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


Skill books are special items which increase the player character's skills when used. Unlike those of skill magazines, the effects of skill books are permanent: reading a skill book permanently raises the particular skill by three points (four points with the Comprehension perk). Books are one-use items: they are removed from inventory after use.

Most skill books are identical to the books from Fallout 3. Exceptions are the Wasteland Survival Guide (which improves the added Survival skill) and the U.S. Army: 30 Handy Flamethrower Recipes (removed because the "Big Guns" skill was merged with "Small Guns" into "Guns").

Fallout: New Vegas has a total of 52 skill books, with additional 46 copies added by add-ons:

The total amount of skill points earned from reading every obtainable skill book (excluding those found as random loot in Honest Hearts), the player character can gain the equivalent of 282 skill points (376 with the Comprehension perk).


Name Skill # Locations Base ID
Tales of a Junktown Jerky Vendor Barter 4 (6/7) 00034042
Nikola Tesla and You Energy Weapons 4 (6/7) 00034041
Duck and Cover! Explosives 4 (6/7) 0006a80c
Guns and Bullets Guns 4 (6/7) 0003403e
Tumblers Today Lockpick 4 (6/7) 00034046
D.C. Journal of Internal Medicine Medicine 4 (6/7) 00034043
Grognak the Barbarian Melee Weapons 4 (6/7) 00034040
Dean's Electronics Repair 3 (6/7) 0003403d
Big Book of Science Science 5 (8/9) 0003403c
Chinese Army: Special Ops Training Manual Sneak 4 (8/9) 00034045
Lying, Congressional Style Speech 4 (6/7) 00034044
Wasteland Survival Guide Survival 4 (5/6) 00160227
Pugilism Illustrated Unarmed 4 (6/7) 0003403f
Workbench crate random 0 (4) 0000e928
Note: The first number in parentheses indicates the total number of skill books with all add-ons included. The second number in parentheses is the total number of skills books with Old World Blues skill book crafting mechanic included.


