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Nuka-Cola is a consumable item in Fallout 3.


Nuka-Cola entered the beverage market in 2044, with the invention of the soft drink by John-Caleb Bradberton after two years of experimentation.[1] It contained 120% of the recommended daily allowance of sugar, and took the United States market by storm, and within a year could be purchased nationwide.[2][3]

The unique taste of Nuka-Cola is the result of a combination of 17 fruit essences, balanced to enhance the classic cola flavor.[4] The combination of carbonated water, caramel color, aspartame, phosphoric acid, potassium benzoate, citric acid, caffeine, and natural flavors was marketed as being fortified with "vitaminerals" and "health tonics."[5][6] Ingredients were combined in just the right proportion, to the level that shortages of ingredients or changes to the recipe were noticed by consumers.[7]


Nuka-Cola will give the Lone Wanderer 3 Rads and 10 Hit Points (12 if one has the food sanitizer in their inventory). Consuming a bottle of Nuka-Cola provides a single cap. It does not, however, generate an empty Nuka-Cola bottle. Nuka-Cola can be found all over the wasteland, carried by merchants and likely in any location where humans are/were living. Many buildings contain Nuka-Cola vending machines, which contain between one and three Nuka-Cola bottles.

Nuka-Cola can be traded for other random supplies (such as a single 10mm round) in Little Lamplight with Zip (see Zip's Nuka Fix). With the perk Quantum Chemist Broken Steel, every 10 Nuka-Colas in one's inventory will become a Nuka-Cola Quantum. Obtaining 10 ice cold Nuka-Colas with the Quantum Chemist perk will not give a Nuka-Cola Quantum, however.

Nuka-Cola can also be turned into ice cold Nuka-Cola with the Pristine Nuka-Cola machine that can be purchased for the player character house, which restores twice the HP of normal Nuka-Cola.



Related quests


  1. World of Refreshment PA tour
  2. Sierra Petrovita: "When Nuka-Cola was invented by John-Caleb Bradberton in 2044, it quickly became the world's most popular soft drink. The wonder drink soon drew a dedicated following which prompted the Nuka-Cola Corporation to release many promotional items like these. By 2067, a Nuka-Cola machine such as this rare pristine model could be found on almost every street in America. Even in today's crazy world, Nuka-Cola is still the number one choice of refreshment among Armageddon's survivors."
    (Sierra Petrovita's dialogue)
  3. Fallout 4 loading screens: "Amateur chemist John-Caleb Bradberton discovered the formula for Nuka-Cola in 2044. Within a year, Nuka-Cola could be purchased across the entire United States."
  4. Nuka-World loading screens: "Nuka-Cola's award-winning taste is derived from a secret combination of seventeen fruit essences which are balanced to enhance, but not overwhelm, that classic cola flavor."
  5. Dugan: "{123}{}{Carbonated Water, Caramel Color, Aspartame, Phosphoric Acid, Potassium Benzoate (To Protect Taste), Natural Flavors, Citric Acid, Caffeine}"
    (Dugan's dialogue)
  6. The Lone Wanderer: "Never mind. I think you've had enough sugar for one day."
    Zip: "But Nuka-Cola's fortified with vitaminerals and health tonics! It even says so on the label! That means it's healthy for me!"
    (Zip's dialogue)
  7. Lone Wanderer: "The taste... I could never get used to it."
    Sierra Petrovita: "No no no! You're mistaken! The flavor is the essence of seventeen different fruits mixed in just the right proportion to give the beverage that delicious taste. In fact, in the Great Passion Fruit Famine of 2044, people actually noticed the taste difference when the flavor was changed!"
    (Sierra Petrovita's dialogue)