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Toughness.pngToughness FO3.pngToughnessFNV.png
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Fallout, Fallout 2, Fallout Tactics
RequirementsLevel 3, Endurance 6, Luck 6
Effects+10% Damage Resistance
Fallout 3
RequirementsLevel 6, Endurance 5
Effects+10% Damage Resistance (up to the maximum of 85%)
base id00031de0
Fallout: New Vegas
RequirementsLevel 6, Endurance 5
EffectsPermanent +3 to DT
base id00031de0
Fallout 4
RequirementsEndurance 1
Level 1, 9, 18, 31, and 46.
EffectsGain a 10%-50% increase in resistance against damage.
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0004a0ae (level 2)

0004a0af (level 3)

00065e5d (level 4)

00065e5e (level 5)
Van Buren
Effects+10% to all resistances

When you are tough, you take less damage. Each level of this Perk adds +10% to your general damage resistance.

Fallout 2 description

Toughness is a perk in Fallout, Fallout 2, Fallout 3, Fallout Tactics, Fallout: New Vegas, Fallout 4, and Van Buren.


Fallout, Fallout 2 and Fallout Tactics

+10% to basic damage resistance (+30% total). Useful, as protection is always good.

In Lionheart, the equivalent of this perk is called Damage Resistance.

Fallout 3

+10% to the overall Damage Resistance (capped at 85%).

The perk also adds a unique dialogue option when talking to Ted Strayer during the You Gotta Shoot 'Em in the Head quest.[1]

Fallout: New Vegas

+3 points to the player's Damage Threshold (+6 with both ranks).

This perk can neutralize the DT penalty of Kamikaze.

Fallout 4

The Toughness perk increases your Damage Resistance.

Fallout 4 loading screen hints
  • Rank 1: +10 damage resistance
  • Rank 2: +20 damage resistance
  • Rank 3: +30 damage resistance
  • Rank 4: +40 damage resistance
  • Rank 5: +50 damage resistance

Van Buren

Even tougher than the old Toughness! No longer just bullets and punches, now you can resist fire, plasma, and grenades!

Behind the scenes

The image for this perk is a reference to Superman, especially in Fallout, Fallout 2 and Fallout Tactics when the Vault Boy has the Superman hairstyle.


  1. The Lone Wanderer: "Just give me all your stuff. And don't ask any questions."
    Ted Strayer: "Okay, dude, Don't have a cow. Here, take it all."
    (Ted Strayer's dialogue)