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Vigilant Recycler
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Fallout: New Vegas
RequirementsLevel 6
Science 70
EffectsRecover drained ammunition twice as often for energy weapons and all recipes for recycling recipes are unlocked.
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Waste not, want not. When you use Energy Weapons, you are more likely to recover drained ammunition. You also have more efficient recycling recipes available at the wasteland's Workbenches.

— In-game description, Fallout: New Vegas

Vigilant Recycler is a perk in Fallout: New Vegas.


The efficient recycling recipes make you twice as likely to recover drained cells when you use Energy weapons, as well as reduce the cost of recharging drained cells from four drained cells to one charged cell to three drained cells to one charged cell.


  • No other materials are needed to craft energy ammunition.
  • The perk does not have an effect on the microfusion breeder ammo used by recharger weapons.
  • The Gun Runners' Arsenal adds new optimized energy weapons ammunition when this perk is taken, which is lighter and more powerful than overcharged ammo, has the same DT reduction, puts less strain on the weapon and even weighs less, all for the same ammo conversion rate.


  • Taking this perk will sometimes permanently alter the workbench crafting list, and will prevent new schematics from appearing at the workbench.