Official mod tools for Fallout 4 haven't arrived yet, but that hasn't stopped creative modders from reshaping Bethesda's latest RPG. Here are the best mods we've seen so far, and we'll be updating these pages as more mods arrive.
First, a few words of warning. Some of the utilities used to create these mods, like FO4edit and FalloutSnip, have been linked to corrupted saved games and crashes. Mods can also become disabled when the game receives official patches. In other other words, be very careful modding Fallout 4, and read all of the instructions on the mod pages carefully before installing.
Let's start with some settling and crafting mods, then move on to visual tweaks, gameplay enhancements, and finally tools and utilities. For more, check out our list of Fallout 4 console commands as well.
Decorating your settlement can be irksome, and even after carefully placing loot items on shelves or tables they can and probably will be knocked over later by some clumsy settler or companion (or you). This mod not only makes placement of items easier (loot items are now movable just like static objects when using the workshop menu), but lets you lock them in place so they can't be toppled. Perfect.
Robot Home Defence
You can already craft turrets, guns, and generators, so why not build your own robots? With this mod and a few ranks in your Robotic Expert perk, now you can. Craft Protectrons, Securitrons, Assaultrons, and more to defend your settlements. They don't count toward your population cap, so you can build as many as you like, and you can even take them along on your adventures.
Even when you've scrapped every piece of junk in your settlement, it still pretty much looks like a dump, right? That's because there's all sorts of things you can't remove: mounds of dirt, piles of rubble, and weeds poking through concrete. Spring Cleaning makes all those eyesores removable, letting you really tidy up your town.
Any Mod Any Weapon
If you want to take wasteland warfare to a whole new level, this mod will let you build the weapon of your fever dreams. It allows you to put any weapon attachment on any weapon, so you can electrify a triple-barreled minigun, splice a Fat Man onto an alien laser pistol, or build just about any Frankenstein-esque weapon you can imagine. The video above by Tyrannicon shows you just a few of the possibilities.
Higher Settlement Budget
The size of your Fallout 4 settlements is pretty severely restricted: they can only get so big and use so many objects. That stinks, though, if you're building a big 'ol base and suddenly have to stop. The Higher Settlement Budget mod fixes this, though keep in mind adding more object may lessen performance or even crash your game.
You can build a lot at your workstations, everything from weapon mods to medical items to grenades. Why not ammo? This mod lets you craft every single type of ammo in the game at your chemistry stations: shotgun shells, flares, mini nukes, flamer fuel, fusion cells... you name it, you can craft it (unless you're naming made-up ammo that doesn't exist, like moon-piercing tomato bullets). You'll still need higher level Gun Nut, Science, and Demolition perks to be able to craft the really powerful stuff.
Settlement Supplies Expanded
This mod was recently reworked (it originally used FalloutSnip) to lessen the chances of save corruption or crashes. It adds a ton of new items for inclusion in your settlements, like cars and military vehicles, furniture and decorations, and all sorts of other things that probably should have been available to builders in the first place.
In the same vein, the Homemaker mod gives you more options for your settlements. It includes two new plantable crops, more walls and fences, 30 new types of lights, and new containers like ammo boxes and lockers. You can even use meat bags, if you like storing your extra supplies in bags of meat. Some do.
The hell with road leathers, why can't I strap pieces of armor on over my nice natty suit? In addition to being able to wear any outfit under your armor, you can also wear hats and helmets with gasmasks, you can add ballistic weaves to hats, and even craft new outfits altogether. This mod was created with FO4Edit.
Working Food Planters
There's a settlement in Fallout 4 where you'll find robots tending to a garden. Unlike the other settlements, their crops aren't scattered on the ground but are organized nearly in planters. This mod lets you build planters in all of your other settlements, too. Your reaction to this is either "Uh, who cares?" or "Oh my gosh I absolutely, totally need this."
Place in Red
If you've been building settlements, you've no doubt been gnashing your teeth from time to time when pieces don't quite fit together. "Why don't junk fences snap together like walls?" you've howled into the uncaring sky. This should help! It lets you fudge the edges of things together, and instead of the red warning glow you'll be allowed to actually place them there. Note: this is not exactly a mod, but a file for Cheat Engine, which you'd need to download to get it to work.
Continue to the next page for some visual tweaks!