Bitter drink

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History? Cures a wound, leaves the bitterness that caused it. The Twin Mothers were always about lessons.


Bitter drink is a makeshift healing consumable item in Fallout: New Vegas.


Originating from Twin Mothers,[1] bitter drink is a useful healing drink primarily carried by Legionaries and is regularly consumed by wounded soldiers on the Legion's long forced marches. The recipe (and some of its history) is given to the Courier at the end of Lonesome Road by Ulysses if he lives and can be found in the loot crate at the Canyon wreckage if he is dead.

Bitter drink can be crafted at a campfire with a Survival skill of 15 and having received the recipe. It requires 1 broc flower, 1 xander root and 1 empty Sunset Sarsaparilla bottle. It is roughly twice as strong as healing powder, but does not carry the usual side-effects that come from the use thereof - making it a highly effective means for replenishing health outside of combat; at any given level of Medicine skill, bitter drinks slightly more hit points than stimpaks, although the time required for the full effect is much longer.

Bitter drink counts as a chem, rather than a drink. Despite the fact that it requires Survival skill to craft, its effectiveness is governed by the Medicine skill.

Bitter drinks are good for when fighting poisonous creatures and lack antivenom. The HP regeneration from a bitter drink can offset a poison effect's ongoing damage, ergo increasing chances of survival and freeing up resources for that critical emergency healing only stimpaks can provide.

Medicine Skill effectEdit

10+2 Hit Point for 18s
20+2 Hit Point for 18s
30+3 Hit Point for 18s
40+3 Hit Point for 18s
50+4 Hit Point for 18s
60+4 Hit Point for 18s
70+4 Hit Point for 18s
80+5 Hit Point for 18s
90+5 Hit Point for 18s
100+6 Hit Point for 18s


This item can be crafted by the Courier.

Creation requirements

rangeIcon range
Completion of Lonesome Road
levelIcon level
Bitter drink (1)



  • When using bitter drinks it can register as taking a stimpak, thus this item can help towards the challenge and achievement/trophy Stim-ply Amazing.
  • The hot-key icon for bitter drink of is the same one used for chems, rather than the one used for drinks or food. This may be an oversight, as bitter drinks are not treated as a chem, e.g. it is not prohibited by the Legion.
  • A recent patch had lowered the healing effect of the bitter drink, as with a 100 Medicine skill it will only heal 6(18s).
  • Even though it uses an empty Sunset Sarsaparilla bottle to craft it, the world model and Pip-Boy icon of the item is a clay jug with decorative paint around the bottom.


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