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Is the Nuka-World DLC for Fallout 4 Free?

Hey friend! If you‘re a Fallout 4 fan like me, you may be wondering – is the popular Nuka-World DLC free, or do you have to pay for it?

The short answer is: Unfortunately no, the Nuka-World DLC is not free. It must be purchased separately for $19.99, or you can get it by owning the Fallout 4 season pass.

But don‘t tune out just yet! In this post, I‘ll give you an in-depth look at what the Nuka-World DLC includes, why it‘s not free, how to get it, when to start playing it, and most importantly – is it worth paying for?

As a huge Fallout fan whose sunk over 200 hours into Fallout 4 (I know, I have a problem!), I‘ve got lots of tips to share with you about Nuka-World so you can decide if it‘s worth picking up. Let‘s dive in!

An Overview of Nuka-World DLC

For those who haven‘t heard yet, Nuka-World is the 6th and final major DLC expansion released for Fallout 4. It came out in August 2016 and adds a whole new region to explore – the Nuka-World amusement park!

Here‘s a quick list of some of the main features Nuka-World brings to the table:

  • A large new zone called Nuka-World with 6 distinct themed areas like Nuka-Town USA, Safari Adventure, Dry Rock Gulch, and more
  • Join raider factions and become the Overboss of Nuka-World
  • New quests involving the different raider gangs fighting for control
  • Cool new weapons like the Handmade Rifle, Thirst Zapper, and more
  • New armor like Western outfits, Nuka-World jumpsuits, and more
  • New workshop items to build settlements with like Nuka-Cola machines
  • New creatures like Nuka-World critters and terrifying gatorclaws
  • Special perk magazines that give you unique perk abilities
  • Around 10-15 hours of additional gameplay and content

So in summary, you get a whole new post-apocalyptic amusement park to explore with new quests, characters, loot, building items, and more. It‘s a sizable expansion!

Why Nuka-World Isn‘t Free

Now to answer the question you really want to know – why can‘t you get Nuka-World for free?

Well, unlike some of the smaller DLCs for Fallout 4 like Wasteland Workshop or Contraptions Workshop, Nuka-World is a major premium expansion that costs $19.99.

Here are a few reasons why it‘s not offered for free:

  • It‘s a large premium expansion – With a whole new landspace, major questline, weapons/armor, etc. – this is premium DLC content rather than just workshops.

  • Development costs money – Creating new 3D assets, quests, voice work, etc. takes a lot of resources that aren‘t free for game studios.

  • Incentivizes the Season Pass – Only way to get Nuka-World free is to own the $49.99 season pass, which encourages season pass purchases.

  • People will pay for major expansions – Big Fallout fans will fork out $20 or more for sizable new content drops like Nuka-World.

  • Free small DLCs already exist – Fallout 4 has free base game updates and smaller DLCs like Wasteland Workshop for non-payers.

So while it would be nice to get Nuka-World free, Bethesda has plenty of business reasons for putting a premium price tag on their major expansions. But don‘t worry, you‘ve got options if you want to enjoy Nuka-World without paying full price!

Options for Getting the Nuka-World DLC

If you‘re itching to visit Nuka-World, here are a few ways you can get access to the DLC content:

1. Buy it separately for $19.99

  • On PC via Steam/
  • On PS4 via the PlayStation Store
  • On Xbox One via the Microsoft Store

No matter what platform you‘re on, buying it separately will cost you $19.99.

2. Get the Fallout 4 Season Pass

  • Gives you access to all Fallout 4 DLCs
  • Typically costs $49.99

This is the only way to get Nuka-World for free, by owning the Season Pass.

3. Watch for sales & discounts

  • Nuka-World goes on sale for $10-$15 during big sales on all platforms
  • Best prices are usually around holidays like Christmas

4. Buy a used disc version

  • Physical used copies will include a one-time-use download code
  • Can sometimes find used copies for ~$10 on sites like eBay

As you can see, you‘ve got options if you want to save some money rather than paying $20 full price! My recommendation is watch for a digital sale, or snag a used physical copy if you‘re on console.

What Level Should You Start Nuka World?

An important tip for playing Nuka-World is that you‘ll want to start it at a higher level such as 30+.

The enemies you‘ll face in Nuka-World are no joke and pack quite a punch! You can certainly try starting it earlier – there is no actual level requirement – but be prepared for a steep challenge if you walk in under-leveled.

Here‘s a look at the recommended levels for Nuka-World based on community feedback:

DifficultyRecommended Level
Very Easy15+
Very Hard40+

Like most areas in Fallout, the higher your level, the more you‘ll be able to explore safely and survive. I‘d advise being at least level 30 on Normal difficulty based on my Nuka-World playthroughs.

However, if you really want to jump into the action early, you definitely can! Just know it will be very hard when enemies can nearly one-shot you. I‘d recommend turning the difficulty down if you just want to have fun exploring early on.

