From The Vault
Nuka-Cola was the most popular flavored soft drink in the United States before the Great War. After the War, Nuka-Cola remains the most popular soft drink of the post-nuclear world, as much of it was preserved in a fairly pristine state, although it tends to be warm and flat.
Consumed in large amounts, it has an addictive effect in Fallout, Fallout 2 and Fallout Tactics.
Nuka-Cola was invented in 2044 by John Caleb-Bradberton. Its unique taste gained widespread popularity quickly, ending with it becoming the most popular soft drink in the United States with an extremely dedicated following. The widely known Dazzling Blue bottle color was adopted as standard in 2052, after market research programs indicated that the blue color was the favorite in 86 people out of a hundred polled.
By 2067, vending machines with ice-cold Nuka-Cola could be found on virtually every street in America.
Ingredients and flavor
The ingredients of Nuka-Cola are Carbonated Water, Caramel Color, Aspartame, Phosphoric Acid, Potassium Benzoate (To Protect Taste), Natural Flavors, Citric Acid and Caffeine. What gives it the unique flavor is the essence of seventeen different fruits mixed in just the right proportion to give the beverage its trademark taste. During the Great Passion Fruit Famine of 2044, people actually noticed the taste difference when the flavor was changed. Some versions of the drink also include vitaminerals and health tonics.
Fallout, Fallout 2, Fallout Tactics
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Nuka-Cola tends to play a background role. Dugan, an addict can tell you about the drink in Fallout, but otherwise it has no direct effect on the storyline.
The drink has several minor uses for quests and items in Fallout 2. One of the three ingredients of a Super Stimpak as crafted by the artiste of the test tube known as Myron, Nuka-Cola restocks in shops in Klamath, and on the oil tanker in San Francisco. Left click on a Nuka-Cola machine and drag the mouse to access the backpack and put coins in the slot. Nuka-Cola machines inexplicably (other than for reasons of gameplay) restock every one to seven weeks.
In Fallout 3, Nuka-Cola will give you 2 Rads and 10 Health (12 health with the Food Sanitizer). Consuming a bottle of Nuka-Cola provides a single Cap. It does not, however, generate an Empty Nuka-Cola Bottle.
Nuka-Cola can be traded for other random supplies in Little Lamplight, see Zip's Nuka Fix. With the perk Quantum Chemist, every 10 Nuka-Colas in your inventory will become a Nuka-Cola Quantum.
Nuka-Cola appears in all Fallout games except for Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel.
Behind the scenes
- Nuka-Cola is a reference to Coca-Cola.
- During the 2008 E3 as a promotional item, people were given a real drinkable version of the product. It greatly resembles the 1950's look of the Coca-Cola brand bottles.
- Even though most of the game's pop culture references are from the 1950's and 1960's, the red and white label design of the Nuka-Cola bottle in Fallout 3 is based off of the Coca-Cola bottle design that did not begin until 1986.