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Nuka-Cola Quartz
Nuka-Cola Victory
Rum & Nuka
Nuka-Cola Quantum
Fallout 4Nuka-Cola (Ice cold)
Nuka-Cola Quantum (Ice cold)
Nuka-Cherry (Ice Cold)
Nuka-World
Fallout 76
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Nuka-Cola Quantum
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This page lists all Nuka-Cola variants.

Background

Numerous variants of the Nuka-Cola were introduced, offering different flavors and taste profiles. Joining classic Nuka-Cola, alternative fruit-flavored beverages were instant success.[1] Its popularity endured long after the Great War. Even when warm, flat and irradiated, it's the soft drink of choice for many wastelanders.[2]

Variants

Nuka-Cola

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Nuka-Cola was the most popular flavored soft drink in the United States before the Great War. After the War, Nuka-Cola is still popular, as large quantities of it were preserved. The classic Nuka-Cola taste is the result of combining seventeen different fruit essences with the classic cola tastes, enhancing, but not overwhelming it. By 2077, Nuka-Cola bottles take on a newer look akin to a rocket ship and advertising also follows suit with the reuse of the space-themed mascot: Nuka-Girl.

Nuka-Cola (ice cold variants)

It may be chilled, but it is still irradiated and flat.

Diet Nuka-Cola

Gameplay article: none (mentioned in Fallout)

A diet version of the classic Nuka-Cola, with sugar content substituted with aspartame.[3]

Nuka-Cherry

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Gameplay articles: Fallout 4, Fallout 76

Cherry Nuka Cola was one of three fruit-flavored variants released a few years after the debut of Nuka-Cola,[1] following the acquisition of Merle's Very Cherry Soda. The original formula was a local, home-brewed pure cherry soft drink. The drink was rebranded and launched with only slight adjustments to the formula, mixed with Nuka-Cola then enhanced with color to boost visual appeal.[4] It proved to be a drink with enduring popularity, though it was largely limited to the East Coast,[5] but was distributed in large quantities in the vicinity of Boston and West Virginia.

Nuka-Cola Cranberry

Gameplay article: Fallout 76

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Conceptualized by the Kanawha Nuka-Cola plant, the idea for the drink came from celery-flavored sparkling waters, as well as mixing artificial flavors, package design and marketing to trick people into thinking it had health benefits.[6] Like many of the fruit variants of Nuka-Cola, this one would predominantly feature cranberries.[7] Although predominantly advertised around the Watoga area of Appalachia as "coming soon," some quantities can be found throughout the region.

Nuka-Cola Dark

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Gameplay articles: Nuka-World, Fallout 76

This variation of Nuka-Cola became the company's attempt at entering the alcoholic beverage market and appealing to the adult demographic. A ready to drink bottle of Nuka-Cola and rum boasting an alcohol-by-volume content of 35%,[8] the beverage was touted as "the most thirst-quenching way to unwind." Those partaking in the drink were recommended to not operate motor vehicles or heavy machinery for at least eight hours after drinking, and encourage women who are pregnant or may become pregnant to avoid the drink.[9] Still, it found success in many of the finer lounges and restaurants across the nation.[10] It can be found after the war in locations such as the Nuka-World theme-park in the Boston Commonwealth, or at the Appalachian Whitespring Resort.

Nuka-Grape

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Gameplay articles: Nuka-World, Fallout 76

Originally sold overseas as the Grape-Pearl Soda, Nuka-Grape was born after the company acquired the recipe. With no change in flavor profile and only minute adjustments to the formula to maximize profit margins,[11] grape was one of three fruit flavors released shortly after the beverage's debut, to instant success.[1] As with Nuka-Cherry and Nuka-Orange, it was distributed in the eastern United States.[5] It can be found after the war in locations such as the Nuka-World theme-park in the Boston Commonwealth, or at the Appalachian Whitespring Resort.

Nuka-Cola Orange

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Gameplay articles: Nuka-World, Fallout 76

An orange-flavored version of Nuka-Cola, easily distinguished by its orange bottle and the orange slice on its label. Along with Nuka-Cherry and Nuka-Grape, Nuka-Cola Orange was one of the Nuka-Cola Corporation's fruit flavors. It was an instant success[1] among consumers on the East Coast.[5] It was developed under the code name "Fur Seal" with a Pear Brandy as a flavor base with its intense aftertaste cut with trace arsenic.[12]

Nuka-Cola Quantum

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Nuka-Cola Quantum was introduced in the fourth quarter of 2077, as a brand-new flavor of Nuka-Cola, with twice the calories, twice the carbohydrates, twice the caffeine and twice the taste.[13][14] Nuka-Cola Quantum was officially released to the public at the same time as the Great War, and so the soda is incredibly rare in the wasteland, with many bottles found in trucks that were shipping the product.

