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Perks

Perks are bonuses obtainable by the player character or companion in the SPECIAL character system. The number of ranks each perk has determines how many times the perk can be obtained. In contrast to traits, perks are almost purely beneficial with only some exceptions.

In Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel, "skills" have the same function as perks in other Fallout games. Conversely, in Fallout 4, the perk system expands to replace skills.

Type of perksEdit

Regular perksEdit

The most common perks, selected during leveling up, per the Perk Rate. They are classed by level or point required and generally have stat requirements to appear selectable.

Special perksEdit

Perks obtained by special actions or interactions with other characters.

Quest perksEdit

Perks obtained as a reward for quests.

Implant perksEdit

These are perks obtained through implants by an Auto-Doc, which cost money. In Fallout: New Vegas, the number of original implant perks (not those of Old World Blues) you can receive is equal to the player character's Endurance statistic.

Challenge perksEdit

Perks obtained as a reward for challenges.

Unarmed perksEdit

Perks adding special unarmed moves.

Companion perksEdit

Perks which are obtainable by having a good relationship with the respective companions. Companion perks are disabled when not traveling with the respective companions.

Unique companion perksEdit

Perks of a companion, affecting only them.

Perk rateEdit

Main article: Perk rate

A character's perk rate determines how often the player character gets to choose a new perk (or an additional level for an already obtained one). In Fallout, Fallout 2 and Fallout Tactics, the player character can choose a perk every three levels, with Fallout Tactics offering different rates for non-human characters. When choosing the Skilled trait, the perk rate is reduced so that the player character can choose a perk every four levels. In Fallout 3, Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel and Fallout 4 the player character gets to choose a perk (or skill) at every level. In Fallout: New Vegas, the perk rate is set at every 2 levels.

List of perksEdit

Lists of perks for each game can be found on these pages (also listed above):

See alsoEdit