The following section is transcluded from the respective item articles. To modify, please edit the source pages.
NameClosest map markerLocation description
Big Book of ScienceAshton Silo Control Station Lonesome RoadGametitle-FNV LR.pngIn the north corner of the wreckage after the missile explodes, just past a hard locked safe.
Big Book of ScienceBrewer's beer bootleggingIn the cellar all the way in the back room with the sign, on a table with the chem kit to your left.
Big Book of ScienceCamp Forlorn HopeIn the Command Center, in the far right corner, on the desk (must be stolen).
Big Book of ScienceExecutive suites Dead MoneyGametitle-FNV DM.pngOn a bookshelf in Vera's room, which is found in the Executive Suites area of the Sierra Madre Casino.
Big Book of ScienceHelios One DialogueIcon dialogue.pngReward for distributing power through the network during That Lucky Old Sun
Big Book of ScienceNipton HallOn the desk in Mayor Joseph B. Steyn's office on the top floor.
Big Book of ScienceREPCONN headquartersLocated on the ground floor through the door next to the radioactive barrel display. There is another door behind the counter you must pick (HARD difficulty), the book is located on a shelf past the door.
Big Book of ScienceY-0 research center Old World BluesGametitle-FNV OWB.pngIn a corner of the canyon south of the Y-0 building, between two xander root plants by the hand of a skeleton.
Chinese Army: Special Ops Training ManualCamp SearchlightIn the East Chapel, down in the gecko-filled basement, on the floor at the foot of some metal shelves.
Chinese Army: Special Ops Training ManualGoodspringsIn the Goodsprings Home inhabited by Trudy and Sunny Smiles, East from the Schoolhouse, on a bookshelf. (Must be stolen unless the Run Goodsprings Run quest has been completed).
Chinese Army: Special Ops Training ManualNCR Sharecropper FarmsOn some papers, by the corner desk inside the Sharecropper Barracks near the four water towers in the northeast corner of the fenced in area. (Must be stolen)
Chinese Army: Special Ops Training ManualPuesta del Sol Switching Station Dead MoneyGametitle-FNV DM.pngIn the eastern most room of the switching station there is a huge machine on the south side of the room. The book is located on the catwalk that runs around the machine. Its the only portion of catwalk in this room that you have to jump to.
Chinese Army: Special Ops Training ManualVault 3Living Quarters, right after you come down the stairs from the recreation area. Through the 50 Lock/Security door. Turn right on the 2nd shelf.
Chinese Army: Special Ops Training ManualX-13 testing facility Old World BluesGametitle-FNV OWB.pngOn the floor, opposite the door in the room where you get the chest plate for the sneak suit.
Chinese Army: Special Ops Training ManualX-13 testing facility Old World BluesGametitle-FNV OWB.pngIn the reward safe upon completion of all the Stealth Suit tests.
Chinese Army: Special Ops Training ManualSunstone Tower Lonesome RoadGametitle-FNV LR.pngOn a bookshelf facing the wall on the landing up one flight of stairs from the entrance. Not accessible without console commands or lucky/skillful application of explosives.
D.C. Journal of Internal MedicineBuried Buildings Lonesome RoadGametitle-FNV LR.pngJust after exiting the Cave of the Abaddon in the south corner under a nightstand in the room with the bed and the exit to The Divide.
D.C. Journal of Internal MedicineFollowers SafehouseIn the bedside table, in the second room.
D.C. Journal of Internal MedicineHELIOS OneUpstairs in the main building, lying on a bed in the same room with the east terminal password. (Head to the right from main entrance, through the pool room, and right up the stairs.)
D.C. Journal of Internal MedicineMesquite Mountains CraterInside Hell's Motel, below the globe with a hat, on the table with the radio and repair kit.
D.C. Journal of Internal MedicineNovacIn the middle of the queen-sized bed, inside Ranger Andy's bungalow (must be stolen).
D.C. Journal of Internal MedicineVilla Clinic Dead MoneyGametitle-FNV DM.pngIn the Villa Clinic basement, in a tool cabinet next to some fire extinguishers.
Dean's ElectronicsAbandoned Brotherhood of Steel bunker Dead MoneyGametitle-FNV DM.pngOn the metal sill, opposite the reloading bench, in the area with the office. Though the location exists without the add-on, it is sealed by a keyless lock. Note: If the game is unpatched (installed straight from disk without being patched), the door will be unlocked and you will be able to enter and get the book.
Dean's ElectronicsNellis Air Force BaseInside Loyal's house, on the long counter next to the ruined terminal (must be stolen).
Dean's ElectronicsHopeville Missile Silo Bunker Lonesome RoadGametitle-FNV LR.pngWhen walking into the room with the first missile, the book is located to the left in some rubble.(Left of the stairs)
Dean's ElectronicsPuesta del Sol switching station Dead MoneyGametitle-FNV DM.pngPuesta del Sol Switching Station in the south center of the map on the upper level next to the terminal that shuts off power to the protected speakers. It is very difficult, but possible, to reach without Christine (her perk delays the speakers) and disarm the trip wire before your collar detonates.
Dean's ElectronicsSloanIn the Worker Barracks, on the top shelf to your left as you enter (must be stolen). A Duck and Cover! can be found in the same building.
Dean's ElectronicsSouthern Nevada Wind FarmIn the shack, on the table with the clipboard and scrap metal.
Duck and Cover!Collapsed Overpass Tunnel Lonesome RoadGametitle-FNV LR.pngJust south of the exit to The High Road, behind some sand bags, the book is in a crate hiding underneath a teddy bear.
Duck and Cover!Mojave OutpostInside the Mojave Outpost Barracks, on the bottom shelf, in the middle, below the bar counter. (Must be stolen, but can be bought if caught).
Duck and Cover!Nellis Air Force BaseAmong the books on the shelf, above the grenade rifle, inside Pearl's Barracks (must be stolen).
Duck and Cover!Ranger Station FoxtrotOn the table next to Comm Officer Lenk. On the PC version with patch 1.2 there are two books, one on top of the other.
Duck and Cover!Residential District Dead MoneyGametitle-FNV DM.pngIs stuck underneath the bed in the same room where you first meet Dean Domino. The book is only obtainable by using explosives and dropping throwing spears to force the book out.
Duck and Cover!SloanInside Worker Barracks, back left shelf under a first aid box. (Must be stolen). A Dean's Electronics can be found here as well, but it too must be stolen.
Grognak the BarbarianCannibal Johnson's CaveOn the mattress near the radio, close to the fire (must be stolen).
