Carl's Fallout 4 Guide
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Fallout 4: Action Points

AP Regeneration, VATS, Sprinting, and Boosting AP.

This guide is a companion piece to what I wrote on The Vault Assisted Targeting System (VATS). Here, we'll focus on Action Points (AP) and how regeneration, sprinting, and other things work. I'll also attempt to list the chems, foods, and other factors that contribute to AP along with Agility. If you're doing a VATS-heavy build, this information can help you plan your character.

How Action Points Work

Action Boy increases Action Point Regeneration in Fallout 4Action Points Basics
Every character starts with 60 AP +10 per Agility, so a character with 8 Agility has 140 Action Points. AP are used three ways in Fallout 4

How AP Regeneration Works
Action Points are regenerated at a rate of 6% per second (taking 16.66 seconds to from 0 to full) when outside combat, but halved during combat (so 3% per second). This means the larger your pool of Action Points, the more AP your character will regenerate per second. So if you invest heavily in Agility and take perks like Action Boy or Action Girl your investment will be rewarded with rapid regeneration of AP and being able to use VATS very frequently. This is especially improved when you have Luck-based Perks like Grim Reaper's Sprint, which restores AP 35% of the time when you make a kill.

The Powered legendary mod which states it 'increases AP refresh speed' modifies the base amount by an additional 5% per second, so can double AP regeneration. In testing it took roughly 8 seconds to fill the bar instead of 16. Since combat halves AP regen, the powered mod will negate that penalty. The Commando Chest piece sold by Teagan aboard the Prydwen has this modification, and it can be found randomly on other gear. That same NPC sells a commando helmet that reduces VATS AP costs by 10%, so it's a potent combination.

Characters who sprint do not use a percentage of AP, but rather a set cost per second based upon Endurance. So high Endurance/high Agility means being able to run very far. I did a test with 1k AP to determine it was not percent based.

Boosting Action Points with Armor Mods

the Armorer Perk will help you add AP with Ultra-light buildWhile some weapons with legendary mods may do things like reduce AP cost (Righteous Authority) or recover them on critical hit (Relentless/Kellogg's Pistol), you won't gain action points through a weapon. The main means of boosting AP are found on armor. Your character has 6 slots of clothing that can be worn. Clothing that goes beneath armor, and 6-7 slots of armor depending if your helmet is one piece or glasses and a hat.

While many items are sold that have Agility bonuses, most of them are just named versions of legendary armor you may find randomly. Commando Armor is one noteworthy 'set'. It features a helmet and it's easily accessible, bought from the Brotherhood of Steel after you've advanced the story enough to make it to their base. This increases AP refresh speed (chest) and reduces AP cost by 10% in VATS (helmet). To get a full set that boosts Agility AND AP, you'll need to find pieces over time and get lucky with Legendary Affixes. Other items of interest are:

If you get lucky and find armor that raises agility or AP through a legendary effect, know that you can additionally put a Misc mod on all non-power armor called Light/Ultra-Light build. Light build increases AP by 2 on legs/arms and 5 on chest, while Ultra-light does 5 on limb armor and 10 on chest. You can get up to +30 AP from having these modifications on all equipment, but it does require the Armorer Perk and you will sacrifice other things like deep pocketed. To make up for this, you may want the Strong Back perk which increases carry weight by +25.

Power Armor

The pain train perk in fallout 4Power armor features many modifications, not many of which involve Action Points. You can get more having regular gear given the +50 you could have from Military Fatigues + Ultra-light on 5 pieces. This is in addition to any +Agility effects you receive from legendary mods, though you may find similar on Power Armor. The Head can be modified via Armorer and Science to provide reduced AP cost in VATS, while power armor torsos can increase AP refresh speed.

Of note, the Torso may also be upgraded to convert damage into Action Points. Right arms can be upgraded to reduce the AP cost of power attacks in unarmed melee. Lastly, painting all Power Armor parts with Hot Rod Paint will give a boost to Agility, as well - you can get that in the same location as the Unarmed Bobblehead.

