Fallout 76 has been out for a few months now, and after a rather inauspicious start, Bethesda continues to plug away at making the game into the online Fallout RPG fans want to see. The latest patch is out now as of April 23, and its official name is the Fallout 76 Wild Appalachia Update 8.5 patch. We’ve got the full Fallout 76 patch notes below for this April 23 update, as well as all the details on the significant contents. There’s a new in-game camera, Repair Kits, balance adjustments, and a lot of bug fixes. Let’s take a look.
Fallout 76 Wild Appalachia Update 8.5 Patch Size
The April 23 update for Fallout 76 to bring the Wild Appalachia season up to date will be approximately 2 GB in size on consoles, and 1 GB on PCs via the Bethesda.net launcher. The alternative names for the Wild Appalachia 8.5 update are version 188.8.131.52 on PC, 184.108.40.206 on PS4, and 220.127.116.11 on Xbox One. Of course, it’d be easier if there was just one simple name for all platforms we could remember, without having to spell “Appalachia,” but that’s the way things are…
Fallout 76 Wild Appalachia Update 8.5 Details
ProSnap Deluxe Camera
It sounds stupid, but the biggest part of the update is actually a cute little camera called the ProSnap Deluxe. While there is a Photo Mode in Fallout 76, it doesn’t pause the game and it can be a little fiddly to use in the heat of battle, or when an angry wasp or DeathClaw is chasing you. The ProSnap Deluxe, on the other hand, can be equipped and used in the field, quickly and cleanly. All photos taken will go into the player’s Photo Gallery, the same place where Photo Mode pictures go, and so ProSnap pictures can be used on loading screens too. Once you’ve got hold of it, as you aim, the camera will identify local landmarks and creatures.
It’s actually catagorized as a weapon, and is used the same way: you use the “Aim” button to focus the lens and view what the camera’s seeing, and the “Fire” button to take a picture. We don’t believe you can take selfies however, so you’ll have to use the regular Photo Mode to do that. To get a camera, you’ll first have to find the remains of one on a dead tourist in the wasteland. This will start a new questline called “Bucket List,” which tasks players with finishing the tourist’s photo collection, which will probably take a while. The update adds other camera-related challenges to Fallout 76 too.
You don’t have to worry about the quest, however, if you don’t want to do it and just want the camera. Once you’ve picked up the broken camera you can take it to any Tinker’s Workbench and craft a new ProSnap Deluxe, as well as Film to use with it as “ammo” (remember cameras having film?). All in all, a neat addition.
Repair Kits and Controversy
The update also adds a new consumable utility item called Repair Kits, and these have not been without controversy. There are two types being added to Fallout 76, in the form of Basic Repair Kits and Improved Repair Kits. Basic Repair Kits can restore one single item in your Stash or inventory to 100% condition, and do not consume any crafting items to do so. You simply use it on a piece of equipment, and it gets repaired. To do so, just go to the item you want repaired on your Pip-Boy, select the Inspect/Repair option that’s now available, and choose Repair Kit. Provided you have some (the amount you have on you will be listed alongside this option) the item will be repaired.
Improved Repair Kits work in much the same way, except that they also buff the equipment at the same time. The controversy comes from Basic Repair Kits being available in the Atomic Shop for real money. Players feel it gives anyone who buys repair kits an unfair advantage, since they can buy as many as they want and keep their best weapons and armor in perfect condition at all times. Bethesda calls the kits merely a “convenient option,” but the team admits that if it is found that Repair Kits give players an unfair advantage, that advantage will be removed.
Fallout 76 Patch Notes for Wild Appalachia Update 8.5
New Feature – ProSnap Deluxe Camera
- The ProSnap Deluxe is a functional in-game camera you can use to fill your Photomode Gallery with snapshots of your adventures.
- The ProSnap Deluxe can be equipped and favorited like a weapon.
- Use the “Aim” button to look through the Camera’s lens, and then press the “Attack” button to snap a photo.
- You can use a Tinker’s Workbench to build a ProSnap Deluxe and apply mods, like lenses.
- The Camera uses Film to take photos, and you can use the Tinker’s Workbench to craft additional Film.
- When you take aim with the ProSnap Deluxe, it will also display the names of nearby locations and creatures it recognizes in the viewfinder.
- Learn to craft a ProSnap Deluxe Camera by finding a broken one on the corpse of a tourist who met their end in the Wasteland.
- Once you’ve acquired a Camera, you’ll begin the new “Bucket List” quest, which allows you to finish the tourist’s photography collection, if you so desire.
- Many new Camera-related Challenges have been added to Fallout 76 that you can complete using your ProSnap Deluxe.
