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Pinyon nuts are a consumable item in Fallout: New Vegas.


Pinyon nuts are used as an ingredient for Desert Salad and trail mix, two strong healing items.

Survival skill effect

SkillEffectHardcore effect
10+1 Hit Point for 5s-12 Starvation 
20+1 Hit Point for 5s-14 Starvation 
30+1 Hit Point for 5s-16 Starvation 
40+1 Hit Point for 5s-18 Starvation 
50+2 Hit Point for 5s-20 Starvation 
60+2 Hit Point for 5s-22 Starvation 
70+2 Hit Point for 5s-24 Starvation 
80+2 Hit Point for 5s-26 Starvation 
90+2 Hit Point for 5s-28 Starvation 
100+3 Hit Point for 5s-30 Starvation 


Pinyon nuts do not have a corresponding plant that the Courier can harvest, unlike other ingredients in the Mojave Wasteland, and therefore must be purchased from vendors or found in various locations detailed below:

  • Two can be found inside crates, in the back of a wrecked truck on the sloping section of the I-15, going from Nipton Road reststop to the Mojave Outpost.
  • Four can be found in Mick & Ralph's shop, in and around a box on the highest shelf closest to the stove, upstairs in the living area.
  • Four are in an open metal container on a shelf in the storage shed at Camp Forlorn Hope.
  • Some pinyon nuts can be seen "floating" a noticeable amount off of a desk in the teaching room at the Brotherhood of Steel's Hidden Valley bunker.
  • Pinyon nuts can easily be obtained at the Followers safehouse when Doctor Luria is there. While she is there, each time a refrigerator is opened, it will immediately spawn up to three new foods, replacing any previous contents. The spawn list contains only 23 possible foods, of which pinyon nuts are one.
  • Sometimes sold by Johnson Nash in Primm.
  • East pump station - One on the right upon entering, on a bench in front of some lockers. One on the left, on a table next to two boxes of Potato Crisps.
  • Goodsprings - In Chet's store, in one of the broken fridges.
  • Five on a shelf against the wall where the Boomer chef keeps his food.
  • Occasionally sold by merchants that sell food items. Quartermaster Bardon and the food supplier at the Ultra-Luxe will likely have a regular supply.
  • They can be found in HELIOS One, next to the main terminal.
  • Jas Wilkins in Sloan occasionally stocks five or ten pinyon nuts.
  • Honest Hearts Can occasionally be found on Zion Canyon tribals.
  • Pinyon nuts may be gained when trading NCR dogtags for food items with the Legion in Cottonwood Cove.
  • Found on the bedside table in the El Rey Motel, in the second room on the second floor of the motel, where the dead wastelander is. There are more pinyon nuts on the bedside table of the motel room on the first floor (the only room that is accessible), where the bark scorpions are.
  • Sometimes found on dead Legionaries.

Behind the scenes

Pinyon nuts are based on the real world pinyon pine tree, found in the southwestern United States.