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The PIP-Boy 2000 Mark VI[1] is a pre-War Personal Information Processor (PIP) manufactured by RobCo Industries and acts as a database for the wearer's personal information and inventory. It is an updated version of the Pip-Boy 2000.

BackgroundEdit

The Pip-Boy 2000 Mark VI is an updated version of the Pip-Boy 2000, which was issued to vaults scattered across New California. It represents a step forward in the development of more ergonomic versions of RobCo's flagship personal computing product. The Mark VI was given to the residents of Vault 76 who would repopulate Appalachia 25 years after the Great War. Unlike previous versions of the Pip-Boy 2000, the Mark VI is without a real-time mapping feature.[2] It makes up for the lack of mapping with additional features that would be common in future Pip-Boy models like user status tracking, an FM radio upgrade module,[3] Geiger counter, an advanced compass that could display notable locations and nearby persons and creatures, lighting functionality for dark areas, and inventory management.

While the 2000 Mark VI has a generally similar design to its predecessor model as shown by the color scheme, vacuum tubes, exposed wiring, and use of the older RobCo Pip-Boy mascot on its nameplate, rather than Vault Boy, several revisions are also evident. Some components have been relocated to the right side of the screen, and there are additional knobs. One significant structural difference compared to the newer Pip-Boy 3000 and Pip-Boy 3000 Mark IV is that the 2000 Mark VI's casing does not completely enclose the wearer's wrist and is instead secured by a wraparound leather cuff with a buckle; both the 3000 and 3000 Mark IV were made with hinged hard cases that were closed with a latch. These computers were produced and distributed in a Pip-Boy 2000 Mark VI kit.[4]

FunctionsEdit

The Pip-Boy 2000 Mark VI has a radio, Geiger counter and a holodisk player mounted beneath the display as standard features. It is capable of tracking the wearer's status and any active or completed quests and also organizes the wearer's inventory. Unlike earlier 2000 or the later 3000 series models, the 2000 Mk VI does not include a digital map, a satellite uplink or sonar mapping modules.

On the main display of the 2000 Mk VI are four primary sections, each with specific subsections.

STATSEdit

STATS is an overview of the player character's general health, physical wellbeing, and capabilities. The information in this section is broken down into three subsections:

  • STATUS: Displays the user's current health as compared to the user's total health, the user's name, the user's level, damage output on their current weapon, and damage resistance from their current armor. Health bars for each limb of the user are also displayed to show how healthy or damaged a limb may be. The Vault Boy on the screen will change depending on whether the user has crippled limbs.
  • EFFECTS: Displays the current positive and negative effects that the user has accumulated.
  • SPECIAL: Displays the user's S.P.E.C.I.A.L. attributes.

ITEMEdit

ITEM is an overview of the player characters inventory. At the very bottom of the screen, while in any section, the wearer's carry Weight and amount of caps will be shown, in addition to showing the damage output of the wearer's current weapon and the Damage Resistance of the armor they are currently wearing.

Unlike the Pip-Boy 3000 Mark IV, the "ITEMS" section of the Pip-Boy splits holotapes and notes into their own sub-category, instead of being grouped together in the miscellaneous section, allowing easier access to such items. In all sections, the weight and value of items are listed when the item is selected.

WEAPONS: Displays the weapons that a user has. If the user has a ranged weapon selected, the Pip-Boy will display, where appropriate to the weapon:

Displayed information
Level required to use the weapon¹
Condition (CND)¹
Damage output
Ammunition required, the amount available (firearms)
Speed (melee weapons)
Fire rate¹
Range¹
Accuracy¹
Weight
Value
¹Excluding throwing weapons

APPAREL: Displays the apparel and clothing in the wearer's inventory. Apparel data is listed in the following order:

Displayed information
Level required
Damage Resistance (if any)
Weight
Value

AID: Displays the different medical supplies, chems, food and water that the user has. Each item will display its relative effects below, which can include:

Displayed information
Health gain/loss
Radiation gain/loss
Hunger satisfaction
Hydration satisfaction
Chance of disease
Unique effects

MISC: Displays the miscellaneous items carried.
HOLO: Displays the holotapes carried.
NOTES: Displays the notes carried.
JUNK: Displays the junk items carried.
AMMO: Displays amount and type of ammunition carried.

DATAEdit

DATA displays the quests that the user has. Each quest can be activated/deactivated, with completed quests shown in a darker hue below, separated from the current quests the user has. Each tab displays a description of the current objective of the quest and the actual current objective below the quest title.

Displayed information Description
MAIN Displays main quests
SIDE Displays side quests
DAILY Displays daily quests
EVENT Displays event quests in the nearby area

RADIOEdit

Displays the radio stations in range of the Pip-Boy, allowing the player character to tune into a radio station from the list displayed.

ModificationsEdit

The 2000 can be modified with a variety of paints, purchased through the Atomic Shop.

Name Appearance Description
American Flag
Blue Roadster Paint Embrace the fact that you have the power of a car strapped to your wrist, with this sweet Blue Roadster Paint for your Pip-Boy.
Black Paint Simple and distinctive, this Black Paint will give your Pip-Boy a sleek, stealthy style.
Construction Safety Paint Be prepared for all workplace accidents with this Constuction Safety Paint.
Enclave Paint Support the real American Government with this Enclave Paint for your Pip-Boy.
Grey Paint Going for something a bit more... understated? Try this Grey Paint for your trusty Pip-Boy.
Hot Rodder Paint Show off your Wasteland travels with the Hot Rodder Pip-Boy Paint!
Hunter Safety Paint Be noticed from afar with this Hunter Safety Paint! Not guaranteed to prevent strangers from shooting you.
Mothman Paint
Pink Corvega Paint The days of automobile giant Chryslus may be over, but this Pink Corvega Paint for your Pip-Boy is a great reminder.
Red Rocket Paint Fuel-up your Pip-Boy with this beautiful Red Rocket Paint.
Dough-Boy Paint Embrace your love of Slocum's Joe with the Slocum's Joe Dough-Boy Pip-Boy Paint!
Sugar Bombs Paint Give your Pip-Boy a sugar rush with this branded Sugar Bombs Paint.
Well-Traveled Paint Show off your Wasteland travels with the Well-Traveled Paint!
Vault-Tec Paint Your friends at Vault-Tec have their own Paint for Pip-Boys and now it can be yours!
Vault-Tec U. Paint Show your support for VTU with this Vault-Tec U. Paint. Go Wendigos!
Wavy Willard's Paint

Behind the scenesEdit

  • The Pip-Boy 2000 Mark VI is heavily based upon the Pip-Boy 2000, from vaults scattered across New California in both Fallout and Fallout 2.
  • A real life version of the Pip-Boy 2000 Mark VI was produced by The Wand Company. It consists of a model kit with over 150 parts and in-universe instructions. The completed model is 1:1 scale, wearable, and has moving buttons and knobs, but has no electronic functionality.

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. PIP-Boy 2000 nameplate in Fallout 76: "PIP-BOY 2000 Mk VI Manufactured by Robco Industries for Distribution by Vault-Tec corp."
  2. In-game, no local maps and the use of the Vault-Tec Appalachia paper map.
  3. Pip-Boy 2000 Mk VI FM Radio Module, at Bethesda Gear
  4. The Wand Company website
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