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For an overview of this item's appearances, see Wasteland Survival Guide.
For other uses of the term, see Wasteland Survival Guide (disambiguation).
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This is one of the rewards for the Wasteland Survival Guide quest. It has no purpose other than to serve as game flavor. In addition to the one given to the Lone Wanderer at the end of the quest, additional copies can be found in the possession of wastelanders in a random encounter which occurs after the quest has been completed. It is much larger than an ordinary book. By 2281, it has gained popularity and has found its way west to the Mojave Wasteland. By 2287, it has found its way to the Commonwealth, having printed multiple different issues by that time.

The description for the book is composed of four sections, which changes depending on the quality of the book, and the tone in which it was written. The book is composed of three chapters—Survive, Thrive, and Revive—which correspond to the three sets of three missions Moira gives the Lone Wanderer. Each mission has a bonus objective; completing all three bonus objectives for a single chapter means that it is "complete," while failing even one means it is "incomplete." The description of the book may not correspond with the Survival Expert perk received, as completing two objectives per chapter will still result in the worst possible description, but earn the middle-ranked perk.

Book description

Most sections are only decided by how many chapters are complete, not which ones, so each chapter has been organized based on this number.

In sections where the tone of the Lone Wanderer's responses makes a difference, text is displayed in the order Standard-Snide-Sly-Tough-Smart.

Example complete description

By putting together the appropriate sections from below, completing every bonus objective and using standard responses would yield the following description for the book:

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Lead Author and Subject Matter Expert: <player name>
Assistant Author: Moira Brown

This indispensable guidebook contains everything that a survivor in the wasteland could need to know.

Every page contains a gem of brilliant insight into how to survive in the wastes, thrive among its denizens, and revive your survivor community.

This exceptional guide can not only save your life, but may even inspire you to reach for the lost greatness of the prewar era.

First Section: Credit

This is the section where Moira Brown credits herself and the Lone Wanderer for completing the book. Depending on how many total chapters are complete, Moira will credit the Lone Wanderer with more or less of the work.

All chapters complete

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Lead Author and Subject Matter Expert: <player name>
Assistant Author: Moira Brown

2 chapters complete

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Author: Moira Brown
Expert Researcher: <player name>

1 chapter complete

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Author: Moira Brown
Researcher: <player name>

No chapters complete

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Author: Moira Brown
Research Assistant: <player name>

Second Section: Book Praise

This section gives a short statement about how useful the book is. It is mostly based on how many chapters are complete.

All chapters complete

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This indispensable guidebook contains everything that a survivor in the wasteland could need to know.

2 chapters complete

Chapters 1 and 2
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This sturdy guidebook contains a wealth of knowledge for any wasteland wanderer.

Chapters 1 and 3
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This sturdy guidebook contains a wealth of knowledge for wasteland survivors of any stripe.

Chapters 2 and 3
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This sturdy guidebook contains a wealth of knowledge for wasteland warriors, from the untested to the battle-hardened.

1 chapter complete

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This moderate guidebook contains little of use to experienced wasteland survivors, but could be considered a decent beginner's guide.

No chapters complete

Standard
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This dull, flimsy guidebook is filled with dangerously misinformed tips for survival in the wastes.

Snide
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This cheesy guidebook is filled with dangerously misinformed tips for survival in the wastes.

Sly
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This self-satisfied guidebook is filled with dangerously misinformed tips for survival in the wastes.

Tough
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This over-the-top guidebook is filled with dangerously misinformed tips for survival in the wastes.

Smart
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This confusing guidebook is filled with dangerously misinformed tips for survival in the wastes.

Third Section: Summary

This section refers specifically to each chapter and changes depending on which chapters are complete (very good) or incomplete (useless).

All chapters complete

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Every page contains a gem of brilliant insight into how to survive in the wastes, thrive among its denizens, and revive your survivor community.

