LEON – Invisible Knifeman Assassin – lethal when cornered

A Fallout 76 Build by Istaria.


Author: Istaria
Votes: +2 (100% positiv)
Created: June 19, 2019 at 5:59 pm
Updated: June 20, 2019 at 6:28 pm
Planner: ⚙ Open in Build Planner

” The closer you get to being a pro, the closer you can get to the client. The knife, for example, is the last thing you learn.” — Leon

Disclaimer: This is a high end build, is tricky to play, and requires end-game gear. I cannot say how effective it will be with low to mid range equipment.

Theme: Sneak through the enemies, locate the target, assassinate, disappear. If they spot you or corner you….unleash HELL.


  • Str: 33
  • Per: 19
  • End: 6
  • Cha: 16
  • Int: 18
  • Agi: 31
  • Luck: 20

1 – Gear

Weapon: Bloodied knife, PA damage is probably best, but swing speed is fine. Tertiary doesn’t matter, but str ups damage a tiny bit, and agi helps AP (defense).

Armor: 1 piece of chameleon armor. 4 pieces of Unyielding armor. Secondary should be AP refresh where possible, but str or agi also work. Tertiary is ideally cavalier (sentinel is not great here – you’re mobile). Debatable if armor should be light (for Sneak) or heavy (for DR and ER). The pieces are hard to get – use what you can trade for or find.

2 – Offense

It’s melee, so strength will add +5% damage per point. We have lots of strength:

  • 13 base after mutations
  • +3 from enclave shielded underarmor
  • +12 from unyielding
  • +5 from radicool

This gives us 33 base strength, or +165% damage. You can up this again with str mods on your weapon and armor, and with alcohol/chems. It’s not that hard to hit 50.

Added to this, we like to synergise a few other elements:

  • Bloodied – increased damage at low health
  • Adrenal reaction – increased damage at low health
  • Nerd Rage – 20% damage at low health
  • Adrenaline – for when you need a killing spree, stacking damage
  • Ninja – for that insta-kill Sneak attack

Offensive perks are standard – weapon skills (2 points each for 45%) and Incisor for armor penetration.

3 – Defense

You do no DPS dead, right? It’s all very well being a master of the shadows, but what happens when something sees you or you get mobbed?

That’s a total of 265 DR and 325 ER – naked. Once you’re armored, this should be higher than power armor.

The other DRs amount to approximately 86% versus all attacks, and 92% versus melee.

You don’t actually NEED to Sneak with this build, so you can remove all Sneak perks and just charge through like a madman if you want to. It wouldn’t be Leon though 😉

NB: Radiation goes through this like a knife through butter. I am talking ghouls. If you’re farming Whitespring, wear a Hazmat.

4 – Other

5 – Variants

Enjoy, and see you in the Wasteland!


EDIT 2019-06-20 – removed Iron Fist. Oops!

June 19, 2019 at 5:59 pm

19 +25 8B+30

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