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Addiction to a substance, or activity, means that one's body (or mind) is in need of a daily dose in order to avoid withdrawal symptoms.

OverviewEdit

  • Addiction can happen from using too many drugs. An addict suffers withdrawal symptoms that can cause ill effects when a drug wears off. Many substances in the Fallout games are addictive. Each chem has a chance of addiction. One of the most addictive drugs is Jet.
  • For Fallout 1 & 2, withdrawal effects occur after becoming addicted and going for some amount of time without using that chem. For non-jet addictions, addiction lasts 7 days from the onset of the withdrawal effects (nine days of non-use), while jet addiction lasts forever without the Jet antidote.
  • Certain NPCs have addictions, not just the player character.

Types of addictionEdit

Type Fallout Fallout 2 Fallout 3 Fallout: New Vegas Fallout Tactics
Afterburner addiction noIcon cross noIcon cross noIcon cross noIcon cross yesIcon check
Alcohol addiction yesIcon check yesIcon check yesIcon check yesIcon check yesIcon check
Ant nectar addiction noIcon cross noIcon cross yesIcon check yesIcon check noIcon cross
Buffout addiction yesIcon check yesIcon check yesIcon check yesIcon check yesIcon check
Hydra addiction noIcon cross noIcon cross noIcon cross yesIcon check noIcon cross
Jet addiction noIcon cross yesIcon check yesIcon check yesIcon check noIcon cross
Med-X addiction noIcon cross noIcon cross yesIcon check yesIcon check noIcon cross
Mentats addiction yesIcon check yesIcon check yesIcon check yesIcon check yesIcon check
Nuka-Cola addiction yesIcon check yesIcon check noIcon cross noIcon cross yesIcon check
Nuka-Cola Quantum addiction noIcon cross noIcon cross yesIcon check yesIcon check noIcon cross
Psycho addiction yesIcon check yesIcon check yesIcon check yesIcon check yesIcon check
Rebound addiction noIcon cross noIcon cross noIcon cross yesIcon check¹ noIcon cross
RadAway addiction yesIcon check yesIcon check noIcon cross noIcon cross yesIcon check
Steady addiction noIcon cross noIcon cross noIcon cross yesIcon check noIcon cross
Tobacco addiction noIcon cross noIcon cross noIcon cross yesIcon check noIcon cross
Tragic addiction noIcon cross yesIcon check² noIcon cross noIcon cross noIcon cross
Turbo addiction noIcon cross noIcon cross noIcon cross yesIcon check noIcon cross
Ultrajet addiction noIcon cross noIcon cross yesIcon check yesIcon check noIcon cross
Voodoo addiction noIcon cross noIcon cross noIcon cross noIcon cross yesIcon check
¹ Only used in game files; possible bug.
² Only in modded versions.

Fallout, Fallout 2, Fallout TacticsEdit

ITEM RISK DELAY DURATION FORM WITHDRAWAL EFFECTS
Beer 5%  ? 7 days Alcohol addiction -1AG, -1CH
Buffout 25% 2 days 7 days Buffout addiction -2ST, -2EN, -3AG
Jet 50% 2 days Until Cure is taken
Jet addiction -1 ST, -1 PE, -1 Action Point
Mentats 15% 7 days 7 days Mentats addiction -3IN, -2AG
Nuka-Cola 10% 30 minutes 7 days
Nuka-Cola addiction N/A: "You crave more Nuka-Cola"
Psycho 20% 7 days 7 days Psycho addiction -2IN
RadAway 10% 10 days 7 days
RadAway addiction -20 Radiation Resistance
Tragic Disabled from Fallout 2, depends on mod version Disabled from Fallout 2, depends on mod version Disabled from Fallout 2, depends on mod version Tragic addiction N/A: "You feel a burning desire to open another box of Tragic cards"

Fallout 3Edit

In Fallout 3, addiction is permanent. It can, however, be cured for a price in caps by visiting a doctor (like the one in Megaton). Owning a house in either Megaton or Tenpenny Tower enables no-cost addiction removal if the My First Laboratory house improvement is installed. Also the healing archways in Mothership Zeta include removing addictions as part of their healing effects.

