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For a cross-game overview of this perk, see Cannibal.

 
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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.— Perk description

Cannibal is a perk in Fallout: New Vegas.

Effects

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 feasted on restores 25 HP, adds three rads and reduces Karma by one point. 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.

Notes

  • 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 Lone Wanderer 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.

References

  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
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