It is more common in the Commonwealth and West Virginia than in the Capital Wasteland. In the Commonwealth, there were special "pre-release" shipments delivered to certain grocers and restaurants, accounting for its greater availability. The Whitespring Resort also received early-release shipments, which are sold by Bubbles, the Nuka-Cola vendor.[15]

Mirelurks are especially affected by the Quantum isotope, mutating into Nukalurks.

Nuka-Cola Quartz

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Gameplay articles: Fallout: New Vegas, Nuka-World

Nuka-Cola Quartz is a flavor of Nuka-Cola that enjoyed a limited release in the American Southwest.[16] It remains a rare find in the post-apocalypse.[17] It has a classy look, thanks to the lack of added food colorings but a distinctive white tint and glow.[18] It was developed under the code name "Angry Beaver," during development the beverageers added non-soluble sugar flakes to simulate a quartz-like appearance and to counteract the cavitation issues from previous attempts.[19] The Nuka-Cola Corporation had a trademark battle with Vim! Pop Incorporated over the "Quartz" trademark as Vim was also selling a drink known as Vim Quartz, and Nuka-Cola was successful.

Nuka-Cola Victory

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Gameplay articles: Fallout: New Vegas, Nuka-World

Nuka-Cola Victory is a "refreshingly patriotic" flavor of Nuka-Cola that enjoyed a limited release in the American Southwest. It is colored orange with a red, white and blue label, giving it a distinct look, much like Nuka-Cola Quantum. It remains a rare find in the post-apocalypse.[18]

Nuka-Cola Wild

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Gameplay articles: Nuka-World, Fallout 76

Introduced in 2058, Nuka-Cola Wild is a root-based beverage inspired by the soda of choice in the Wild West. It comes in a red bottle and is marked with a red-orange label bearing the legend "Nuka-Wild." This variant was only produced after the Nuka-Cola Corporation was unable to acquire the Sunset Sarsaparilla Company;[20] accordingly, Nuka-Cola Wild was only sold to the public in the American Southwest to directly compete with the well established brand.[18] That being said, supplies of this brand of the drink can be found within the boundaries of the Nuka-World theme-park in the Boston Commonwealth and a special release batch was given to the Whitespring Resort in West Virginia.

Unreleased flavors

When not buying out the competition, the Nuka-Cola Corporation attempted to stay one step ahead of the competition by creating radically different new flavors and variants of Nuka-Cola.

Nuka-Cola Boost/Black

Gameplay articles: Nuka-World, Fallout 76

Originally called Packed Full of Joe before being bought out by the Nuka-Cola Corporation, Nuka-Boost was a failed attempt at mixing the flavor profiles of coffee and Nuka-Cola. Developed under the code name "Walrus,"[21] the attempts to mix cola and coffee went poorly and the flavor project was sent back to the drawing board after multiple unfavorable taste tests.[22]

Further development of the coffee formula was made at a West Virginia plant under the name Nuka-Black; codename: Walrus (NCB02-A6A1). Notes from the unsatisfactory taste tests of coffee were taken into consideration and the mixers there proposed a change of the main additive ingredient from coffee to dextromethamphetamine.[21] Taste tests with this addition were also not particularly successful.[23]

Nuka-Cola Clear

Main article: Nuka-Cola Clear

After the Nuka-Cola Corporation acquired Sharon's Downhome Country Lemon recipe, they intended to reproduce the soft drink with less expensive ingredients to increase profitability.[24] Nuka-Cola Clear's flavor profile was going to be lemon-lime, but the corporation encountered problems in production, as John-Caleb Bradberton wished to spend available funds producing and promoting the newly formulated Nuka-Cola Quantum instead.

With Nuka-Cola Quartz being promoted at the same time, the marketing team was unsure how to promote both products simultaneously. For these reasons, Bradberton pushed back Nuka-Cola Clear production until at least 2079.[25] The formula was locked away in the Nuka-Cola plant in Arlington, Virginia, sealed by the Great War.[26]

Mixes

Several drinks utilizing Nuka-Cola were created by various individuals. The type of drink varied from dessert beverages to alcoholic spirits.

Long Island Ice Tea

Gameplay article: none (mentioned in Fallout 2)

A Long Island Ice Tea was a relatively popular drink pre-War and remained so after. Comprised of vodka, rum, tequila, triple sec, lime, and a splash of Nuka-Cola.[27]

Nuka-Cola float

Gameplay articles: none (mentioned in Fallout 4, Fallout 76)

Nuka-Cola floats formerly sold at a concession stand in Nuka-World's Safari Adventure

An ice cream float made with a combination of Nuka-Cola and ice cream. Sold by both Nuka-Cola Corporation at Nuka-World and others, this dessert beverage was popular up until the Great War when storing ice cream became exceedingly difficult.

