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This page lists all primary statistics in Fallout: New Vegas.
  • The content is not described in full detail on this page. For details, please see the respective articles.
  • For primary statistics in other Fallout games, please see "Primary statistic".
  • For an overview of Fallout: New Vegas content, please refer to "Portal:Fallout: New Vegas".


Primary statistic Description Derived statistics and effects Associated skills
Strength A measure of your raw physical strength. Melee damage
Carry weight
Weapon strength requirement
Perception How well you use your five senses, and also pertains to a "sixth sense". Increased range for enemy detection. Energy Weapons
Endurance Your health and overall physical fitness. Health
Poison resistance
Radiation resistance
Implant limit
Charisma Your overall attractiveness and likeability. Increased non-player character disposition
Companion nerve
Intelligence Your basic intellect, curiosity in the world and adeptness at critical thinking. Skill points per level
Less than 3 affects character's language skills
Agility A measure of your quickness and dexterity. Action Points
Drawing/reloading speed.
Luck How often good things happen to you by chance. Critical chance
Success at gambling (blackjack, roulette, slots).

Perk Requirements

Primary statistic Required
4 5 6 7 8
Strength Heave Ho!, Strong Back Stonewall, Super Slam Heavyweight Dead MoneyGametitle-FNV DM.png, Unstoppable Force
Perception Better Criticals, Friend of the Night, Light Step, Sniper Hobbler Dead MoneyGametitle-FNV DM.png, Infiltrator
Endurance Lead Belly, Toughness, Rad Resistance, Strong Back Atomic! Old World BluesGametitle-FNV OWB.png, Life Giver, Long Haul, Old World Gourmet Dead MoneyGametitle-FNV DM.png, Stonewall Solar Powered, Rad Absorption Implant GRX Old World BluesGametitle-FNV OWB.png, Irradiated Beauty Lonesome RoadGametitle-FNV LR.png
Charisma Animal Friend, Ferocious Loyalty
Intelligence Comprehension, Educated, Entomologist, Swift Learner Nerd Rage, Retention, Pack Rat Computer Whiz, Voracious Reader Lonesome RoadGametitle-FNV LR.png
Agility Rapid Reload, Quick Draw Action Boy, Light Step, Light Touch Dead MoneyGametitle-FNV DM.png, Silent Running, Sniper Nerves of Steel, Slayer Tunnel Runner Lonesome RoadGametitle-FNV LR.png
Luck Fortune Finder, Scrounger Better Criticals, Junk Rounds Dead MoneyGametitle-FNV DM.png, Miss Fortune, Mysterious Stranger


  • The only ways to increase your SPECIAL Statistics permanently are to get an implant from New Vegas Medical Clinic, take the Small Frame trait, or to use the Intense Training perk. One additional point is available upon completing the Lonesome Road add-on.
  • Agility does not affect how fast you move, despite what various strategy guides and the in-game description itself says. This could be a glitch that has yet to be fixed, or intentionally taken out shortly before the game went retail, after the manual/strategy guides had already been published. You can easily test this by making a character with 1 Agility, and another character with maxed out Agility.
  • Like in Fallout 2, an Intelligence of 2 or lower will make your character speak like an idiot.
  • When gambling, Luck only tends to favor the player at 7 or higher.