|For a cross-game overview of this perk, see Lead Belly.|
“With the Lead Belly perk, you take 50% less radiation every time you drink from an irradiated water source.”— In-game description
With the Lead Belly perk, 50% less radiation is taken every time you drink from an irradiated water source. This benefit extends to all irradiated food and drink.
- Because the game relies on the same engine as Oblivion, which used floating point numbers even if the player only saw rounded whole numbers, it is highly likely that a source of water that goes (for example) from "1 Rad" pre-perk to "1 Rad" post-perk is still accurately treated internally i.e. 1 Rad versus .5 Rad.
- At high levels this perk may become redundant; RadAway, Rad-X, and apparel with radiation resistance, such as power armor, become more available and readily obtainable.
- There is an abundance of clean water, reducing the relative usefulness of the perk, although the benefit is extended to all irradiated food and drink.
- With the addition of Implant Y-3 in Old World Blues, this perk potentially becomes redundant, though is still available much earlier and for free. This perk also works on food while the implant does not.