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For the pre-War company, see Sunset Sarsaparilla Company.
For the Mojave Wasteland location, see Sunset Sarsaparilla headquarters.

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Build Mass with Sass!— The drink's slogan

Sunset Sarsaparilla is a well-known consumable item in Fallout: New Vegas, a pure cane sugar soda that advertises its product as "the most popular Beverage in the West!"[1]

Background[edit | edit source]

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. Sunset Sarsaparilla disputed the claims as unverified but took steps to improve its PR after the story aired in attempt to mitigate any further financial loss.[6]

After the war, Sunset Sarsaparilla can still be found in New Vegas and surrounding region. Some specially marked bottles of Sunset Sarsaparilla do have a special blue starred cap and loose blue caps are found scattered around several desert locations.

Characteristics[edit | edit source]

Sunset Sarsaparilla is a root-beer-type carbonated beverage found around New Vegas. With its easy availability and low cost, it is an excellent consumable that provides a high health regeneration effect, while also lacking the radiation present in other drinks. Thanks to these factors, it supplements the somewhat-scarce stimpaks as a primary healing item in the Mojave. Company spokesbot Festus provides a comical list of potential side effects, but only while playing in Hardcore mode does drinking Sunset Sarsaparilla have the negative effect of mildly dehydrating the Courier.

Crafting[edit | edit source]

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.

Honest Hearts add-on
Home-brewed Sunset Sarsaparilla (1)

Variants[edit | edit source]

Locations[edit | edit source]

Found in Sunset Sarsaparilla vending machines throughout the Mojave Wasteland.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Unlike Nuka-Cola, 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.
  • With each bottle consumed, there is a 5% chance of obtaining a Sunset Sarsaparilla star bottle cap, which can be collected for the quest The Legend of the Star.
  • The side effects listed by Festus in the "Silly Ol' Advisory" are not present in the game, regardless of how many bottles are consumed.
  • When drinking a Sunset Sarsaparilla, a bottle cap is obtained. Upon looking at the icon on the Pip-Boy or removing them from the inventory, are bottle caps appear as Nuka-Cola caps.
  • 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, despite only using regular bottle caps in its creation.

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

Sarsaparilla is a real world soft drink of the same name, popular in the United States beginning in the 19th century. It was originally made with safrole, an oil used as the flavor additive. In the United States, the FDA banned the use of safrole in 1958 as it had been shown to induce liver tumors in rats.[7]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Poster; The Most Popular Beverage in the West!
  2. File:Sunset Sarsaparilla Logo.png
  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.""
    Courier: "Silly Ol' Advisory"
    Festus: "While Sunset Sarsaparilla is perfectly safe, a recent independent study - whose validity is currently being challenged - revealed the following: 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)
  7. Sassafras at ScienceDirect
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