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Fallout 76 Power Armor glitch turns players into naked monsters

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Fallout 76 Power Armor naked monster glitch Bethesda Game Studios/Bethesda Softworks via Michael Scorn/Twitter

Not only are Bethesda games notorious for being glitchy, the company warned fans that players could expect “spectacular” bugs in Fallout 76. Most players will probably encounter some low-level jank, but some unlucky vault dwellers are encountering a specific hiccup that either ruins or enhances one of Fallout’s central gameplay mechanics, depending on how you look at it.

Players are reporting that using souped-up Power Armor — equipping or storing it — will sometimes result in a bizarre issue where the character’s limbs will elongate and disfigure. Many fans say that when the glitch is active, they are completely immobile. Others are stripped entirely of their clothes, save for high-waisted underwear:

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Another version of this glitch morphs characters’ bodies in strange ways, but they’re able to keep their clothes. Judging from posts on social media, it seems that this Power Armor glitch has been around since the beta.

The issues go beyond turning players into monsters, though. Players say that Power Armor glitches out in a variety of ways, often making the gear difficult or impossible to use.

While I haven’t seen any of these problems firsthand, I can confirm that Fallout 76’s aberrations have a penchant for stripping your character naked. At one point, I found a doppelgänger of my character who was standing in front of a doorway. I couldn’t interact with “myself,” and the character didn’t move at all. I couldn’t shoot it. It was just there, completely lifeless but nude.

Players are theorizing that the game clones you when it’s having network issues, and these models appear in-game stripped down:

We’ve reached out to Bethesda about potential incoming fixes for the more serious versions of this bug, but in the meantime, if you find a Power Armor suit, don’t be surprised if it ends up causing you some headaches — or laughter.

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