|For an overview of flares, see flare.|
Flares can come in handy in low-light situations. If thrown or dropped, any targets standing in the vicinity of the flare are treated as if in daylight, making them a lot easier to hit with ranged attacks if darkness is causing a penalty to accuracy.
Although the flare will only normally inflict up to 1 damage when hitting an enemy, aiming at the eyes/head and scoring a Critical Hit can blind/knockout or even instantly kill (requires Better Criticals perk), regardless of their armor. When combined with Living Anatomy, flares will do at least 5 damage to any organic target since they only need one AP to throw. This will allow a character with an Agility of 10 to outperform many starting weapons in terms of damage dealt per turn.
In Fallout, they can also be sold for 35 bottle caps, which can be quite helpful early on for players who have little money.
- The Vault Dweller starts off with 2 flares.
- Lockers at entrances to vaults often have these, such as Vault 15.
- Sold by Killian Darkwater and various merchants.
- Jasmine gives some when the steal necklace from the merchants quest is accepted.
- Marcus carries one.
- Sold by various shops outside of Arroyo, such as Klamath's two merchants Sajag and Maida Buckner.
- Abbey's cathedral. Would have been found in the caves under
- Commonly bought from merchants, while the smoke flare is seen in the Kansas mission.
- A lit flare is worth more than an unlit flare. However, they cannot be sold.
- Lit flares are destroyed once the player character transitions to another map.
If a stack of flares is used on any world object, the whole stack will become lit. After a certain amount of time one flare will disappear from the stack while the rest will remain permanently lit.