| ||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.
By 2067, vending machines with ice cold Nuka-Cola could be found on virtually every street in America.
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 will give you 3 Rads and 10 Hit Points (12 if you have the food sanitizer in your 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 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, every 10 Nuka-Colas in your inventory will become a Nuka-Cola Quantum. Obtaining 10 ice cold Nuka-Colas with the Quantum Chemist perk will not give you a Nuka-Cola Quantum.
Sierra Petrovita has a Nuka-Cola museum and gives you a quest to find Nuka-Cola Quantum. Nuka-Cola can also be turned into ice cold Nuka-Cola with the Pristine Nuka-Cola machine that can be purchased for your house, which restores twice the HP of normal Nuka-Cola.
Behind the scenes
- 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.