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You are a master of the outdoors. This Perk confers the ability to survive in hostile environments. You get a +20% bonus to Outdoorsman for survival purposes, for each level of this Perk.— in-game description, Fallout

Survivalist is a perk in Fallout, Fallout 2 and Fallout Tactics. It was also cut from Fallout: New Vegas.


With each level of this perk, you will get +20% bonus when checks are made against the Outdoorsman skill, for purposes of determining if the player receives dehydration damage (Desert random encounters) or damage from a rockfall (Mountain random encounters). The Outdoorsman skill itself does not increase.

Fallout 2 and Fallout Tactics

With this perk, you will get +25% bonus to Outdoorsman.


In unpatched Fallout 2, this perk give you +40% bonus to Outdoorsman instead of 25%. [verified]

Fallout: New Vegas

This perk does not exist in the G.E.C.K., but an image of a Vault Boy named "perk_survivalist" can be found in the game files and proves that the perk was planned. Otherwise, benefit, prerequisites and description are unknown.

Behind the scenes

  • The image for this perk in Fallout, Fallout 2 and Fallout Tactics is inspired by Sylvester Stallone's character John Rambo, from the movies First Blood; Rambo: First Blood, Part Two and Rambo III.
  • The Vault Boy in the unused Survivalist perk image for Fallout: New Vegas wears a sleeveless duster, similar to that worn by Ulysses.