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With the Cannibal perk, when you're in Sneak mode, you gain the option to eat a corpse to regain Health. But every time you feed, you lose Karma, and if the act is witnessed, it is considered a crime against nature.— In-game description

Cannibal is a perk in Fallout: New Vegas.


The perk has one rank and requires the Courier to be level four or above. It allows them to feed on the corpses of both humans and non-feral ghouls, and with the Old World Blues add-on, additionally on the corpses inside the Y-17 trauma override harnesses. After consuming 25 corpses, the Courier will acquire the Dine and Dash challenge perk, allowing them to harvest human remains from a corpse, rather than eating it directly.

Each corpse consumed grants +25 Hit Points, +3 Radiation and -1 Karma, and in Hardcore mode, -25 Starvation. If the act is witnessed by friendly non-player characters, they will turn hostile, as cannibalism is considered a crime against nature. However, companions do not turn hostile.


  • This perk enables some special dialogue lines with certain non-player characters:
    • When speaking with Marjorie during Beyond the Beef, the Courier can choose to tell her that they eat people too, which normally would be a <Lie> prompt in the dialogue.[1]
    • In the same quest, when talking with Mortimer about the society's cannibalism, the Courier can convince him that they will help him, which otherwise would be another <Lie> prompt and require a Speech check.[2]
    • Jas Wilkins asks the Courier about the tastiest thing they have ever eaten, to which they can reply in a unique way.[3] The Ghastly Scavenger perk from the Dead Money add-on, which is similar to the cannibal perk, allows for an even more detailed answer.[4]
    • In Dead Money, the Courier can ask Dog about how the ghost people taste.[5]
  • This perk is required to obtain the Meat of Champions perk, as the Courier is required to devour the corpses of Robert House, President Kimball, The King and Caesar.
  • A repurposed image of the perk, in which Vault Boy is dressed in black-and-white prison stripes, along with a warning of escaped prisoners, can be seen on a street sign.[6] Six of those signs are located around the access road leading toward the NCR Correctional Facility, as well as near the railroad crossing, where the access roads leads back to I-15.
  • The animation time for the process of devouring a corpse is roughly twice as long as it takes to drink water from a sink.
  • When selecting "Devour," the camera will automatically go to third person and will zoom out. The Courier cannot move, look at their Pip-Boy or draw a weapon. However, it is possible to change weapons with the quick-select menu.


  1. Courier: "It's okay. I eat people too. You can tell me the truth."
    Marjorie: "You disgust me. How dare you say such a filthy thing in my establishment? I ought to have you arrested."
    (Marjorie's dialogue)
  2. Courier: "I, too, know what it is to feel the Craving. How can I support your cause?"
    Mortimer: "Good. Then you know what it is to be discreet in matters of... nutrition. Perhaps you can help me."
    (Mortimer's dialogue)
  3. Jas Wilkins: "Let me ask you a question - what's the tastiest thing you've ever eaten?"
    Courier: "{Cannibal} People have a rather unique taste, I've discovered."
    Jas Wilkins: "Uh... hmm... well, no accounting for taste I guess. Anyway..."
    (Jas Wilkin's dialogue)
  4. Jas Wilkins: "Let me ask you a question - what's the tastiest thing you've ever eaten?"
    Courier: "{Ghastly Scavenger} Ghouls and Super Mutants sometimes taste like Brahmin steaks."
    Jas Wilkins: "You're just pulling my leg, right? Why would anyone... uh... never mind. Anyway..."
    (Jas Wilkin's dialogue)
  5. Courier: "Do you know how the Ghost People taste?"
    Dog: "Taste like plastic and copper. Gas inside, in pockets, hssss when teeth sinks into them."
    (Dog's dialogue)
  6. Street sign image