2 chapters complete

Chapters 1 and 2
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The pages are studded with good advice about survival in the wasteland and overcoming its denizens, only slightly hindered by impractical suggestions about high-minded ideals such as "rebuilding humanity."

Chapters 1 and 3
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The pages are filled with good advice about survival in the wasteland and working with others to form communities and rebuild, and its usefulness is only slightly diminished by rambling notes on the minutia of wasteland species.

Chapters 2 and 3
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The pages are filled with well-researched information about how to prosper in the wastes and how to work with others to form strong communities, and its quality is only slightly marred by weak coverage of survival fundamentals.

1 chapter complete

Chapter 1 (standard tone)
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It shares some of the finer points of survival in the wasteland, but is burdened by rambling notes about mutated creatures, and naively misinformed suggestions about rebuilding humanity.

Chapter 1 (any other tone)
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It has a handful of useful facts about survival in the wasteland, but is burdened by rambling notes about mutated creatures, and naively misinformed suggestions about rebuilding humanity.

Chapter 2
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It contains some real gems on first aid and interacting with the denizens of the wastes, but these are dragged down by dangerously misleading survival tips and naively misinformed suggestions about rebuilding humanity.

Chapter 3
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The author's obvious passion inspires the reader to new considerations of how to form working settlements and harness old technology, but these high-minded ideals are often dragged down by dangerously misleading survival tips and rambling passages on denizens of the wastes.

No chapters complete

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It is complete with misleading tips about wasteland dangers, rambling notes about mutated creatures, and laughably naive suggestions about rebuilding humanity.

Fourth Section: Tone

This section mostly comments on the tone of the book.

All chapters complete

Standard
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This exceptional guide can not only save your life, but may even inspire you to reach for the lost greatness of the prewar era.

Snide
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The guide's humorous and refreshing attitude lifts a reader's heart, making it invaluable not just for physical survival, but for mental survival as well.

Sly
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The guide not only imparts sage advice about how to stay alive, but its inspiring and personal presentation ensures that its great wisdom will be passed down long after the book has worn away.

Tough
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The spirit of vitality and determination practically radiates from the pages of this guide, and one cannot read it without feeling prepared for whatever the future offers.

Smart
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This brilliant tome not only conveys vital information for the here and now, but presents it in such an intelligent manner that readers are inspired for the future.

2 chapters complete

Standard
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Its straight-forward and no-nonsense style makes this a very useful field guide, despite its minor flaws.

Snide
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These flaws are easily forgotten in the face of its snappy, amusing style, which makes reading the guide that much more enjoyable.

Sly
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However, these minor flaws are easily overlooked in the face of its personal and engaging presentation, making its vital knowledge accessible to all.

Tough
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Despite these minor flaws, its focus on personal reliance and determination makes this is a very inspiring and useful book.

Smart
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Its intelligent and thorough treatment of the subject makes this an excellent tome, despite its minor flaws.

1 chapter complete

Standard
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Its direct and clear presentation helps some, but not enough to make up for some of the poor content.

Snide
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While its biting tone can be amusing, the quality of the content leads one to wonder if the authors actually want to help the reader, or if they want to lead them to their doom.

Sly
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While cleverly written and absorbing, its questionable content may lead to people learning dangerously misinformed lessons.

Tough
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A focus on personal strength and endurance will help tough survivors, but may lead others to a false sense of invulnerability.

Smart
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Its detailed focus helps in some areas, but is simply confusing in others, especially when the content itself is questionable.

No chapters complete

Standard
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It's almost too bland to read. This is just as well, as following its advice would be an invitation to a tragic end.

Snide
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Although it provides some comedy, following its advice would be an invitation to a tragic end.

Sly
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Although it has a few cleverly described parts, following its advice would be an invitation to a tragic end.

Tough
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Although it suggests that it is written for the hardcore survivalists and "tough as nails" enthusiast, following its advice would be an invitation to a tragic end.

Smart
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Worst of all, it tries to sound highbrow while offering this poor information. Following its advice would be an invitation to a tragic end.

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