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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
FalloutNuka-Cola machine
Fallout 2Nuka-Cola machine
Fallout 3Nuka-Cola machine
Pristine Nuka-Cola machine
FO: New VegasNuka-Cola machine
Fallout 4Nuka-Cola machine
Fallout 76Nuka-Cola machine
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Nuka-Cola vending machines are stationary elements of furniture designed to sell Nuka-Cola Corporation's beverages. They appear in almost every Fallout game to date, in one form or another.


The Nuka-Cola Corporation aggressively marketed their flagship product ever since its introduction in 2044. Low-maintenance vending machines were a crucial part of the strategy, and the corporation's generous investment eventually led to a vending machine on almost every street in the United States by 2067, available in a broad variety of types.[1][2]


Old model

Gameplay articles:

A simple, free-standing vending machine. The coin-operated machine would deposit a bottle down the chute, and required periodic refills of coolant to keep the contents fresh. Old machines were prone to malfunctioning and instead of gently depositing the bottle could launch it violently at the buyer.[3] Of course, each bore advertising on its side promoting the cola.[4]

New model

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Gameplay articles:

A large, imposing machine with a built-in monochrome monitor at the top for playing advertisements. The machine has been modified from the previous model to allow new bottles to slide into the trays, rather than being deposited mechanically and risking injury. As with the previous model, it's coin-operated with coin-changing functionality.[5]


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Gameplay articles:

A towering evolution of the earlier vending machine model, this variant sacrificed inventory - capable of storing only a modest amount of bottles - for ease of access and appealing looks. Inserting a coin would unlock the cooler and allow the buyer to select the soda of their choice.


Concept art


  1. Fallout 4 loading screen hints: "Amateur chemist John-Caleb Bradberton discovered the formula for Nuka-Cola in 2044. Within a year, Nuka-Cola could be purchased across the entire United States."
  2. Sierra Petrovita: "When Nuka-Cola was invented by John-Caleb Bradberton in 2044, it quickly became the world's most popular soft drink. The wonder drink soon drew a dedicated following which prompted the Nuka-Cola Corporation to release many promotional items like these. By 2067, a Nuka-Cola machine such as this rare pristine model could be found on almost every street in America. Even in today's crazy world, Nuka-Cola is still the number one choice of refreshment among Armageddon's survivors."
    (Sierra Petrovita's dialogue)
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  4. Fallout and Fallout 2 scenery description: "{19400}{}{Nuka-Cola Machine}"
    "{19401}{}{The advertising on the side of this machine promotes their popular soda.}"
    (PRO SCEN.MSG (Fallout), PRO SCEN.MSG (Fallout 2))
  5. See [ this article on how a similar Vendo 81D machine operated.