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For an overview of Nuka-Cola soda in the Fallout series of games, see Nuka-Cola.

Nuka-Cola is a consumable item in Fallout 3.


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 machines with ice cold Nuka-Cola could be found on virtually every street in America, and even an amusement park in the Commonwealth. 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. In Fallout 4, Nuka-Cola bottles take on a newer look.


Nuka-Cola will give the Lone Wanderer 3 Rads and 10 Hit Points (12 if one has the food sanitizer in their inventory). Consuming a bottle of Nuka-Cola provides a single cap. It does not, however, generate an empty Nuka-Cola bottle. Nuka-Cola can be found all over the wasteland, carried by merchants and likely in any location where humans are/were living. Many buildings contain Nuka-Cola vending machines, which contain between one and three Nuka-Cola bottles.

Nuka-Cola can be traded for other random supplies (such as a single 10mm round) in Little Lamplight with Zip (see Zip's Nuka Fix). With the perk Quantum Chemist Broken SteelGametitle-FO3 BS, every 10 Nuka-Colas in one's inventory will become a Nuka-Cola Quantum. Obtaining 10 ice cold Nuka-Colas with the Quantum Chemist perk will not give a Nuka-Cola Quantum, however.

Nuka-Cola can also be turned into ice cold Nuka-Cola with the Pristine Nuka-Cola machine that can be purchased for the player character house, which restores twice the HP of normal Nuka-Cola.



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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.
  • During 2015/2016 a real version of Nuka Cola Quantum could be purchased online and in Target stores worldwide.
  • 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.