New Consumable Utility Item – Repair Kits
Repair Kits are new, single-use consumable items that immediately restore the Condition of an item in your inventory. They come in two forms: Basic Repair Kits and Improved Repair Kits.
Basic Repair Kits
- Each Basic Repair Kit you own can be used to restore one item in your inventory or Stash to 100% Condition.
- Basic Repair Kits do not consume any of your crafting materials when repairing an item.
- Additionally, they cannot be crafted, dropped, sold to vendors, or traded with other players.
- After acquiring a Repair Kit, use it by opening your Pip-Boy, finding an item that you’d like to repair, selecting the “Inspect/Repair” option, and then choosing “Repair Kit”
- The number of Repair Kits you own will be displayed to you on the “Repair Kit” button in the “Inspect/Repair” menu.
- Basic Repair Kits are unlockable in the Atomic Shop using Atoms you’ve purchased or those you’ve earned by completing in-game challenges.
- Please note: If you purchase Basic Repair Kits by entering the Atomic Shop from the game’s Main Menu, they will be added to your most recently played Character’s inventory. Prior to purchasing Repair Kits, please ensure you’ve logged into a world with the character that you’d like to receive them.
Improved Repair Kits
- Each Improved Repair Kit you own can be used to buff one of the items in your inventory or Stash to 150% Condition.
- Like Basic Repair Kits, Improved Kits cannot be dropped, crafted, traded, or sold, and do not use any of your crafting materials when consumed.
- Improved Repair Kits are not available in the Atomic Shop. They are rare items you can earn by completing in-game content.
- They are currently dropped as loot by the Scorchbeast Queen and may be added as rewards for other types of in-game content in the future.
- If you own both Basic and Improved Kits, you will be prompted to select which type you’d like to use when repairing an item.
Design and Balance
- Junk: Aluminum Oil Cans now each grant 1 Aluminum when scrapped, rather than 1 Steel, and the can’s base value has been increased from 9 to 13 Caps.
- Junk: Aluminum Trays and Empty Cans now each grant 2 Aluminum when scrapped, rather than 2 Steel, and their base values have each been increased from 1 to 10 Caps.
- News Screen: Sound effects have been added and will play when interacting with the News Screen.
C.A.M.P., Crafting, and Workshops
- Blueprints: Attempting to add an object that was built on top of another object to a Blueprint, such as a chair on a foundation, no longer sometimes prevents the Blueprint from including those objects.
- Bulb Lettering: The letter “W” now correctly lights up when powered and activated.
- Wall Décor: The Nuke Mobile is now correctly located in the Wall Décor build menu rather than Lights.
- General: A number of Challenges and Subchallenges have received updated descriptions to improve clarity.
- Rad Storm Challenges: Nuke zones now count toward Rad Storm-related Challenges, such as the “Kill a Glowing Creature in a Rad Storm” Daily Challenge.
- Apparel: All Fasnacht masks are now immune to Condition damage.
- Headwear: The Baaad News Billy mask is now correctly located in the Headwear crafting menu rather than Outfits.
- Mods: Found Mods can now be correctly applied to Power Armor and weapons.
- Weapons: The Salvaged Assaultron Head’s crafting requirements now correctly include the Science Expert Perk rather than the Gunsmith Perk.
Performance and Stability
- Loading: Fixed an issue that could cause players to encounter an infinite loading screen.
- Performance: Implemented an improvement to reduce hitching while running the game client.
- Stability: Fixed an issue that could cause the PC game client to crash after exiting to the desktop from the Main Menu.
- Stability: Addressed an issue that could cause the game client to crash when entering the Atom purchase screen from the Atomic Shop.
Quests and Events
- Encryptid: Individual Pylons during the Encryptid Event will only register one interaction at a time and only count as one of the three required Pylons.
- Photomode: Players who have unlocked the Looking to the Future Pose can once again select and use it in Photomode.
- Pip-Boy: Item stats now correctly remain visible when inspecting an item in the Pip-Boy.
- Power Armor: The Bone Raider Excavator paint preview image no longer incorrectly appears when inspecting unpainted Excavator Power Armor.
- Repair: Item stats now remain visible after entering and exiting the Inspect/Repair menu.
- Scoreboards: Survival Beta Scoreboard icons on the Map now correctly update to reflect new rankings after a player disconnects from a world.
- Scoreboards: The first score type listed on the Survival Beta Scoreboard now correctly matches the Top 3 for the week.
- Shop: Addressed an issue that could cause controls to become unresponsive upon returning to the Main Menu after exiting the Atom purchase screen.
- Social: The Friends List once again sorts friends based on their current status: Online, Online Different World, Main Menu, Offline, Ignored, and Blocked.
- Workshops: The Corvega Small Water Purifier variant is now correctly marked as a premium item in the Workshop build menu.