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


Pre-War money is a junk item in Fallout 4.

Background[edit | edit source]

This section is transcluded from Pre-War money (currency). To change it, please edit the transcluded page.

United States dollars (USD) were the pre-War currency of the United States of America.[1][2] The inflation presumably caused by the Resource Wars was severe, leaving banknotes as the primary medium of exchange. Although the Great War eliminated the United States and its economy, reducing stacks of green bills to little more than collector's items and scrap parchment, certain pre-War devices continue to recognize them as a valid currency. These are typically limited to areas like the Sierra Madre casino or the Nuka-World amusement park.[3] A single Pre-War money bundle had a value of $100 on October 23, 2077.[4][5]

Characteristics[edit | edit source]

An ancient currency, the pre-War money is not officially in use anymore as legal tender. It can either be broken down for cloth or sold to vendors. However as it has zero carry weight, it can serve as a kind of alternative currency for trading with vendors.

Crafting[edit | edit source]

The pre-war money can be broken down into its individual components for use in crafting:

Pre-War money (1)
Cloth (1)

Locations[edit | edit source]

Containers[edit | edit source]

The following containers have confirmed fixed significant quantities:[6]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Pre-War money can also be used in the Junk Jet as ammunition.
  • Pre-War money can be used at Back Alley Bowling at the General Atomics Galleria, but the $5,000 entrance fee serves no purpose.
  • Pre-War money can be used in the Nuka-Cade at Nuka-World, to be exchanged for 3 Nuka-Cade tokens.
    • Because of the value of pre-War money being eight and the value of 3 Nuka-Cade tokens being 9, the player character can use this to increase the output of caps by 1 for each pre-War money.

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

Pre-War money may have been based upon the $20 U.S. "Technicolor" Gold certificate, due to similarities in design.

References[edit | edit source]

  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 terminals; Maintenance Department Terminal, Log Entry AK197872: "After debating for a few days, the powers that be have decided to change out the vocal interface on the Xoted Mainframe from male to female. Why? So they can give it a cute acronym and name it "Margot." Then they can trot it around for the press so we can all see where our hard-earned taxpayer dollars went. Wow, what a colossal waste of my time. Now I have to pull the mainframe's circuit array and flush the memory all to get a new voice installed... great, just great."
  3. Gameplay use of pre-War money.
  4. G.A.S. prize certificate
  5. Skylanes smuggling manifest
  6. Confirmed fixed items in Creation Kit.
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