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This is a lore summary, presenting intradiegetic or in-universe information about the subject. For game characteristics and similar data, consult the table on the right.
Game-specific articles
Flare (lit)
Fallout 2Flare
Flare (lit)
Fallout 4Flare
Van BurenFlare

Flares are weapons in Fallout, Fallout 2, Fallout 4 and Van Buren.


A standard-issue pre-War flare, designed for signalling and temporary illumination. Though the paper packaging tends to be a little worn centuries after the War, they reliably lit up when one twists the cap.[1]



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Gameplay articles:

Though they do little in damage, flares light up areas and make it easier to see what one is attacking.

Lit Flare

Fo1 Flare (Lit).png
Gameplay articles:

They essentially do the same as an unlit flare, but curiously sell for more.

Flare shell

Gameplay article:

Ammunition for the flare gun, providing illumination and used for signaling.


  1. Fallout and Fallout 2 item description: "{7900}{}{Flare}"
    "{7901}{}{A flare. Creates light for a short period of time. The paper is a little worn, but otherwise it is in good condition. Twist the top to activate it.}"
    (PRO ITEM.MSG (Fallout) PRO ITEM.MSG (Fallout 2))