Pinto bean pods are used for crafting mole rat stew as well as for reducing starvation in Hardcore mode. Pinto bean pods can only be obtained from plants or Salient Green, and the plants themselves are only found in two areas in the base game, making them moderately difficult to come by.
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|10||+1 Hit Point for 3s||-6 Starvation|
|20||+1 Hit Point for 3s||-7 Starvation|
|30||+1 Hit Point for 3s||-8 Starvation|
|40||+1 Hit Point for 3s||-9 Starvation|
|50||+2 Hit Point for 3s||-10 Starvation|
|60||+2 Hit Point for 3s||-11 Starvation|
|70||+2 Hit Point for 3s||-12 Starvation|
|80||+2 Hit Point for 3s||-13 Starvation|
|90||+2 Hit Point for 3s||-14 Starvation|
|100||+3 Hit Point for 3s||-15 Starvation|
- There are seventeen plants along the banks of the Colorado River:
- Three along the west shoreline between Blue Paradise Vacation Rentals and Smith Mesa Prospector Camp.
- Two on the eastern shoreline due east of Cottonwood overlook.
- Four more just north of there, east of Cottonwood Cove.
- Five more a little farther north of those four, beginning just southeast of Ranger station Echo. The last one is east of the Lucky Jim Mine and right beside the entrance to the deathclaw promontory.
- Three more across the river from those five, on the west bank: one due east of the Lucky Jim Mine, one slightly northeast of Ranger Station Echo, and one due east Ranger Station Echo.
- There are sixty-seven plants available inside three greenhouses at the NCR Sharecropper Farms: fifty-four normal-sized plants in the two northwestern-most greenhouses, and thirteen miniature plants in the southwestern-most greenhouse. Some will be counted as "stolen" but taking them will not result in Karma loss, and they will not have the stolen attribute when dropped.
- A few plants can be found in Westside.
- seed package in the X-22 botanical garden. Dried version, one of the items converted from the
- Biological research station after the completion of Field Research. One plant is available once you have upgraded the
- Pinto beans plants are unusual in that each plant yields two pods. This means that while they are perhaps the hardest plant to find in the game, they are not the rarest plant-based consumable: one trip through the Sharecropper Farms can result in 134 pods.
- The Pip-Boy icon for the pinto bean pods is identical to the icon for the wasteland omelet.
- Like xander roots, pinto bean pods have no value.