Nuka-Cola Vaccinated

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Gameplay article: Fallout 76

This flavor of Nuka-Cola was invented and utilized by the Vault Dweller and the Vault 76 overseer to inoculate the Raiders and Settlers of Appalachia in an attempt to eradicate the Scorched Plague.[28] The drink primarily contains the player character's antibodies, providing immunity. Some individuals who have consumed the soda variant comment on its unpleasant taste.[29] The player character can name the soda "Nuka Cola My Blood's In It", "Nuka Cola Scorched", or "Nuka Cola Vaccinated" in the quest The New Arrivals.

Nukashine

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Gameplay article: Fallout 76

A high-proof distilled spirit mixed with Nuka-Cola Quantum and nuclear waste, Nukashine was created by Lewis of the Eta Psi fraternity of Vault-Tec University in November of 2076.[30] The creation was supposed to provide a source of funds for feeding his Nuka-Cola collector's addiction, but wound up catapulting the fraternity to university-wide fame and led Judy Lowell, the chapter president, to set up a speakeasy in the back of Big Al's Tattoo Parlor bearing the same name. The spirit itself is incredibly powerful, causes blackouts, severe hangovers, and is potentially lethal, as the fellow Pi Mu fraternity found out during their "eviction party."[31]

Rum & Nuka

Gameplay article: Fallout: New Vegas

Rum & Nuka is popular in the post war world, such as at the Atomic Wrangler Casino, where sales were strong for both Rum & Nuka and Absinthe spirits.[32]

Mixer station

Gameplay article: Fallout 4

In the Nuka-World amusement park, visitors could choose to mix a variety of soda flavors together at a Nuka-mixer station, resulting in the following products:

Fallout Tactics variants

Mini-FOT Logo.pngThe following is based on Fallout Tactics and is not canon.

There are several variations of Nuka-Cola available in Fallout Tactics, including:

Classic Nuka-Cola

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Gameplay article: Fallout Tactics

Classic Nuka-Cola tastes exactly like the original Nuka-Cola but comes in a new bottle. It was an attempt at saving the brand after the marketing disaster that was Cherry Nuka-Cola.

Cherry Nuka-Cola

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Gameplay article: Fallout Tactics

Cherry Nuka Cola is a variation of regular Nuka-Cola. After it was introduced, it turned out that nobody liked the taste. This resulted in a marketing disaster for the company, which quickly attempted to save the brand by introducing the Classic Nuka-Cola, tasting exactly like the original, but in a new bottle.

Fusion Cola

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Gameplay article: Fallout Tactics

A unique concoction created by Phil, the Nuka-Cola dude, responsible for refilling the Nuka-Cola machines across the wasteland. It was a tradition passed down from generation to generation. It is rumored that he had something called Fusion Nuka-Cola, a unique, unknown taste which was created by fusing together some Nuka-Cola dregs into a concentrated essence.

Yellow Nuka-Cola

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Gameplay article: Fallout Tactics

Yellow Nuka-Cola is a "variation" of regular Nuka-Cola, both yellow in color and with an "interesting" smell. In Chicago, during the Brotherhood of Steel's reign, there were reports of this strange yellow Nuka-Cola. However, it was quickly identified as a substance designed by a "mad naked man" who "made water."

