The Survival skill allows you to create powerful poisons, chems, and consumable food and drink items at camp fires scattered around the wasteland as the skill is increased.
Higher levels of the Survival skill also increase the effectiveness of food items including stat changes, whether they are made from Survival recipes or not, up to a tripling effect at a skill level of 100. However, this does include negative effects such as penalties to S.P.E.C.I.A.L. stats or increases to the player's Dehydration, Starvation and Sleep while in Hardcore mode. Radiation effect on foods is not affected.
- For example, the gecko steak:
- Heals 2 HP/second for 15 seconds, -30 Dehydration, -75 Starvation at 0 skill.
- Heals 4 HP/second for 15 seconds, -60 Dehydration, -150 Starvation at 50 skill.
- Heals 6 HP/second for 15 seconds, -90 Dehydration, -225 Starvation at 100 skill.
While the skill's name "Survival" would denote it simply being a practiced form of subsistence, the survival skill also encompasses the (relatively) finer points of cuisine in post-apocalyptic America. This is well displayed with the Courier being able to prepare such food items as the wasteland omelet, fire ant fricassée, and atomic cocktail.
Effects on food are affected by the Survival skill with the following equation:
In basic terms, food items become twice as effective with a Survival skill of 50, and three times as effective with a Survival skill of 100. This progression is linear, meaning at a skill level of 75 food items are 2.5x as effective.
- The Wasteland Survival Guide will increase Survival by +3 permanent points (or +4 with Comprehension).
- The Lad's Life magazine will increase Survival by +10 temporary points (or +20 with Comprehension).
- Anything that increases Endurance will increase Survival (1 Endurance point is equal to 2 Survival).
- Caesar's Armor increases survival skill by 5 points, but it is a faction armor.
- The Park Ranger hat and Sorrows outfit from the Honest Hearts add-on both increase Survival by 5.
- The US Army combat armor from the Lonesome Road add-on raises Survival by 2.
Survival in quests and exploration
- 20 Survival to teach Siri at The Fort to make healing powder more efficiently.
- 20 Survival to call Ricky out when he mistakenly calls deathclaws "Deathjaws." Honest Hearts
- 40 Survival to deduce, when speaking to Pete, what the Boomers grow for food.
- 50 Survival to persuade Jed Masterson to allow you to carry more weight (boosts from 75 to 100) on the trip to Zion National Park. Honest Hearts
- 60 Survival to have Jules in North Vegas Square give you the schematics - .44 magnum, hand load as well as a Guns check of 50.
- 75 Survival to teach Jack at the Red Rock Drug Lab how to make hydra in Aba Daba Honeymoon.
- 75 Survival to cook the Imitation strange meat pie yourself in Beyond the Beef.
- 90 Survival to craft all existing campfire recipes.
- Several survival checks are made to access additional dialogue with Ulysses. Lonesome Road (add-on)
|Old World Gourmet Dead Money||45||2||Endurance 6|
|Home on the Range Honest Hearts||70||8||—|
|Rad Resistance||40||8||Endurance 5|
|Tribal Wisdom Honest Hearts||70||8||—|
|Animal Friend||45||10||Charisma 6|
|Mile In Their Shoes Old World Blues (add-on)||25||20||—|
|Them's Good Eatin Old World Blues (add-on)||55||20||—|
|Roughin' It Lonesome Road (add-on)||100||28||—|
- Fallout: New Vegas crafting - For a full list of crafting items including those used by the Survival skill.