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Fallout 4 Max Level Cap and How to Respect Your SPECIAL Points

It’s been almost a decade since the release of Fallout 4, but thanks to the recent success of Prime Video’s Fallout series, people have flocked back to the older games that inspired the television series.

2015’s Fallout 4 is considered one of the better games in the franchise, and it’s actually the one that first got me into Fallout. If this is your first time playing, you may have a few questions.

Fallout is an action role-playing game. As such, you’ll find yourself leveling up as you complete missions around The Commonwealth. Leveling up increases your stats and gives you points to spend on your character’s skills and perks, called “SPECIAL” in the game.

SPECIAL is an acronym that represents the seven stats for your character: Strength, Perception, Stamina, Charisma, Intelligence, Dexterity, and Luck. These perks can be upgraded to improve your character’s overall efficiency and unlock additional skills within that skill tree.

If this is your first time playing Fallout or you’ve never played a role-playing game before, looking at the SPECIAL tree can be a little intimidating. There are many options to choose from and you may not know what best suits your playing style.

Let’s say you divide your points all into one branch of a skill tree early on, only to find out later that you actually prefer a different style. What can you do?

Unfortunately, there is no way to honor your character in Fallout 4 and return your SPECIAL Points. In other words, once you spend them, they are locked. While there are mods that allow you to remap your perks and skill points, it’s only available on PC; such a mod does not exist on consoles.

The only way to unlock a desired skill or ability once you spend your points is to level up and earn some more.

Luckily, there is no level cap in Fallout 4, so technically you can unlock every skill and perk in the game. However, since there are over 270 SPECIALS and perks in total, you’ll have to play quite a bit to reach the maximum effective level cap.

So the good news is that if you’ve already spent your skill points and discovered another perk you want to unlock, you just need to gain some experience and level up a bit.

It’s also worth noting that if you play on Steam, the maximum player level you can reach is 65,535. According to the game’s Steam forums, any XP you earn after reaching level 65,545 will crash your game. I don’t know how this theory has been tested or how long they’ve been in play, but I really don’t think you have anything to worry about.