White horsenettle is a consumable item in Fallout: New Vegas.

Characteristics[edit | edit source]

Capable of growing up to three feet in height, and sporting both nettles and berries, white horsenettle is a flowering plant capable of growing in semi-arid climates with poor soil. As such, it is commonly found in the South and the Southwestern United States. Unchanged by the environmental conditions that followed the Great War, the white horsenettle growing in the Mojave Wasteland has exhibited few morphological changes in the past two hundred years. Along with the common potato and various species of datura, white horsenettle is considered to be part of the Solanaceae family of plants.

As with many other plants that share its taxonomic grouping, white horsenettle produces a glycoalkaloid compound known as solanine, which is highly toxic to many animals. Absorption of solanine in humans may cause symptoms indicative of severe gastrointestinal and neurological poisoning, including nausea, hallucinations, diarrhea, vomiting, and cardiac dysrhythmia. If left unchecked, this potentially leads to paralysis and death. Most cases of solanine poisoning are brought about by the ingestion of plant material. Direct delivery into the bloodstream is possible, although such an occurrence is highly unlikely under normal circumstances.

Nevertheless, the berries produced by the white horsenettle plant have been used by indigenous tribes for food preparation, medicine, and tanning. Like all other plants in the Mojave Wasteland, white horsenettle berries will eventually regrow after being picked.

Survival skill effect[edit | edit source]

SkillEffectHardcore effect
10+1 Hit Point for 5s, -2 Endurance for 2m, -2 Agility for 2m-6 Starvation 
20+1 Hit Point for 5s, -2 Endurance for 2m, -2 Agility for 2m-7 Starvation 
30+1 Hit Point for 5s, -3 Endurance for 2m, -3 Agility for 2m-8 Starvation 
40+1 Hit Point for 5s, -3 Endurance for 2m, -3 Agility for 2m-9 Starvation 
50+2 Hit Point for 5s, -4 Endurance for 2m, -4 Agility for 2m-10 Starvation 
60+2 Hit Point for 5s, -4 Endurance for 2m, -4 Agility for 2m-11 Starvation 
70+2 Hit Point for 5s, -4 Endurance for 2m, -4 Agility for 2m-12 Starvation 
80+2 Hit Point for 5s, -5 Endurance for 2m, -5 Agility for 2m-13 Starvation 
90+2 Hit Point for 5s, -5 Endurance for 2m, -5 Agility for 2m-14 Starvation 
100+3 Hit Point for 5s, -6 Endurance for 2m, -6 Agility for 2m-15 Starvation 

Uses[edit | edit source]

White horsenettle berries are an ingredient in many poisons, including Mother Darkness, tremble, Silver Sting and bleak venom. In addition, they can also be used for turning the pelts of various gecko subspecies into tanned gecko hide, tanned fire gecko hide, tanned green gecko hide or tanned golden gecko hide. Although edible, white horsenettle is poisonous and will inflict a significant penalty to Endurance and Agility, offset by a pitifully weak healing effect and minimal appetite reduction. Thus, they are best employed for crafting purposes. With Lonesome Road, white horsenettle can be used to create fiery purgative, which purges the body of toxins.

Locations[edit | edit source]

Horsenettle tends to grow near civilized areas, although they can also be found in isolated areas, albeit less frequently. In general, underneath water towers, water tanks, pipelines, and power lines are good places to look.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Their procurement becomes much easier with Salient Green.
  • Though the rollover text on an unpicked plant states it is "White Horse nettle," the notification at the edge of the screen and the name of the produce once picked is "White Horsenettle."
  • Though the berries on the plant are green, once picked and then dropped, it can be seen that they have a brown color.

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

  • Originally, white horsenettle was named "White Horsenettle Berry"[1][2], though this was changed at an unknown time before the game's release.
  • White horsenettle is based on the real world solanum elaeagnifolium, colloquially known as "white horsenettle," commonly found in the Southwestern United States. Similar to the in-game equivalent, the plant was used by Native Americans for food and tanning, while also serving as a risk for toxicity to animals.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Fallout: New Vegas instruction booklet, screenshot on page 16.
  2. GECK Editor ID "WhiteHorsenettleBerry"
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