Fallout 3 skills
|This page lists all skills in Fallout 3.|
As in the previous games, the player chooses three Tag Skills out of thirteen to be the character's specialties.
Unlike previous games, tagging a skill only grants the player a 15 point bonus to that skill, after which it increases normally.
- The Outdoorsman and Gambling skills are taken out altogether,
- Throwing and Traps skills were merged into Explosives,
- First Aid and Doctor skills were merged into Medicine.
Initial values also function as base value, meaning any later change to the SPECIAL stat would also have similar change to the respective skill.
At level up, the character will distribute 10 (13 with the perk Educated) skill points plus a number equal to their Intelligence. With a IN of 10, you can distribute up to 23 skill points when leveling up.
 List of skills
|Skill||Description||Associated stat||Associated skillbook||Initial value|
|Barter||Proficiency at trading and haggling||Charisma||Tales of a Junktown Jerky Vendor||(CH * 2) + 2 + (LK / 2)|
|Big Guns||Proficiency at using "unorthodox weaponry"||Endurance||U.S. Army: 30 Handy Flamethrower Recipes||(EN * 2) + 2 + (LK / 2)|
|Energy Weapons||Proficiency at using energy-based weapons||Perception||Nikola Tesla and You||(PE * 2) + 2 + (LK / 2)|
|Explosives||Proficiency at using explosive weaponry||Perception||Duck and Cover!||(PE * 2) + 2 + (LK / 2)|
|Lockpick||Proficiency at picking locks||Perception||Tumblers Today||(PE * 2) + 2 + (LK / 2)|
|Medicine||Proficiency at using medical tools and drugs||Intelligence||D.C. Journal of Internal Medicine||(IN * 2) + 2 + (LK / 2)|
|Melee Weapons||Proficiency at using melee weapons||Strength||Grognak the Barbarian||(ST * 2) + 2 + (LK / 2)|
|Repair||Proficiency at repairing items||Intelligence||Dean's Electronics||(IN * 2) + 2 + (LK / 2)|
|Science||Proficiency at hacking terminals||Intelligence||Big Book of Science||(IN * 2) + 2 + (LK / 2)|
|Small Guns||Proficiency at using conventional firearms||Agility||Guns and Bullets||(AG * 2) + 2 + (LK / 2)|
|Sneak||Proficiency at remaining undetected and stealing||Agility||Chinese Army: Special Ops Training Manual||(AG * 2) + 2 + (LK / 2)|
|Speech||Proficiency at persuading others||Charisma||Lying, Congressional Style, Paradise Lost||(CH * 2) + 2 + (LK / 2)|
|Unarmed||Proficiency at unarmed fighting||Endurance||Pugilism Illustrated||(EN * 2) + 2 + (LK / 2)|
 Improving skills
- By wearing certain armor and clothing that offer skill modifiers.
- By using chems that alter their base stats, thus increasing the related skills.
- Carrying the Lucky 8 Ball from Timebomb. The Luck increase raises all skills slightly, but is lost if the item is removed from inventory.
- Reading a skill book increases the relevant skill by one point, or two if the character has the Comprehension perk.
- The Intense Training perk will raise the skills governed by the stat chosen (or all for Luck), as will the Ant Sight(Perception) or Ant Might(Strength) quest perks.
- By increasing a base stat by picking up a stat Bobblehead.
- Picking up a skill Bobblehead will increase the corresponding skill by ten points.
- Receiving Yew's Bear Charm will give you a permanent ten point increase to your Speech skill.
- Certain perks offer a skill increase.
It is possible to never have to put points into certain skills to max them out. In particular, certain skill books are on respawning non-player characters - merely waiting 73 hours after killing will result in a new copy being created.
- Big Guns - U.S. Army: 30 Handy Flamethrower Recipes: It is possible to obtain infinite copies of this book in Bethesda Offices East. A raider with a flamer normally on the top floor has this book in his inventory. When killed he'll respawn in 73 hours with another copy of the book in his inventory.
- Science - Big Book of Science: It is possible to obtain infinite copies of this book in Shalebridge Tunnels. An Ant Researcher at this location has the book in his inventory. When killed he'll respawn in 73 hours with another copy of the book in his inventory. (This method is very glitchy and can end making you never able to enter Shalebridge Tunnels again.)