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Trading and trade-related tasks. The ability to get better prices for items you sell, and lower prices for items you buy.— In-game description

Barter is a skill in Fallout: New Vegas whose initial level is governed by the primary statistic SPECIAL attribute Charisma.

This skill affects the prices for buying and selling items.

## Initial level

${\displaystyle \text{Initial level}=2+(2\times\text{Charisma})+\left\lceil\frac{\text{Luck}}{2}\right\rceil}$

Example: A starting Charisma of 5 and Luck of 5.

${\displaystyle 2+(2\times5)+\left\lceil\frac{5}{2}\right\rceil=2+10+2.5=14.5\text{ rounded up}=15}$

## Description

The Barter skill is primarily used in the buying and selling of items, such as trading with a merchant or scavenger, and is the primary factor in price determination. The Courier's reputation with the merchant, town, or faction can also affect price with additional increases or discounts. In general, purchase prices will be lower and selling price will be higher with a higher Barter skill. It is offset by the Barter skill of the non-player character in question.

General price (before application of reputational price increases or discounts) is calculated with the same formula as in Fallout 3. This progression is linear, meaning each point in Barter gives increasingly favorable prices. Note that reputation does not affect prices unless that particular merchant is scripted to modify worth based on the Courier's reputation. For example, Chet will use only the PC's barter skill value to determine prices even if they are Idolized with Goodsprings, but with a mixed reputation (regardless of how good or bad it is), he will offer at 1:1 prices.

0 45 155
20 54 146
40 63 137
60 72 128
80 81 119
100 90 110

The Barter skill is also used in dialogue interactions with non-player characters, where certain responses require Barter skill checks. These can help advance in quests by displaying a good sense with money, talking down costs, and talking up rewards.

## Perks that require Barter skill

Pack Rat 70 8 Intelligence 5
Long Haul 70 12 Endurance 6

Permanent
Temporary

## Interactions that require Barter skill

In most interactions as listed below, Barter is offered as an alternative dialogue skill check to Speech, generally to get more money or to prevent paying a lot of money. With few exceptions, the XP earned for a skill check is equal to the Barter skill required to pass the check.