Medicine is a Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas skill that replaces the First Aid and Doctor skills from Fallout, Fallout 2 and Fallout Tactics. This skill was called Medic in Van Buren, the canceled Fallout 3 game by Black Isle Studios, and J.E. Sawyer's Fallout Role-Playing Game.


$ \text{Initial level}=2+(2\times\text{Intelligence})+\left\lceil\frac{\text{Luck}}{2}\right\rceil $

Example: A starting Intelligence of 5 and Luck of 5.

$ 2+(2\times5)+\left\lceil\frac{5}{2}\right\rceil=15 $

The higher a player's Medicine skill, the more hit points they will replenish when using a stimpak and the more effective they are at using any other medicinal item (such as Rad-X or RadAway).

The exact effect of the Medicine skill on such items is determined by the formula:

$ \text{Effect} =\text{Base} \times (1 + \frac{Medicine}{50}) $

In basic terms, medical items become twice as effective with a Medicine skill of 50, and three times as effective with a Medicine skill of 100. This progression is linear, meaning at a skill level of 75 medical items are 2.5x as effective.

Fallout 3Edit

Ways to increase MedicineEdit

Bobblehead Medicine

"The smart man knows a bandage only hides his wounds."


Perks that require Medicine skillEdit

Perk Required Level Additional Requirements
Chemist 60 14 -
Cyborg 60 14 Science 60
Chem Resistant 60 16 -

Interactions that require Medicine skillEdit

  • 30 Medicine will garner information from Doc Church in Megaton about Leo's Drug Habit.
  • 30 Medicine is required to properly examine the bodies of the West family for the Blood Ties quest in Arefu. However, the higher the Medicine skill, the more information the examination will yield, with thresholds at 50, 70 and 90.
  • 40 Medicine is required to revive Timebomb in Big Town, which is the only way to get his Lucky 8-ball.
  • 50 Medicine is required to help a slave in The Mill inside The Pitt, although there is no reward for doing so.
  • 50 Medicine is required to convince Vance to deal with Arefu for bloodpacks in the Blood Ties quest.
  • 60 Medicine is required to revive Reilly in the Chop Shop in Underworld, which is one of two ways to revive her and start the Reilly's Rangers.
  • 70 Medicine is required to explain handling injuries for Chapter 2 of the Wasteland Survival Guide.


The Medicine bobblehead is the first bobblehead available in the game.

Fallout: New VegasEdit

Ways to increase MedicineEdit


Perks that require Medicine skillEdit

Perk Requirement Level Additional Requirements
Living Anatomy 70 8 -
Chemist 60 14 -
Chem Resistant 60 16 -

Interactions that require Medicine skillEdit

  • 20 Medicine to convince Dr. Richards that you have "some medical experience."
  • 30 Medicine or 30 Speech to convince Doc Mitchell to give you three stimpaks before initially leaving his house. Passing both will result in five stimpaks rather than six, and Medicine will always be the first choice (worth 3).
  • 30 Medicine to effectively examine the bodies of the thugs in G.I. Blues.
  • 30 Medicine to heal the mole rat named Snuffles in Sloan.
  • 30 Medicine to realize that Troike's story about blacking out doesn't add up in How Little We Know.
  • 30 Medicine to sterilize the Medical Supply Kit with alcohol during Tourist Trap. Gametitle-FNV HH
  • 35 Medicine to convince Dazzle that you know the right dose for her and they can safely just "split a Med-X and have some fun" for free at the Gomorrah.
  • 35 Medicine to inspect dead hooker's body in How Little We Know.
  • 40 Medicine to convince Betsy to seek psychiatric help.
  • 50 Medicine to convince Joana to tell her story and trigger the quest Bye Bye Love.
  • 50 Medicine to get away with killing Caesar with the autodoc during Et Tumor, Brute?
  • 50 Medicine to heal Private Halford during Help for Halford without a Doctor's bag.
  • 55 Medicine to find out that your heart, brain and spine were removed. Gametitle-FNV OWB
  • 60 Medicine to heal three injured Boomers at Nellis medical station during Volare! The three Boomers require 40, 50, and 60 Medicine.
  • 75 Medicine to communicate with Christine. Gametitle-FNV DM
  • 75 Medicine to heal Caesar during Et Tumor, Brute?
  • 75 Medicine to heal all troopers in Camp Forlorn Hope without equipment.
  • 85 Medicine to realize that the components you collected could be used to heal you. Gametitle-FNV OWB

Notable Medicine expertsEdit

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