Grognak the BarbarianCottonwood CoveInside the HQ building, upper floor, inside the nightstand next to the bed (must be stolen).
Grognak the BarbarianHidden Supply CaveResting on one of the large metal crates, in the cave, sometimes behind the metal crates.
Grognak the BarbarianJacobstownLying in front of the oven, in the first bungalow to the east as you head towards the lodge.
Grognak the BarbarianPolice Station Dead MoneyGametitle-FNV DM.pngInside the Police Station Basement, on the floor in the room in the Northwest corner in front of the filing cabinets.
Grognak the BarbarianHopeville Women's Barracks Lonesome RoadGametitle-FNV LR.pngAt the back of the barracks on a small table under a ruined book.
Guns and BulletsGomorrahIn Big Sal's office, up the stairs from the main level of Brimstone. It is on the first low bookshelf on the left as you walk in.
Guns and BulletsNevada Highway Patrol StationFound on one of the desks.
Guns and BulletsRaul's ShackInside Raul's Shack, in the wooden crate next to the door.
Guns and BulletsSierra Madre Casino Dead MoneyGametitle-FNV DM.pngGo to the second floor and jump on to the support beams. From there, jump down into the cashier's caged area. The book is on the floor behind the cashier's desk.
Guns and BulletsVault 34On the small metal table between the sofas by the pool table, in the armory common room. (No need to unlock armory etc. through overseer office)
Guns and BulletsHopeville Armory Lonesome RoadGametitle-FNV LR.pngUnderneath the desk in North-East corner, with a bed that can be slept on.
Lying, Congressional StyleBrooks Tumbleweed RanchOn an open locker shelf, in the upstairs room with the chessboard (must be stolen).
Lying, Congressional StyleCerulean RoboticsOn the floor among the office desks.
Lying, Congressional StyleLucky Jim MineInside the Lucky Jim Mine house, on the bottom shelf below a varmint rifle.
Lying, Congressional StyleNCRCFSecond floor of the NCR CF administration, on a desk (must be stolen).
Lying, Congressional StyleThe Tampico Dead MoneyGametitle-FNV DM.pngOn a shelf, opposite the holotape projector.
Lying, Congressional StyleThird Street Municipal Building Lonesome RoadGametitle-FNV LR.pngIn the eastern most corner underneath the 'Physicians Desk' (May have fallen off building after detonating warhead).
Nikola Tesla and YouHidden ValleyIn the white plastic bin by the desk in Schuler's office. Bunker L1, west of the central hub corridor junction (must be stolen).
Nikola Tesla and YouHopeville Missile Base Headquarters Lonesome RoadGametitle-FNV LR.pngLocated in the first room on a shelf hidden underneath a burned book.
Nikola Tesla and YouOld Nuclear Test SiteInside the irradiated shack on the small table opposite to the exit.
Nikola Tesla and YouREPCONN headquarters1st Floor, past the 100 Lock/Security door on top of the safe. (Or sneak up to the 3rd floor and get the key from the suitcase next to the skeleton). The room can also be accessed through a hole in the floor of a room on the west side of the 2nd floor (past a door with a level 75 lock).
Nikola Tesla and YouREPCONN headquarters2nd Floor, turn left, first door. On the desk with the lit computer.
Nikola Tesla and YouSierra Madre Casino Vault Dead MoneyGametitle-FNV DM.pngRight before you enter the vault door turn around and jump down to the pipes below the walkway, there is a duffle bag with the book inside. The only way back is to go east from the bag and jump on the valved pipe then back to main platform.
Pugilism IllustratedFisherman's Pride ShackOn the bedside table inside the shack.
Pugilism IllustratedNipton Road ReststopInside the store lying on a shelf on the south wall in the middle of the room.
Pugilism IllustratedThe TopsInside the Presidential suite in the Tops casino. Inside Pool Room on the tiny table in the corner.
Pugilism IllustratedVault 11Inside the living quarters, in female dorm #1, by the fallen dresser near a small sign on the ceiling that says "Ladies".
Pugilism IllustratedVilla Dead MoneyGametitle-FNV DM.pngBehind the fountain where you start the Dead Money add-on.
Pugilism IllustratedWastewater Treatment Plant Lonesome RoadGametitle-FNV LR.pngIn the north-east corner of the third room, behind a set of tipped-over lockers.
Tales of a Junktown Jerky VendorAllied Technologies OfficesIn the largest room (west) on the floor in front of the Nuka-Cola Machine.
Tales of a Junktown Jerky VendorCap Counterfeiting ShackOn the suitcase by the bed, in the small back cellar room.
Tales of a Junktown Jerky VendorMarked men guard outpost Lonesome RoadGametitle-FNV LR.pngLocated through a cellar door on the eastern wall of the building, downstairs on a table near some gore on the north-west wall.
Tales of a Junktown Jerky VendorPrimmInside the Bison Steve Hotel, behind the counter of the gift shop.
Tales of a Junktown Jerky VendorSalida del Sol South Dead MoneyGametitle-FNV DM.pngIn a building opposite the door to Salida del Sol House, on a book shelf.
Tales of a Junktown Jerky VendorVault 22In the lab room (up the stairs from the elevator) in Pest Control, on the table with the bubbling vials.
Tumblers TodayBitter Springs Recreation AreaInside the office shack to the west, on the desk in the smaller of the two rooms.
Tumblers TodayHopeville Missile Base Lonesome RoadGametitle-FNV LR.pngInside the Men's barracks, in the toilets underneath an upturned box.
Tumblers TodaySierra Madre Resort & Casino Dead MoneyGametitle-FNV DM.pngIn the casino floor area, 3rd floor office room to south east with auto doc, on top of a tool cabinet in room's northeast corner
Tumblers TodaySilver Peak MineInside the shack, behind the two small tables, on the ground in an open locker, right of the entrance.
Tumblers TodayThe Prospector's DenInside the caves, in the subterranean den structure, in the large barracks room, on the floor in the far right corner.
Tumblers TodayWolfhorn RanchInside the farmhouse, partially under the fridge without a door.
Wasteland Survival GuideLone Wolf RadioNear the mattress inside the radio trailer.
Wasteland Survival GuideMatthews Animal Husbandry FarmInside the barn, on the upper level, next to the barrel crate.
Wasteland Survival GuideMesquite Mountains camp siteNext to the bed and toolbox inside the westernmost tent. Note that it may spawn beneath the ground, switching to third person perspective and moving the camera around may help in finding it.
Wasteland Survival GuideScavenger platformNorthern end, under the collapsed metal shelves.
Wasteland Survival GuideWaste Disposal Station Lonesome RoadGametitle-FNV LR.pngAmong radioactive barrels, between two lead-lined metal boxes, right next to a skeleton.

