Strange Fallout 4 Bug Gives Player a Pink Weapon


  • A Fallout 4 player encountered a strange issue where one of their weapons turned bright pink, which doesn’t fit with the game’s realistic atmosphere.
  • The player sought help from fellow fans, who identified the weapon as part of a mod and suggested that an outdated version might be the cause.
  • While the weapon still worked, reinstalling the mod would likely fix the issue of the textures not loading correctly and the weapon appearing pink.

A Fallout 4 player found themselves asking for help after discovering that one of their weapons had turned bright pink. The weapon’s hue stands out bizarrely in comparison to the stark and gritty landscape of Fallout 4.

Fallout 4 is one of the most popular titles that Bethesda has developed over its years. While there’s tons of content in the base game and its DLC alone, many fans look to the net to discover fresh additions to the title, like fan-made campaigns or cosmetic Fallout 4 mods. One such issue likely led to the problem that this player experienced.

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Fallout 4 fan BeARbOyWoNzI shared a brief video of their bright pink weapon and a text message detailing their plight, looking for answers from fellow players. In the video, one can see that they’ve equipped an AK-47U, notably a weapon not available in the game. Though they mention a series of mods that they’ve employed, nothing that would include this weapon was included, but players had insight and a likely resolution to share.

Fellow fans looking at the gun recognized it as part of the Modern Firearms mod and suggested that the player was most likely running an out-of-date version based on the weapon’s reload animation. It’s not clear what went wrong, but it seems that the Fallout 4 weapon mod wasn’t installed correctly or somehow otherwise became corrupt. In the end, while the gun seems to be functional, the textures for it aren’t loading correctly, and the bright pink hue appears as a placeholder to indicate that the file isn’t available. While it technically still works as it is, reinstalling the Fallout 4 mod would likely fix this issue.

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Other players looking at the gun seemed amused by the color, pointing out similarities to some of the more gaudy weapon skins available in modern shooters. Meanwhile, some fans talked about Garry’s Mod and Source Engine games, which display a similar missing texture placeholder, except Source’s is checkered in pink and black. Tinkering with any game can lead to issues like these if something goes awry. Thankfully, Fallout 4 and other Bethesda games are intended to work readily with mods, so it shouldn’t be too much of a hassle to fix this problem.

Starfield, Bethesda’s latest open world game, isn’t set up for official mod support just yet, but that hasn’t stopped players from tinkering with the game. Chances are that more than a few fans will end up seeing a similar placeholder texture at some point when installing or creating mods for Starfield.

Fallout 4 is available now for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.

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