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For an overview of pre-War money, see Pre-War money.


Pre-War money is a miscellaneous item in Fallout 3.


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United States dollars (USD) were the pre-War currency of the United States of America.[1][2] Pre-War money appears as a bound stack of banknotes, and is used to represent undisclosed large sums of cash.[3][4] Although the United States and its economy were eliminated in the Great War, automated pre-War vendors continued to recognize the validity of the dollar.[5][Fallout 2d20 1] Outside of this limited usage, pre-War money is seen as worthless (in terms of currency) by people of the wasteland, though it still has value as kindling.[6]


Pre-War money appears as a stack of indistinguishable bills. The item is valued at ten caps per stack and is affected by the player character's Barter skill. Pre-War money is somewhat plentiful. As it has lost almost all value to the inhabitants of the Wasteland, it can also be found in garbage cans.


The primary usefulness of pre-War money is a trade item, owing to its weightlessness and relatively high value. Pre-War money can be used as Rock-It Launcher ammunition. It is the only weightless item besides alien crystals that can be loaded into the Rock-It Launcher.


It can be found nearly anywhere money might be found in real life, such as cash registers, safes, suitcases and desks.

  • 17 can be found in the main area of L.O.B. Enterprises.
  • 15 can be found on a pool table in Dukov's Place.
  • Ten can be found scattered about the lower offices of the Chryslus Building.
  • Point Lookout (add-on) 12 are located on top of a safe in the basement of the Trapper's shack, in a cell with a swamplurk queen.
  • Point Lookout (add-on) 24 can be found in room 1G of the Homestead Motel, 11 spread throughout the room and 13 located in a suitcase.
  • Point Lookout (add-on) 39 can be found inside the sea cave. 25 can be found inside and around a chest next to a mattress. The other 14 are in a half-sunken boat with a skeleton.

Behind the scenes

The blue colored cash strap is the American Bank Association standard color for a strap containing a quantity of 100 $1 bills.


  1. The Courier: "I have a right to know more."
    Robert House: "That's simply not true. I am the only person to hold any rights pertaining to the Chip. I designed it, and I paid for it - dearly. To develop that Chip, I spent a sum of U.S. dollars - not the bottle caps that pass as currency these days - but a sum beyond counting. For decades, I paid salvagers to comb the ruins for it. And when it was finally discovered, tens of thousands of caps spent to have it brought here. We know how that turned out. Complete your contract and it will be the last time I pay for the Chip. Save your questions for then."
    (Robert House's dialogue)
  2. Presidential sub level terminal entries; Maintenance Department terminal, Log Entry AK197872
  3. G.A.S. prize certificate; second prize
    Note: 50 pre-War money is given to the player character by the Mr. Prize-bot in this random encounter. As the grand prize is $100,000, this would indicate each stack represents $2000.
  4. Skylanes smuggling manifest
    Note: The hidden compartments in the Skylanes flights both contain 25 pre-War money. As the cargo is described as containing $2500, this would indicate each stack represents $1000.
  5. In-game vendors that accept pre-War money, such as those seen in the Sierra Madre casino or the Nuka-World amusement park.
  6. Scavenger: "Damn, no caps! Looks like there is almost 200 dollars in here though. I guess it'll make good kindling."


  1. Fallout: The Roleplaying Game Rulebook p.84: "Pre-War money can still be found, but it’s more of a novelty or collector’s item these days. Those stacks and bundles of green banknotes can be traded for a tidy little stack of caps if you know who to sell them to, and there are a few places— often with still-functioning vending machines— which still accept these old notes as money."