|For an overview of diseases and viruses, see diseases and viruses.|
|For the condition that lists mutations, see mutations.|
Causes and effects[edit | edit source]
When the player character consumes unclean food and liquid, there is a chance of acquiring a disease. Being attacked by diseased creatures and sleeping on floor mattresses can also cause disease. Eating uncooked meat and drinking dirty water has the highest risks for disease.
Diseases cause a variety of effects including increased damage and needs, such as hunger. As of patch 22.214.171.124, the player character must be level 15 or higher to acquire a disease.
Prevention[edit | edit source]
Diseases can be avoided by cooking food, eating pre-War packaged food and drinking boiled or purified water. Sleeping on raised mattresses and avoiding physical contact with diseased creatures will also avoid disease.
They may also be avoided by maintaining a character's food and water needs, as each increases the resistance of disease by 25%, or by 35% with the perk Rejuvenated. Taking antibiotics or consuming certain food and drink also temporarily increases disease resistance, but using RadAway will temporarily reduce disease resistance by 50%. The perks Iron Stomach and Thirst Quencher greatly reduce the chance of disease from consumed food and liquid, respectively, while the perk Vaccinated protects against diseased creatures.
Treatment[edit | edit source]
Diseases are time-limited and will expire. They can be cured prior to their expiration with disease cures or antibiotics. Alternatively, drinking from a sulfur water fountain, such as the one located at a white gazebo near the Whitespring golf club, will cure a disease. If the player character has the Plague Walker mutation, the disease will no longer expire over time.
Intentional diseases[edit | edit source]
Intentionally catching diseases is useful with the Plague Walker mutation or attempting to complete the challenge for acquiring all diseases. Similar to mutations, diseases have a 30-minute cooldown for catching another disease or 45 minutes for the same disease. Leaving the server resets this cooldown so that another disease can immediately be obtained upon joining a different server.
List of diseases[edit | edit source]
A player character can be infected with these diseases:
|The Blight||-1 to all S.P.E.C.I.A.L stats||30 min||004c6b3e||Inflicted by a diseased Scorchbeast, Grafton monster, mega sloth or mirelurk queen.|
|Blood worms||Take 25% more damage||15 min||003df043||Inflicted by a diseased radroach.|
|Bone worms||Take 50% more limb damage||15 min||00008881||Inflicted by a diseased mole rat or radrat, or stepping on traps such as a punji board.|
|Buzz brain||INT -2||60 min||004c6b34||Inflicted by a diseased ant.|
|Dysentery||Periodic water loss||15 min||00284956
|Eat raw carrots, spoiled meat, swim in toxic water.|
|Fever claw||-25% Damage with Ranged Weapons||15 min||004c6b48||Inflicted by a diseased mirelurk hunter.|
|Flap limb||STR -2||60 min||004c6b1f||Inflicted by a diseased mirelurk.|
|Glowing pustules||Bleed radiation from wounds when hit||15 min||004b0095
|Inflicted by a diseased glowing one or radstag.|
|Heat flashes||END -2||45 min||004c6b2a||Inflicted by a diseased honey beast.|
|Jelly fingers||+50% Ranged VATS AP Cost||15 min||003c75c4||Inflicted by a diseased stingwing.|
|Lock joint||Melee AP cost +50%||15 min||003c75be||Inflicted by a diseased wolf.|
|Needle spine||-10 Carry Capacity||15 min||003c75b8||Inflicted by a diseased angler.|
|Parasites||Periodic food loss||15 min||00112e6d||Inflicted by a diseased tick or bloodbug, swimming in water, eating raw mutfruit, drinking cream.|
|Rad worms||Take 50% more radiation damage.||15 min||003df041||Inflicted by any feral ghoul or a diseased mutant hound.|
|Rattle hands||-25% damage with ranged weapons||45 min||004c6b4f||Inflicted by a diseased mirelurk king.|
|Shell shock||Action Point drain from wounds||45 min||004b009c||Inflicted by a diseased mongrel or deathclaw.|
|Sludge lung||Max AP -50, AP regen -50||60 min||0018ef92||Inflicted by a diseased wendigo, or exposure to toxic air without wearing a gas mask, assault gas mask or spacesuit helmet.|
|Snot ear||PER -2||15 min||004c6b25||Inflicted by a diseased snallygaster or gulper.|
|Swamp gas||CHR -2||15 min||004c6b2f||Inflicted by a diseased bloatfly.|
|Swamp itch||AGI -2||15 min||003cd03b||Sleep in a sleeping bag/mattress on the ground.|
|Weeping sores||Bleed from wounds||45 min||003df045
|Inflicted by diseased radscorpions or yao guai.|
|The Woopsies||LCK -2||15 min||004c6b39||Inflicted by a diseased mirelurk spawn.|
|Scorched Plague||Scorched enemiesTake 5% more damage from||? min||004c6b39||An Ounce of Prevention.Player is immune to acquiring it if they have completed|