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In combat, you do +10% damage against female opponents. Outside of combat, you'll sometimes have access to unique dialogue options when dealing with the same sex.Fallout: New Vegas game files

Cherchez La Femme is a female character perk in Fallout: New Vegas.


This perk gives females an additional +10% damage bonus on other female targets and more dialogue options with certain female characters.

Unique dialogue options

  • Joana can be slept with for free in Gomorrah.
  • Cass's comments on not liking "soft men" can be replied to, claiming that they are "rarely a problem." Cass will respond by nervously saying that when she is drunk, she does not care who she shares a bed with.
  • Sweetie will hand over the key to Saint James' room for free during The Coyotes.
  • Corporal Betsy can be flirted with by a Courier with 7 or higher Charisma.
  • The Omerta receptionist in Gomorrah can be convinced to talk about the Family in the quest How Little We Know.
    • During the same quest, generic prostitutes can be convinced to talk about where the player can find Cachino, which will prompt him to come find them, after being informed they had been asking around.
  • Dead Money Christine can be calmed down more easily and asked about her past after recruiting her, also allows for romantic interactions during Mixed Signals.
  • Old World Blues (add-on) Having this perk unlocks some unique dialogue options with Dala, one of the think tanks, and also allows for the activation of Coming Out of Her Shell.
  • Old World Blues (add-on) Light Switch 01 and Light Switch 02 have unique dialogues and can eventually be seduced. The player will be rewarded a Programmer's Digest or Meeting People magazine, depending on which was flirted with respectively near the end of dialogue.
  • Old World Blues (add-on) The Courier can flirt with their own brain during the Old World Blues quest.

Behind the scenes

  • "Cherchez La Femme" is a French idiom which translates literally as "search for the woman" and can be understood best as meaning when a man has a problem, there is surely a woman at the source. "Cherchez La Femme" was also a #1 US dance hit performed by the big band/disco group Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band, released in 1976.
  • Director of Fallout: New Vegas Joshua Sawyer came up with the idea of creating perks for various sexualities, including Confirmed Bachelor and Cherchez La Femme.[1]