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Animals will not attack one of their friends, unless the animal is threatened or attacked first. Exactly what an animal is in this world is open to debate.— In-game description, Fallout

Animal Friend is a perk in Fallout, Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas, Fallout 4, and Fallout 76.

Fallout

In Fallout, with this perk, some animals will not attack the player character, unless the animal is attacked first. This perk applies to all forms of rats and radscorpions except those in Shady Sands' radscorpion caves.

Notes

Coyotes, dogs, brahmin, deathclaws and mantises are not classified as animals for the purposes of this perk.

Fallout 3

With the first rank of this perk, animals will simply not attack the player character. With the second rank, these creatures will come to their aid in combat, but never against other animals.

This perk affects:

Additional dialogue

A new dialogue option becomes available when speaking to Tree Father Birch in Oasis. He will then explain to the Lone Wanderer why there are many animals in Oasis and how they are attracted to the sanctuary, though this doesn't have any benefits other than a little backstory of Oasis.

Notes

Having this perk will provide a significant advantage when going for the Sneak bobblehead in the yao guai tunnels, since the yao guai that inhabit these tunnels will no longer attack.

Fallout: New Vegas

With the first rank of this perk, animals will not attack the player character. With the second rank, these creatures will come to the character's aid in combat, but never against other animals.

This perk affects:

Additional dialogue

  • In The Fort, this perk makes it possible to bypass the fight with Antony's dogs to get back Sergeant Teddy by telling him that animals are friendly to the Courier so the dogs will not attack. He will remark that he thought there was something wrong with his dogs, as they usually have to be pulled off new visitors to the Fort, and since the fight would not be fun, he will just give up the bear.
  • During the main quest You'll Know It When It Happens, the search dog can be taken from the ranger, allowing the player to find the disguised engineer.
  • Old World Blues (add-on) After Borous has been given Gabe's bowl and told that Gabe has been put down, this perk gives the option to express understanding of his feelings for the cyberdog.

Notes

Fallout 4

Commune with beasts! But only if you're successful and aim your gun at the animal in question; you may wish to check the level of your target first in V.A.T.S. with the Awareness perk. The higher ranks allow you to use more interesting commands, allowing you to chance upon, say, a Yao Guai lair and bringing the beast with you to a nearby Raider camp. At Rank 3, the beast acts a little like a dumber pet, with more control over where you can send it, usually into areas to cause a distraction. Animals are beasts that were naturally occurring before the bombs dropped.Fallout 4 Vault Dweller's Survival Guide description

Effects

Rank Requirements Description Base ID
1 CH 5 Commune with beasts! With your gun, aim at any animal below your level and gain a chance to pacify it. 0001E67F
2 CH 5, LVL 12 When you successfully pacify an animal, you can incite it to attack 0004A0D9
3 CH 5, LVL 28 When you successfully pacify an animal, you can give it specific commands 001D2450

Affecting an animal requires looking down a weapon's sights and pressing the confirm/use button. Success will be indicated with an animation, whereas failure will result in a notification. Once one has made an attempt on an animal, they cannot immediately make a second attempt. One must be within a certain range of the animal to pacify it, while Inciting/Commanding requires an even closer range. This perk affects the following animals (list may not be complete):

Dialogue

The Sole Survivor will make species specific comments when pacifying and inciting targets.

Creature Pacify Incite Command
Brahmin "Shhh... It's okay, girl." "Get 'em girl! Attack!" "That's it, girl."
Dog "Good dog..." "Sick 'em!" "There's a good dog."
House cat "Now now... It's okay..."
Mole rat "Heeyy... little buddy." "Go little guy. Kill, kill, kill!"
Mutant hound "Be calm! Obey!" "Rip 'em apart!" "I'm your master now."
Radstag "Great stag! I am friend!" "You've got this. Attack!" "Ready, little guy?"
Yao guai "S'okay, big bear." *Bear Growling* "Attack!" *Bear Growling* "You ready?"

Notes

  • Initial pacification has a flat 40% chance of success, so long as the enemy is a valid target. Inciting/commanding a pacified enemy always succeeds.
  • If a pacification attempt fails, another attempt cannot be made on the same enemy for 60 seconds.
    • A failed pacification attempt will also trigger a minor alert to nearby enemies, which will put you in Caution state while sneaking and can lead to enemies discovering you.
  • Legendary enemies can be pacified.
  • Enemies incited by rank 2 of this perk will attack other incited or pacified enemies.
  • Sneak bonus damage is applied to attacks on pacified enemies, if applicable.
  • Holstering your weapon or leaving and then returning to the area will make all pacified enemies hostile again. This includes using terminals or sitting down.
    • Incited enemies will remain incited after holstering, but will still revert to being hostile if one leaves the area and then returns.
  • Using the perk on brahmin and other animals owned by NPCs will turn them hostile.
  • Insect creatures such as bloatflies, stingwings and radscorpions are not affected by this perk, instead requiring the Wasteland Whisperer perk.

Behind the scenes

This perk was implemented into Fallout 4 by level designer Justin Schram.[1]

Fallout 76

Commune with beasts.
Rank Description Form ID
1 Aim down your gun at an animal to gain a 25% chance to pacify it. 003A4A52
2 Aim down your gun at an animal to gain a 50% chance to pacify it. 003A4A53
3 Aim down your gun at an animal to gain a 75% chance to pacify it.
Chance to tame animals and send them to your camp if Charisma is high enough.
003A4A54

This perk affects the following animals:

Creature taming

Main article: Creature taming

At rank 3 of this perk, one may have a rare chance to tame an animal instead of pacifying it. Higher levels of Charisma improve the chance of successfully taming an animal. After an animal has been tamed, it will walk to the player character's camp and will from then on guard the camp. Only one tamed animal may be kept at camp at a time, and tamed animals do not respawn.

Gallery

References

  1. Alumni Guest: Justin Schram From Bethesda Game Studios (reference starts at 4:30)
    Justin Schram: "For Fallout 4, I actually developed three of the perks...the hold-up system. So, Animal Friend, Intimidation, and Wasteland Whisperer were these perks where you could get an enemy to not fight, you could essentially pacify them. I was trying to make a non-combat sort of play style."
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