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Fallout, Fallout 2, Fallout Tactics
modifieschances with the virtual dice of the game, critical chance, Gambling
related perksBetter Criticals, Bonus Ranged Damage, More Criticals, Mysterious Stranger, Scrounger, Toughness, Bend the Rules, Break the Rules
related traitsJinxed
Fallout 3
modifiesall skills, critical chance, some random encounters
related perksBetter Criticals, Fortune Finder, Mysterious Stranger, Scrounger
Fallout: New Vegas
modifiesall skills, critical chance, odds in casino games, some random encounters
related perksBetter Criticals, Fortune Finder, Junk Rounds, Miss Fortune, Mysterious Stranger, Scrounger

Fate. Karma. An extremely high or low Luck will affect the character - somehow. Events and situations will be changed by how lucky (or unlucky) your character is.

— Fallout In-game description

Luck is one of the seven Primary Statistics in the SPECIAL character system.

Fallout, Fallout 2, Fallout Tactics[edit | edit source]

In Fallout, Luck primarily affects your chances with the virtual dice of the game: a high Luck means you're more likely to succeed a roll, while the opposite is also true. Luck also affects the chance to score a critical hit on an enemy, with the standard being that your Critical Chance is equal to your Luck (keep in mind, standard means without perks, traits, or aimed shots). It also determines the initial level of your Gambling skill.

Ways to increase Luck in Fallout[edit | edit source]

  • Chuck in the Boneyard - Adytum can increase your Luck permanently by one point via the mysteries of the Tarot.

Ways to increase Luck in Fallout 2[edit | edit source]

  • The Hubologists can be visited to gain a Luck bonus. Only one bonus can be gained, though they have two bases, one in the NCR and one in San Francisco. The NCR bonus can either boost Luck by 2 or reduce it by one, and the Frisco one can either boost Luck and Intelligence by 1, or reduce Luck by 1.
  • Taking the Gain Luck perk for an increase of 1 Luck.

(Killing the pariah dog before it joins the party will also increase your Luck. The thing is, you can't find it whenever you want.)

Fallout 3[edit | edit source]

Modifies: All Skills, Critical chance. Unlike other S.P.E.C.I.A.L. scores, Luck has no specific skills associated with it. Instead, every two points of Luck adds one point to all skills. Having a high Luck will also improve your critical chance with all weapons.

Value +Critical Chance Skill Modifiers
1 1% All Skills +1
2 2% All Skills +1
3 3% All Skills +2
4 4% All Skills +2
5 5% All Skills +3
6 6% All Skills +3
7 7% All Skills +4
8 8% All Skills +4
9 9% All Skills +5
10 10% All Skills +5

Luck-based Perks[edit | edit source]

Perk Required Level Additional Requirements
Fortune Finder 5 6
Scrounger 5 8
Mysterious Stranger 6 10
Better Criticals 6 16 Perception 6

Ways to increase Luck[edit | edit source]

Fallout: New Vegas[edit | edit source]

Luck functions in the same manner as Fallout 3. It raises the value of every skill (see chart at bottom of page) and affects critical chance. It also improves the odds of winning at any casino game; the higher the Luck, the more likely favorable outcomes on bets will be. If you win a casino bet through the influence of Luck, you receive a "You feel lucky" message. A minimum Luck of 7 is usually required to win with any regularity, otherwise the house will usually win. However, even with a Luck of 7 the house wins about 50% of the time.

Luck-based perks[edit | edit source]

Perk Required Level Additional Requirements
Junk Rounds Dead MoneyGametitle-FNV DM.png 6 2 Repair 45
Fortune Finder 5 6
Scrounger 5 8
Miss Fortune 6 10
Mysterious Stranger 6 10
Better Criticals 6 16 Perception 6

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • If you have a Luck of 7, a speech option in the REPCONN Headquarters will appear and allow you to move unharmed by the robots. NOTE: The Mister Handy Unit asks for confirmation repeatedly, so if boosting Luck through naughty nightwear leave it on at REPCONN.
  • The player can heal Caesar's brain tumor in the quest Et Tumor, Brute? with a Luck of 9.
  • If the player has a Luck of 8 or higher, Doc Mitchell will say "With luck like yours I'm surprised them bullets didn't turn right around and climb back into the gun."
  • If the player has a Luck of 1, Doc Mitchell will say "Now that don't make a lick of sense. Seems to me you're the luckiest son-of-a-gun in New Vegas."
  • Once you have a Luck of 8 or more, you should be able to earn enough chips to be banned from a casino in minutes whilst playing blackjack or slots.

Ways to increase Luck[edit | edit source]

  • You can purchase the Luck Implant, an implant that improves your Luck, for 4000 bottlecaps at the New Vegas Medical Clinic.
  • The Intense Training perk will allow you to increase your Luck (or any other S.P.E.C.I.A.L. stat), once for each time that you take it, up to a maximum of 10.
  • Wearing the legendary naughty nightwear also grants a +1 bonus to Luck. It can be purchased from Mick over at Mick & Ralph's in Freeside, or stolen through the bars of his special inventory.
  • Wearing the lucky shades also grants a +1 bonus to Luck. The lucky shades can be found inside the Caesar's Legion safehouse, on a bed with a suit of Legion praetorian armor, a displacer glove, and two time bombs. However you must have the reputation 'Liked' or higher with the legion. (The glasses were only added to the game after the 1.2 patch, so make sure to install it before trying to get these glasses)
  • The Meat of Champions Perk grants you a +1 bonus to Luck. It also boost your Strength, Intelligence and Charisma by 1 point. This secret perk can be obtained by eating the corpses of Caesar, Mr. House, The King and President Kimball after killing them, which is possible if you have the Cannibal perk.
  • Upon completing the Lonesome Road, you are given the chance to have one of your S.P.E.C.I.A.L. stats, including Luck, raised by one point.

Level names and statistics[edit | edit source]

Value Name Critical Chance Skill Modifiers
1 13 Pitch-black Cats +1% All Skills +1
2 Broken Gypsy Mirror +2% All Skills +1
3 Sickly Albatross +3% All Skills +2
4 Spilled Salt +4% All Skills +2
5 Coin Flip +5% All Skills +3
6 Stacked Deck +6% All Skills +3
7 Lucky 7 +7% All Skills +4
8 Leprechaun's Foot +8% All Skills +4
9 21-Leaf Clover +9% All Skills +5
10 Two-headed Coin Flip +10% All Skills +5

Fallout 4[edit | edit source]

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Luck is a measure of your general good fortune. It affects the recharge rate of Critical Hits, and your chances of finding better items.

— Registration Form

Lionheart[edit | edit source]

Luck represents a combination of fate, karma, and general good fortune. Luck affects many things in small amounts.[1]


  1. Lionheart: Legacy of the Crusader manual