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The Vault - Fallout Wiki
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This page lists all skills in the original Fallout.
  • The content is not described in full detail on this page. For details, please see the respective articles.
  • For skills in other Fallout games, please see "Skill".
  • For an overview of Fallout content, please refer to "Portal:Fallout".

Skill advancement

Each skill has its own skill level which is expressed as a percentage. Skill levels can be increased by allocating skill points earned from gaining levels. Skills can also be improved by reading specific books or completing quests within the game.

Raising a skill one percentage point costs one skill point. Tagged skills increase two percentage points per skill point. The maximum skill level is 200%.

Unlike perks, skill points can be left unspent and will remain, to be spent later. This could conceivably be useful in the event of a hurdle in the game of unknown type that would prevent further progress, e.g. a locked door. Any unspent skill points in excess of 99 are lost.

Effect of stats on skills

SPECIAL stats modify skills with a considerable bonus. The game keeps track of this bonus throughout the game, in real time. Any changes to stats, (e.g. chem effects, aftereffects and addiction effects or Mirrored Shades equipped) during the game add to or subtract from this modifier.

Effect of difficulty settings on skills

  • Combat skills are unaffected by difficulty settings.
  • Active and passive skills are lowered by 10 (%) when the difficulty is changed from "normal" to "hard".
  • Active and passive skills are raised by 20 (%) when the difficulty is changed from "normal" to "easy".

List of skills

Combat skills

Skill Description Associated stat Associated skillbook Initial value
Big Guns The operation and maintenance of really big guns. Miniguns, Rocket Launchers, Flamethrowers and such. Agility 10% + AG
Energy Weapons The care and feeding of energy-based weapons. How to arm and operate weapons that use laser or plasma technology. Agility 10% + AG
Melee Weapons Using non-ranged weapons in hand-to-hand, or melee, combat. Knives, sledgehammers, spears, clubs and so on. Strength 55% + (AG + ST) / 2
Small Guns The use, care and general knowledge of small firearms. Pistols, SMGs and rifles. Agility Guns and Bullets 35% + AG
Throwing The skill of muscle-propelled ranged weapons. Throwing knives, spears and grenades. Agility 40% + AG
Unarmed A combination of martial arts, boxing and other hand-to-hand martial arts. Combat with your hands and feet. Agility
65% + (AG + ST) / 2

Active skills

Skill Description Associated stat Associated skillbook Initial value
Doctor The healing of major wounds and crippled limbs. Without this skill, it will take a much longer period of time to restore crippled limbs. Intelligence
15% + (PE + IN) / 2
First Aid General healing skill. Used to heal small cuts, abrasions and other minor ills. In game terms, the use of first aid can heal more hit points over time than just rest. Intelligence
First Aid Book 30% + (PE + IN) / 2
Lockpick The skill of opening locks without the proper key. The use of lockpicks or electronic lockpicks will greatly enhance this skill. Agility
20% + (PE + AG) / 2
Repair The practical application of the Science skill. The fixing of broken equipment, machinery and electronics. Intelligence Dean's Electronics 20% + IN
Science Covers a variety of hi-technology skills, such as computers, biology, physics and geology. Intelligence Big Book of Science 25% + (2 x IN)
Sneak Quiet movement, and the ability to remain unnoticed. If successful, you will be much harder to locate. You cannot run and sneak at the same time. Agility 25% + AG
Steal The ability to make the things of others your own. Can be used to steal from people or places. Agility 20% + AG
Traps The finding and removal of traps. Also the setting of explosives for demolition purposes. Agility
20% + (PE + AG) / 2

Passive skills

Skill Description Associated stat Associated skillbook Initial value
Barter Trading and trade-related tasks. The ability to get better prices for items you sell, and lower prices for items you buy. Charisma 20% + (2 x CH)
Gambling The knowledge and practical skills related to wagering. The skill at cards, dice and other games. Luck 20% + (3 x LK)
Outdoorsman Practical knowledge of the ability to live off the land. The knowledge of plants and animals. Endurance
Scout Handbook 5% + (EN + IN) / 2
Speech The ability to communicate in a practical and efficient manner. The skill of convincing others that your position is correct. The ability to lie and not get caught. Charisma 25% + (2 x CH)