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Skilled

Skills are learned abilities of your character. The skill level shows how good your character is at that skill. Skill levels can be increased by allocating skill points earned from gaining levels. Skills can also be improved by reading specific books or completing quests within the games.

In Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel and Fallout 4, "skills" work like perks in other Fallout games. They are not listed here for this reason.

List of skillsEdit

Combat skillsEdit

Skill Fallout Fallout 2 Tactics Van Buren Fallout 3 New Vegas
Big Guns yesIcon check yesIcon check yesIcon check noIcon cross yesIcon check noIcon cross
Small Guns yesIcon check yesIcon check yesIcon check noIcon cross yesIcon check noIcon cross
Firearms noIcon cross noIcon cross noIcon cross yesIcon check noIcon cross noIcon cross
Guns noIcon cross noIcon cross noIcon cross noIcon cross noIcon cross yesIcon check
Energy Weapons yesIcon check yesIcon check yesIcon check noIcon cross yesIcon check yesIcon check
Throwing yesIcon check yesIcon check yesIcon check yesIcon check noIcon cross noIcon cross
Traps yesIcon check yesIcon check yesIcon check noIcon cross noIcon cross noIcon cross
Explosives noIcon cross noIcon cross noIcon cross noIcon cross yesIcon check yesIcon check
Melee Weapons yesIcon check yesIcon check yesIcon check yesIcon check yesIcon check yesIcon check
Unarmed yesIcon check yesIcon check yesIcon check yesIcon check yesIcon check yesIcon check

Active skillsEdit

Skill Fallout Fallout 2 Tactics Van Buren Fallout 3 New Vegas
Doctor yesIcon check yesIcon check yesIcon check noIcon cross noIcon cross noIcon cross
First Aid yesIcon check yesIcon check yesIcon check noIcon cross noIcon cross noIcon cross
Medic noIcon cross noIcon cross noIcon cross yesIcon check noIcon cross noIcon cross
Medicine noIcon cross noIcon cross noIcon cross noIcon cross yesIcon check yesIcon check
Lockpick yesIcon check yesIcon check yesIcon check noIcon cross yesIcon check yesIcon check
Security noIcon cross noIcon cross noIcon cross yesIcon check noIcon cross noIcon cross
Repair yesIcon check yesIcon check yesIcon check noIcon cross yesIcon check yesIcon check
Mechanics noIcon cross noIcon cross noIcon cross yesIcon check noIcon cross noIcon cross
Science yesIcon check yesIcon check yesIcon check yesIcon check yesIcon check yesIcon check
Sneak yesIcon check yesIcon check yesIcon check yesIcon check yesIcon check yesIcon check
Steal yesIcon check yesIcon check yesIcon check yesIcon check noIcon cross noIcon cross
Survival noIcon cross noIcon cross noIcon cross noIcon cross noIcon cross yesIcon check
Traps yesIcon check yesIcon check yesIcon check noIcon cross noIcon cross noIcon cross

Passive skillsEdit

Skill Fallout Fallout 2 Tactics Van Buren Fallout 3 New Vegas
Barter yesIcon check yesIcon check yesIcon check yesIcon check yesIcon check yesIcon check
Gambling yesIcon check yesIcon check yesIcon check noIcon cross noIcon cross noIcon cross
Outdoorsman yesIcon check yesIcon check yesIcon check yesIcon check noIcon cross noIcon cross
Pilot noIcon cross noIcon cross yesIcon check noIcon cross noIcon cross noIcon cross
Speech yesIcon check yesIcon check noIcon cross noIcon cross yesIcon check yesIcon check
Deception noIcon cross noIcon cross noIcon cross yesIcon check noIcon cross noIcon cross
Persuasion noIcon cross noIcon cross noIcon cross yesIcon check noIcon cross noIcon cross

MechanicsEdit

For most skills, the success of an action governed by one is determined by either directly checking skill level against a threshold or with a skill roll.

Rolls are used for most intrinsically random actions like hits in combat and random encounters.

With Speech, direct checks are used as well as rolls in Fallout and Fallout 2, with direct checks completely taking over in later installments, as the randomness that rolls introduce proved to be undesirable in dialogues and quests.

Skills governing the success of gameplay actions with low degree of randomness (like lockpicking) used rolls in classic games, too, but eventually switched to entirely different mechanics (see skill pages for details).

Skill rollEdit

A skill roll (also called "skill challenge") emulates the way skill checks are done in traditional pen-and-paper RPGs.

A random number from 1 to 100 is generated. If it is lower or equal to the skill level, the action is a success. So, for an unmodified check, skill level is effectively a chance of success for a relevant action.

A check can have a modifier that the skill level is adjusted by for the purpose of the check. So a positive modifier makes the action easier while a negative one - harder. Combat skills use automatically calculated modifiers from e.g. the ambient darkness level. Modifiers for checks associated with specific object or logic (like a dialogue option) are set explicitly. Since skills can grow up to 300%, the hardest challenges can have modifiers of as much as -100.

Some skills also limit the success rate by 95% no matter what.

A few skills can also generate critical successes and critical failures. For combat skills, the effect is determined by Critical Hit tables and Critical Failure tables.

See alsoEdit

Skills

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