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In the SPECIAL character system, traits are optional character modifications that affect the player character. They are a part of character creation in four Fallout games (Fallout, Fallout 2, Fallout Tactics, and Fallout: New Vegas), while three other do not include them: Fallout 3, Fallout 4, and Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel.

Some traits—such as Bloody Mess and Finesse—were converted into perks for Fallout 3.


Traits modify different aspects of gameplay, such as primary statistics, derived statistics and skills. Traits have positive and negative results, unlike perks in earlier Fallout games (with the lack of traits in Fallout 3, some perks do have negative effects). In games where traits exist, one can choose up to two traits when designing a character (or none at all). Choosing the Mutate! perk lets the player change one of his traits. Note that if you chose no trait at character creation, you cannot fill the empty slot with this perk.


In Fallout Tactics, where characters of different races can be created, traits also have different racial requirements. In Lionheart a fantasy game which uses the SPECIAL system, a different approach to racial traits was chosen. For each race one is free to choose (or not) any of the regular list of traits, but if the character belongs to one of the "tainted" races (i.e. everyone except pureblood humans), the player has to choose one of the list of racial traits available to their race. These traits are the only thing that distinguishes the races from humans and often had no penalty other than marking the character as tainted.

List of traits

General traits

Trait Fallout Fallout 2 Fallout Tactics Fallout: New Vegas Van Buren
Bloody Mess Yes Yes Yes No No
Bruiser Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Built to Destroy No No No Yes No
Chem Reliant Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Chem resistant/Clean Living Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Fast/Increased Metabolism Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Fast Shot Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Feral Kid No No No No Yes
Finesse Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Four Eyes No No No Yes No
Gifted Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Good Natured Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Heavy Handed Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Jinxed Yes Yes Yes No No
Kamikaze Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Loose Cannon No No No Yes No
Night Person Yes No Yes No Yes
One Hander Yes Yes Yes No Yes
One In a Million No No No No Yes
Red Scare No No No No Yes
Sex Appeal No Yes No No No
Skilled Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Small Frame Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Trigger Discipline No No No Yes No
Wild Wasteland No No No Yes No

Old World Blues traits

Traits added by the Fallout: New Vegas add-on Old World Blues.

Racial traits

Racial traits only appear in Fallout Tactics.

See also