Pre-War money (Fallout: New Vegas)

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Pre-War money
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UsesExchange to Sierra Madre chips at Sierra Madre vending machines
Currency for bartering with hologram vendors
Base ID00034067

Pre-War money or United States Dollars are stacks of banknotes of various denominations, appearing in Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas, and Fallout 4.


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United States dollars (USD) were the pre-War currency of the United States of America.[1][2] The inflation presumably caused by the Resource Wars was severe, leaving banknotes as the primary medium of exchange. Although the Great War eliminated the United States and its economy, reducing stacks of green bills to little more than collector's items and scrap parchment, certain pre-War devices continue to recognize them as valid currency. These are typically limited to areas like the Sierra Madre casino or the Nuka-World amusement park.[3]


In Fallout: New Vegas, pre-War money appears as a stack of indistinguishable bills, held together by a green seal. The item is valued at 10 caps per stack and is affected by the player's Barter skill. Pre-War money is somewhat plentiful. It can be found nearly anywhere money might be found in real life such as cash registers, safes, suitcases and desks. As it has lost almost all value to the inhabitants of the Wasteland, it can also be found in garbage cans.


The primary usefulness of pre-War money is as a trade item, owing to its weightlessness and relatively high value.

In the first add-on for Fallout: New Vegas, Dead Money, pre-War money can be exchanged for (or from) Sierra Madre chips while inside the Sierra Madre Casino. The exchange rate is 1:1 — one chip for one (stack of) pre-War money — making it a potentially profitable source of income given the availability of the Sierra Madre chips.


Pre-War money is found throughout the Mojave Wasteland, Sierra Madre, and Zion National Park. Within the Mojave Wasteland, there are a lot in Searchlight Airport, the REPCONN headquarters, suitcases in Black Mountain and the bank within the Atomic Wrangler.


  • Although ostensibly a form of currency, pre-War money is not considered to have a set value by merchants in Fallout: New Vegas; its price is directly affected by the player's barter skill.
  • Based on the fact that pre-War money is always in stacks, it is difficult to determine exactly how much a single bill is worth post-war.

See also


  1. The Courier: "I have a right to know more."
    Robert House: "That's simply not true. I am the only person to hold any rights pertaining to the Chip. I designed it, and I paid for it - dearly. To develop that Chip, I spent a sum of U.S. dollars - not the bottle caps that pass as currency these days - but a sum beyond counting. For decades, I paid salvagers to comb the ruins for it. And when it was finally discovered, tens of thousands of caps spent to have it brought here. We know how that turned out. Complete your contract and it will be the last time I pay for the Chip. Save your questions for then."
    (Robert House's dialogue)
  2. Presidential sub level terminals; Maintenance Department Terminal, Log Entry AK197872: "After debating for a few days, the powers that be have decided to change out the vocal interface on the Xoted Mainframe from male to female. Why? So they can give it a cute acronym and name it "Margot." Then they can trot it around for the press so we can all see where our hard-earned taxpayer dollars went. Wow, what a colossal waste of my time. Now I have to pull the mainframe's circuit array and flush the memory all to get a new voice installed... great, just great"
  3. Gameplay use of pre-War money.