The Ghoul looking at his dog in a post-apocalyptic town
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How to build Cooper Howard in Fallout 4 (The Ghoul)

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Making a postapocalyptic zombie cowboy from the Fallout show is easier said than done. After you create the Ghoul look by putting as many scars as possible, focus on his stats and perks. Here's how to build Cooper Howard in Fallout 4.

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Best build for The Ghoul in Fallout 4 (Cooper Howard)

While Bethesda has revealed Cooper Howard's official SPECIAL stats in Fallout Shelter, they can't be used in Fallout 4. In Fallout 4, you only have 21 points on starting stats (28 total, as you can't go below 1 for a stat), versus the 40 in Shelter. You can improve your stats as you level up, but you must start from somewhere.

Fallout 4 SPECIAL stats menu
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Cooper Howard from the Fallout show is tough as nails, making him one of the wasteland's most dangerous people (ghouls?). His ghoul physics gives him plenty of immunities, while his war experience and cowboy skills make him an efficient killing machine. Therefore, I focused SPECIAL points on Endurance, Perception, and Agility. Coop was a charismatic Hollywood actor, but as a ghoul, he was not likable to people around him, so I invested his Charisma points elsewhere.

SPECIAL StatPoints

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Best Perks for the Ghoul build in Fallout 4

In Fallout 4, you can max out all SPECIAL stats (if you play a lot) and choose perks from each stat group. With my first level-ups, I'll focus on matching Coop's famous gun skills by choosing the Gunslinger perk (non-automatic pistols do 20% more damage). In the later stages of the game, I'll focus on Howard's Luck to relive his critical hits that became his trademark in the show. Below are my general recommendations for perks based on Coop's skills displayed in Amazon Prime's Fallout.

StrengthSteady Aim - As a real wasteland cowboy, you want great hip-fire accuracy.
PerceptionRifleman, Awareness, Sniper - Perception is the main stat for the Ghoul, offering perks that make him as dangerous as he is in the Fallout show.
EnduranceCannibal, Ghoulish - Coop is a ghoul, which makes these perks essential for his character build.
CharismaLone Wanderer - Howard works best when he's alone. At least that worked for him for the last 200 years.
IntelligenceGun Nut - We all saw what Coop can do when he has access to custom-made weapons and ammo (especially against power armor).
AgilityGunslinger, Moving Target, Quick Hands - The Ghoul is hard to hit! Combine fast movement with pistol prowess, and you'll get one deadly cowboy.
LuckBloody Mess, Better Criticals - Cooper always finds a way to kill enemies in a gory way.

Best Cooper Howard Weapon in Fallout 4

Fallout 4 MTs-255 Revolver Shotgun the Ghoul uses in the Fallout show
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The Fallout show does not mention what gun model Cooper uses, but it all points to the MTs-255 sawed-off revolver shotgun. You can add it to the game via the MTs-255 Revolver Shotgun mod for Fallout 4. You can find this gun from random weapon vendors and by dealing with the Gunners faction (you can find them in the Commonwealth region, mostly near Mass Bay Medical Center and Hub City Auto Wreckers). If you want to speed up the process, type "help MTs-255 4 weap" as the console command and then "player.additem_weapon_ID".

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Nebojša Prijić is a senior staff writer at Pro Game Guides with over 25 years of experience in journalism, screenwriting, and copywriting. He previously worked as Editor-in-Chief of Maxim Serbia magazine and the IGN Adria website. Nebojša is an old-school gamer who loves real-time strategies, shooters, and RPGs, but most of all, he plays Roblox and mobile games with his son. He remembers the first Diablo, PC games on a single floppy disk, and playing Mortal Kombat on the keyboard.

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