| ||For an overview of diseases and viruses in the Fallout series of games, see Diseases and viruses.|
| ||For the condition that lists mutations, see mutations.|
Causes and effectsEdit
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 184.108.40.206, the player character must be level 15 or higher to acquire a disease.
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.
Maintaining a character's food and water needs each increases resistance of disease by 25%, even more (35%) with the perk Rejuvenated. Taking antibiotics 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.
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 (one is located at a white gazebo near the Whitespring golf club) will cure a disease.
Intentionally catching diseases is useful with the Plague Walker mutation or attempting to complete the challenge for acquiring all diseases. Note that 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 be immediately obtained upon joining a different server.
List of diseasesEdit
A player character can get infected by 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 a diseased 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|