Cave fungus (Fallout 3)

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Cave fungus
Food bits on a stick.png
Icon iguana bits.png
+5 Hit Points
-10 Radiation
QuestsFungus Deal
Base ID00038e0c

Cave fungus is a consumable item in Fallout 3.

Background[edit | edit source]

According to the residents of Little Lamplight and its history, the fungus appears to "like" strange meat. This is connected to the fact that the original fungus grew "from the water where the first Little Lamplighters dumped the bodies of the mungos". Once you learn that strange meat is actually human meat, all the pieces fit together that cave fungus grows of the remains of humans.

Characteristics[edit | edit source]

Cave fungi are pieces of fungus skewered on a stick, like a "kebab". Upon consumption it can restore some of the users health, while slightly reducing radiation. The fungus' radiation scrubbing ability makes it an effective and nutritious health booster out in the wasteland.

Locations[edit | edit source]

  • It can be acquired from Little Lamplight by striking a deal with Eclair or Lucy for either strange meat or Buffout respectively. Either way, the deal has to be honored through Mayor MacCready.
  • Alternatively, it can be acquired directly through Mayor MacCready, after a successful speech challenge but this will result in negative karma. The price is lowered with a higher Barter skill or with the Child at Heart perk.
  • Some cave fungus can also be located in the cafeteria area of Little Lamplight and taken with no negative karma.

Related quest[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Cave fungus is the only food item that decreases radiation, other than punga fruit.
  • You can pick up some cave fungus without doing the quest by simply looking around the area manually.

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

  • In another Bethesda game, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, there was a mushroom called Cairn Bolete that was said to only grow in caves where people had died.
Icon cut content.pngThe following is based on Fallout 3 cut content and has not been confirmed by canon sources.
  • The following is from a cut Vault 106 note in Fallout 3. It describes fungus growing in caves.

Mycological Characteristics:
Species=U. Noslen
Hymenium Type=None
Cap Shape=Convex
Spore Color=Hyper Blue
Ecological Type=Mycorrhizal
The U. Noslen seems to produce a compound that when exposed to the conditions of the cave are able to shield it from harmful radiation. The rate at which the fungus degrades the stone appears to be slowed. Study shows that the U. Noslen reproduces by dispersing small amounts of diaspores. Due to the lack of wind sources, the fungus is usually clusters but occasionally is able to fan out to other surfaces.

Icon cut content.pngEnd of information based on Fallout 3 cut content.