Fallout 4 VR exploit lets you grab the Cryolator gun without picking the lock

The Cryolator in Fallout 4 is a pretty fantastic gun that freezes your enemies in their tracks and lets you slice through their health bars like a hot knife through cold, cold butter. If you’re a lowly level one character who hasn’t even gotten a Pip-Boy yet it’s a great weapon to have on your side heading into the big bad Commonwealth, and thanks to the magic of Fallout VR (and probably a bit of an oversight on Bethesda’s part), you can currently get your hands on it almost immediately after starting the game.

A history of exploits

Normally, the cryolator is carefully sealed in a display case with a master lock in the Overseer's office of Vault 111. The hope is clearly that it’ll serve as a bit of eye-candy and a reason to return to the vault once your character has leveled up to tackle these beefy locks. In practice this has rarely been the case.

When the non-VR version of Fallout 4 launched you could get your hands on the Cryolator by bringing Dogmeat into Vault 111 and having him fetch an item for you. Have him search around enough and he would eventually glitch his way through the display case and snag the Cryolator for you and you could be on your merry way.

It wasn’t long before this method was patched, but it was fun while it lasted.

For Fallout 4 VR, Bethesda apparently wasn’t paying close attention to the Cryolator’s history when they did their VR QA testing, because if you’re in the mood to play Mr. Freeze all you need to do to snag the Cryolator is to reach through the display case glass with your super ghost VR hands and use the interact key a few times.

With a little luck you’ll pick up the Cryolator after a few clicks, netting you one of the best weapons in the game for minimal effort.

The Cryolator comes with 200 rounds base, and you’ll find more ammo for it at various merchants and loot boxes across the Commonwealth for a pretty cap or two. So use it sparingly, but don’t be afraid to use it, especially if you want to make the Concord deathclaw battle a lot easier.  

We’re not sure how Bethesda missed this particular bug, and it’s possible it’ll go the way of the Dogmeat exploit, but in the meantime it’s worth taking advantage of if you're playing Fallout 4 VR.

Note: This exploit was discovered during our review play-through on PC using the HTC Vive VR headset. Your mileage may vary.