Buffing Action Points with Food and Drugs

The chemist perk will let you make new types of drugsThe following is a comprehensive list of all items that either restore AP or boost your maximum Action Points. It is here mainly for your reference to save you looking through things, as not many of these are possible to gather in large numbers. Save these for tough fights and carry a few AP recovery items on you for tough times if you're playing on high difficulty. You can also see my guide to Chems in Fallout 4 for info on acquring some of these.

Restoring AP
Mirelurk Egg Omeletterestores 50 AP per each consumed
Ice Cold Alcohols+35AP (many varieties)
Nuka Cherry+25AP, +50HP per each consumed
Nuka Cherry (Cold)+35 AP, +75HP per each consumed
Nuka Cola+10 AP, +20HP per each consumed
Nuka Cola (Cold)+20 AP, +45HP per each consumed
Nuka Quantum+100 AP, +400HP per each consumed
Nuka Quantum (Cold)+125AP, +650HP per each consumed
Increasing Max AP
Buffjet+35AP for 25 seconds
Calmex+3 Agility, 2x Sneak Attack multiplier, +3 Perception for 8 minutes
Cooked Softshell Meat +15 AP for 1 hour
Deathclaw Steak+1 Agility (+10 Action Points) for 1 hour
Jet FuelFaster AP Regen, +35 AP for 8 minutes, also slows time
Mole Rat Chunks+5 AP for 15 minutes
PsychoJet+35 Max AP, Faster AP regen for 8 minutes
Roasted Mirelurk Meat+10 Ap for 30 minutes
Rum+1 Agility
Slocum's Buzzbites+25 AP for 1 hour (Can get addicted. Uses Mirelurk Egg, recipe at Slocum's Joe Corp. HQ in a safe)
Ultra Jet+100 AP 5 seconds, slows time as well.
Wine+15AP for 3 hours
X-Cell+2 All Stats. Only here for completion's sake, they are very rare leveled loot and probably never sold.

Closing Thoughts on AP
I've tried to list everything that affects AP, but may have missed some. Share your advice for others below. Certain weapon mods are worth mentioning, but I plan a full guide to each weapon one day. For now, know that having a sharpshooter's grip provides a small reduction in AP cost, scopes raise AP cost, and having a sight is better than no sight in terms of AP only. Shorter stocks on rifles lower AP cost at the reduction of accuracy (particularly manual sniping). To learn more, see my Vats Guide, which covers AP costs in general.

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I must commend your guide on AP and AP regeneration rate, cause although i am in my third decade I got totally lost on Wikkia explanation of AP stuff (and I played first Fallout when it was still isometric :P
I didnt looked other guides you made yet but if I had need for them I know where to look.
30th July 2016 2:36am
Thanks for the compliment. I try to explain things from a different angle and give what you need to know, while the wiki is better when you want every little detail on something. That's how I see it anyway.
30th July 2016 11:49pm
Your effort is appreciated, but your writing and formatting is borderline incoherent.
3rd September 2016 6:38pm
You were right. I just heavily edited this page to improve some major grammar errors. I did not edit enough when I initially published, and there's probably more out there. I haven't got a lot of feedback on that because this site has been slow to gain readers, so I do appreciate it and took it to heart.
4th September 2016 5:32am
Ive looked around and havent found what im looking for in AP refresh rate... not that its dire, just that its not explained when given a vague description. What im looking for is a percentage, I suppose, on legendary armor that has "increase action point refresh speed". theres nothing in game that can show you a change (if minimal, say 5%, youd never see anything in the actual gauge filling up) Is there an actual number to this bonus? Thanks
17th September 2016 5:56pm
I'm glad you asked this, I should've included it. So no one in the future thinks you were lazy to ask, I looked into AP regen in general and will add this info to the page now in case people skip the comments.

AP regen takes 16.66 seconds no matter how much you have, this comes out to 6% per second. With 200 AP a character would regenerate about 12 per second.

In testing, the Powered legendary mod which says it increases action point refresh speed added 5% to this, meaning it nearly doubled AP regen. I tested this at various AP levels and recorded video of the bar moving to make sure I was not losing my mind. It is extremely powerful and hugely desirable for a vats-heavy character. I would've thought it'd raise it maybe 20-25%, but no. It's way better.
17th September 2016 9:27pm
You forgot Jet Fuel which is 10 ap/s, power attacks, reloading in VATS and jet packs.
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