Fallout: Dust Wikia
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Fallout: Dust Wikia

Three in a row

Fallout: DUST introduces various changes to the level progression and experience point (XP) gaining opportunities of Fallout: New Vegas, which are described in this article.

Level Cap[]

Fallout New Vegas defaults to a level cap of 30. Of the six available add-ons, four raise the level cap by 5 to a total of 50 levels: Dead Money, Honest Hearts, Old World Blues and Lonesome Road. Gun Runners' Arsenal and The Couriers Stash do not raise the level cap.

Since DUST does not change the level cap, and after v.165 requires all four level-raising add-ons and the Gun Runner's Arsenal to be installed, DUST's level cap is 50.

XP[]

DUST, lacking quests and their associated XP gains, doubles the vanilla XP bonus of some XP relevant actions, namely discovering map markers (20 XP) and terminal hacking and picking locks (up to 120 XP).

XP rewards for killing creatures and other NPCs are untouched. Also, XP for a kill steal is only rewarded, if the player dealt at least 40% of the total damage to an opponent killed by NPCs or other means.

Leveling Up[]

DUST raises the number of XP required for leveling up considerably by doubling the amount compared to vanilla New Vegas. Vanilla reaches level 50 at 186200 XP, DUST at 372400 XP.

This is in part mitigated by the fact, that DUST allows picking a Regular perk at every level gained, instead of only every other level like in vanilla.

As per Bethesda's G.E.C.K. wiki, the generic formula for calculating the required XP for a specific level is:

Quoted from the G.E.C.K. wiki:

"Experience needed for level n = (n - 1) * ((n - 2) / 2 * iXPBumpBase + iXPBase)"

Vanilla uses iXPBase 150 and iXPBumpBase 200, DUST sets iXPBase to 300 and iXPBumpBase to 400.

The table following compares the required number of XP for leveling up in Fallout: New Vegas ("FNV") and DUST ("DUST").

Level FNV DUST
1 0 0
2 200 400
3 550 1100
4 1050 2100
5 1700 3400
6 2500 5000
7 3450 6900
8 4550 9100
9 5800 11600
10 7200 14400
11 8750 17500
12 10450 20900
13 12300 24600
14 14300 28600
15 16450 32900
16 18750 37500
17 21200 42400
18 23800 47600
19 26550 53100
20 29450 58900
21 32500 65000
22 35700 71400
23 39050 78100
24 42550 85100
25 46200 92400
26 50000 100000
27 53950 107900
28 58050 116100
29 62300 124600
30 66700 133400
31 71250 142500
32 75950 151900
33 80800 161600
34 85800 171600
35 90950 181900
36 96250 192500
37 101700 203400
38 107300 214600
39 113050 226100
40 118950 237900
41 125000 250000
42 131200 262400
43 137550 275100
44 144050 288100
45 150700 301400
46 157500 315000
47 164450 328900
48 171550 343100
49 178800 357600
50 186200 372400
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