Fighting a monster warrior in Fallout New Vegas
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Fallout: New Vegas — Best Perks for Each Level

Having a hard time deciding which perks to equip? Here's our list of the best perks for each level in Fallout: New Vegas.

The level cap in Fallout: New Vegas is set by default at level 30. You can unlock and equip new perks every two levels. In my guide, I’ll list all the best perks for each level in Fallout: New Vegas that will manage to squeeze the maximum efficiency out of any build.

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Top 14 Best Perks for Each Level in Fallout: New Vegas

There are 85 perks in total in the vanilla version of Fallout: New Vegas. Since you can start unlocking and equipping perks beginning from level 2, you’ll end up taking your last possible perk at level 28. The final level 30 has no perks available for unlocking or equipping, as that’s practically the end of the game.

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LevelsPerksRequirementsEffects
Level 2Intense TrainingRanks 10You can put a single point into any of your SPECIAL attributes.
Level 4EducatedIntelligence 4
Ranks 1
You gain two more skill points every time you advance in level.
Level 6ToughnessEndurance 5
Ranks 2
You gain +3 Damage Threshold permanently.
Level 8Super Slam!Strength 6
Melee Weapons 45
Ranks 1
All melee and unarmed attacks have 15%-30% chance of knocking your target down.
Level 10FinesseRanks 1You gain +5% Critical Chance.
Level 12SniperPerception 6
Agility 6
Ranks 1
25% more likely to hit the target’s head in V.A.T.S.
Level 14PurifierRanks 1You do 50% extra damage with melee and unarmed weapons.
Level 16Better CriticalsPerception 6
Luck 6
Ranks 1
You do 50% extra damage with critical hits.
Level 18Concentrated FireEnergy Weapons 60
Guns 60
Ranks 1
You gain +5% accuracy in V.A.T.S. with every subsequent attack on a given body part queued.
Level 20Grim Reaper’s SprintRanks 1
A kill in V.A.T.S. restores 20 AP immediately.
Level 22Laser CommanderEnergy Weapons 90
Ranks 1
You do 15% extra damage and have a 10% extra chance to critically hit with any laser weapon.
Level 24SlayerAgility 7
Unarmed 90
Ranks 1
The speed of all your melee and unarmed attacks is increased by 30%.
Level 26Nerves of SteelAgility 7
Ranks 1
20% faster AP regeneration.
Level 28Rad AbsorptionEndurance 7
Ranks 1
Gain -1 Rad every 20 seconds.

That’s it for my list of the best perks for each level in Fallout: New Vegas. Stay tuned for more FNV tips and tricks articles, including a guide on the Best Starting Stats.


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