Brahmin tipping is an action possible in Fallout 2, Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas, and, in a special encounter, Fallout Tactics. This is an Easter egg, likely a referencing a quote from Tandi in Fallout, where she describes what there is to do in Shady Sands. She says that "brahmin-tipping gets old real quick."
In Fallout 2, brahmin tipping may be done by selecting the "push" command (the palm icon) in the drop-down menu that appears when a person or item is click-held. However, this will also sometimes simply prompt the brahmin to move away. Performing this action inflicts no damage to the brahmin.
Fallout 3 and Fallout: New VegasEdit
By crouching unarmed near a brahmin and pressing the "Activate" button, you will push the brahmin over, causing it to go into a ragdoll state for a few seconds until it gets back up. You will not lose any Karma for doing this, nor will anyone or anything become hostile.
In Fallout 3, repeating this action may cause the brahmin to die. Even after it dies, no one becomes hostile and you do not lose Karma. You may loot the resulting corpse for brahmin steak. Pack brahmin cannot be tripped; only regular brahmin can.
Brahmin tipping is featured as a special encounter in Fallout Tactics. During the special encounter, the player will find several brahmin surrounded by a fence. By interacting with the brahmin, the player can tip them over.
Behind the scenesEdit
This action is a reference to the real-life urban legend of cow tipping. In the real world, cows do not actually sleep standing up, and are actually easily disturbed. Depending on the complacency of the cow, attempting to tip one would take between two and four people to actually succeed.