The Meal, Ready-to-Eat (abbreviated MRE) is a consumable item in the Fallout: New Vegas add-on, Lonesome Road.
The MRE is a highly nutritious field ration bought by the United States for military purpose, for use in combat and field conditions where organized food facilities are not readily available. The main meals in the pouch comes pre-cooked in "boil in the foil" packets that can be warmed by immersing them in water that activates heating cells in the MRE pouch. MREs were first issued in 1981 on a limited basis and finally replaced the older canned rations when stockpiles were used up in 1986.
While vegetarian versions are in the system, the rations usually consist of a main meal such as stew or pasta with a high starch and protein content. Some versions have Mexican tortillas but usually crackers, candies and cookies provide the rest of the calories with powdered fruit drinks and instant coffee also being included.
If all the food in each MRE is eaten (including the condiment and coffee whitener packets) each meal contains about 1,200 calories, which is enough to keep an inactive adult fed for a full day. Because of the high physical demands placed on soldiers, three are typical issued per day with as many as four to five being issued on dismounted winter warfare operations where more calories have to be burned to keep the body warm.
Military individual field rations were used by the United States army and are found extensively in the area surrounding the Divide. The particular MRE's found in these military installations contains a boneless pork chop as the main course along with standard sundries. This food item is one of the few radiation free foods in the game, and its nutritional value in hardcore mode is amongst the highest found in any food, on par with the much heavier caravan lunch.
The MRE provides relatively low health restoration in hardcore mode, given its high nutritional value. However, its health regeneration is significantly better when used outside of hardcore mode.
Effects of Survival skill
|10||+2 Hit Point or, +1 Hit Point in hardcore mode, -240 Starvation||60||+4 Hit Point or, +2 Hit Point in hardcore mode, -440 Starvation|
|20||+2 Hit Point or, +1 Hit Point in hardcore mode, -280 Starvation||70||+4 Hit Point or, +2 Hit Point in hardcore mode, -480 Starvation|
|30||+3 Hit Point or, +1 Hit Point in hardcore mode, -320 Starvation||80||+5 Hit Point or, +2 Hit Point in hardcore mode, -520 Starvation|
|40||+3 Hit Point or, +1 Hit Point in hardcore mode, -360 Starvation||90||+5 Hit Point or, +2 Hit Point in hardcore mode, -560 Starvation|
|50||+4 Hit Point or, +2 Hit Point in hardcore mode, -400 Starvation||100||+6 Hit Point or, +3 Hit Point in hardcore mode, -600 Starvation|
- At the Canyon Wreckage: on the left, there is a wooden board that says "Lonesome Road". In the duffle bag below this, there is an MRE.
- If you leave Ulysses alive after the final quest, he will be at the entrance to the Canyon wreckage. You can ask him if he has recovered anything from the dust of Hopeville which will result in three MREs, amongst other minor loot.
- They are often found in military shipping crates and duffle bags scattered all over the Divide.
Behind the scenes
- The real-life MRE Menu No. 2 was boneless pork chop from 2000-2001. Menu No. 2 is currently Pork Rib. The resale notice was added in 2001. However, the bag design more closely resembles older MREs.
- The real-life ZIP code of Mullins, South Carolina is 29574, while ZIP code 12490 corresponds to West Camp, New York. However, the real-life MRE supplier SOPAKCO is indeed based in Mullins.
|Chems||Ant nectar · Ant queen pheromones · Antivenom · Auto-inject stimpak · Auto-inject super stimpak · Blood Shield · Buffout · Cateye · Coyote tobacco chew · Datura antivenom · Datura hide · Fire ant nectar · Fixer · Fiery purgative · Ghost Sight · Healing poultice · Healing powder (Legate healing powder) · Hydra · Jet (Dixon's Jet) · Med-X · Mentats (Berry Mentats, Grape Mentats, Orange Mentats, Party Time Mentats) · Psycho (Slasher) · Rad-X · RadAway · Rebound · Rocket · Rushing Water · Stimpak (Stimpak, Expired, Stimpak, Homemade) · Steady · Super stimpak · Turbo · Ultrajet · Weapon binding ritual|
|Drinks||Absinthe · Atomic cocktail · Beer (irradiated beer) · Battle brew · Black coffee · Blood pack · Bitter drink · Dirty water (irradiated water) · Large Wasteland tequila · Moonshine · Nuka-Cola (ice cold Nuka-Cola, Nuka-Cola Quartz, Nuka-Cola Victory, Nuka-Cola Quantum) · Purified water · Rum & Nuka · Scotch (irradiated Scotch, Jake Juice) · Sierra Madre martini · Sunset Sarsaparilla (irradiated Sunset Sarsaparilla) · Vodka · Wasteland tequila · Whiskey (Dixon's whiskey, irradiated whiskey) · Wine (drugged wine)|
|Edibles||Ant egg · Ant meat · Banana yucca fruit (irr. banana yucca) · Barrel cactus fruit (irr. barrel cactus) · Bighorner meat · Bighorner steak · Blamco Mac & Cheese (irr. Mac & Cheese) · Bloatfly meat · Bloatfly slider · Blood sausage (black blood sausage) · Brahmin meat · Brahmin steak · Brahmin Wellington · Broc flower · Bubblegum · Buffalo gourd seed · Caravan lunch · Cave fungus (mutant cave fungus) · Cazador egg · Cook-Cook's Fiend stew · Coyote meat · Coyote steak · Cram (irradiated Cram) · Crispy squirrel bits · Crunchy mutfruit (irr. crunchy mutfruit) · Dandy Boy Apples (irr. Dandy Boy apples) · Daturana · Desert salad · Dog meat · Dog steak · Fancy Lads Snack Cakes (irr. Fancy Lads) · Fire ant egg · Fire ant fricassée · Fire ant meat · Fresh apple · Fresh carrot · Fresh pear · Fresh potato (irradiated potato) · Gecko kabob · Gecko meat (irr. gecko meat) · Gecko steak · Ghost People flesh · Giant rat meat · Grilled mantis · Gum drops · Honey mesquite pod · Human flesh · Human remains · Iguana bits · Iguana-on-a-stick · Imitation strange meat pie · Instamash (irradiated InstaMash) · Jalapeño pepper · Junk food · Lakelurk egg · Lakelurk meat · Maize · Mole rat meat (mole rat wonder meat) · Mole rat stew · MRE · Mushroom Cloud · Mutfruit (irradiated mutfruit) · Nevada agave fruit · Nightstalker tail · Nightstalker squeezin's · Noodles · Pinto bean pod · Pinyon nuts · Pork n' Beans (irr. Pork N' Beans) · Potato Crisps (irr. Potato Crisps) · Pre-War steak · Preserved meat · Prickly pear fruit · Sacred datura root · Radroach meat · Rat meat · Ruby's casserole · Salient green · Salisbury Steak (irr. Salisbury Steak) · Spore carrier sap · Squirrel on a stick · Squirrel stew · Strange meat · Strange meat pie · Sugar Bombs (irr. Sugar Bombs) · Thin red paste (thick red paste) · Trail mix · Wasteland omelet · White horsenettle · Xander root · Yao guai meat · YumYum Deviled Eggs (irr. YumYum D. Eggs)|
|Venoms||Bleak venom · Cloud Kiss (weak) · Cloud Kiss (potent) · Cloud Kiss (lethal) · Dark datura · Mother Darkness · Silver sting · Tremble|
|Miscellaneous||Doctor's Bag · Stealth Boy · Snakebite Tourniquet · Weapon repair kit|
|Cut content||Focus · Scorpion poison · Scorpion poison grease · Testfx|