Fallout 4: Contraptions – All Trophies & Achievements Guide


Improve your settlements with a wide variety of new items, gadgets, and machinery in the Contraptions Workshop add-on for Fallout 4.

There’s plenty of new stuff to unpack, and to help ease you into the world we’ve put together solutions for unlocking all three new achievements at trophies. From using the torturous pillory, to decorating your home with fancy armor, to producing a factory-full of important items — these achievements / trophies are a good place to start when exploring all the features of Fallout 4’s settlement-centric add-on. Find the full guide below; just keep scrolling.

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All Trophies & Achievements Guide

Mass Production (Bronze / 20 Points):

“Produce 100 objects from your builders.”

Builders are the big draw of the Contraptions Workshop. If you’ve got the items and components, builders can spew an endless supply of items out, supplying you with an infinite supply of ammunition, a feast of different foods, or other useful objects like weapons, clothes, and armor. There’s even one builder specifically designed to produce fireworks.

NOTE: Before you get started, be aware that Builders DO NOT continue to construct when you’re away. If you leave the settlement, sleep, rest, or fast-travel, the Builders will not continue to work. Yep, you’ve got to stick around and watch these suckers work.

These machines can be complex. Let’s take it slow. Below you’ll find step-by-step instructions to get your builder working and producing over 100 items to unlock the ‘Mass Production’ trophy / achievement.

  1. Choose your Builder.
    • Builders are found in the Workshop Menu until Power -> Manufacturing -> Machinery
    • There are 10 different types of builders with different requirements;
      • Builder (Basic Objects)
      • Armor Forge (Armor)
      • Weapon Forge (Basic Weapons)
      • Auto-Loom (Clothes)
      • Energy Weapon Forge (Energy Weapons)
      • Heavy Weapon Forge (Heavy Weapons)
      • Ammunition Plant (Ammo)
      • Explosive’s Mill (Mines or Grenades)
      • Pyrotechnic’s Mill (Fireworks Mortar Shells)
      • Food Processor (Food)
  2. Let’s start with a Builder without any level requirements — the basic Builder.
    • Build With: (2) Circuitry, (3) Gears, (4) Rubber, (10) Steel
  3. We’re building two Builders to speed-up the process.
  4. Next, build a Power Generator. We built a large generator and a medium generator — that provides 15 power if everything is connected properly. Make sure every machine is wired together.
  5. If everything is working properly, the builder conveyor should be working. Excellent! Now let’s hook a computer terminal to the same power network as the builders.
  6. Hook the terminal to the builders and wire it to the generators.
    • Use the terminal to select what type of products you’d like to manufacture. It doesn’t really matter which you choose! Just make sure you select a type you have plenty of components for.
  7. We’re going to produce simple things. Steel Balls and Kickballs only require (5) steel or (4) rubber. Fill both Builders will plenty of components.
    • NOTE: The easiest way to supply your builders with components and resources is with the VACUUM HOPPER — This powerful item will pull items out of any container, including your Workshop inventory. Place the Vacuum Hopper right next to the Workshop table to easily acquire all the components you’ll need for any project.
  8. Construct the conveyors so they feed back into each other. That’s right, Builders will breakdown any items fed into them to produce whatever object they’re assigned to produce.
  9. If you snake your items around back into one (or two!) builders constructing identical items, you’ll create a loop. Just make sure to fill both Builders with components to get them started. The more items you start with, the faster this process will be.
  10. Now go and mess around until your Builders have produced 100 items. It’s just that easy to have your very own assembly line.

That’s the simplest setup. Continue to experiment for even crazier combinations in your settlement, and let us know what you made in the comments section below.


Time Out (Bronze / 10 Points):

“Assign a settler to a pillory.”

The Pillory is for those annoying settlers that deserve punishment. If you’re feeling especially cruel and unusual, you can lock one of your settlers in a pillory. It’ll earn you the ‘Time Out’ trophy / achievement, and give you some quick laughs.

First off, you’ll need to find the Pillory. [This item is exclusive to the Contraptions DLC.]

  • Open the Workshop Menu and open Resources -> Miscellaneous
  • The Pillory is the last choice in the selection menu.
    • The Pillor requires (4) Wood, (1) Concrete, and Local Leader Perk (Req: Lvl 14, CHR 6)

Place the pillory down, preferably somewhere in the center of your settlement. Now it’s time to find an unlucky contestant.

  • Enter workshop mode, then select a settler. Once selected, you’ll be able to reassign that settler to any task you select next.
  • That settler’s new assignment? Living in the pillory. With a settler still selecting, ‘use’ the pillory to assign your NPC to the stocks. They’ll walk over and climb on in. The settler will stay in the stocks until you assign them to something new.

The achievement / trophy will pop right after you assign the poor soul. They don’t even need to -actually- enter he pillory. You can reassign them to a different job if you’re feeling generous.

Show Off (Bronze / 20 Points):

“Display a weapon on a weapon rack, armor on an armor rack, and power armor in a power armor display.”

Displaying armor and weapons is easy in the Contraptions add-on. Just follow these steps;

  • Go to a Settlement and open the Workshop
  • In the Workshop menu, go to Decorations -> Display
    • There are four types of displays:
      1. Armor Racks (Male and Female)
      2. Display Cases (Some require Power)
      3. Power Armor
      4. Weapon Racks
  • Place them down! To earn ‘Show Off’ you’ll need to display using the one Armor Rack, one Weapon Rack, and one Power Armor display.

All display objects work in a similar way. Here’s what you’ll want to do to actually display stuff.

  1. Interact with the display and transfer the item you want displayed into the container’s inventory. All display cases can store multiple items, but can only display one thing at a time.
  2. To make them display, make sure to EQUIP the item onto the case you’ve transferred stuff too. Don’t forget, armor displays can wear multiple pieces simultaneously just like your character.

Depending on whether you choose a male or female mannequin, the armor will appear in the male / female version of whichever particular mannequin you’re equipping.

Weapon racks are a little different.

  • There are wall weapon racks and heavy weapon racks. Each can carry only one object — placing another object in the container will transfer the original back in your inventory.
  • Heavy weapon racks can only display Heavy Weapons; the Fat Man or Broadsider — things like that appear on this rack.
  • The wall-mounted weapon racks display everything else. Melee weapons, long rifles, or anything else that falls outside the ‘heavy’ category.
  • Depending on the type of rack, you’ll different weapons will be displayed. Short racks are for small melee weapons and pistols, while long racks can display rifles or plasma weapons.
  • Whichever item is placed on the rack will instantly appear once you exit. No equipping needed.

Finally, if you want to earn this achievement / trophy, you’ll need to use a Power Armor display.

  • Build the display, then attach a wire from a power generator. The display only requires (1) one power.
  • Walk a set of Power Armor close to the display.
  • Exit the Power Armor, then interact with the display. Any nearby armor will warp right into the case.

The achievement / trophy will pop. Enjoy showing off, Sole Survivors.

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