Loosely organized, raiders are sadistic, ruthless gangs of bandits that operate around the Commonwealth. They are a common enemy to the people, as they frequently assault towns and farms without warning, stealing supplies and money. They heavily rely on chems, and commonly utilize improvised homemade pipe guns, however a higher-ranking raider possess factory-made weapons such as the combat rifle. Most of their armor is handmade, crudely put together pieces of metal, commonly worn alongside pieces of leather and Metal armor, and more uncommon, combat armor.
They kill for entertainment and sport. Bags of gore and dead bodies are scattered throughout their bases to mark their territory, an example of their sadistic rituals.
A common raider is the weakest of the cannon fodder found in Fallout 4. Even the greenest of players should have little trouble in dispatching several of them. Armed with pipe guns and little health they tend to survive only several hits from early game weapons before succumbing. New players should be warned that they usually travel with stronger variants, and on occasion a boss.
Raider scum are little more than raiders with slightly beefed up stats. They usually are armed with pipe weapons and crudely made welded armor, and also leather armor. The armor they equip may also have a few low level upgrades on them. Low level players may find these opponents somewhat challenging. However, after several weapon upgrades and a few levels they should fall with little effort.
Raider scavvers are basic raiders that may have a wider assortment of armor or weapons; they are the most common raiders that will spawn in raider power armor. Raider Scavvers are also the lowest level raider that can occasionally be seen with the "Sturdy" variant of raider armor.
Stronger than the raider scum and raider psychos, Survivalists tend to have more health and hit harder. They will typically hide behind objects and blindfire around them. When changing hiding positions they will take well aimed shots that are best avoided. Not terribly strong but still caution should be taken when encountering these.
Raider veterans are battle-hardened warriors. They are among the toughest raiders. These veterans are raiders who have managed to survive the perils of the wasteland for the longest amount of time. Given the dangers associated with the profession, it should come as no surprise that these enemies can pose quite a challenge. Armed with military grade weapons such as combat rifles, assault rifles, and on occasion laser weapons. These enemies are further bolstered by a high health pool and segments of combat armor. They are almost never encountered alone, in fact they sometimes act as bosses for mid level areas. Raider veterans around Hyde Park and Quincy Quarries may be seen with "sturdy" combat armor, making them a somewhat easy source to acquire said armor, along with "Heavy" raider, leather and even metal armor.
Raider bosses are unique, named raiders who lead a particular group of raiders and can be found at various specific locations. Raider bosses have the same stats as one of the regular raider types, depending on the player's level, although they typically spawn at a higher tier than their regular raider minions (i.e. if the raiders in the location spawn as raider psychos and raider scum, the location boss may have the stats of a raider waster). Some of them are also equipped with better-than-normal equipment, such as power armor. An example of a raider boss is Boomer, the raider boss in Outpost Zimonja.