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Mentats is a Fallout, Fallout 2, Fallout 3 and Fallout Tactics drug.



This pre-war chem was created by Med-Tek. They were designed to increase memory related functions and speed up other mental processes. These red pills were a popular party drug, widely appreciated for their effect on creativity.[1]

Mentats were sold in both cardboard and tin packagings, the latter a bit more likely to survive the nuclear holocaust.

They are, of course, highly addictive.

Fallout, Fallout 2 and Fallout Tactics

effects: Immediate:
+2 Intelligence
+2 Perception
+1 Charisma
After 1 Day:
-4 Intelligence
-4 Perception
-3 Charisma
After 4 Days:
+2 Intelligence
+2 Perception
+2 Charisma
addiction: 15% Chance of Addiction
Effects for 1 Week, after 7 days of Non-use
-3 Intelligence
-2 Agility
weight: 0
value: $280

Mentats are most useful for characters with low intelligence. Furthermore, they are one of the games' more valuable items yet are relatively easy to find. This makes them also useful as an easy source of money, particularly when first starting.

Fallout 3

effects: Immediate:
+5 Intelligence
+5 Perception
addiction: Mentats Addiction
weight: 0
value: 20
base id: 15165

Mentats return in Fallout 3, though they only increase Intelligence and Perception, omitting the Charisma bonus. As in previous games, using them boosts skills based on those attributes (although not to skillpoints earned on level up as Mentats do not alter base stats).

In The National Archives, specially-flavored Mentats were given to anyone who won a trivia contest regarding the Declaration of Independence. This contest still exists in electronic form for the player to attempt. These bonus flavors of Mentats provide a temporary +5 boost to a single S.P.E.C.I.A.L. attribute:

Behind the scenes

  • Their name is a reference to Frank Herbert's Dune, where, in the wake of humanity rejecting computers mimicking human minds, Mentats are humans trained to become living computers, also of note is that the pills are colored red- Red Lips are the characteristic of a Dune Mentat.


  1. Fallout 2 Official Strategies & Secrets, p. 74
Fallout consumables
Fallout 2 consumables
Fallout 3 consumables
Fallout Tactics consumables

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