Wasteland Survival Guide (Fallout: New Vegas)

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For an overview of this item's appearances in the Fallout series of games, see Wasteland Survival Guide (item).
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Survive, thrive and revive; that's the name of the game.

Three Dog, Fallout 3

The Wasteland Survival Guide is a skill book in Fallout: New Vegas.


Published by Moira Brown and co-authored by the Lone Wanderer in 2277, the guide saw distribution throughout the wasteland by travelers. The book provides knowledge on how to survive the harsh wasteland. It obviously became popular, as within a short 4 years, it had already reached as far as Nevada.


Reading this book permanently increases the player's Survival skill by 3 points (4 with Comprehension).


With the add-on Old World Blues, this skill book can be crafted by the player.

Name Requirements Components
1 Wasteland Survival Guide
Note: the recipe is consumed as part of the crafting process - meaning only one book can be crafted.


Other than being crafted, the skill book can be found in the following locations.

Closest map markerLocation description
Lone Wolf RadioInside the radio trailer, near the mattress.
Matthews Animal Husbandry FarmTop balcony of the northern barn, near the barrel crate.
Mesquite Mountains Camp SiteInside the western tent, behind the bedding and toolbox. May clip into the ground, 3rd person POV may assist if this happens.
Scavenger PlatformAmong the books under the fallen metal bookshelf, on the northern platform section.
Waste disposal station Lonesome Road (add-on)Gametitle-FNV LRIn the middle of the fallen radioactive barrels, behind a skeleton draped over one of the barrels, between two lead-lined metal boxes.


  • There are no additional copies to be found in the Dead Money, Honest Hearts or Old World Blues add-ons. You can, however, craft an additional one in Old World Blues with blank books from the Book Chute, 2 Wonderglue, and the correct recipe.
  • It is substantially larger than most other skill books.
  • This version of the guide is different from the one that the Lone Wanderer owned.

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