In the SPECIAL character system, traits are optional character modifications that affect the player character. They are a part of character creation in four Fallout games (Fallout, Fallout 2, Fallout Tactics, and Fallout: New Vegas), while three other do not include them: Fallout 3, Fallout 4, and Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel.
Effect[edit | edit source]
Traits modify different aspects of gameplay, such as primary statistics, derived statistics and skills. Traits have positive and negative results, unlike perks in earlier Fallout games (with the lack of traits in Fallout 3, some perks do have negative effects). In games where traits exist, one can choose up to two traits when designing a character (or none at all). Choosing the Mutate! perk lets the player change one of his traits. Note that if you chose no trait at character creation, you cannot fill the empty slot with this perk.
Race[edit | edit source]
In Fallout Tactics, where characters of different races can be created, traits also have different racial requirements. In Lionheart a fantasy game which uses the SPECIAL system, a different approach to racial traits was chosen. For each race one is free to choose (or not) any of the regular list of traits, but if the character belongs to one of the "tainted" races (i.e. everyone except pureblood humans), the player has to choose one of the list of racial traits available to their race. These traits are the only thing that distinguishes the races from humans and often had no penalty other than marking the character as tainted.
List of traits[edit | edit source]
General traits[edit | edit source]
Old World Blues traits[edit | edit source]
Racial traits[edit | edit source]
Racial traits only appear in Fallout Tactics.
- Beta Software
- EMP Shielding
- Fear the Reaper
- Glowing One
- Ham Fisted
- Targeting Computer
- Tech Wizard
- Tight Nuts
- Vat Skin