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With the Cannibal perk, when you're in Sneak mode, you gain the option to eat a corpse to regain Health. But every time you feed, you lose Karma, and if the act is witnessed, it is considered a crime against nature.

— In-game description

Cannibal is a perk in Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas and Fallout 4 that allows the player character to engage in cannibalism.

Fallout 3 and Fallout: New VegasEdit


In Fallout: New Vegas, the perk functions the same as it did in Fallout 3, except that it can be acquired much earlier (at level 4 instead of level 12). After consuming 25 corpses, the Courier will acquire the Dine and Dash challenge perk, allowing them to harvest human remains, rather than eat the corpse directly.

The Lone Wanderer and Courier can only eat the corpses of humans and non-feral ghouls. In Old World Blues, the Courier can also eat the corpses trapped inside the Y-17 trauma override harnesses.

Each corpse restores 25 HP, adds 3 rads, and reduces Karma by one point. Each corpse can only be fed from once. If the Lone Wanderer or Courier are caught devouring a corpse, friendly non-player characters (excluding companions) will turn hostile.

Fallout 4Edit

As cannibalism is still such a deplorable act, all companions, with the exception of Strong, Dogmeat, Codsworth, and Gage will dislike the action if they witness it. Hancock, X6-88, Curie, MacCready react negatively, though their affinities are not affected.

The time to consume a corpse is much shorter compared to Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas. The process is also more graphic, with blood spurting out of the corpse.

As of the Survival mode update (1.5.x), Cannibalism has an additional penalty tacked on when in the survival difficulty level. Using it to satisfy the hunger need inflicts the player character with the Dark Craving status effect. Food will no longer sate hunger; the player can only commit cannibalism to fulfill hunger requirements and will go straight from being satisfied to being very hungry instead of the intermediate statuses (peckish, etc). The game treats this as an Addiction, which can be cured by any doctor NPC for 75 caps. This will appear as a dialog option. Addictol or refreshing beverage will not cure the addiction.


Rank Requirements Description Base ID
1 END 8 Feast on mortal flesh to heal your wounds! Eating human corpses restores Health.

Each corpse for this rank heals a total of 25 health.

2 END 8, LVL 19 Eating Ghoul or Super Mutant corpses restores Health

Each corpse for this rank heals a total of 25 health.

3 END 8, LVL 38 Eating human, Ghoul or Super Mutant corpses now restores a significant amount of Health.

Each corpse for this rank heals a total of 50 health.



  • Expands dialogue options with The Family in Blood Ties and when speaking with Jack Smith in Andale (without the perk, the first option requires a Speech check).
  • There is a fairly long animation each time a corpse is devoured - roughly the time it takes to drink water from a sink twice.
  • In Fallout: New Vegas, there is a hidden challenge perk tied to cannibalism that is undocumented even in the official strategy guide. This perk is called "Meat of Champions" and, in order to gain it, the Courier must feed on Mr. House, President Kimball, The King, and Caesar. After obtaining this perk, whenever eating a corpse, a notice appears on-screen, stating "The essence of champions flows through your veins. When you cannibalize corpses, you temporarily gain Caesar's Intelligence, Mr. House's Luck, The King's Charisma, and President Kimball's Strength."
  • In the Beyond the Beef quest, when talking to Marjorie, there's a dialogue option that says "<lie> It's okay. I eat people too. You can tell me the truth." With the perk, the "lie" part is absent.
  • In Beyond the Beef, when talking to Mortimer about the society's cannibalism, this perk can be used to convince him that the Courier will help him in lieu of a Speech check.
  • In Dead Money, the Courier may ask Dog and God about how the ghost people taste.
  • Jas Wilkins asks the Courier on what is the tastiest thing they had ever eaten. The Courier can respond that people have a rather unique taste, to which she replies with an unsettling feeling.
  • When selecting "Devour," the camera will automatically go to third person and will zoom out. The Lone Wanderer or Courier cannot move, look at their Pip-Boy or draw a weapon. However, it is possible to change weapons with the quick-select menu.
  • In Fallout 4, The player is unable to use this perk while in power armor.

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