The Outer Worlds – How To Carry More Items


I have never been a huge fan of encumbrance in games; it is one of those nods to the real world that I would happily ignore. The Outer Worlds does have such a system, but thankfully there are ways to carry more items.

The Outer Worlds – How To Carry More Items

Pack Mule Perk

If you find yourself carrying too much stuff in The Outer Worlds, your movement will become annoyingly slow, and if you add much more to your backpack, you won’t even be able to Fast Travel. This is frustrating, but thankfully there are ways to increase how much you can carry.

If you have companions with you, they can help you carry more items. You don’t have to do anything special, just having another character in your party will allow them to help out and carry some items for you.

A perk called Pack Mule will increase the number of items you can carry and has multiple tiers for additional benefits.

  • Tier 1 – Increase carry capacity by 50kg
  • Tier 2 – Increase carry capacity of companions by 40kg
  • Tier 3 – Increase carry capacity by 100kg

You can also use a perk called Hoarder to reduce the effective weight of consumable items by 50%. This means the weight of every consumable item you carry will be cut in half, allowing you to carry more items. This is a very valuable perk, given the sheer volume of consumables you can end up carrying.

Outside of those perks, breaking down items that you don’t need is a good idea. You can end up with multiple weapons that you don’t need to use, so it is a good plan to break them down. This also gives you Weapon Parts, which are very important for upgrade your gear.

Be sure to use your ship’s storage container as well to store heavy items you don’t need right now. The storage can be found in the Captain’s Quarters. You won’t have access to this until you get the ship’s power back on.

With the right perks, and a bit of housekeeping, you can carry a surprising amount of stuff, so hopefully, you don’t run into too many issues with encumbrance while playing through The Outer Worlds.