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Traits

In the SPECIAL character system, traits are optional character modifications that affect the player character. Traits have only been absent in three games to date: Fallout 3, Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel and Fallout 4.

Some traits—such as Bloody Mess and Finesse—were converted into perks for Fallout 3. Traits make a return in Fallout: New Vegas, their only appearance in a first-person Fallout game.

EffectEdit

Traits modify different aspects of gameplay, such as primary statistics, derived statistics and skills. Traits have positive and negative results, unlike perks in earlier Fallout games (with the lack of traits in Fallout 3, some perks do have negative effects). In games where traits exist, one can choose up to two traits when designing a character (or none at all). Choosing the Mutate! perk lets the player change one of his traits. Note that if you chose no trait at character creation, you cannot fill the empty slot with this perk.

RaceEdit

In Fallout Tactics, where characters of different races can be created, traits also have different racial requirements. In Lionheart, a fantasy game which uses the SPECIAL system, a different approach to racial traits was chosen. For each race one is free to choose (or not) any of the regular list of traits, but if the character belongs to one of the "tainted" races (i.e. everyone except pureblood humans), the player has to choose one of the list of racial traits available to their race. These traits are the only thing that distinguishes the races from humans and often had no penalty other than marking the character as tainted.

List of traitsEdit

General traitsEdit

Trait Fallout Fallout 2 Fallout Tactics Fallout: New Vegas Van Buren
Bloody Mess Icon check Icon check Icon check Icon cross Icon cross
Bruiser Icon check Icon check Icon check Icon cross Icon check
Built to Destroy Icon cross Icon cross Icon cross Icon check Icon cross
Chem Reliant Icon check Icon check Icon check Icon cross Icon check
Chem Resistant / Clean Living Icon check Icon check Icon check Icon cross Icon check
Fast / Increased Metabolism Icon check Icon check Icon check Icon cross Icon check
Fast Shot Icon check Icon check Icon check Icon check Icon check
Feral Kid Icon cross Icon cross Icon cross Icon cross Icon check
Finesse Icon check Icon check Icon check Icon cross Icon check
Four Eyes Icon cross Icon cross Icon cross Icon check Icon cross
Gifted Icon check Icon check Icon check Icon cross Icon check
Good Natured Icon check Icon check Icon check Icon check Icon check
Heavy Handed Icon check Icon check Icon check Icon check Icon cross
Jinxed Icon check Icon check Icon check Icon cross Icon cross
Kamikaze Icon check Icon check Icon check Icon check Icon check
Loose Cannon Icon cross Icon cross Icon cross Icon check Icon cross
Night Person Icon check Icon cross Icon check Icon check Icon check
One Hander Icon check Icon check Icon check Icon cross Icon check
One In a Million Icon cross Icon cross Icon cross Icon cross Icon check
Red Scare Icon cross Icon cross Icon cross Icon cross Icon check
Sex Appeal Icon cross Icon check Icon cross Icon cross Icon cross
Skilled Icon check Icon check Icon check Icon cross Icon check
Small Frame Icon check Icon check Icon check Icon check Icon check
Trigger Discipline Icon cross Icon cross Icon cross Icon check Icon cross
Wild Wasteland Icon cross Icon cross Icon cross Icon check Icon cross

Old World Blues traitsEdit

Traits added by the Fallout: New Vegas add-on Old World Blues.

Racial traitsEdit

Racial traits only appear in Fallout Tactics.

See alsoEdit

Traits