Locations of recipes

Skill Book Recipe Closest Map Marker Location Description
Barter Signal Hills Transmitter On the ground to your right as you enter, underneath the bottom of the shelves, next to a piece of scrap electronics.
Energy Weapons Z-38 Lightwave Dynamics Research Inside, on the very top catwalk, under the screen of a microfilm reader in the little piece of catwalk that juts out to the left.
Explosives X-7a "Left Field" Artillery Launch In the Artillery Command Center, on the radio table.
Guns X-7b "Boom Town" Target Zone Inside a footlocker found in one of the small craters. Fast travel to location, head forward through fence, third crater on left with the footlocker, after you fire the artillery cannon at X-7a "Left Field" Artillery Launch.
Lockpick X-13 Research Facility Hidden inside a vent in the Reception Observation Area of the X-13 Stealth Testing Lab. Go across the center bridge (the one with the toolbox and footlocker at the end). When you reach them look to the left and you will see a rectangular vent. The recipe is inside along with some random loot.
Medicine Higgs Village In House #103, upstairs in a bedroom, on the shelf by the desk.
Melee Weapons Y-0 research center On the roof.
Repair Higgs Village Inside House #00. Sandwiched in a rack of old world scientific equipment upstairs.
Science Higgs Village In House #102 upstairs in the back room, on top of a black box.
Sneak X-13 Research Facility In the X-13 Stealth Testing Lab, inside the Testing Area, found on the floor of the kitchen area, between the 2 fridges.
Speech Higgs Village On top of a radio on the second floor of House #104.
Survival Little Yangtze In the first tent to the right when entering from the fast travel point, under a bed to the right.
Unarmed Big MT West Tunnel Inside, behind a locked door (easy) to the right as soon as you enter.


See also

Skill books in Fallout: New Vegas