In Fallout 76, copper is an invaluable resource in the crafting of anything electrical or electronic. It is used in the crafting and upgrading of energy weapons. It is even used to make the wires that you need to connect generators to electrical items in CAMP.
Fortunately, while you will need quite a large volume of copper, it isn’t too difficult to find. You can buy bulk copper from vendors, you can mine it from deposits, and you can farm it at workshops. You can also collect junk items and scrap them down at work benches to gather a decent amount.
Fallout 76 Copper Junk
Copper is used to make a lot of electronic and electrical items. Fortunately, this also means that you can scrap it from similarly electronic items. Below is a list of the junk items that contain copper in Fallout 76:
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|Yellow Table Lamp||1|
Where To Farm Copper In Fallout 76
You can scavenge any of about 40 different junk items that each contain at least one moulded copper. The list above gives you an idea of the items to search for, and if you want a decent amount in a single run, there are a couple of locations worthy of your consideration.
Landview Lighthouse is close to Vault 76, so easy to find and easy to work through. Here, you will find a small house with a couple of lamps, and the lighthouse itself which contains 16 Lighthouse Souvenirs, each of which yields 2 copper. Head out of the lighthouse, and go north, and you will also find a deposit and three nodes that give you even more for your copper collection.
If you have access to the Hornwright Estate (you need a keycard from the Hornwright Summer Villa to get in) you can grab just over 20 copper by collecting broken and yellow lamps.
Use the tag for search feature to highlight items that contain copper. This will make it easier to spot the items that contain this scrap material.
Workshops provide an ongoing tap of some resources. Grafton Steel Yard, Billings Homestead, Charleston Landfill, and Wade Airport are some of the workshops that can be used to farm copper. Claim one of these workshops, place an excavator down, and head back every now and then to grab your resources. You should get approximately 25 resources per hour, per extractor, and while some workshops have room for a single copper extractor, others have room for three.
Be prepared for the fact that a claimed workshop will usually attract enemies based on the skill level of the area, and other players can come and try to claim the workshop from you. In short, be prepared for a bit of a battle.
Copper is also a naturally forming material that can be found out in the open. There’s one deposit early on in the game. At the bridge near the overseer CAMP, head north and you will find a deposit that you can mine. There’s another on the south shore of the lake in the northeast of Ash Heap. And, if you go scavenging lighthouse souvenirs from the Landview Lighthouse, there’s another deposit and a couple of veins just to the north of this spot too.
Note that mining copper grants you copper ore. This cannot be used in its pure form and you will need to smelt it into moulded copper at a Chemistry bench, using the ore (which must be in your personal inventory) and acid (which can be in your stash).
Once you’ve gathered enough copper, you can also head out to find other resources. We’ve written guides on a number of other materials and resources to help you along the way:
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