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Duck and Cover! is an aid item in Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas. It is a book containing information about the manufacture and disarming of explosives.[Non-game 1]


Standard edition

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This edition is commonly found in the Capital Wasteland and Mojave Wasteland. Using it will add one point to explosives in Fallout 3 (two with the Comprehension perk, or three points to explosives in Fallout: New Vegas (four with the Comprehension perk).

Behind the scenes

  • "Duck and cover" was a method advised to citizens of the United States on what to do in case of nuclear war, in the event that crisis relocation programs were unable to be carried out.
  • The book may be based on the late 1950s through 1960s short civil defense educational film called Duck and Cover, a film about a turtle named Bert, who would "duck and cover" at the first sign of any danger. The film was presented to students in classrooms across the United States to teach children what to do in the event of a nuclear attack on the country, and that a nuclear attack could happen at any time.


  1. Fallout 2d20 p.174: "A pre-War book about the manufacture, use, and disarming of explosives."