- 1 Character condition
- 2 Equipment condition
- 3 References
The most common character conditions found in Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas, and Fallout 4 are poisons from chems or from the environment, and damage from combat. Fallout 4 is currently the only installment to include illnesses.
All illness can be cured with antibiotics, resting for several days, or by paying for the Cure Health service from any doctor. The risk of contracting specific illnesses can be reduced by taking the appropriate herbal remedy prior to the disease check.
Untreated Illness generally persists for 2–7 days (preferably while remaining well fed, hydrated and rested, eating low-risk food and drink, otherwise further diseases are likely). See disease durations for more information.
Illness chance, in general, is increased by all forms of Fatigue but does not directly impact Action Points. Regardless of risk exposures, the bed slept in and the duration of sleep, there is always a slight chance of contracting illness when going to sleep (but announced upon waking); sleeping for short periods of time (to save the game, for example) may increase this chance overall, due to an increased number of (shorter) sleep sessions, although all sleep sessions after the first will be at the minimum probability, assuming no further risk disease exposures between sleep.
An immediate check for contracting a disease is made 30 real-time seconds after high-risk exposure. A check is also made when going to sleep. Apart from these two situations, risk exposure simply increases the probability (disease risk pool) of getting a disease at the next check. Checks are not "rolled for" unless the chance is 25%+.
All checks resulting in a new disease, clear the risk pool down to its minimum value (which depends on current Fatigue level). All checks that don't produce a new disease cause a small drain down of the risk pool. All checks upon sleeping also clear the risk pool down to the minimum, after the check.
In addition to poor sleep quality, causes of disease risk include: using chems, eating anything (but especially bad or uncooked meat), cannibalism, drinking or swimming in irradiated water, being in rain, drinking Nuka-Cola, and taking damage from feral ghouls, bugs or other infected creatures. Each event puts the player character at an increased risk of contracting an illness. High-risk events trigger a near-immediate disease check. Even if a single event doesn't trigger illness to start, each event will increase the probability of contracting an illness with each event, up until the character sleeps (when the final check is made and the disease risk pool is cleared) or gets a new disease (which also clears down the risk pool).
List of diseases
- Fatigue - Require more frequent sleep to avoid debuffs.
- Infection - Periodic damage that will not kill the character. It inflicts 20 damage every 90 seconds (real-time). Similar to Severely Dehydrated and Starving.
- Insomnia - Sleep provides half as much reduction in tiredness.
- Lethargy - 50% slower AP regeneration.
- Parasites - Must eat twice as much food to avoid hunger or to eliminate any given hunger level.
- Weakness - Take +20% more damage.
Various herbal remedies become available for crafting, purchase and as a loot in Survival mode:
Each type of remedy will act (one time only per dose) to reduce the risks of any of the two specific diseases that it resists against, but only if the herbal remedy is taken before the disease check. This means taking the herbal remedy prior to sleeping, or within 30 seconds (real-time) of a high-risk event.
Note that any equations are not to be taken as literal representations of what happens in-game, but as accurate, general representations of the logic.
If the condition of an item degrades all the way to 0%, the item is broken and cannot be used until repaired. In the case of equipped armor and clothing, bonuses to skills or attributes will still apply even if the item is broken, but once removed it will have to be repaired before it can be re-equipped.
Another consequence of poor condition when using weapons is the reload animation. The lower the condition of a weapon, the more likely it is to jam, causing the player to adjust the magazine, thus taking longer to complete the animation. A weapon at 100% condition (or at least 75% in New Vegas) will never jam, while weapons in a poor state of repair will jam quite frequently.
The value of an item is calculated by:
- Condition is a number ranging from 0 to 1.
Also, knowing the current value of an item it is possible to find the condition:
For example, the 10mm pistol has a maximum value of 225 caps when in perfect condition. At 50% (or 0.5) condition, the pistol's value is 225 * (0.5 ^ 1.5) = 225 * 0.3535, or 35.3% of its base value (225): 79 caps.
As condition degrades, non-melee weapon damage will scale linearly from full damage at 100% condition to roughly two-thirds damage at 0% condition for single-shot ranged weapons and roughly half damage for fully-automatic ranged weapons and melee weapons.
- Condition is a number ranging from 0 to 1.
- Minimum is .66 for single-shot weapons, .54 for fully-automatic weapons, .5 for melee weapons.
In another example, the assault rifle has a base damage of 38. At 25% condition and 100 Guns, the assault rifle's displayed damage would be:
All equipable items in Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas have item health, which helps determine how quickly an item condition degrades from use and from being hit in combat. At full item health, an item is in 100% condition. Similarly, at close to 0 item health, an item is about to break.
In Fallout 3, item health decreases per use by a percentage of the base damage of the weapon.
- Small Guns degrade at 3% of base weapon damage per shot.
- Energy Weapons degrade at 4% of base weapon damage per shot.
- Unarmed and Melee Weapons degrade at 5% of base weapon damage per attack.
- Big Guns degrade at 6% of base weapon damage per shot.
For example, the plasma rifle has a base damage of 45 and an item health of 900. Each shot will decay the health by 1.8 health, which means that it takes 500 shots to take this plasma rifle from full condition to broken.
Fallout: New Vegas
As condition degrades, weapon damage will scale linearly from full damage at 75% condition to half the damage at 0% condition.
As condition degrades, armor protection will scale linearly from full protection at 50% condition to about 2/3 of full protection at 0% condition.
Weapon condition degrades at a flat rate of 0.2 item health per shot. V.A.T.S. does not impose an additional penalty, but various types of ammunition can increase or decrease the degradation rate (indicated by a "CND x 1.5" or similar in the Pip-Boy 3000, which means a 1.5 multiplier for decay). Having Raul Tejada as a companion can make a weapon degrade slower (a .5 multiplier for Regular Maintenance, a .25 multiplier for Full Maintenance).
Armor condition degrades if an incoming attack power exceeds DT of the armor.