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Fallout 4 - Companions, Affinity and Romance

How to locate every Companion in Fallout 4, increase your Affinity with each one, and gain access to their powerful bonus Perks.

As you play through the game you'll encounter various characters who can become your Companion on your travels, and help you out in the thick of battle. Not only that, you can also gain various bonus Perks by having them by your side. Here's a quick run-down of all the Companions you can access in Fallout 4.

Fallout 4 - Companions and Companion Perks

First up, here's a list of every Companion in the game, how you pick them up, their potential for romance (ooh la la), and the Perk benefit you'll gain for increasing your Affinity with each one.

CompanionRelated QuestFoundRomance?PerkNotes
CaitBenign InterventionCombat ZoneYesTrigger RushAP regenerates faster when below 25% Health
CodsworthN/ASanctuaryNoRobot Sympathy+10 Damage Resistance against energy weapons
CurieEmergent BehaviorVault 81YesCombat Medic+100 Hit Points once per day if Health falls below 10%
Paladin DanseN/ACambridge Police StationYesKnow Your Enemy+20% Damage against Synths, Feral Ghouls and Super Mutants
DogmeatN/ARed Rocket Truck StopNoN/AN/A
DeaconN/AOld North ChurchNoCloak & Dagger+40% Stealth Boy duration and +20% Sneak Attack Damage
HancockRecruiting HancockGoodneighborYesIsodopedGain Criticals 20% faster at 250 Rads or more
MacReadyLong Road AheadGoodneighborYesKillshotV.A.T.S. Headshot Accuracy increased by 20%
PiperStory of the CenturyDiamond CityYesGift of GabXP is doubled for discovering new locations and speech challenges.
Preston GarveyN/AMuseum of FreedomYesUnited We Stand+20% Damage and +20 Damage Resistance when fighting 3+ enemies
StrongN/ATrinity TowerNoBerserk+20% Melee Weapon Damage when below 25% Health
Nick ValentineLong Time ComingVault 114NoClose to Metal+50% faster terminal hacking and one additional guess
X6-88N/AThe InstituteNoShield Harmonics+20 Energy Resistance

Companion Affinity overview

In order to develop your relationship with each chosen Companion - and access their powerful Perk - you'll need to build up your Affinity with them. Here's a quick overview of how your general behaviour and dealings with people will affect your relationship with each Companion.

BehaviourCaitCodsworthCurieDanseDeaconHancock
GenerousNegativePositive...Neither...Positive
MeanNegative...PositiveNegativePositiveNegative
Nice...PositivePositivePositivePositive...
PeacefulNegative...PositiveNegative...Positive
SelfishPositiveNegativeNegative......Negative
ViolentPositive......PositiveNegativePositive
BehaviourMacReadyPiperPrestonStrongValentineX6-88
Generous...PositivePositivePositive...Negative
MeanNegativePositivePositiveNegativePositive...
NiceNegative.........PositiveNegative
PeacefulNegativeNegativePositivePositiveNegativePositive
Selfish...NegativeNegativeNegative...Positive
ViolentPositiveNegativeNegativePositiveNegative...

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How to increase Companion Affinity

As well as your general behaviour towards your fellow citizens, there are some specific actions which affect your relationship with a Companion - for good or for worse. Here are some of the various acts you can use to influence your relationship with every one of these characters.

BehaviourCaitCodsworthCurieDanseDeaconHancock
Chem AddictionBoth (Quest)Negative...NegativeNegativePositive
Chem UsageBoth (Quest)NegativeNegative...Negative...
Consume AlcoholPositive...............
Eat CorpseNegative.........Negative...
Give ItemBoth (Quest)PositivePositive...PositivePositive
Hack Computer............Positive...
Heal Dogmeat...PositivePositive...Positive...
Modify Armour...Positive...Positive......
Modify Weapon...Positive...Positive......
Murder Non-HostileNegativeNegativeNegativeNegativeNegativeNegative
Naked!Positive............Negative
Pick Lock (Owned)PositiveNegative...NegativePositive...
Pick Lock (Unowned)Positive.........Positive...
PickpocketingPositiveNegativeNegativeNegative......
Speech Success...Negative......Positive...
Theft...NegativeNegativeNegative...Negative
Use Power Armour.........Positive......
Use Vertibird.........Positive......
BehaviourMacReadyPiperPrestonStrongValentineX6-88
Chem AddictionNegativeNegativeNegative
Chem UsageNegative
Consume Alcohol
Eat CorpseNegativeNegativePositiveNegative
Give ItemNegativePositivePositivePositiveNegative
Hack ComputerPositivePositive
Heal DogmeatPositiveNegativePositiveNegative
Modify ArmourPositive
Modify WeaponPositivePositive
Murder Non-HostileNegativeNegativeNegativePositiveNegative
Naked!Negative
Pick Lock (Owned)PositiveNegativeNegativeNegativeNegative
Pick Lock (Unowned)PositiveNegative
PickpocketingNegativeNegativeNegative
Speech SuccessPositiveNegativePositive
TheftPositiveNegativeNegativeNegative
Use Power ArmourNegativePositive
Use VertibirdNegativeNegative

- You can find the rest of our Fallout 4 guide from the index page.

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