Halloween Comes To ‘Fallout’

Bethesda has just announced the first official Halloween event in Fallout 76. Dubbed “Mischief Night,” the developer calls the new seasonal event “a week of explosive fun” involving “tricks, treats, and a little costumed mayhem.”

The festivities will begin on October 29 at 12 p.m. EDT and run through noon on November 5. An eyebot called JES-2R (“Jester”) can be found at the Whitespring Resort; look for something called the “Mischief Pyre.” It sounds like the public event centers on players causing explosions, defacing Whitespring property, and running from the community’s mechanized security forces.

Successfully completing the event with enough destruction in their wake will reward players with an experience gain (“XP”) and a loot drop suited to the occasion—“costumes, jack-o’-lanterns, and more.” According to Bethesda, wearing a Halloween-appropriate costume or mask can also double your progress. Players can participate in the Mischief Night public event every hour on the hour. Trick or treat, indeed.

The Halloween season carries some dark connotations in Fallout lore. The Great War that saw the United States, China, and the Soviet Union launch nuclear weapons at one another took place on October 23, 2077, in the course of a single day.

In post-atomic Appalachia, there’s even a location on the map called, simply, “Pumpkin House.” Out front, the two-story home is decked out with a sea of grinning jack-o’-lanterns, and inside you can find the greatest treasure in all the wasteland: a recipe for pumpkin pie.

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