Solar Powered

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You gain an additional 2 points to Strength when in direct sunlight, and slowly regenerate lost health at a rate of 1 HP every second.

Fallout 3 in-game description

Solar Powered is a perk in Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas and Fallout 4.

Fallout 3 and Fallout: New VegasEdit

Unlike Night Person, which operates both indoors and out, this perk only operates outdoors. It is in effect between 6 AM and 6 PM. It synergises well with Rad Absorption for healing minor health damage and minor radiation poisoning while exploring or fast traveling.


  • In Fallout 3 with this perk active, waiting for one hour will restore 13 health.
  • Due to the Strength increase when the perk is in effect, if you are within 20 pounds of being over-encumbered, you will become over-encumbered upon entering any indoor area or after 6PM unless your Strength (without the bonus) is already 10. This includes bonuses from equipment, chems, other perks, etc.
  • It used to regenerate only 1 hp every 10 seconds. The speed was greatly improved in a later New Vegas patch to 1 health per second.
  • It works in the Sierra Madre, despite the overcast skies.

Fallout 4Edit

Catch some rays! Gain +2 to Strength and Endurance between the hours of 6:00a.m. and 6:00p.m.

— In-game description
Rank Requirements Description Base ID
1 END 10 Catch some rays! Gain +2 to Strength and Endurance between the hours of 6:00a.m. and 6:00p.m. 0004d8a7
2 END 10, LVL 27 Sunlight slowly heals your radiation damage 001d2484
3 END 10, LVL 50 Sunlight slowly regenerates your lost Health. 001d2485

Rank 2 heals roughly 4 rads per second, meaning the Sole Survivor can go from the brink of death to completely radiation-free in approximately four minutes. Rank 3 heals the Sole Survivor by 0.5% of your total health every second.


In Fallout 4 SPECIAL stats can be meaningfully boosted past 10, so the bonus stats will be in full effect, whereas in previous games one could easily have taken this perk and had a character with stats and equipment high enough to not recieve any further benefit to stats.

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