Flare (Fallout)

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For an overview of flares that appear in the Fallout series of games, see flare.
Fo1 FlareFo1 Flare (Lit)
Icon Fo1 flare
Damage & attacks
damage typeNormal
att. modes
Throw(Action PointsIcon action 1, RangeIcon range 15)
strength req.0
hands req.1
weight1 pound
35/60 (lit) fo1Gametitle-FO1
35/60 (lit) fo2Gametitle-FO2
35/60 (lit) fotGametitle-FOT
weapon perkWeapon Accurate
prototype id00000079
00000205 (lit)

A flare. Creates light for a short period of time. The paper is a little worn, but otherwise it is in good condition. Twist the top to activate it.

The flare is a thrown weapon in Fallout, Fallout 2 and Fallout Tactics.


Flares can come in handy in low-light situations. If thrown or dropped, any targets standing in the vicinity of the flare are treated as if in daylight, making them a lot easier to hit with ranged attacks if darkness is causing a penalty to accuracy.

Although the flare will normally only inflict 1 damage if thrown at an enemy, aiming throws at the eyes of enemies can blind or even kill them instantaneously, even if they are wearing power armor. When combined with having Living Anatomy, flares become stunningly efficient throwing weapons, as each flare will do at least 5 damage to any organic target since they only need one AP to throw. This will allow a character with an Agility of 10 to outperform many starting weapons in terms of damage dealt per turn.

In Fallout, they can also be sold for 35 bottle caps, which can be quite helpful early on for players who have a low money count.



  • Curiously, a lit flare is worth more than an unlit flare. However, they cannot be bartered with.

Fallout TacticsEdit

In Fallout Tactics, the flare can commonly be bought from merchants, while the smoke flare is seen in the Kansas mission.

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