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Perks are bonuses obtainable by the player character or companion in the SPECIAL character system. The number of ranks each perk has determines how many times the perk can be obtained.


  • Regular: The most common perks, selected during leveling up, per the Perk Rate. They are classed by level or point required and generally have stat requirements to appear selectable.
  • Interactions: Perks obtained by special actions or interactions with other characters.
  • Quest: Perks obtained as a reward for quests.
  • Implant: These are perks obtained through implants by an Auto-Doc, which cost caps. In Fallout: New Vegas, the number of original implant perks (not those of Old World Blues) you can receive is equal to the player character's Endurance statistic.
  • Challenge: Perks obtained as a reward for challenges.
  • Unarmed: Perks adding special unarmed moves.
  • Companion: Perks which are obtainable by having a good relationship with the respective companions. Companion perks are disabled when not traveling with their respective companions.
  • Unique companion: Perks of a companion, affecting only them.
  • Legendary: Perks obtainable via leveling up past Level 50 in Fallout 76, offering passive abilities, and are able to be ranked up via perk coins, obtained by scrapping unused regular perks.

Perk Rate

Main article: Perk Rate

A character's perk rate determines how often the player character gets to choose a new perk (or an additional level for an already obtained one). In Fallout, Fallout 2 and Fallout Tactics, the player character can choose a perk every three levels, with Fallout Tactics offering different rates for non-human characters. When choosing the Skilled trait, the perk rate is reduced so that the player character can choose a perk every four levels. In Fallout 3, Fallout 4, the player character gets to choose a perk (or skill) at every level. In Fallout: New Vegas, the perk rate is set at every 2 levels.

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Image Name
FO1 Perk Explorer.png Fallout 2 Perks
FO3 Perk Animal Friend.png Fallout 3 Perks
Fo4 Blacksmith.png Fallout 4 Perks
FO76 Serendipity.png Fallout 76 Perks
FO1 DerivedStat Perks.png Fallout Perks
Infobox.webp Fallout Tactics Perks
FNV Perk Vigilant Recycler.png Fallout: New Vegas Perks
FOTRPG Perk Nuclear Physicist.webp Fallout: The Roleplaying Game Perks