Unlike previous entries in the Fallout series, or even other Bethesda games like The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, waiting in Fallout 4 works a bit differently than usual. It used to be the simplest thing ever in these games, but the developers complicated the whole mechanic for some reason.
The process is now much more involved, and I think it’s way more tedious than it has to be. Sometimes you don’t have to innovate on things that work fine, to begin with. It’s kind of like how the Power Armor system has been unnecessarily changed with the addition of Fusion Cores in both this entry and Fallout 76.
So with this ‘How To Wait In Fallout 4’ guide, we’ll show you exactly how to skip time in the game.
How To Wait In Fallout 4?
In both Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas, waiting was simply a matter of pressing the assigned key, selecting the amount of time you wanted to skip, and sitting back as the hours flew by. It was simple and effective, and it instantly allowed you to recover your health and injures if you were playing on regular difficulty.
Waiting in Fallout 4 requires the player to search for the relevant furniture, which happens to either be a bench, chair or couch. Once comfortably seated, the button prompt comes up on the screen, and you can then use it to wait for however long you want.
But when exploring the wasteland away from any settlements like Spectacle Island, searching for these becomes a treasure hunt. It all depends on how much time you want to waste or how lucky you are.
You also do not recover any health by sitting. You have to find a bed or any similar resting place like a sleeping bag or a tent for this. Interacting with them automatically brings up the wait menu, allowing you to choose how long you’d like to rest. Sleeping for a minimum of an hour is enough to restore your health and heal all damaged limbs.
This has been eXputer’s How To Wait In Fallout 4 guide. While you’re here, why not also check out our Fallout 4 Companion Perks Guide.