Nuka-Cola (Fallout: New Vegas)

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For an overview of Nuka-Cola soda in the Fallout series of games, see Nuka-Cola.
FO3 Nuka-Cola
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effects+3 Radiation
+2 Hit Points per second for 25s
+1 bottle cap
Hardcore mode only:
+10 Dehydration
-15 Sleep
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Super stimpak
Ice cold Nuka-Cola
Nuka-Cola Quartz
Nuka-Cola Victory

Nuka-Cola is a consumable item in Fallout: New Vegas.


Main article: Nuka-Cola
Nuka-Cola was invented in 2044 by John-Caleb Bradberton. Its unique taste gained widespread popularity, quickly becoming the most popular soft drink in the United States with an extremely dedicated following. The widely known dazzling blue bottle color was adopted as standard in 2052, after market research programs indicated that the blue color was the favorite in 86 people out of 100 polled.

The ingredients of Nuka-Cola include: carbonated water, caramel color, aspartame, phosphoric acid, potassium benzoate (to protect taste), natural flavors, citric acid, and caffeine. What gives it a unique flavor is the essence of seventeen different fruits mixed in just the right proportion to give the beverage its trademark taste. Some versions of the drink also include vita-minerals and health tonics. During the Great Passion Fruit Famine of 2044, people actually noticed the taste difference when the recipe was changed.

By 2067, vending machiness with ice cold Nuka-Cola could be found on virtually every street in America. There is a Nuka-Cola plant in the Washington, D.C Area.

Nuka-Cola was the most popular flavored soft drink in the United States before the Great War. After the War, Nuka-Cola remains one of the most popular soft drinks of the post-nuclear world, as much of it was preserved in a fairly pristine state, although it tends to be warm, irradiated, and flat.


Nuka-Cola was the most common form of drink in Fallout 3, however in Fallout: New Vegas, it is far less common compared to Sunset Sarsaparilla. Sunset Sarsaparilla is somewhat more useful because it does not contain any radiation.

While playing Hardcore mode, Nuka-Cola will dehydrate the Courier as well as giving him/her some energy to fend off sleep deprivation, which is notable as soda dehydration is a myth in real life. The drink will still heal you as well. When not playing Hardcore mode, Nuka-Cola provides +2 (25s) HP, +3 Rads, & 1 bottle cap.


With the Honest Hearts add-on installed, the player has access to a recipe which enables the creation of a home-brewed version of the drink.

Creation requirements

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Honest Hearts add-on
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Home-brewed Nuka-Cola (1)




  • You keep the bottle cap after drinking the soda.
  • Festus incorrectly states that before the invention of Sunset Sarsaparilla, the only thing people could drink is Nuka-Cola. Nuka-Cola was invented much after Sunset Sarsaparilla (as indicated by the establishment of Sunset Sarsaparilla in front of its HQ in Las Vegas).
  • Even though the ingredients required to make Home-brewed Nuka-Cola (barrel cactus fruit, Nevada agave fruit, empty soda bottle) do not themselves contain radiation, the drink thereby created is indistinguishable from found Nuka-Cola and still provides two rads.
  • Nuka Cola, like Sunset Sarsaparilla , is not affected by Survival skill.

Behind the scenesEdit

  • During the 2008 E3 as a promotional item, people were given a real drinkable version of Nuka-Cola. It greatly resembles the 1950s look of the Coca-Cola brand bottles.
  • The name of the Nuka-Cola creator, John-Caleb Bradberton, is an amalgamation of the inventors of Coca-Cola (John Pemberton) and Pepsi-Cola (Caleb Bradham).
  • Its logos, bottle designs, market crash, and even its name are heavily based on Coca-Cola.

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