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For an overview of this item's appearances in the Fallout series of games, see Wasteland Survival Guide (item).
For other uses of the term, see Wasteland Survival Guide.
Survive, Thrive, and Revive, that's the name of the game. The book is the Wasteland Survival Guide! Pick up your copy today!Three Dog, Fallout 3

The Wasteland Survival Guide is a skill book in Fallout: New Vegas.


Published by Moira Brown (with help from the Lone Wanderer) in 2277, the guide saw distribution throughout the wasteland by travelers. The book provides knowledge on how to survive the harsh wasteland. It became popular, as within a short four years, it had already reached as far as the Four States Commonwealth.


Reading this book permanently increases the Courier's Survival skill by 3 points (4 with the Comprehension perk).


With the add-on Old World Blues, this skill book can be crafted by the Courier.

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Wasteland Survival Guide (1)
Note: the recipe is consumed as part of the crafting process, meaning only one book can be crafted.


Other than being crafted, the skill book can be found in the following locations.

Closest map markerLocation description
Lone Wolf RadioInside the radio trailer, near the mattress
Matthews Animal Husbandry FarmTop balcony of the northern barn, near the barrel crate
Mesquite Mountains camp siteInside the western tent, behind the bedding and toolbox, may glitch into the ground)
Scavenger platformAmong the books under the fallen metal bookshelf, on the northern platform section
Waste disposal station Gametitle-FNV LRIn the middle of the fallen radioactive barrels, behind a skeleton draped over one of the barrels, between two lead-lined metal boxes


  • There are no additional copies to be found in the Dead Money, Honest Hearts or Old World Blues add-ons. The Courier can, however, craft an additional one in Old World Blues with blank books from the Book Chute, two wonderglues, and the correct recipe.
  • It is substantially larger than most other skill books.
  • Excluding add-ons, it's the only type of skill book that can be found in outdoor locations.


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