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For an overview of this magazine, see U.S. Covert Operations Manual.


U.S. Covert Operations Manual is a perk magazine in Fallout 76.

Background[edit | edit source]

U.S. Covert Operations Manual is a training handbook produced by the Department of the Army to train its personnel in the art of subterfuge. The manuals were not intended for public circulation and were marked "Authorized Eyes Only."

Characteristics[edit | edit source]

Reading an installment of U.S. Covert Operations Manual will temporarily give the player character a unique bonus, such as increased damage resistance while sneaking or increased damage to others. All bonuses expire after 30 minutes (60 minutes with Curator), and the magazine is consumed once read.

Installments of U.S. Covert Operations Manual are affected by Pannapictagraphist and will emit directional audio when the player character is in range.

Magazine issues[edit | edit source]

Name Issue Perk Editor ID Base ID
US Covert Ops 1 FH 5-01 Whistling in the Dark +10 Damage Resistance while sneaking Magazine_USCovertOps01_Potion 00432d39
US Covert Ops 2 FH 5-02 Urban Camouflage Hide 50% better in full light Magazine_USCovertOps02_Potion 00432d3c
US Covert Ops 3 FH 5-03 Facepaint Fundamentals -10% damage from players Magazine_USCovertOps03_Potion 00432d39
US Covert Ops 4 FH 5-04 Not the Soldiers You're Looking For +10% damage vs. players Magazine_USCovertOps04_Potion 00432d42
US Covert Ops 5 FH 5-05 Who Goes There? Perception +1 Magazine_USCovertOps05_Potion 00432d45
US Covert Ops 6 FH 5-06 Squeaky Floorboard, Sudden Death Make 50% less noise while sneaking Magazine_USCovertOps06_Potion 00432d48
US Covert Ops 7 FH 5-07 Getting the Drop on the Communists -50% enemy player V.A.T.S. accuracy Magazine_USCovertOps07_Potion 00432d4b
US Covert Ops 8 FH 5-08 Bushes, Boxes, and Beehives: Camouflage Special +25% unarmed and knife damage Magazine_USCovertOps08_Potion 00432d4e
US Covert Ops 9 FH 5-09 Look Better in Black +50% Stealth Boy duration Magazine_USCovertOps09_Potion 00432d51
US Covert Ops 10 FH 5-10 Tiptoe Through the Tulips Agility +1 Magazine_USCovertOps10_Potion 00432d54

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Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

The cover of an actual 1965 issued field manual on the M1 Garand Rifle

  • The collection of manuals is based on real world Field Manuals issued by the US Department of the Army, particularly those issued in the 1960s.
50 Vault-Tec C.E.O..pngThe following is based on unverified behind the scenes information and has not been confirmed by canon sources.
  • Some of the issue titles also refer to common phrases and to real world pop culture:
    • "Whistling in the Dark" is a common idiom meaning "to put on a brave front."
    • "Not the Soldiers You're Looking For" is a reference to Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, where Obi-Wan Kenobi says "These aren't the droids you're looking for."
    • "Who Goes There?" is the name of a science fiction novella by John W. Campbell, Jr., written in 1938 and made into several films, the best known of which is John Carpenter's The Thing (1982).
    • "Squeaky Floorboard, Sudden Death" appears to be a Splinter Cell reference, in particular to the third game in the series, Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory.
    • "Bushes, Boxes and Beehives Camouflage Special" could be a reference to the Metal Gear Solid game series, of which hiding in a cardboard box is a signature, and where Snake may hide behind bushes, under boxes and use beehives as a method of distraction.
    • "Look Better in Black" is possibly a reference to a quote from City of Bones, part of the Mortal Instruments series of novels. The quote is as follows: "It means 'Shadowhunters: Looking Better in Black Than the Widows of our Enemies Since 1234'."
    • "Tiptoe Through the Tulips" is a reference to the song Tiptoe Through The Tulips by Nick Lucas, from Gold Diggers of Broadway.
50 Vault-Tec C.E.O..pngEnd of information based on unverified behind the scenes information.

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