For an overview of this item's appearances, see Astoundingly Awesome Tales.


Astoundingly Awesome Tales is a perk magazine in Fallout 4 that gives the Sole Survivor ranks of the Astoundingly Awesome perk.


Each issue helps in combat. Many of them directly increase damage, while others assist with health or in other ways.

Magazine issues

Editor ID Issue Location Location Description Perk & Effect Base ID
01 #6, Attack Of The Fishmen Skylanes Flight 1981 On the restroom toilet below the cockpit. Do +5% damage against Mirelurks. 0016969F
02 Rise of the Mutants! Trinity Church On the lectern, by the steamer trunk at the east side of the church interior. Do +5% damage against Super Mutants. 001696A7
03 Deep Sea Terror! "Sinister Seafood Strikes!!" Outpost Zimonja On the workshop. Do +5% damage at night. 001696A0
04 Invasion of the Zetans Hubris Comics Top floor (the film studio), in the "star" restroom (southeast corner of the room), on a table under an irradiated blood pack, near the steamer trunk. Do +5% damage with the Alien Blaster. 0016969D
05 When Apes Go Bananas!!! "A Gorilla Ate My Patrol Car!" Railroad HQ Inside Railroad HQ (Freedom Trail mission must be completed to open the Railroad HQ), on a metal desk just west of the central table. Do +5% damage with the Cryolator. 001696A2
06 My Brain and I... (A Twisted Love Tale) Boston mayoral shelter Lower level bedroom, southwest corner, on a small table. Regenerate 1 point of health per minute. 0016969A
07 #8, The Man Who Could Stop Time Vault 114 In the living quarter's area, on a container in the blocked corridor, under the "Laundry" sign. Gain +5 Action Points. 001696A1
08 Attack of the Metal Men Dunwich Borers At the bottom of the pit below terminal #3, on a table near the steamer trunk. Take 5% less damage from robots. 0016969C
09 #12, Have Dog, Will Travel! The Institute On the triangular table of the outside balcony, accessed via Holdren’s quarters, north of atrium. Your canine companion permanently takes 10% less damage. 001696A5
10 The Mad Russian's Revenge Pickman Gallery To the right of the steamer trunk (or on the floor in front) in the last tunnel chamber, where one meets Pickman. Gain +5 Poison Resistance. 0016969E
11 The Starlet Sniper Coast Guard Pier In the basement, on the toilet inside the locked cell (Expert lock or use the terminal to unlock the cell), by the secured storage room. Do +5% damage with scoped weapons. 0016969B
12 #13, Curse of the Burned! Crater of Atom Top floor (up the stairs) of the central metal shack built into the western rocks. Do +5% damage against Ghouls. 001696A6
13 Giant Insects Invade Sentinel site In the first main area right at the start of Sentinel Site Prescott, in one of the outer hallway areas, under some stairs, this magazine is found on the desk as part of a large row of work terminals on the eastern side of the facility. Gain +5 Radiation Resistance. 001696A3
14 Rise of the Radiated East Boston Preparatory School On a desk in the computer room, top floor, southeast corner. RadAway heals +5% radiation damage. 001696A4


  • Most of the issue numbers are torn off the magazines. However, The Art of Fallout 4 has clean versions of the issues where the numbers, if they have them, can be read.
  • Issue #12, "Have Dog, Will Travel," will be rendered uncollectable should the Institute be destroyed.

About the perks

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  • The perk provided by My Brain and I... (A Twisted Love Tale) is ambiguous in its description that it heals the player character one point per minute. Health is restored at 1 point per in-game minute.
    • However, this is taken into account by the Waiting system in the game, healing the player character by the amount that would have been healed if they had actually spent the entire in-game hour playing.
  • Looking at the game's files, it would seem that the perk for Have Dog, Will Travel has no effect. However, there is actually a hidden 15th perk, PerkMagAwesomeTalesDogmeat "Astoundingly Awesome 15" [PERK:00169693], which Dogmeat has from the beginning. It is inactive until player.HasPerk 169692 is true, which is to say his human friend has picked up the magazine and received its perk. When that condition is satisfied, Dogmeat's own perk will activate, removing 10% of his incoming weapon damage.
  • The +5 radiation resistance provided by Giant Insects Invade applies to both external radiation sources and radiation from consumed items, giving it a similar effect to the Lead Belly perk.

Behind the scenes

FB8 deco 301 color.pngThe following is based on unverified behind the scenes information and may be inaccurate.
  • The name of the magazine is a take on pulp science-fiction/fantasy/adventure magazines such as Amazing Stories and Weird Tales.
  • "The Man Who Could Stop Time" is also a play on the fact that the player character can effectively stop time when using V.A.T.S., hence the additional action points.
  • The title "Have Dog, Will Travel!" is modeled after a phrase made popular by Have Gun – Will Travel, an American TV and radio western that ran from 1957-1963 (1958-1960 for radio), featuring a protagonist named Paladin.
  • "The Man Who Could Stop Time" may be in reference to an episode of The Twilight Zone (1959-1964), where a man is given a stopwatch which stops time. He then uses it for cheap party tricks, then escalates to robbing a bank where he breaks it, and time is now permanently stopped.[1]
  • The magazine named "Attack of the Fishman" could be a reference to 1954 movie Creature from the Black Lagoon. The cover of the magazine resembles the film's poster.
FB8 deco 301 color.pngEnd of information based on unverified behind the scenes information.


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