But the choice is yours! That‘s the beauty of open world games like Fallout.

Walkthrough: Nuka-World‘s Main Questline

Once you make it to Nuka-World, here‘s a quick walkthrough of how the main quest line plays out:

1. All Aboard

  • Listen to the Nuka-World radio broadcast
  • Travel to the Nuka-World Transit Center
  • Take the train to Nuka-World
  • Enter the park and talk to Harvey

2. Taken for a Ride

  • Follow Harvey through the park
  • Watch the Nuka-Town intro videos
  • Collect Star Cores to power up the park
  • Defeat Coulter in the Gauntlet battle

3. An Ambitious Plan

  • Meet the leaders of the 3 raider gangs
  • Claim Commonwealth settlements for each gang
  • Help the gangs take over areas of Nuka-World

4. Home Sweet Home

  • Capture at least 3 Commonwealth settlements
  • Turn on the power in Nuka-World
  • Return and claim control as Overboss

And that covers the main story path. But there are also lots of side activities and alternate endings too!

Alternate Endings – Open Season

One of the best parts of Nuka-World is you aren‘t forced into siding with the raiders. At any time, you can start the "Open Season" quest to betray them.

To unlock Open Season and side with traders:

  • Talk to Mackenzie in the Nuka-Town market
  • She‘ll give a quest to kill the raider bosses
  • Defeat Mason, Mags, William, and Nisha
  • Chat with Mackenzie again to complete it

This will free the traders and slaves from raider control, allowing you to finish Nuka-World siding with the traders instead.

So you really get to choose your own path here, which can impact the ending you see. Play it different ways across multiple playthroughs!

Gameplay Tips for Surviving Nuka-World

Nuka-World is a sizable new region with lots of ground to cover and secrets to uncover. Here are some of my top tips for exploring it safely:

  • Pack power armor and high-DPS weapons – the enemies hit hard
  • Quick save often in new areas in case of ambushes
  • Search thoroughly off main paths to find hidden caches
  • Activate the transit center workshop ASAP for free resources
  • Mix Nuka-Cola flavors at chem stations for unique buffs
  • Defeat enemies and find Star Cores to unlock perk magazines
  • Listen for distress calls on the radio to rescue traders
  • Find keys on gang leaders to unlock restricted zones
  • Unlock new settlements by restoring power to areas
  • Take your time and enjoy the park! No rush.

If you go in prepared and leave no bottle cap unturned, you‘ll get the most out of your visit to Nuka-World! It has lots of secrets waiting to be uncovered.

Is Nuka-World Worth Playing?

Now for the big question: is Nuka-World worth your $20 or more? Is it worth your precious gaming time? Let‘s dig into the pros and cons:


  • Large new zone with 6 diverse themed areas
  • Fun story with choices and multiple endings
  • Great new weapons and armor
  • Unique amusement park building options
  • Customize Nuka-Cola recipes
  • Play as a raider which is new to Fallout
  • Defeat challenging new creatures like gatorclaws
  • Around 10-15 hours of additional quests and content


  • Story and RPG elements not as deep as Far Harbor
  • Repetitive settlement building at end game
  • Some areas like Safari Adventure feel sparse
  • Buggy like much of Fallout 4
  • Forced raider theme may turn off some players

Verdict: Worth Playing for Fallout Fans

While not perfect, I think Nuka-World is absolutely worth your time and money if you enjoy exploring Fallout worlds.

The pros of all the new weapons, enemies, the ability to play as a raider, and the super unique setting outweigh the cons of some repetition and bugs.

10-15 hours of additional quests, combat, and secrets in an amusement park is excellent value for the price.

But only you can decide if it‘s worth it! If you love Fallout exploration and have exhausted the base game, Nuka-World is a no brainer. The setting alone is so unique. But if you want deeper RPGs or already had your fill, it may not grab you.

For me though, I‘m very glad I purchased and played through Nuka-World. Exploring the park at my own pace was a blast. And isn‘t that what gaming is all about – enjoying ourselves?

So hopefully this deep dive has helped you decide if Nuka-World is worth it for you my friend. Let me know if you have any other questions!

To Sum It All Up…

  • Nuka-World is a paid DLC priced at $19.99
  • Owning Fallout 4‘s Season Pass will provide it for free
  • Offers around 10-15 hours of additional quests and content
  • Recommended to be level 30+ before starting
  • Has choice between siding with raiders or traders
  • Gameplay focuses on exploring Nuka-World park
  • Worth playing for Fallout fans who enjoy new worlds and loot

Alright, that just about covers everything you need to know about playing Nuka-World DLC! I hope this guide helped explain what it offers and whether it‘s worth the cost for you.

Let me know if you have any other questions at all. I‘m always happy to chat more Fallout! See you in the Wasteland 😉



Michael Reddy is a tech enthusiast, entertainment buff, and avid traveler who loves exploring Linux and sharing unique insights with readers.