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Feast on mortal flesh to heal your wounds! But don't do it around any polite folk (including companions, who aren't fans of chowing down on humans, Ghouls, or greenskin flesh), as you aren't seen in the best of lights. This is a good alternative to other forms of sustenance, though it requires you to be less caring in the way others perceive you. There's a chance you'll be openly attacked if you're gnawing on a citizen who lived in the establishment you're feasting at, too. So have some decorum, please!Fallout 4 Vault Dweller's Survival Guide description

Cannibal is a perk in Fallout 4.


Restore Hit Points by eating corpses.


Rank Requirements Description Form ID
1 END 8 Feast on mortal flesh to heal your wounds! Eating human corpses restores Health.

Each corpse for this rank heals a total of 25 health.

2 END 8, LVL 19 Eating Ghoul or Super Mutant corpses restores Health

Each corpse for this rank heals a total of 25 health.

3 END 8, LVL 38 Eating human, Ghoul or Super Mutant corpses now restores a significant amount of Health.

Each corpse for this rank heals a total of 50 health.


Most companions, except for Strong, Dogmeat, Codsworth and Gage, dislike witnessing the Sole Survivor eating a corpse. Hancock, X6-88, Curie and MacCready comment negatively on it, though their affinities are not affected.

In Survival mode, the perk can be used to satisfy the hunger, but it inflicts the player character with the Dark Craving status effect. Regular food does no longer sate hunger, making the player character reliant of feeding on corpses. In addition, food needs will go from well-fed to ravenous directly, without any intermediate statuses. The Sole Survivor will stay satisfied for 12 game hours before needing to feed again on another corpse, where as one normally needs to eat every 6 game hours. One corpse will take the Sole Survivor from ravenous to well-fed.

Companion reactions

Nearly all companions will react to the Sole Survivor eating human, ghoul or super mutant flesh.

Companion First Reaction Second Reaction Third Reaction Fourth Reaction Fifth Reaction
Cait "I've seen some nasty things in me day, but I think you just topped them all." "Oh god, do you really have to do that in front of me?" "Look, I kicked me drug habit... how about we start workin' on your... uh, corpse habit?" "I know we both have our bad habits, but you really need to cut down on the corpse eatin'."
Codsworth "Well, that's Commonwealth steak tartare for you." "Next time, might I suggest a little seasoning perhaps?" "Mind the bones, sir/mum. Don't want to chip a tooth." "Who needs utensils, right, sir/mum. Or napkins for that matter." "A grown man/woman needs his/her protein I suppose."
Curie "Is this sort of... dining... common now?" "Eating like this. Most unsanitary." "Several rare and dangerous diseases can be caught eating like this."
Danse "What the hell do you think you're doing? That's beneath us, soldier!" "If that's your idea of food, I suggest you eat it when I'm not around." "I've heard of coming up with improvised field rations, but that's just disgusting."
Deacon "You aren't seriously...? Yes, yes, you are." "Yeah, sure, dig in, pal." "There goes my appetite."
John Hancock "That one's, uh, all yours." "You, you do what you gotta." "You sure you know where that's been?" "At least you had the politeness to wait till they're dead." "Suppose they're beyond caring at this point."
MacCready "Okay, well... that's just about the most disgusting thing I've ever seen in my life." "Hey I... uh, think you've got a little bit of brain caught in your teeth." "Yeah, sure... go ahead, tuck in. Don't mind me."
Nick Valentine "What're you... oh." "Now I understand why people end up vegetarians." "This is sick." "Come on. They don't deserve that." "Don't let me spoil your meal."
Piper Wright "Ugh. I think I'm going to be sick." "Well, at least you know it's fresh..." "Remind me never to die in your presence." "Oh god." "There has to be something else around here to eat."
Preston Garvey "Jesus, what are you doing?" "What the hell?" "That's just wrong."
Strong "Careful with fingers and toes. They get stuck in teeth." "Liver and heart are best parts." "Strong hungry too, save some for Strong." "That one looks stringy." "Should hang that, taste better after two days."
X6-88 "I hope you know what you're doing." "I still can't understand how doing that heals your wounds." "I'm never going to get used to that." "Ugh."


  • The time to consume a corpse is much shorter compared to Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas. The process is also more graphic, with blood spurting out of the corpse.
  • The second rank of the perk allows for eating ghouls and super mutants, much like the Ghastly Scavenger perk from the Fallout: New Vegas add-on Dead Money.
  • The perk cannot be used while wearing power armor, and seems to ignore the Parasites disease.
  • The perk grants access to special dialogue in the Fallout 4 add-on Far Harbor:
    • Malcolm gives an alternate response upon being asked if he is a cannibal.[1]
    • During The Arrival, instead of asking the trappers if they eat people, the Sole Survivor can ask them to help a fellow cannibal.[2]


  1. Sole Survivor: "You're going to eat them?"
    Malcolm: "I can tell you got a hungerin' for talking meat, too. But they are my meal. You stay clear."
    (Malcolm's dialogue)
  2. Trapper: "Fresh meat crawling in from the Fog? Don't care if it's Mirelurk or man..."
    Sole Survivor: "I understand. I get the cravings, too. Maybe we can help each other? I'm just looking for a man with white hair."
    (Trapper's dialogue)