Fallout 4 is a single player action role-playing game that is set in a retro-futuristic America. The player is the ‘sole survivor’ of a nuclear Holocaust and takes shelter in a cryogenic fallout known as Vault 111. What is meant by retro-futuristic is that while technology in the game has advanced and surpassed that of our time, the aesthetic that the game is set in is the same unchanged aesthetic as that of the 1950s. Creepy advertisements with steel rocking horses abound.

The game follows the adventure of the sole survivor as he meets other survivors of the nuclear disaster, although not all of these companions can be considered human. The main objective of the game is for the sole survivor to find his kidnapped child as he trudges his way through the barren wasteland, as a result of a war that happened over 200 years ago.

Top 10 Best Fallout 4 Companions

As mentioned before, there are a few companions that our character meets who help him in his search for his son. Complex characters and a result of change and adaptability, these characters provide depth to the storyline and also entertain you as you go along. There is one mandatory companion (who we all love) and thirteen other possible companions. Six of these thirteen must be encountered throughout the game. While almost all of these characters are redeemable in their own right we all have our favorites. So here is the list of the top 10 Fallout 4 companions:

1. Dogmeat

Fallout 4 Companions - Dogmeat

The only mandatory companion of the game and the first one that you encounter, Dogmeat is one of the best Fallout 4 companions of the game and is considered a favorite all throughout the Fallout fandom.

While he may not have the stats to match up to other companions that you will encounter in the game, with a meager 52 HP (Health Point, not Harry Potter, nerd.), he is a loyal companion who will stay by your side no matter what. His main attacking function is to latch on to an enemy’s arm and keep them in one place for enough time to get a headshot. He also growls and barks when hostiles are around and brings you random gifts, much like all good dogs.

2. John Hancock

John Hancock - fallout 4 companion perks

The Mayor of Good neighbor, the great ghoul, John Hancock graces your presence by stabbing someone who was in your way. Mr. Mayor sure knows how to make a great first impression.

He’s worth 64 points, most of which are allocated to Agility, Perception, and Intelligence and at the peak of your friendship with this charming man you shall receive what is known as the Isodoped which grants you 20% extra damage. He’s a loyal companion and a cold-blooded killer. What else do you need?

3. Nick Valentine

Nick Valentine

Think C3PO meets Blade Runner. That is Nick Valentine in a sentence. A robot Private Investigator, Nick, and his trench coat and hat make for a great companion (although we argue that John Hancock’s hat is far more fabulous).

Nick is capable of hacking any terminal but unfortunately, sometimes he fails at this. But hey, at least he tried!

4. Paladin Danse

Paladin Danse

Danse is the epitome of the guy you don’t really like but want on your side anyway because holy moly is he strong. Paired with his Power Armor weapon, Paladin Danse is a fantastic companion and technically one of the best choices you could make in the game, as far as companion selection goes.

His armor allows him to act like a human shield and also allows him to keep firing while your enemies bombard him with bullets. Maybe not the most likable of all the companions, Danse is a great companion to have if you plan on not dying.

5. Piper Wright

Piper Wright

A journalist that you’ve found in the Commonwealth, Piper empathizes with low-level players since she gives low-level players double experience points when unlocking new locations.

She’s worth 58 points which might seem low but she sure is a tough one since she does all her investigative journalism and takes care of her little sister too.

6. Curie

Curie - Best Fallout 4 Companions

Curie sure is a questionable companion when it comes to being helpful. She can’t deal any damage since she doesn’t carry weapons, which means she’s pretty useless right? Not at all.

Curie has 440 Health Points which is ridiculous when you think about it. She also gives you 100 HP when you’re below 10% on your HP, once a day. Not so useless now, is she?

7. Codsworth

Best Fallout 4 Companions - Codsworth

Codsworth is a weird one. Although quite average in his companionship abilities, Codsworth calls you by name. And that is enough to put him on the list.

The entire purpose of this game is rooted in something very human and very easily identifiable, love. And pain. And when you’re moving across the Commonwealth in search of your lost son, a little friendship, even with a robot, is not a bad thing to have.

8. Cait

Cait - Fallout 4 Companions

Every story needs the renegade who lives by no other rules but their own. Cait is the renegade for Fallout 4.

She is a bad-mouthed, aggressive lady who is not too big on non-violence. So she’s sure to be of use in combat. Along with that she also has great lock picking abilities and a trigger rush that can be helpful in times of need.

9. Strong

fallout 4 companion perks - Strong

Strong, as the name suggests, is strong. In fact, he’s the strongest of all the companions and can carry loads of stuff making him one of the best Fallout 4 Companions. He also had a mutant type armor and this is the only armor that Strong can wear.

Along with this, he has a perk called Berserk where you get 20% extra damage after your health drops below 25%.

10. Preston Garvey

Preston Garvey

Although annoying at times with his constant yammering on about different settlements needing your help, Garvey’s perk offers an extra 20% damage and an extra 20% damage resistance when fighting 3 enemies or more.

And that’s it, folks! The list of the 10 best Fallout 4 Companions. Enjoy the wastelands!