Fallout 76 Resource and Crafting Materials Acquisitions Guide

A guide to acquiring the various resources and crafting materials you need for survival in Fallout 76

Resource Tag Feature

Much like Fallout 4, there is a Resource Tag Feature when you are crafting or modifying items on any workbench in Fallout 76. Press the tag for search button to get Resources to show up with a magnifying class in the world. This is very handy to know what junk to carry with you and what junk to ignore.


Workshops & Resource Generation

Workshops in Fallout 76 are a great place to get some of the crafting materials and resources you need. Specifically workshops that can produce junk are excellent to give you a wide variety of items. There are a few items that you can’t acquire via workshops but most can be! See this guide on the various workshops in Fallout 76 and what they produce.


Acid is needed in Fallout 76 for making Gunpowder, Fertilizer, and metal scraps using the Chemistry workbench.

  • Abraxo Cleaner
  • Bag of Fertilizer
  • Bloatfly Gland
  • Coolant
  • Makeshift Battery


Required for pretty much all mods and repairs in Fallout 76.

  • Duct Tape
  • Wonderglue
  • Vegetable Starch (made in the cooking station with 2x Corn, 2x Mutfruit, 2x Tato and 1x Purified Water)


Antiseptic is used for making healing items (i.e. Blood Packs)

  • Abraxo Cleaner
  • Blood Sacs
  • Turpentine


Asbestos is used in Fallout 76 for making chems and some armor/weapon mods.

  • Chalk
  • Cigarettes
  • Coffee pots
  • Rat poison


Aluminum is required for pretty much everything in Fallout 76

  • Aluminum cans
  • Alarm clocks
  • Coolant caps
  • Sensors
  • Aluminum Trays (i.e. Surgical Traps)
  • Toy rocketships

You can also find Aluminum veins in mountainous and stony areas. Setting up a CAMP near it allow you to deploy a Mineral Extractor for it (look under CAMP –> Resources). This Resource Exactor requires electricity to be powered so make sure you have a Generator linked to it.

Ballistic Fiber

Ballistic Fiber in Fallout 76 is required to repair all armor past level 20. Each piece of armor costs 3x Ballistic Fiber or more to repair, making it an essential resource.

  • Military Grade Duct Tape (2x fiber)
  • Military Ammo Bag (2x fiber)
  • Power Armor Chassis (each scrap only yield 1x fiber)

A good place to find these two items is in military installations. You have a couple of options.

If you are low levels and havn’t explored much yet, you can try Camp McClintock in the Forest area. It is a bit spread out so you will have to really look for those duct tapes and ammo bags.


For high levels, you can try the Fort Defiance found in the SE corner of the map if you have that area unlocked via Faction quest. The fort is divided into two sections, one is military side and the other is a regular hospital. You can only get access to the military side if you have finished or on the action quest in the area. 


Black Titanium

Black Titanium is used in Fallout 76 for crafting Excavator Power armor which you can find in Garrahan Mining Headquarters at Level 25 or above by doing a quest. 6 Black Titanium Fragments are required for every piece. You can find these by scrapping Mole Miner suits from Mole Miners in the Ash Heap region (i.e. try around the Welch area)


Additionally, you can go to Welch and buy the minining maps from the vending machine there. These deposits tend to yield a ton of Black Titanium along with other ore scraps.



Ceramic is used for certain CAMP items in Fallout 76 like Water Purifiers.

  • Cooking Pot
  • Cups
  • Mugs
  • Plates
  • Teapot
  • Vases


Copper is used in various CAMP structures in Fallout 76.

  • Beaker Stands
  • Cooking Pot
  • Lamps
  • Light Bulbs
  • Fuse
  • Hot Plates
  • Orange Canister
  • Sensor Module

You can also find Copper veins out in the world and set up CAMP near it and deploy resource extractors.  Here are some of the copper vein locations

North of Landview Lighthouse


East of Sutton Station


West of Widow’s Perch



Circuitry in Fallout 76 is used mostly for turrets and machinery in your CAMP.

  • Hot plates
  • Targeting cards
  • Circuit boards
  • Sensor Modules
  • Telephones


Cloth is used for some armor mods and in some CAMP structures in Fallout 76.

  • American Flags
  • Cigarettes
  • Jangles the Moon Monkey
  • Oven Mitts
  • Pillows
  • Pre-War Money
  • Teddy Bears


Concrete in Fallout 76 is used to build defensive walls and the Water Pump for your CAMP. It is found exclusively in Bags of Cement.


Crystals are needed in Fallout 76 for some weapons mods and CAMP items.

  • Cameras
  • Crystal liquor decanters
  • Microscopes


Fertilizer is required in Fallout 76 for making food in your CAMP. You can make fertilizer by using the chemistry bench and go under Smelting. There is an option to make fertilizer from spoiled vegetables, fruits, and meat


Fiber Optics

Fiber Optics is needed in Fallout 76 for some weapon mods.

  • Biometric scanners
  • Microscopes


Fiberglass is needed in Fallout 76 for some armor mods

  • Abraxo cleaner
  • Cigar boxes
  • Rat Poison
  • Telephones


Gears are used for pretty much all the essential CAMP structures in Fallout 76.

  • Adjustable Wrench
  • Cameras
  • Desk Fans
  • Giddyup Buttercup
  • Microscopes
  • Typewriters
  • Watches

Junk Excavators in Workshops will yield a lot of springs, screws and gears in addition to other things. 


