How to Scrap Junk in Fallout 4

The Commonwealth might be full of junk, but everything has its use.


Let’s face it, there is a lot of junk throughout Fallout 4’s Commonwealth. Knowing what to do with that junk is the difference between having a well-built base, and a shabby little shack that’s susceptible to Raiders and the other ilk of the wasteland. This guide will teach you everything you need to know about putting your junk to use, include how to scrap it.

First off, the idea of “scrapping your junk” plays out a bit differently than one might suspect. There are actually a few different types of junk that you can use or scrap.

Scrapping Junk in Your Settlements

The first type of junk we’ll cover is the rusted cars, metal, trees, and other assorted useless things that take up space in your settlements. You can easily get rid of most of this (though you can only get rid of certain buildings) by opening up the build menu via the Workshop or View button, and then by pressing R (or the applicable console button) to scrap it. You’ll be given a short list of the items you receive from it, and the items will go directly into your Workshop’s inventory.

Scrapping “junk” Weapons and Armor

The second type of junk you can scrap is weapons and armor that you can’t use. To scrap weapons and armor you’ll need to visit the applicable crafting station, and locate the items you want to scrap in the list. You can then press the SCRAP button (which will be outlined on the bottom of your screen), and your character will scrap those armor and weapons.

Scrapping Useless Junk

The final type of junk you can scrap is that found within your inventory via the JUNK tab of your Pip-Boy. This includes items like toasters, Nuka Cola bottles, beer bottles, coolant caps, and all the other useless trash that you currently have overflowing out of your pockets. If you’re anything like me (and 75% of the other Fallout players out there) you hoard things like you wouldn’t imagine. Sure, you might not have a use for that carton of cigarettes, but hey, you might need it one day – right? Anyways, this is the junk that can really hold you up. Not only does it take up precious inventory space, but it can also halt progress on your base-building if you aren’t careful.

To get rid of this kind of junk you’re going to need to head back to one of your settlements. Find your nearest Workshop. Now press R (or whatever button your console uses to transfer items), and choose the STORE ALL JUNK option. Presto. You have successfully cleansed yourself of all your junk, and scrapped every useless item you have. Now when you go to build the next expansion to your base you can simply launch the build menu, and start throwing down walls as the Workshop will automatically put your junk to use.

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