and CAMPs (76) 20 Atoms
Build structures in Workshops and CAMPs (760) 40 Atoms
Claim different Workshops (20) 80 Atoms
Complete Events while in a group (76) 20 Atoms
Learn Workshop plans (76) 80 Atoms
Take a photo in Appalachia 10 Atoms
Build a furnishing in a workshop or CAMP 10 Atoms
Build structures in Workshops and CAMPs (76) 20 Atoms
Claim a Workshop 10 Atoms
Complete an Event while in a group 10 Atoms
Join a group 10 Atoms
Make a Friend 10 Atoms
Revive and Ally 20 Atoms
World
Collect Holotape games (8 different) 40 Atoms
Collect an issue from different magazines (11) 40 Atoms
Complete quests and events in Ash Heap (76) 40 Atoms
Complete quests and events in the Cranberry Bog (76) 40 Atoms
Complete quests and events in the Forest (76) 40 Atoms
Complete quests and events in the Savage Divide (76) 40 Atoms
Complete quests and events in the Toxic Valley (76) 40 Atoms
Discover locales within the Ash Heap (5) 40 Atoms
Discover locales within the Cranberry Bog (5) 40 Atoms
Discover locales within the Forest (5) 40 Atoms
Discover localations within the Savage Divide (5) 40 Atoms
Discover localions within the Toxic Valley (5) 40 Atoms
Discover the Mire Region 20 Atoms
Find the "Tales from the West Virginia Hills" holotapes (10) 40 Atoms
Find the Overseeer's Logs (17) 80 Atoms
Find the Overseer's personal journal holotapes (6) 40 Atoms
Find the Survivor Stories holotapes (10) 20 Atoms
Hack terminals (4) 20 Atoms
Pick locks (50) 40 Atoms
Use different kinds of Bobbleheads (20) 40 Atoms
Discover the Ash Heap region 20 Atoms
Discover the Cranberry Bog region 20 Atoms
Discover the Overseer's CAMP 10 Atoms
Discover the Savage Divide 20 Atoms
Discover the Toxic Valley region 20 Atoms
Emergy from Vault 76 10 Atoms
Hack termainsl (2) 10 Atoms
Pick a lock 10 Atoms
Pick locks (5) 20 Atoms
Pick locks (10) 20 Atoms
Pick locks (25) 20 Atoms

Though Atoms aren’t a major mechanic in Fallout 76, earning a lot of them can be a good goal for players who are interested in the Atomic Shop offerings. Even though Atoms can be purchased using real-world money, players shouldn’t be concerned about pay-to-win, as all the items in the Atomic Shop are cosmetic. If you’re looking to earn as many Atoms as possible, plan out your approach and focus on some of the easier challenges first, while also expanding your arsenal of weapons and exploring all locations. Check out the Shacknews Fallout 76 guide and walkthrough for more post-apocalyptic survival tips!

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