Glass is needed in Fallout 76 for some weapon mods and some CAMP structures

  • Alarm Clocks
  • Bottles (i.e. Beer, Liquor, Nuka-Cola, Vodka etc)
  • Fuse
  • Lamps
  • Microscopes


Gold is used mostly in Fallout 76 for some energy weapon mods.

  • Gold plated Flip Lighter
  • Gold Watch


Lead is used for some armor mods and pretty much all ammunitions in Fallout 76.

  • Batteries
  • Can
  • Combination Wench
  • Paint Cans
  • Pencils
  • Weights

You can also find Copper veins out in the world and set up CAMP near it and deploy resource extractors. 


Leather is used in Fallout 76 for making some armor mods

  • Baseball/glove
  • Mole Rat Hide
  • Radstag Hide
  • Teddy Bears

Nuclear Material

Nuclear Material is needed for some weapon mods in Fallout

  • Alarm clocks
  • Biometric scanners
  • Blast Radius board game
  • High-Powered Magnet
  • Petrified corpses


Oil is required for a lot of the CAMP structures in Fallout 76.

  • Blowtorches
  • Cutting fluid
  • Flip Lighters
  • Gas cannisters
  • Lanterns
  • Mr. Handy Fuel and other portable fuel sources
  • Oil cans
  • Paint cans


Plastic is used in Fallout 76 for weapon mods.

  • Cafeteria Tray
  • Cigarettes
  • Cooking Oil
  • Coolant
  • Globes
  • Hairbrush
  • Toy Alien
  • Toy Rocketship


Rubber is used to make some CAMP structures, weapon mods and power armor in Fallout 76.

  • Bonesaw
  • Basketball
  • Plunger
  • Saw
  • Spatula
  • Tire
  • Toy Alien


Screws are required for pretty much all mods in Fallout 76.

  • Clipboard
  • Desk Fans
  • Globes
  • Handcuffs
  • Hot plates
  • Toy cars
  • Typewriters

Junk Excavators in Workshops will yield a lot of springs, screws and gears in addition to other things. 


Springs are needed for pretty much all mods in Fallout 76

  • Alarm Clocks
  • Battered Clipboard
  • Cameras
  • Fishing rods
  • Flip Lighters
  • Handcuffs
  • Toasters
  • Typewriters
  • Watches

Sugar Grove has tons of Battered Clipboards lying around you can scrap for Springs. There are also some Office Desk Fans for Gear and Screw as well.


Junk Excavators in Workshops will yield a lot of springs, screws and gears in addition to other things.

Wood Scraps

Wood, much like Steel is required for the basic structures in your CAMP and also used for cooking in Fallout 76.

You can get wood scraps by scrapping fallen wood logs out in the world or gather from wood piles near settlements.

  • Pencils
  • Screwdrivers
  • Test Tube Rack


  • Francesco Bartoli

    Wow this is great info! Thanks for writing this, do you know perarphs any places where there is a useful vein of aluminum or lead, I have found and set up camp on iron ore but I don’t need it. Also, need to get some tatos to plant

    • I havn’t found any aluminum or lead veins yet. I have seen them around when I was running around but didn’t note them down at the time as I didn’t need them. If I find any I will be sure to update

      • abaddonsmummy

        This is probably a stupid question, and your probably way to busy to answer, but is this game in your opinion worth the money time and effort at this stage?
        I’m taking a hiatus from swtor (maybe until 5.10 and it’s inevitable patches to make it playable) and looking non-fantasy MMO to get my teeth in to.
        Always liked the Fallout series but this seems to be getting VERY mixed reviews (a lot based on BETA mind you) but this does look interesting.

        • I really like it but I mostly treat it as a single player gamer with occasional co-op. If you like exploring and non-guided games it might be for you. There are plenty of bugs too but not new for a fallout game.

          • abaddonsmummy

            Thanks for the information.
            Much appreciated.

    • Shiny (Dex)

      There is an Aluminium Vein at the Sunshine Meadows Industrial farm if you want to take that workshop =]

  • Fernivy

    Should also have some workshop locations for where you can get the materials

    • Good idea, I will add some to the guide

  • anon

    Could you add spots you could find that have ore/junk veins? The only one I know of is near Sunshine Meadows near the water and that’s a junk vein.

  • Pixel Poro

    Love ya for making this guide! This game needs more love and less hate…

  • Halrawk

    Just a head up on Ballistic Fiber. Scrapping a power armor chassis gives nothing now, since the latest patch. Sadly 🙁

  • DaHawk44

    Always did love your site for STWOR (need to get back to that myself). Are you going to be making regular guides/content for Fallout 76?

    • Yes as long there are regular content updates

  • Leifur Hákonarson

    First off, thanks for the guide. Second, a couple of minor quibbles, a few items are out of alphabetic order – and a few are missing. Cork, silver and steel spring to mind – not to mention ultracite. The main reason for this post is however to ask a question – is there a way to reset the “tagging” function? After a while it becomes useless because at some point you will have tagged most resources ….

    • Yes you can do so in the workbench, same way as you tag items

    • James Groover

      You can, go to your benches, when building items. Simply untag items in the list, pistol eg. untag steel or all items. Then go to Tinkers bench, Bulk, then tag only what you want

  • James Groover

    Dulfy, under Aluminum please change Traps to Trays

  • Casey Cantrell

    Plastic is also used for shotgun shells and in the process of bulking materials which is the best way to store them and the only way you can sell them on the xbox one platform.A great place to harvest lead, Black Titanium and crystal, by the way, is in the Lucky Hole Mine.

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