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Fallout, Fallout 2, Fallout Tactics
modifiesDecrease the likelihood of bad random encounters
Increase the odds of Special encounters
governed byIntelligence
initial value5% + 1% *(Intelligence + Endurance)/2 (Fallout)
2% * (Intelligence + Endurance) (Fallout 2)
related perksAnimal Friend
related traitsGifted
Van Buren, J.E. Sawyer's Fallout RPG
governed byIntelligence, Endurance
initial value?
related perks?
related traits?

Practical knowledge of the outdoors, and the ability to live off the land. The knowledge of plants and animals.

— In-game description

Outdoorsman is a Fallout, Fallout 2, Van Buren, J.E. Sawyer's Fallout Role-Playing Game and Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel skill. It was replaced with Survival in Fallout: New Vegas.

Starting level[edit | edit source]

Starting Outdoorsman skill in Fallout is equal to:


Average characters will have a 10% skill.

Starting Outdoorsman skill in Fallout 2 is equal to:


Average characters will have a 20% skill.

Uses[edit | edit source]

The Outdoorsman skill's job is to decrease the likelihood of bad random encounters with the possibility of increasing the odds of special encounters. In Fallout 2, a successful outdoorsman check will give the choice of avoiding an encounter.

Ways to increase[edit | edit source]

In both games the motion sensor will provide a 20% bonus to Outdoorsman when in inventory.

Fallout[edit | edit source]

  • Scout Handbook. Permanent boost up to 92%.
  • Tycho. Talk to him, agree for a drink and talk about wilderness knowledge for a 5% bonus. There's only one chance to gain it.

Fallout 2[edit | edit source]

Though the player can raise the Outdoorsman to 200%, or 300% in Fallout 2, the real cap is 95%, which provides maximum chance to avoid encounters.

  • Scout Handbook. Permanent boost up to 92%.
  • Slim Picket. Depending on the Barter skill, the player can buy 5% worth of Outdoorsman for $100 or $50.
  • Save Smiley the trapper. Once the player brings him back to Klamath, they can get a random 1 to 6% bonus to Outdoorsman from him.

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

The icon is most probably a reference to the Looney Toons, as the Vault Boy is dressed as Elmer Fudd and is hunting a mutated version of Bugs Bunny.