Lead Belly

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Lead Belly
Lead Belly.pngLead Belly FO4.png
Fallout 3
RequirementsLevel 6, Endurance 5
Effects50% less radiation when drinking irradiated water
base id00044ca9
Fallout: New Vegas
RequirementsLevel 6, EN 5 or Survival 40
Effects50% less radiation when consuming irradiated food and drink.
base id00044ca9
Fallout 4
RequirementsEndurance 2
EffectsLess radiation from eating and drinking
base id0004a0b9 (level 1)

00024b00 (level 2)

00024b01 (level 3)

Lead Belly is a perk in Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas, and Fallout 4.

Effects[edit | edit source]

Fallout 3[edit | edit source]

With the Lead Belly perk, the amount of radiation you would have taken from and irradiated water source is cut in half.

Fallout: New Vegas[edit | edit source]

The amount of radiation in all irradiated food and drink consumed is halved.

Sourcebox default.pngThe following is based on the JSawyer mod and has not been confirmed by canon sources.

With Hardcore mode enabled and JSawyer installed, Lead Belly also removes the Strength penalty for eating raw meat.

Sourcebox default.pngEnd of information based on the JSawyer mod.

Fallout 4[edit | edit source]

The Lead Belly perk reduces, or even eliminates, radiation damage from eating or drinking.

Fallout 4 loading screen hints

The first rank of this perk lowers the amount of radiation taken from food and drink, and the second rank lowers the amount even further. The third and final rank negates radiation from food and drink entirely.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • The usefulness of this perk is debatable, since Rad-Away and Rad-X become fairly common items later on in both games. In addition, several types of apparel, including some types of power armor, have radiation resistance.
  • In Fallout: New Vegas, there is an abundance of clean water, reducing the usefulness of the perk, although the benefit is extended to all irradiated food and water.
  • With the addition of Implant Y-3 in Old World Blues, this perk falls even further into obsolescence.

Bugs[edit | edit source]

  • Lead Belly will cause food that removes rads to be half as effective.