Gauss Pistol Sniper Build (full health)

A Fallout 76 Build by swiftbombay.


Author: swiftbombay
Votes: +2 (100% positiv)
Created: April 22, 2020 at 9:21 pm
Updated: April 22, 2020 at 9:47 pm
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This is a build for sneaking around and killing nasties one by one. You aren’t rushing around, you will want to take it slow, but what you lose in speed you make up for in ammo efficiency and never needing a single stimpak. You will likely not sue VATS much with the gauss pistol, but I highly suggest having a backup piece, like a 10mm for those rare occasions where a bunch of mobs find you and rush you.

FYI, this build is also set up so as to easily be swapped out with an Stealth Archer build. I’ll post that when they update this tool so as to include the new Perks.


While there is plenty of room for tweaking this, the following Perks, mutations and gear are what I believe to be essential to the build. And while this is for a full health character, it can easily be modified for bloodied.


Everything you see in Agility is pretty much mandatory. From my experience and that of others, chameleon effects don’t play well with Escape Artist, so you can swap that in and use a 2-point sneak. However, this build assumes the use of a Chinese Stealth Suit, hence Ironclad, Blocker, and no Escape Artist.

Crack Shot is essential as well, as is Concentrated Fire for those times you need to fall back on your 10mm. This weapon also seems to lose durability quickly, so I consider Gunsmith to be pretty damn important.

The pistol deals explosive/splash damage that evidently is increased by Demo Expert, so….


There is only one mutation that I deem essential, Bird Bones. Marsupial and Scaly Skin are universally useful, and Eagle Eyes would also help a lot but since this isn’t a VATS focused build it isn’t essential.


Of course, you want that gauss pistol, which can only be crafted with plans purchased from SPOILER. You’re on your own in finding out how to obtain if you don’t know already.

Anyway, essential mods are Hardened Receiver and Suppressed Barrel. Do not do like I did and see the word “suppress” and assume it’s like every other suppressed weapon and also buy the Aligned Barrel. 150 gold up in smoke. The drum mag is optional and I kinda wish I’d have saved my gold, but it is what it is.

When you craft it, if you have the Legendary Modules from the Purveyor you can craft a random Legendary version. I haven’t had great luck in that so far, as I’m holding out hope for an Instigating/Explosive.

For other gear, the sneakiest sneaking you can do is with the new Chinese Stealth Suit. Stupidly versatile, it can be used for run of the mill farming/grinding/questing and is wickedly effective in rad zones and the SBQ. The DR on it is tons better than a rad suit, but not that great, hence Ironclad and Blocker, but if you’re doing it right and not getting swarmed, nothing should be hitting you anyway.

April 22, 2020 at 9:21 pm

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