Buffout

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Buffout is a consumable item introduced in Fallout and appearing in nearly every game to date.

Background[edit | edit source]

Buffout is a brand of highly advanced steroids that increase strength, reflexes, and endurance. Although highly addictive,[1] it was a popular choice among pre-War athletes.[2] Their clandestine - and illicit - use of the drug made its use by amateurs popular and widespread.[3][4] With it, they could run longer and work out harder without the burden of "unnecessary" training.[5] The popularity of the drug resulted in a number of hybridized variants, including Bufftats (mixed with Mentats) and Psychobuff (military modification, combined with Psycho).[6]

Its popularity persists well after the nuclear holocaust, due to its properties. The increase in strength allows a wastelander to punch through several wooden boards with ease and pummel opponents into submission.[7] As such, it's typically banned in places like Vault City[8] or entertainment venues. For example, casino and bar patrons in New Reno were banned from indulging in Buffout, likely to limit altercations.[9]

Variants[edit | edit source]

Buffout[edit | edit source]

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"The Original" drug increases strength, reflexes, and raises the maximum health, with the disadvantage of being highly addictive. It was sold before the war in bottles of 50 tablets each.[10]

References

  1. Fallout demo, Fallout and Fallout 2 item description: "{8700}{}{Buffout}"
    "{8701}{}{Highly advanced steroids. While in effect, they increase strength and reflexes. Very addictive.}"
    (PRO ITEM.MSG (demo), PRO ITEM.MSG (Fallout), PRO ITEM.MSG (Fallout 2))
  2. A relatively common find among the ruins of gymnasiums in Fallout 4
  3. Fallout 2 Official Strategies & Secrets p.72: "Originally made popular through clandestine use by professional athletes, Buffout is particularly helpful in mêlée or unarmed combat."
  4. Fallout 4 loading screen hints: "Buffout is a powerful steroid that gained popularity with athletes before the Great War. It grants temporary bonuses to Strength, Endurance and maximum Health."
  5. Rose's Raider Radio: "Take yourself some Buffout. Run longer, and hit harder! You'll be a star athlete in no time, no training required!"
  6. Drug variants in Fallout 4 and Fallout 76.
  7. Goodneighbor terminals; Fred Allen's Terminal, Chem Diary: Buffout: "Experiment One: Punch through a board.
    Results: Oh yeah. That was easy.
    Experiment Two: Punch through TEN boards.
    Results: I'm invincible! This is like, some comic-book level strength.
    Experiment Three: Punch through STEEL boards, man!
    Results: Typing with my left hand. Gotta cook some Stimpaks."
  8. Vault City gate guard: "{187}{}{All right. Before you go in, we have to search your belongings first.}"
    The Chosen One: "{189}{}{What for?}"
    Vault-City gate guard: "{202}{}{Sometimes Outworlders try to smuggle alcohol or addictive drugs into Vault City: Buffout, Jet, Psycho, Mentats...that sort of thing.}"
    (VCGATGRD.MSG)
  9. Shark Club, Desperado, Maltese Falcon, and Salvatore's bartenders: "{219}{}{We don't let customers take Buffout in here, pal.}"
    (NcBarten.msg)
  10. Texture in Fallout 4