Becoming a Ghoul Will Change How You Play Fallout 76

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Recently, Bethesda Game Studios revealed that Fallout 76 are set to have an entirely new world of play opened up in 2025, with the team finally adding Ghouls as a playable ‘race’. Up until now, Fallout players have been able to make human characters only, but per an update coming at the start of 2025, they’ll finally be able to assume control of a Ghoul, a once-human character mutated by radiation.

The thing is, it’s going to completely alter how you play Fallout 76.


Embrace the Rads

Traditionally, Fallout players will do everything possible to either avoid radiation damage or to mitigate its effects as far as possible. To that end, they’ll don suits of power armour, consume radiation-blocking ‘chems’, or simply steer clear of nasty, irradiated points of interest. However, Ghouls thrive on radiation, so that immediately opens up a new avenue of play for gamers.

In Fallout, Ghouls are healed by radiation – so avoiding irradiated patches of land won’t be a thing anymore. It was recently revealed that ‘dozens’ of Ghoul-specific perk cards are being added to Fallout 76, which means that character builds are set to change dramatically. In a recent interview with IGN, Bethesda Game Studios confirmed that playing Fallout 76 as a Ghoul goes ‘beyond’ being a simple ‘cosmetic experience’.

Since the Fallout TV show was released on April 9, the hype around the franchise has been at an all-time high. Millions of players found their way into the ecosystem, records were broken, and the concept of the Ghoul was popularised greatly by Walton Goggins’ character in the live-action adaptation. It’s the perfect time to soak up the rads in Fallout 76 and become a twisted version of your former self.

It has been promised by Bethesda that the ‘Ghoul update’ will drop in 2025 – we just don’t know exactly when or in what capacity.


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