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You've been pushed around long enough! With the Nerd Rage! perk, your Strength is raised to 10 and you gain 50% to damage resistance whenever your Health drops to 20% or below.— In-game description

Nerd Rage! is a perk in Fallout: New Vegas.


Whenever the Courier's health drops to 20% or below, their Strength is raised to 10, and their Damage Threshold is boosted by 15. This effect stacks with similar bonuses, and applies even if the Courier is naked or their armor is broken; they merely need to meet the health threshold.

The Courier's base health determines the trigger for this perk. Bonus HP from other sources such as Buffout or the Thought You Died perk will not raise the threshold.


  • While Fallout: New Vegas does not feature a cap on DT, 20% of pre-DT damage is guaranteed to go through, regardless of how high a player character's DT is. As such, in certain situations, an increase in DT may yield little to no benefit.
  • If one is having difficulty determining how much 20% of their health is, this is the same amount of health needed before one begins to hear the heart beating audio effect.

Behind the scenes

The perk is based on Adrenaline Rush, a perk which had first appeared in Fallout 2. The art is also borrowed from Adrenaline Rush, save for a few thematic changes.