ITEM CLASS RISK DURATION UMON WITHDRAWAL EFFECTS
Buffout Chems 10% 30 hours 30 -1EN, -1ST
Jet Chems 20% 30 hours 30 -1AG, -1CH
Ultrajet Chems 20% 48 mins 12 -2AG, -1PE, -1ST
Mentats1 Chems 5% 30 hours 30 -1IN, -1PE
Beer Alcohol 5% N/A N/A -1AG, -1CH
Vodka Alcohol 10% N/A N/A -1AG, -1CH
Wine Alcohol 5% N/A N/A -1AG, -1CH
Psycho Chems 10% 30 hours 30 -1EN, -1PE
Med-X Chems 10% 30 hours 30 -1AG, -1IN
Scotch Alcohol 10% N/A N/A -1AG, -1CH
Whiskey Alcohol 10% N/A N/A -1AG, -1CH
Ant nectar Chems 5% 1 hour 20 -2ST
Nuka-Cola Quantum Food 10% 48 mins 12 -1CH, -15 Radiation Resistance
  • 1Note this only applies to plain Mentats, the other variations (Berry Mentats, Orange Mentats, and Grape Mentats) are non addictive.
  • Items not listed in this table are not addictive in Fallout 3; this includes Rad-X, RadAway, and some other substances.
  • Risk is a base chance of addiction per use, and only applies to alcohol items in Fallout 3.
  • UMON is an accumulating chance of addiction. See Usage Monitor for a detailed explanation.
  • Duration is the length of time required to pass without consuming the drug for the accumulated UMON value to be reduced.

Usage MonitorEdit

In addition to addiction chance, certain items have an additional, increasing chance of addiction with each subsequent use. Internally, this effect is referred to as the Usage Monitor Effect, or UMON. Each use of an item adds its UMON value to the total UMON value before the addiction check is performed. This value remains added to the UMON total until its specified time limit elapses, at which point it is removed from the current running total. An accumulated value of 75 appears to equate to an additional 1% chance (added on top of any existing addiction chance), while a value of 175 appears to be equivalent to a 100% chance. The specifics of the algorithm remain unclear.

Fallout: New VegasEdit

New drugs and addiction-causing substances were added to Fallout: New Vegas, many with their own new forms of addiction. Due to the engine used in Fallout: New Vegas, addiction behaves the same as it did in Fallout 3. It is permanent unless seen to by a doctor. Fixer will provide temporary relief from the symptoms of withdrawal. When Old World Blues is installed, the Sink Auto-Doc cures addictions for free as part of the basic physical exam. For information about UMON, risk and so on, see the appropriate Fallout 3 section.

ITEM CLASS RISK DURATION UMON WITHDRAWAL EFFECTS
Buffout Chems 10% 30 hours 30 -1EN, -1ST
Jet Chems 20% 30 hours 30 -1AG, -1CH
Ultrajet Chems 20% 48 mins 12 -2AG, -1PE, -1ST
Mentats Chems 5% 30 hours 30 -1IN, -1PE
Beer Alcohol 5% N/A N/A -1AG, -1CH
Vodka Alcohol 10% N/A N/A -1AG, -1CH
Wine Alcohol 5% N/A N/A -1AG, -1CH
Psycho Chems 10% 30 hours 30 -1EN, -1PE
Med-X Chems 10% 30 hours 30 -1AG, -1IN
Scotch Alcohol 10% N/A N/A -1AG, -1CH
Whiskey Alcohol 10% N/A N/A -1AG, -1CH
Ant nectar Chems 5% 1 hour 20 -2ST
Fire ant nectar Chems 5% 1 hour 20 -2ST
Irradiated Scotch Alcohol 10% N/A N/A -1AG, -1CH
Irradiated whiskey Alcohol 10% N/A N/A -1AG, -1CH
Moonshine Alcohol 10% N/A N/A -1AG, -1CH
Jake Juice Alcohol 10% N/A N/A -1AG, -1CH
Coyote tobacco chew Chems 10% 30 hours 30 -1PE, -1CH
Party Time Mentats Chems 15% 30 hours 30 -1IN, -1PE
Rebound cutIcon cut (Uses jet addiction.) Chems 20% 30 hours 30 -1AG, -1CH
Slasher Chems 20% 30 hours 30 -1EN, -1PE
Rocket Chems 30% 30 hours 30 -1AG, -1CH
Irradiated beer Alcohol 5% N/A N/A -1AG, -1CH
Hydra Chems 10% N/A N/A -3EN
Turbo Chems 20% N/A N/A -2AG
Absinthe Alcohol 10% N/A N/A -1AG, -1CH
Dixon's whiskey Alcohol 50% N/A N/A -1AG, -1CH
Dixon's jet Chems 50% 30 hours 30 -1AG, -1CH
Steady Chems 80% 30 hours 30 -1ST, -1AG

BugsEdit

  • pcIcon pc ps3Icon ps3 Completing Dead Money with an addiction, it is possible for it to become permanent.
  • pcIcon pc xbox360Icon xbox360 Fixer can permanently remove addictions in an unpatched game.
  • pcIcon pc Ant nectar addiction used to be incurable due to a bug, but this was fixed in Fallout: New Vegas patch 1.2.0.31x. The console command Player.RemoveSpell 0006dc6e will immediately remove the addiction on the PC version.
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