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New Fallout 76 patch creates more problems by breaking legendary armor

Thankfully, the problem doesn’t seem to happen every time

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Fallout 76’s latest patch, Update 16. has only been out for a day and some players have already found a major flaw. Reloading your weapon may cause Legendary armor to break after the patch is installed, although this problem doesn’t seem to happen every time.

In this YouTube video from user Jas Thompson you can see that the armor they have equipped starts with a defensive value of 519, and after they reload it drops down to 414.

But the problem is a little bit more complicated than it may appear. While one Reddit thread seems to suggest that the problem happens all the time, a comment from Reddit user Swan990 paints a slightly clearer picture. According to Swan990, the problem only happens occasionally, and doesn’t even break the affects or stats of all of the Legendary armor in the game, as the original thread claims.

Players haven’t figured out why the problem sometimes occurs, or what conditions trigger it. The only thing they know for sure is that sometimes when you reload, your armor breaks.

The timing on this new bug is extra unfortunate for Bethesda. The developer has a Fallout 76 in-game event slated for this weekend, one that will give players a second chance to explore the game’s Halloween content.

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