| ||For an overview of Nuka-Cola soda in the Fallout series of games, see Nuka-Cola.|
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.
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. During the E3 gameplay release of Fallout 4, Nuka-Cola bottles appear to take on a newer look.
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 them some energy to fend off sleep deprivation, which is notable as soda dehydration is a myth in real life. The drink will still heal as well. When not playing Hardcore mode, Nuka-Cola provides +2 (25s) HP, +3 Rads, & 1 bottle cap.
bottle cap (1)
Honest Hearts add-on
Home-brewed Nuka-Cola (1)
- Five Nuka-Colas can be found on tables in the Lucky 38 presidential suite.
- 14 can be found in the Lucky 38 Casino, found on shelves in the two bars as well as one in the cashier's office.
- Michelle Kerr at the 188 trading post often has up to 10 Nuka-Colas in stock at any given time.
- Various vending machines around the Mojave dispense Nuka-Cola.
- Up to 5 at a time may be sold by the street vendor outside of the Las Vegas Boulevard station on The Strip.
- Honest Hearts 5 can be found in the Zion General Store.
- Also sold by:
- Klamath Bob at Klamath Bob's liquor store in Westside
- Lacey in the Mojave Outpost barracks at the Mojave outpost
- Boomer chefs in the mess hall & munitions storage (by Nellis hangars) at Nellis Air Force Base
- James Garret & Francine Garret at the Atomic Wrangler casino in Freeside
- Calamity at the Jacobstown lodge in Jacobstown
- A bottle cap is included 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.