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Build Mass with Sass!— The drink's slogan

Sunset Sarsaparilla is a consumable soda in Fallout: New Vegas. Before the Great War it was advertised as "the most popular Beverage in the West!"[1]

Background

The Sunset Sarsaparilla Company was founded in 1918, since becoming known across the former United States for its sarsaparilla flavored soft drink.[2][3] By 2077, the soda's popularly had spread nationwide and into Canada, despite competition from Nuka-Cola Corporation's Nuka-Cola Wild, an attempt to replicate the soda's flavor and success.[4][5]

Despite the widespread success of the drink, a study was conducted that claimed the soda was hazardous to consumers' health. Broadcast on television, the study showed that consuming large quantities of the product resulted in a wide range of harmful side effects, including kidney damage, nausea, digital numbness, anxiety, loss of visual acuity, dizziness, occasional nosebleeds, joint inflammation, tooth decay, sore throat, bronchitis, organ rupture, and halitosis.[6]

After the war, Sunset Sarsaparilla can still be found in New Vegas and the surrounding region. With each bottle consumed, there is a 5% chance of obtaining a Sunset Sarsaparilla star bottle cap.

Characteristics

Sunset Sarsaparilla is a beverage found around New Vegas. While playing in Hardcore mode, the beverage mildly dehydrates the Courier. Drinking Sunset Sarsaparilla will not give rads. The only exception to this rule is the irradiated Sunset Sarsaparilla bottles found in areas like Camp Searchlight and the Courier's Mile.

Crafting

With the Honest Hearts add-on installed, the Courier can obtain a recipe and make a home-brewed version of the drink. This is identical to the standard variety.

Materials:Requirements:Produces:
Range
Honest Hearts add-on
Level
Home-brewed Sunset Sarsaparilla (1)

Variants

Locations

Notes

  • The side effects listed by Festus in the "Silly Ol' Advisory" are not present in the game, regardless of how many bottles are consumed.
  • All bottle caps appear as Nuka-Cola caps on the Pip-Boy or when removing them from the inventory,
  • After completing the quest The Legend of the Star, any Sunset Sarsaparilla star bottle caps that are picked up or obtained from drinking a bottle will be added to the inventory as normal bottle caps, and will not show up as a star bottle cap.
  • Sunset Sarsaparilla is not affected by the Survival skill and does not count towards the Desert Survivalist achievement/trophy.
  • Homebrewed Sunset Sarsaparilla can still produce a Sunset Sarsaparilla star bottle cap.

Behind the scenes

Sarsaparilla is a real world soft drink of the same name.

Gallery

References

  1. Poster; The Most Popular Beverage in the West!
  2. Sunset Sarsaparilla sign
  3. Festus: "So one day a man, a saloon owner in a small town, decided to make a new type of soft drink, and asked his patrons what flavor they'd like it to be. After getting no help from them, a stranger at the end of the bar suggested the man make a sarsaparilla flavored drink."
    (Festus' dialogue)
  4. Sunset Sarsaparilla headquarters terminal entries; Terminal 3
  5. Fallout 4 loading screens: "Although the Nuka-Cola Corporation would never admit it, Nuka-Cola Wild was released to directly compete with Sunset Sarsaparilla after attempts to acquire that company met with failure."
  6. Festus: "Lastly, if you're here about the health advisory that aired on channel 6 recently, say "Silly Ol' Advisory.""
    The Courier: "Silly Ol' Advisory."
    Festus: "I'm sorry, I didn't quite understand that. Could you repeat it?"
    The Courier: "Silly Ol' Advisory."
    Festus: "I'm sorry, I didn't quite understand that. Could you repeat it?"
    The Courier: "Silly Ol' Advisory."
    Festus: "While Sunset Sarsaparilla is perfectly safe, a recent independent study - whose validity is currently being challenged - revealed the following: Excessive ingestion of sarsaparilla can lead to deleterious effects including, but not limited to: kidney damage, nausea, digital numbness, anxiety, loss of visual acuity, dizziness, occasional nosebleeds, joint inflammation, tooth decay, sore throat, bronchitis, organ rupture, and halitosis. Note that you'd have to drink a heap of Sunset Sarsaparilla to match the quantities used in the study. How much, you ask? A lot. A whole helluva lot. In fact, you'd have to get full as a tick on Sunset Sarsaparilla to even come close. Anyway, thanks for stopping by, partner! And keep drinking Sunset Sarsaparilla!"
    (Festus' dialogue)
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