While people have launched nukes previously in the beta, a crew of people fired one at one of the game’s fissures yesterday, particularly hard areas that are already home to tough monsters called scorchers. YouTuber Nickaroo93, via The Verge, shared a video of the ensuing fight, which looks like something straight out of Reign of Fire.

As someone who continues to get their ass kicked by mole people, I can’t imagine trying to take on three high-level Scorchbeasts at once. In another video, Nickaroo93 showed how he and his friends used the NukaCrypt to drop the bombs on the very first day the game was out.


When Bethesda originally showed off the game’s nuke system, people were afraid it would be a way for players to target one another’s camps and lead to all sorts of trolling. As the publisher later clarified, nukes aren’t supposed to be player vs. player weapons as much as tools for facilitating MMO-like raids. While it’s true that the any low level players caught in the nuked area will quickly get toasted unless they have strong armor, these events are supposed to have a cooperative focus, with players from around the map banding together to take down mobs of hyper-powered enemies in exchange for better gear and resources.

Of course, just because some players have already started dropping bombs doesn’t mean it’ll become a nuclear free-for-all in the immediate future. Collecting launch code fragments and keycards is still an arduous and dangerous process, and getting access to the silos, which are themselves heavily defended, requires having completed the Enclave quest line. It also remains to be seen whether Bethesda has plans to change out the keyword cipher method and introduce other puzzles for unlocking nukes in the future, or whether tools like NukaCrypt will be Fallout 76’s version of Destiny’s public event finders.


In either case, it should be good motivation for current players to always keep a hazmat suit on hand.