Fallout 4 Legendary Effects: The Most Powerful Weapon Effects

Fallout 4 boasts a ton of legendary effects that change the way you play the game. Today, we'll be discuss the most power weapon effects in the game that you should use right now!

Fallout 4 Legendary Effects
Some of the most powerful Legendary Effects in the Game

Bethesda’s gigantic RPG game franchise, Fallout, gives us a massive open world to toy with different weapons and interesting perks. Fallout 4 is the fifth major installment in this franchise, bringing more mutants and hostile people to fight. One aspect that’s also great about it is the Fallout 4 Legendary Effects, that completely transform your gameplay.

The freedom of exploration and exciting combat in the game presents several opportunities for a survivor to wreak havoc. However, the weapon’s legendary status effects play a large role in it; here’s how.

Key Takeaways

  • The legendary effects in Fallout 4 are extra features that can be added to weapons and armor that can change how characters can be built and used in battle. All of Fallout 4’s powerful legendary weapon statuses are covered under 8 effects.
  • The explosive mod is incredibly potent when combined with weapons with low base damage and a rapid rate of fire. Also, this status effect works especially with an object that fires numerous projectiles.
  • To utilize Vats Enhanced, one of the game’s underappreciated weapon effects, is with melee weapons. It reduces the AP required by 40% for VATS and works with the renowned melee bat known as the Rockville Slugger.
  • After each hit, the furious legendary status effect raises a weapon’s damage by 15%.
  • Your adversaries suffer bleeding damage as a result of the Wounding effect. Due to the lack of bleed resistance on foes and the fact that the bleed effect accumulates, this state is particularly strong.
  • A Staggering state causes all of your opponents to tremble helplessly. Whereas non-automatic weapons have a 30% stagger chance, automatic guns have a 5% stagger chance.
  • You can deal twice as much damage to an enemy by instigating at full HP. To benefit from this rank, attack enemies and swiftly eliminate them.
  •  Almost every ranged weapon can benefit significantly from Two Shot.
  • The Rapid legendary status effect is less potent with other weapons.

What are Legendary Effects In Fallout 4?

In Fallout 4, the legendary weapon effects are special modifications used in basic weapons with special prefix modifiers. These effects give you additional benefits on top of just regular DPS from your gun. They are powerful enough to turn the tide of combat in seconds. Sounds interesting right?

So, let’s check out some of the most powerful legendary weapon effects in the game. 

The Best Fallout 4 Legendary Effects


Fallout 4 Legendary Effects

Alright, let’s begin with a banger (no pun intended!). The explosive mod is tremendously powerful when it pairs with weapons that have low base damage and a high rate of fire. This status effect also goes amazingly with something that shoots multiple projectiles.  

The status in itself causes 15 points of explosive damage against targets. However, if paired with demolition expert perk and explosive bobblehead, the damage goes all the way up to 32.2 points. This amplified damage coupled with the area-of-effect damage makes for one devastating combo.

Use your mini-guns or shotguns with a heavy gunner perk, and you’ll be easily shredding through your enemies.

Vats Enhanced

Fallout 4 Legendary Effects
Vats Enhanced

This legendary effect is one of the most underrated weapon effects in the game. It works differently for both ranged and melee weapons. For ranged weapons, it will reduce the AP used by 25% and grant a 33% increased hit chance. Which goes well even with using pistols like “The Deliverer” as you’ll be able to land more accurate shots.

However, the best use of this legendary status is with melee weapons. It decreases the AP usage for VATS by 40% and you can use it on the legendary melee bat, the Rockville Slugger. This lets you teleport around the map hitting foes in the face which is as amazing as it sounds. 


Fallout 4 Legendary Effects
Furious Power Fist

The more you hit, the harder your punches will land. This statement stands true for the furious legendary status effect which increases a weapon’s damage by 15% after every hit. 

This status works best with weapons with increased fire rate or faster attack speed since you stack up consecutive hit damages. The damage bonus can be stacked up to 10 times which is more than enough to take down the meanest of foes. 

The Furious Powerfist is a melee weapon in the game with this legendary status effect that is great for melee builds. The damage bonus will reset if the target isn’t hit for 10 seconds or if you hit another target by chance.


This legendary status effect in Fallout 4 causes your enemies to take bleed damage. This is an especially great status because there isn’t any bleed resistance on enemies and bleed effect stacks. 

This status is especially pronounced with automatic weapons like assault rifles or mini-guns. Bleed damage is often considered to be inferior to other types of damages but it has a secret to it.

Since enemies in this game are hard to kill due to their resistances rather than their health pool. Bleed surpasses all the resistances in the game letting you stack bleed and put out a consistent DPS on the enemies. 

So next time if you end up asking an enemy if they bleed, the answer is yes- yes they will!


Fallout 4 Legendary Effects

The staggering status makes all your enemies quiver helplessly as you continue to damage them. This applies to enemies ranging from minions to tougher baddies in the game.

Staggering works best with any weapon with a high fire rate such as a Ripper, Flamer or any shotgun. This becomes even more effective when paired with other effects such as commando or known effects of Sniper. 

Automatic weapons have a 5% chance to stagger while non-automatic ones have a 30% stagger chance. Melee weapons have the highest stagger chance among all weapons with a whopping 50% (best used with the Harvester).


Fallout 4 Legendary Effects

The rapid legendary status effect gives a decent fire rate boost to your auto and semi-auto weapons. Although it isn’t as strong with other weapons compared to other statuses in this list, it’s quite strong when used with a Gatling laser. 

When Rapid is used with Gatling lasers that have the charging barrel attachment, you shoot even faster. Not just fast RPM, but charging barrel attachment quadruples the Gatling laser base damage, which makes its variants like The Final Judgement even deadlier.

Two Shot

Fallout 4 Legendary Effects
Two Shot

As the name implies, two shots weapon effect first an additional projectile while still registering as a single bullet fired.

As far as damage goes for both projectiles, the game adds base damage to its modded damage and then splits it. So if a base rifle does 37 damage and a modded one does 64, then the total damage per shot will be 101.

So basically, you are getting two shots for the price of one. This works great with basically any ranged weapon.


Fallout 4 Legendary Effects

This is a rather situational legendary status effect but should go well with stealth builds. Instigating lets you do double damage to an enemy at full health. The buff won’t proc if the enemy has lost even the tiniest bit of health.

The best way to take advantage of this status is to catch enemies off guard and quickly dispatch them. 

Final Thoughts

The above list covers all the power legendary weapon statuses Fallout 4 has to offer. There are other statuses to use in the game, but they are primarily situational compared to the ones above. Using these statuses right can instantly turn your underpowered build into a killing machine, so conquer the wastelands survivor.

Update: The Fallout 4 Legendary Effects guide has now been updated with additional information!

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