Fallout 4: How to Get Tesla Cannon

The Tesla Cannon is a shoulder-mounted energy weapon, with some serious damage that you can get it from two quests in Fallout 4.

Fallout 4 How to Get Tesla Cannon

The Tesla Cannon is a powerful energy weapon that uses technology originally developed by Nikola Tesla. It’s a shoulder-mounted weapon that shoots lightning-like beams of energy at your enemies. It’s a heavy, slow weapon but can deal strong AOE damage.

Tesla Cannon Location and where to find in Fallout 4:

  • Location: Atlantic Offices (far southwest corner of the map), Skylanes Flight 1665 (third location in the quest, even farther south than the offices).
  • Dropped by/Looted From: Dropped by Enclave Soldier on the roof of the Atlantic Offices during the ‘Echoes of the Past’ quest in the base game. It was also dropped by Caroni at the end of the ‘Best of Three’ quest from Creation Club content.

How to Get Tesla Cannon in Fallout 4?

In Fallout 4, the easiest way to get the Tesla Cannon is by following the steps in the ‘Echoes of the Past’ quest until you reach the Atlantic Offices in the southwest. Kill the Enclave Soldier on the roof, and you can loot this powerful energy weapon from them.

FO4 Echoes of the Past Edge of Glowing Sea to Atlantic Offices

To find the Enclave Soldier wielding the Tesla Cannon, you need to start the ‘Echoes of the Past‘ quest. This quest was officially added to the Fallout 4 base game with the most recent update patch on April 25, 2024.

Steps to Find Tesla Cannon during Echoes of the Past Quest in Fallout 4

  • Find blood spatters northeast of Saugus Ironworks
  • Follow spatters to Enclave camp and kill soldiers
  • Track Enclave Homing Beacon from Edge of Glowing sea, southwest to the Atlantic Offices
  • Kill Enclave Soldier on roof, loot Tesla Cannon

Best of Three Quest

FO4 Best of Three Gunner with Holotape

Furthermore, the Tesla Cannon first appeared in Fallout 4 through a new quest in the Creation Club content called the ‘Best of Three.’ With the addition of the Tesla Cannon into the base game, pursuing this quest is probably the harder way to get the game. However, we’ll include a quick rundown of the steps here.

  • Listen to the Vault-Tec distress signal and track it to a Gunner body near the Glowing Sea
  • Loot the Holotape and check the data on it. This gives you another signal to check
  • Defeat the ghouls in the church, then approach another dead Gunner and transfer the Pip-Boy Data
  • Make your way to Relay Tower 0DB-621 and download more data from another Gunner
  • Listen to a new channel called the Gunner Signal Remnant on your radio
  • Follow the signal west to the site of a plane crash
  • Read the data from another dead body
  • Defeat Caroni and loot the Tesla Cannon off of him

Tesla Cannon Stats, Perks, & How to Use It in Fallout 4?

Fallout 4 How to Get Tesla Cannon

Tesla Cannon Stats and Perks in Fallout 4:

  • Weapon Type: Energy Cannon
  • Effect(s): area damage
  • Base Damage: 20
  • Ammo: Cell
  • Clip Size: 10
  • Fire Rate: 20
  • Range: 395
  • Accuracy: 62
  • AP Cost: 25
  • Value: 314
  • Weight: 21

How to use Tesla Cannon?

Fallout 4 Tesla Cannon with Assembly mods for two different AOE effects

In Fallout 4, the Tesla Cannon is an area-of-effect energy weapon that can damage enemies within the blast radius. The standard shot from this weapon is a burst of blue, crackling lightning, creating an energy AOE. Furthermore, you can craft a Tesla-Beaton Assembly mod that will change both the color of the energy, as well as the type of effect. You will fire yellow energy at a single target with the Tesla-Beaton Assembly. Then, that energy stream will burst through the target and automatically chain to another nearby target.

FO4 Tesla Cannon in Tesla-Beaton Assembly mode

However, to create the Tesla Cannon mods, you will need to have leveled your character and their skills quite a bit. Consequently, to max this weapon out and experience its full potential, you’ll have to have very high Intelligence and a Science Rank 4. This is a perfect weapon for the Power Armor build, which uses the Heavy Gunner perk. With four points invested, this Tesla Cannon will stagger enemies and, if not outright, kill them.

FO4 Tesla Cannon mod crafting requirements and materials

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