Mini-FOT Logo.pngEnd of information based on Fallout Tactics.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Nuka-World loading screens: "Nuka-Cola introduced fruit-flavored beverages such as Nuka-Cherry, Nuka-Grape and Nuka-Orange only a few short years after the corporation was founded. They were an instant success."
  2. Fallout demo, Fallout, Fallout 2 and Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel item description: "{10600}{}{Nuka-Cola}"
    "{10601}{}{A bottle of Nuka-Cola, the flavored softdrink of the post-nuclear world. Warm and flat.}"
    (PRO ITEM.MSG (Fallout demo), PRO ITEM.MSG (Fallout), PRO ITEM.MSG (Fallout 2), Items.txt)
  3. Dugan: "{124}{}{Too bad we ran out of Diet.}"
    (DUGAN.MSG)
  4. Bradberton's office terminal entries; Bradberton's project terminal, Merle's Very Cherry Soda
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 World of Refreshment tour: "Out west, they enjoy regional favorites such as the classy Nuka-Cola Quartz and refreshingly patriotic Nuka-Cola Victory. Or, for those that prefer a timeless root-based beverage, they pick up a delicious Nuka-Cola Wild! While out here on the east coast, folks delight in the refreshment of an ice-cold Nuka-Grape, Nuka-Orange, or Nuka-Cherry. And be on the lookout for our special pre-release shipments of Nuka-Cola Quantum coming soon to your favorite grocer or restaurant!"
    (World of Refreshment announcer's dialogue)
  6. Product brainstorming 1
  7. Flooded trainyard terminal entries; Switching tower terminal, Message From: T. Pendleton
  8. Nuka Cola Dark label
  9. World of Refreshment tour: "Hey Mom and Dad, are you ready for a night out on the town? Then pick up an ice-cold Nuka-Cola Dark and experience the most thirst-quenching way to unwind. Nuka-Cola Dark: that refreshingly familiar Nuka-Cola taste with a light alcoholic twist. 35% alcohol by volume. Do not consume Nuka-Cola Dark if you are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant. Do not operate motor vehicles or heavy machinery for at least 8 hours after drinking."
    (World of Refreshment announcer's dialogue)
  10. Nuka-World loading screens: "Nuka-Cola Dark was the corporation's attempt at entering the alcoholic beverage market. Boasting 35% alcohol-by-volume, the unusual soft drink found its success at many of the finer lounges and restaurants around the country."
  11. Bradberton's office terminal entries; Bradberton's project terminal, Grape-Pearl Soda
  12. Kanawha Nuka-Cola Plant terminal entries; Current Project Status, Fur Seal
  13. World of Refreshment tour: "Welcome to the Nuka-Cola World of Refreshment, now featuring a river of Nuka-Cola Quantum! Nuka-Cola Quantum: Twice the calories, twice the carbohydrates, twice the caffeine, and twice the taste! And just look at that amazing, patented blue glow! So sit back and enjoy the ride as we take you through the Nuka-Cola World of Refreshment!"
    (World of Refreshment announcer's dialogue)
  14. "This product is the pinnacle of taste sensation. Seventeen fruit flavors and that signature cola taste blend to form the perfect refreshing soft drink. With its new Strontium additive, its got that unique kick to keep you on your toes."
    (Milo, shipping foreman's dialogue)
  15. Bubbles: "Exclusive to The Whitespring: Early-release bottles of the newest cola sensation: Nuka-Cola Quantum!"
  16. Joshua Sawyer tumblr answer
  17. Nuka-World loading screens: "Nuka-Cola Victory and Nuka-Cola Quartz are two examples of regional brands. These flavors, in particular, were only distributed in the southwestern area of the United States."
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 World of Refreshment tour: "Out west, they enjoy regional favorites such as the classy Nuka-Cola Quartz and refreshingly patriotic Nuka-Cola Victory. Or, for those that prefer a timeless root-based beverage, they pick up a delicious Nuka-Cola Wild!"
    (World of Refreshment announcer's dialogue)
  19. Kanawha Nuka-Cola plant terminal entries; Current Project Status, Angry Beaver
  20. Nuka-World loading screens: "Although the Nuka-Cola Corporation would never admit it, Nuka-Cola Wild was released to directly compete with Sunset Sarsaparilla after attempts to acquire that company met with failure."
  21. 21.0 21.1 Kanawha Nuka-Cola plant terminal entries; Current Project Status, Walrus
  22. Bradberton's office terminal entries; Bradberton's project terminal, Packed Full Of Joe
  23. NCB02-A6A1 feedback form
  24. Bradberton's office terminal entries; Bradberton's project terminal, Sharon's Downhome Country Lemon
  25. Nuka-Cola Clear (holotape)
  26. Nuka-Cola Clear formula
  27. Bcgengrd.msg: {138}{}{Hey, anyone remember what was in a Long Island Ice Tea?}
    {139}{}{Yeah, vodka, rum, tequila, triple sec, lime, and Nuka.}
  28. The New Arrivals
  29. Raider 1: "Those Scorched better watch out now that I drank that inoculation shit. I'm going to tear them to pieces and they can't do nothing about it!"
    Raider 2: "That drink didn't make you invincible you idiot. They can still kill you, you know."
    Raider 1: "The hell? Are you saying I drank that nasty crap for nothing?"
    Raider 2: "I'm saying you're an idiot, idiot."
  30. Lewis's personal log
  31. Eta Psi House terminal entries
  32. The Courier: "How's business?"
    James Garret: "With Jacob Hoff sobered up, there are new drinks are on the menu and sales are strong. People love the new Absinthe and Rum & Nuka."
    (James Garret's dialogue)
List of Nuka-Cola variants