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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 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.