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For the xander root that appears in Fallout 2, see Xander root (Fallout 2).

Xander root is a consumable item in Fallout: New Vegas.


Xander root is a large, turnip-like root with mild healing properties. It can easily be identified by its exposed head and tall green stalk protruding from a raised ring of dirt, resembling an onion. Once collected, xander root can be used in the crafting of both healing powder and stimpaks. Xander roots have the ability to grow again once picked. They are commonly growing around trails and around the mouths of caves.

Survival Skill effectEdit

SkillEffectHardcore effect
10+1 Hit Point for 5s-6 Starvation 
20+1 Hit Point for 5s-7 Starvation 
30+1 Hit Point for 5s-8 Starvation 
40+1 Hit Point for 5s-9 Starvation 
50+2 Hit Point for 5s-10 Starvation 
60+2 Hit Point for 5s-11 Starvation 
70+2 Hit Point for 5s-12 Starvation 
80+2 Hit Point for 5s-13 Starvation 
90+2 Hit Point for 5s-14 Starvation 
100+3 Hit Point for 5s-15 Starvation 


Xander root can be found across the wastes, often beside rocks or amongst withered roots:

  • Three can be found outside the Goodsprings schoolhouse, although one of the plants only spawns after you begin the By a Campfire on the Trail quest.
  • There are five plants near Lone Wolf Radio, south of Goodsprings Source. Note: These are not in one small cluster, instead they are scattered. Try starting at Goodsprings Source and heading South. There are two in the northernmost patch, and the southernmost plant is overlooking the illuminated NCR flag on the outskirts of Primm.
  • Two can be found along the trail leading up the mountain to the ridge with Johnny Five Aces'Wild WastelandPerk wild wasteland corpse.
  • There is one root located up a small hill to the right of the entrance to the NCR camp across from Primm.
  • One can be found on the trail South from Jacobstown that leads around to Red Rock Canyon. It is just before the dead super mutant. Beware, over a dozen cazadores may spawn along the trail in groups of four.
  • A dozen or more can be found at deathclaw promontory, on the east side of the river, north of Cottonwood Cove. Note: There are many deathclaws here (perhaps 20-25), so be prepared.
  • One or two can be found around the hollowed-out rock near the tribal village.
  • One can be found in front of Bloodborne cave. Fast travel it should be right in front of you.
  • The largest amount (around 37) within a relatively small area can be found by carefully scanning the whole area left and right of the road leading from Ruby Hill Mine to Jacobstown including the surroundings of Silver Peak Mine, Ranger station Foxtrot and Remnants bunker.
  • Honest HeartsGametitle-FNV HH A large amount of the root can be found growing in Zion Canyon, as are other wasteland fruits, including banana yucca fruit and Nevada agave fruit. One can easily collect at least 3 of each of the plants in under a minute.
  • One can be found atop the cliffs directly behind Goodsprings source, along with some broc flower; there will be some geckos to fend off on the cliffs to get to these.
  • One can be found near the overturned trailers as you are coming into Nipton from the Northeast.
  • Old World Blues (add-on)Gametitle-FNV OWB Up to 6 can be found growing alongside #108 in Higg's Village.
  • Old World Blues (add-on)Gametitle-FNV OWB A large amount can be found scattered around Big MT, in particular the X-22 botanical garden.
  • Old World Blues (add-on)Gametitle-FNV OWB Three can be acquired every 3 in-game days after the completion of Field Research, once you have upgraded the Biological research station.
  • Old World Blues (add-on)Gametitle-FNV OWB Dried version, one of the items converted from the seed package in the X-22 botanical garden.


Some traders "sell" xander root, despite it not being worth any caps. Therefore, if you "buy" it off the traders, they can be "bought" for free.