Is the initial starting area of Fallout 76 and where Vault 76 is located. A majority of prerelease game footage takes place in this biome packed with trees, vibrant vegetation, and vast hills. Without heavy radiation damage, we can expect this area to feature low-level enemies and fewer mutations. Settlements appear to include the capital of Charleston, Morgantown, Summersville, Point Pleasant and White Sulphur Springs.
Following an accident at chemical-filled factories, the "Ash Heap" is home to a hollowed mountain stripped down by mining companies. Coal mines, bucket-wheel excavators, and first responders occupy this scarred slice of earth. The cities of Lewisburg, Beckley, Welch, and Bramwell are confirmed in this region, as well as Vault 63. As Vault 76 is one of the first to open, it's unclear how this vault will feature.
Sharply splitting West Virginia in two, the "Savage Divide" is a barren desert wasteland with varying altitude. The mountains in this region bisect the map vertically, creating a challenge for vault dwellers venturing between east and west.
The "Cranberry Bog," known as the Cranberry Glades in real-world West Virginia, is a collection of five bogs found in the south-east of the state. The dark bogs contrast with vibrant burgundy flora, with hints of mutated carnivorous plants that may be hostile to players.
As its name indicates, "The Mire" is a region of swampland up the eastern side of West Virginia packed with hidden secrets. Adaptations of Watoga and Harpers Ferry are confirmed in this region.
Details on Fallout 76's northern "Toxic Valley" are scarce, with no substantial footage of this area so far. Expect heavy radiation, mutated creatures, high-stakes missions, with a need for strong Power Armor. This is also the expected crash site of the downed space station.
In the center is Vault 76, surrounded by mountainous, rural landscape. Roads and a train line to the east weave through the rolling hills, but only the town located on the large river to the west gives us any indication of where we are. The words “Mothman Museum” confirm this city to be Point Pleasant; a sleepy town on the border of Ohio.
As is typical of the Fallout universe, every element, whether it’s a place or a point in history, is based on truth but, like a mirror image, there’s still something not quite right. For example, this image taken from The Making of Fallout 76 shows Morgantown, another real-world city located far to the northeast of Charleston that mostly aligns with reality. The subtle difference is the existence of Vault Tec University rather than our version, West Virginia University, which sits in the exact same location.