Bethesda is finally purging duplicate items from Fallout 76.
Ever since launch, Fallout 76 has been plagued by an item duplication bug, which let players find ways to clone all the best stuff in the game and distribute infinite copies to their friends. While Bethesda squashed the first item duplication bug, players found a way around it, and one of the game’s recent patches brought some of the infamous bugs back into prominence. Now, though, Bethesda is doing a full purge.
This morning, Fallout 76 went offline for maintenance. During this downtime, Bethesda hunted through the game “to remove items that have been created through duplication exploits from player inventories and stashes.”
“These item removals are part of our ongoing efforts to address exploit abuse and make positive changes for the overall in-game economy,” a Bethesda community manager wrote on the game’s forums. “These removals are highly-targeted at a specific list of items. Players who have used an exploit to dupe items, or acquired duped items from other players, may find those items removed from their accounts once maintenance is complete.”
Over 400 weapon and armor items were identified as “common duplication targets” by Bethesda. Any players with more than one of these items had the extra copies removed from their accounts, with the exception of Power Armor (which Bethesda may remove in a second wave of item-purging). Players found to have an unusually high amount of duped items also had their accounts inspected for excess Nuka-Cola—a common duping target because bottles give you free caps, the in-game currency—and may have lost a bit of virtual money as a result.
Ultimately, though, Bethesda found that duped items existed on fewer than 1 percent of all Fallout 76 accounts. Most players jumping back in to the game today should find their accounts unaffected by the purge. While the forced item removal may not get rid of every duplication bug in the game, it may serve as a warning for those who seek to exploit the game’s market, especially with promises of more item purges in the future.