On the 14th of December Fallout 76 had a free weekend event, of which unkowncheats.me forum user ErectBAN released several cheats and hacks. The script cheats and hacks allowed spawning of just about anything from empty containers to legendary items and even NPCs into the game.
Use the free weekend accounts to spawn containers, items, and create legendary equipment. After you create your items, store them on a mule account, do this at your own risk.
ErectBAN warned potential hackers that Bethesda would mostly likely be issuing out a fix as soon as possible. A few weeks ago players started seeing the Prydwen, a zeppelin and home base of the Brotherhood of Steel from Fallout 4, floating over Whitesprings Resort. The airship was not moving as it appears to be tethered to the player that spawned its camp. There have been floating camps that imitated the ship, but this is the first time that it has appeared in game. A player uploaded a video of the Prydwen to YouTube.
The hacks did not stop there, as players have found a way to spawn NPCs into the game. They spawned humans, friendly Brotherhood of Steel soldiers, and Queen Scorchbeasts.
Their functionality is actually incredibly high.
Reddit user TheGeminaii, a player who actively uses and tweaks hacks for Fallout 76, told Kotaku, “They spawn without clothes, and some without weapons. The sounds of the weapons they fire are sometimes replaced by the sound of turret gunfire. And they cannot leave your camp unless its to hunt down an enemy.” TheGeminaii is supposedly continuing to work on perfecting the NPC-spawning cheats. Bethesda will probably be blocking the hack soon, as the “Wastelanders” update is due to release in the first quarter of 2020. The “Wastelanders” update is officially bringing NPCs to the game.
While some hacks are mostly not harmful to the community at large, players have been spawning NPCs to win fights against other players, or even the worst case to win the battle royale mode “Nuclear Winter” by killing everyone. The Fallout 76 community has taken to Reddit demanding that Bethesda be more proactive in implementing anti-hack countermeasure and in banning accounts actively hacking the game.
Fallout 76 has had a never ending stream of issues from duplicating rare items to a patch which accidentally caused armour buffs to be removed after reloading a weapon. It is unclear if these hacks are an isolated issue or a symptom of a larger problem. Currently, Bethesda has yet to respond to the issue.