Fallout 4: How To Unlock The Ballistic Weave Mod

Bulletproof Outfits.

A skill like the Ballistic Weave mod fills an interesting role in this game since it allows players to forgo using armor, in favor of simple clothing items whose stats have been buffed up. This means that if you want to dress stylishly while also not being beholden to some dreary-looking pieces of gear for safety, then you can do just that.

Key Highlights

Fallout 4’s Power Armor is strong but requires constant energy to operate.

  • When out of energy, players can use the Ballistic Weave Mod on regular clothing for protection.
  • To access Ballistic Weave Mods, complete the “Road to Freedom” questline to unlock the NPC Tinker Tom.
  • Ballistic Weave is available in five levels:
    • Level I: 30 Damage & Energy Resistance
    • Level II: 45 Damage & Energy Resistance
    • Level III: 65 Damage & Energy Resistance
    • Level IV: 90 Damage & Energy Resistance
    • Level V: 110 Damage & Energy Resistance
  • Crafting these mods requires Fiber Glass, Adhesives, and Ballistic Fiber, which are relatively easy to find.
  • The amount of required materials increases with higher levels of Ballistic Weave.

The Ballistic Weave Mode 

This mod’s appeal is also pushed along further because Power Armor in this game works differently than in other entries in the franchise. While previously, these hulking suits of armor were treated as simple yet powerful end-game gear, they are now walking tanks that require a constant power source. No wonder then that players would want alternatives that work just as well.

So this is where the Ballistic Weave comes into play, and this guide will show you exactly what you have to do in order to use this mod.

Ballistic Weave Guide

Fallout 4 Ballistic Weave
Ballistic Weave.

Essentially, this mod Improves the Damage and Energy Resistance of clothing items so that they can serve as proper pieces of armor themselves. As you put more and more points into the Armorer Perk, Ballistic Weave’s effectiveness goes up with it.

You can see the stats provided by each level of the perk below:

  • Ballistic Weave:                   30 Damage Resistance and 30 Energy Resistance.
  • Ballistic weave Mk II:          45 Damage Resistance and 45 Energy Resistance.
  • Ballistic weave Mk III:         65 Damage Resistance and 65 Energy Resistance.
  • Ballistic weave Mk IV:         90 Damage Resistance and 90 Energy Resistance.
  • Ballistic weave Mk V:          110 Damage Resistance and 110 Energy Resistance.

How To Unlock The Ballistic Weave Mod?

Fallout 4 Ballistic Weave
Tinker Tom.

To acquire the Ballistic Weave mod, players will have to approach the Railroad faction and do a number of quests for them. This requires that they first complete the lengthy ‘Road to Freedom’ quest and actually encounter the Old North Church group in the North End district of Boston.

Next, they will have to dive a bit into the Railroad questline and complete some main and side quests. These include the quests ‘Tradecraft,’ ‘Boston After Dark,’ and ‘Mercer Safehouse.’ Completing all of these can take a while, so hold firm.

After you’ve reached this point and your reputation with the Railroad has gone up a bit, the NPC P.A.M. will begin to offer up a bunch of smaller Jackpot missions. These are some of Fallout 4’s randomly generated radiant quests, which can be entirely infinitely.

When you complete at least two of these, the Railroad’s courier will direct you to the NPC know as Tinker Tom. Talking to him at this point will unlock the Ballistic Weave mod, as well as a limited number of armored items from his shop.

Crafting Ingredients

Fallout 4 Ballistic Weave
Crafting Ingredients.

In order to use the Ballistic Weave mod, players will require three core components. These are Adhesive, Ballistic Fiber, and Fiberglass and each of them can be acquired from junk items found out in the wasteland.

We have a complete guide on how to farm Adhesive, but long story short, you have to collect many Duct Tape and Wonderglue. You can find these items in tool chests, toolboxes, and storage shelves scattered around in countless buildings throughout the game.

With at least one level invested in the Scrapper perk, players can dismantle Military Ammo Bags and Military Grade Duct Tape into Ballistic Fiber.

You can also buy shipments of it from the following merchants:

  • Assaultron KL-E-0 in Goodneighbor.
  • Quartermaster Teagan on the Prydwen.
  • Lucas Miller the traveling merchant.
  • Alexis Combes in Vault 81.

Similarly, with a level in the Scrapper perk, Fiberglass can be acquired by breaking down items like Aluminum Canisters, Cigar Boxes, Abraxo Cleaners, Telephones, and Rat Poison. You can alternatively buy shipments of it from the following merchants:

  • Deb in Bunker Hill.
  • Lucas Miller the traveling merchant.

Once you have sufficient components, you should easily craft the mod at any armor workbench in the game.

This has been our Ballistic Weave guide. With this knowledge, you should now be able to craft some of the best-armored clothing in the entire wasteland.

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