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Fallout 4 Terminal Hacking Guide

  • from PLITCH
  • 09.01.2024

Terminals are as characteristic of Fallout 4 as radioactivity and raiders. With these technical input devices, you get access to safes, open locked doors and let robots fight for you. But before that, you have to bypass the security prompt with a hacking mini-game.

In our Fallout 4 Terminal Hacking Guide, you’ll find helpful tips as well as a trick to undo failed attempts – and how to bypass terminals completely without giving up the hot loot.

1) Fallout 4 terminals: The door openers

In the game world of Fallout 4, terminals can be found almost everywhere. They serve as input devices for computers and give you useful information about the background story. At the same time, terminals at doors open new paths and grant access to shortcuts or completely new areas.

Unique loot often awaits you behind such terminal barriers. Sometimes you can even use a terminal to activate or reprogram robots and turrets to fight for you.

But access to the devices is usually secured by a password. If you don’t have it at hand, you’ll have to hack terminals in Fallout 4. In the long run, however, this can quickly get on your nerves, as it is very repetitive and tedious. And higher security levels are also very difficult.

Find out the Fallout 4 terminal password

With some devices, hacking is not possible. Then you need a specific password, which you can find in the game world. Look at notes and listen to holotapes and voice memos. You don’t have to remember the password yourself – the game will allow you access even if you end the tape early.

It can also happen that you get a password only in dialogue with other characters – for example, in exchange for a favor, bottlecaps, or just plain violence. Terminals that are relevant to the main story can be activated without any obstacles. So you can play through Fallout 4 without hacking and social skills.

By the way, your companions can crack all optional devices for you that don’t require a specific password. Synth detective Nick Valentine has turned out to be the most talented hacker, bypassing even tricky security systems. But success is not guaranteed: If the companion fails, then he can’t try again.

2) Fallout 4 terminal hacking how-to

Stand in front of the terminal and press Activate (A, X or Enter). The game zooms to the green monitor and you are greeted by a jumble of words and characters. At the top, you’ll see how many attempts you have left. If you’ve unlocked the corresponding science bobblehead, that’s four in number – without the upgrade, only three.

Each word selection you make counts as one attempt.

The goal of the mini-game is to find out the correct password by trial & error. To do this, select any word and press Enter. In the bottom right corner, you will probably see “Access denied.” To avoid random clicking, you will see an indication of how many “hits” you got with your selection.

A hit is a letter of the selected word that occurs exactly like this in the correct password.

For example, the password you are looking for is “CHEATS”. You randomly choose “COFFEE” and get a hit – namely the “C”. It is the same letter AND is in the same position.

If you had chosen “SCHOOL” instead, you would get zero hits. Although the “C” occurs, it’s in the wrong place and therefore doesn’t count.

While the beginner levels are really easy, the master levels prove to be tricky challenges to hack a terminal in Fallout 4. That’s why it’s smart to choose words with similar endings (“-ING”, “-ED”) for longer passwords at the beginning. This way you can quickly determine which root the password must have.

Consequently, the correct password can be found by the process of elimination.

If you have used up all your attempts and failed to decrypt the code, the system will kick you out and deny any access for the next 10 seconds. After that, the computer terminal will unlock again and you can try to crack the password again. But the password as well as the selection will change on the second run.

This 10-second lock can be bypassed by exiting the terminal before your last attempt. The password and attempts will still reset when activated again; but without the annoying wait. Whether this is a bug or a feature, we can’t say for sure. It is helpful in any case.

However, with an efficient trick, you can restore your failed attempts and even delete wrong entries from the selection. We show you how to do it.

Trick: Delete wrong passwords

Take a closer look at the selection in the opened terminal. Between the words, you will find many characters and symbols. Pay special attention to lines that are delimited by closing brackets ( (…), […], {…}, <…> ). The parentheses must not contain a word, only characters.

If you select these pairs of brackets, either wrong word entries will be deleted or your attempts will be reset.

So that you don’t get eye pain from searching, use the color marking by the selection to help you. By hovering the cursor over the entries, such bracket chains will appear as a green highlighted row. Unclosed brackets and symbols are only highlighted individually when hovering with the cursor.

You cannot predict what will happen when you select a pair of parentheses – either an attempt will be restored or a word will be deleted. Therefore, you should use this trick only if you have already lost one or two attempts. Otherwise, this joker can slip through your fingers.

And of course, entering a bracket pair does not count as an attempt itself, so you can and should activate all bracket pairs.

3) Hacker perk for advanced terminals

Simple terminals can be hacked without any values or perks. Passwords are usually only three to four digits long and rarely pose an obstacle. Advanced terminals and above, however, require the “Hacker” perk. It is unlocked when the game character has at least 4 points in Intelligence.

Then every few levels the perk may be increased to bypass higher security levels:

  • 4 Intelligence – “Hacker” Rank 1: Advanced computer terminals.
  • From level 9 – “Hacker” rank 2: Expert terminals
  • From level 21 – “Hacker” rank 3: Master terminals
  • From level 33 – “Hacker” rank 4: Terminals are no longer locked if all attempts fail

4) Beware of terminal traps

Caution: Shameless rogues have trapped some terminals in Wasteland. If you unsuspectingly activate such a prepared terminal, the device will explode and send you to the virtual grave. Therefore, you should be especially wary of computer terminals in Raider bases.

You can recognize a terminal trap by its broken back or by conspicuous antennas and cables. It’s best to avoid these constructions. There’s nothing to get there either. However, with sufficient explosive skill you can deactivate the dangerous traps, which in turn gives you experience points.

Hack terminals even faster with PLITCH!

The puzzling at the terminal is fun and offers some variety. But in the long run, the minigame can seem repetitive and take away from the flow of the game. Especially the higher levels can become really frustrating.

At some point, you might find yourself stuck at a terminal for several minutes – only to realize that you could have earned the 50 bottlecaps from the safe faster somewhere else.

However, hacking the Fallout 4 terminal can be circumvented quite easily. If you prefer to loot and level, then we have just the right code for you. With the “terminal passwords are always right” code from PLITCH, you can save yourself the hassle of searching for a password without having to give up the rewards.

Download PLITCH, open our Fallout 4 trainer and activate the cheat in-game with one click. In the future, terminals will no longer be a waste of time for you.

Happy Gaming!