We can all agree just from observation over the past couple of months that Fallout 76 has a variety of issues, but the preponderance of duped items is definitely on that list. While Bethesda has been doing its best to track down the methods used to dupe items, players seem to quickly find ways around those blocks. The maintenance today is taking a different angle, though: It’s not patching the game to remove a duping method, it’s just destroying duped items right out of player inventories.
The maintenance is also hoping to fix some network latency issues, but the removal of the duped items is obviously the more important aspect. The announcement stresses that only a small percentage of players will be affected by the item removal as only a small number of players actually have duped items, and items will be removed from both player inventories and stashes. So if you’ve been playing legitimately, you hopefully won’t notice any change… but if you’ve been running around with ill-gotten gains, you may find yourself short several items post-maintenance.