How to get more Dwellers in Fallout Shelter

Fallout Shelter official art workBethesda Game Studios

In Fallout Shelter, you not only need Dwellers to run your Vault efficiently but also to expand it and improve your overall productivity. So here’s everything you need to know about how to get more Dwellers in Fallout Shelter.

Fallout Shelter puts you in charge of a Vault, a secure underground shelter for survivors of a nuclear war. Your goal is to make your Vault thrive by attracting new Dwellers, providing them with basic needs, and sending them to explore the wasteland.

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Dwellers are the heart and soul of your Vault. They have different skills and traits that affect their performance and happiness and can also produce resources, craft items, and fight enemies. The more Dwellers you have in the game, the more prosperous your Vault will be.

Now that you know about their importance, here’s how to get more Dwellers in Fallout Shelter.

Different rooms in the Vault in Fallout ShelterBethesda Game Studios
Vault dwellers are an essential part of Fallout Shelter.

Ways to get more Dwellers in Fallout Shelter

There are four ways to get more Dwellers in Fallout Shelter:

  • Breeding existing Dwellers
  • Lunchboxes
  • Radio Studios
  • Survivors in wastelands

Now, we’ll take a closer look at each method.

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Breed existing Dwellers in Fallout Shelter

Breeding existing Dwellers is one of the easiest ways of getting more Dwellers in Fallout Shelter. You can do this by placing a male and a female Dweller in the Living Quarters room of your Vault in Fallout Shelter. After some chit-chat, they should go to the back room and when they return, the female Dweller will be pregnant. In about eight hours, she’ll give birth to a child who will eventually become a new Dweller of your Vault.

Couples in Fallout Shelter meet, talk, dance, and then mate. You can keep track of these activities to predict when they’ll go to the back room. The charisma of the Dwellers also plays a role in getting them to mate quickly.

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Do note that family members/relatives do not mate with each other in Fallout Shelter. If put in the same room, a Hanging Out with Family message appears over them.

Mating Dwellers in Fallout ShelterBethesda Game Studios
Basic dwellers start at Level 1 and can be upgraded up to Level 50.

Get Legendary Dwellers from Lunchboxes in Fallout Shelter

Another method of increasing Dweller count in Fallout Shelter is through Lunchboxes as they can contain Legendary Dwellers. You can obtain Lunchboxes by completing quests, purchasing them from the in-game store, and wasteland encounters.

Every Lunchbox hands out five cards and the fifth card has a 21.2% and 3.8% chance to be a Rare Dweller and a Legendary Dweller, respectively.

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Radio Studio broadcasts attract new Dwellers in Fallout Shelter

You can transmit a broadcast through a Radio Studio to attract new Dwellers in Fallout Shelter. A Radio Studio lets you communicate with outsiders in the Wastelands but during this, you might attract raiders and deathclaws too.

The success of your Radio Studio largely depends on the Charisma of the Dweller you’ve assigned to this room. If you cannot make a Radio Studio yet, just add a total of 20 Dwellers to your Vault and the feature will unlock.

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A Radio Studio in Fallout ShelterBethesda Game Studios
Each dweller will spawn with only a vault jumpsuit and their fists for a weapon.

Wastelands survivors in Fallout Shelter can become Dwellers

Lastly, build an Overseer’s room in Fallout Shelter and send your existing Dwellers on Wastelands expeditions. At times, they’ll come across survivors who’d want to join your Vault as Dwellers.

Breeding existing Dwellers is the most common and reliable way to get more Dwellers in Fallout Shelter but for the best results, you should focus on all the methods stated above.

That was all about how to get more Dwellers in Fallout Shelter. For more how-to guides, have a look at:

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