Nuka-Cola vending machine (Fallout 2)

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For the lore article covering these machines, see Nuka-Cola vending machine.
Nuka-Cola vending machine
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Used forObtaining not-so-fresh Nuka-Cola bottles
 
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Nuka-Cola vending machine is a world object in Fallout 2.

Background[edit | edit source]

The Nuka-Cola Corporation aggressively marketed their flagship product ever since its introduction in 2044. Low-maintenance vending machines were a crucial part of the strategy, and the corporation's generous investment eventually led to a vending machine on almost every street in the United States by 2067, available in a broad variety of types.[1][2]

A simple, free-standing vending machine. The coin-operated machine would deposit a bottle down the chute, and required periodic refills of coolant to keep the contents fresh. Old machines were prone to malfunctioning and instead of gently depositing the bottle could launch it violently at the buyer.[3] Of course, each bore advertising on its side promoting the cola.[4]

Characteristics[edit | edit source]

Unlike in the previous game, the vending machines can be used! If the player uses money on them, the machine will consume one dollar, and, if it's not out of stock, will provide a bottle of Nuka-Cola. The bottle is propelled violently from the machine and catching it is a matter of passing two attribute tests:

  • First, the game checks Luck. Passing this check will result in the player character catching the bottle.
  • Second, if the Luck check is failed, the game check Agility. Passing the check means the player character dodged the bottle and it will appear on the ground several hexes behind them, relative to the front of the bottle. Otherwise, the bottle strikes the player character's groin, resulting in negligible loss of hit points and greater of dignity.

Each machine contains ten to twenty bottles and once emptied will restock every two to three weeks. This makes them an excellent source of cheap Nuka-Cola for making super stimpaks with Myron. It's also a rather pointless way to gain money, as the player can sell the bottles at a 200% profit to merchants - exactly two caps per bottle.

References

  1. Fallout 4 loading screen hints: "Amateur chemist John-Caleb Bradberton discovered the formula for Nuka-Cola in 2044. Within a year, Nuka-Cola could be purchased across the entire United States."
  2. Sierra Petrovita: "When Nuka-Cola was invented by John-Caleb Bradberton in 2044, it quickly became the world's most popular soft drink. The wonder drink soon drew a dedicated following which prompted the Nuka-Cola Corporation to release many promotional items like these. By 2067, a Nuka-Cola machine such as this rare pristine model could be found on almost every street in America. Even in today's crazy world, Nuka-Cola is still the number one choice of refreshment among Armageddon's survivors."
    (Sierra Petrovita's dialogue)
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  4. Fallout and Fallout 2 scenery description: "{19400}{}{Nuka-Cola Machine}"
    "{19401}{}{The advertising on the side of this machine promotes their popular soda.}"
    (PRO SCEN.MSG (Fallout), PRO SCEN.MSG (Fallout 2))