You’d imagine that diseases would be more of a problem in the Fallout universe prior to Fallout 76. After all, there are few doctors in the nuclear world of the Fallout universe and the apples are probably incredibly rotten or irradiated by now. But radiation poisoning is just one thing to be aware of now, as other nasty afflictions can include diseases. So you’ll need to take different measures to prevent or cure any disease you may come into contact with. I’ve prepared this guide that details how to prevent contracting a disease, and how to cure them.
Fallout 76 diseases guide
Preventing diseases is one important aspect of Fallout 76, but really there’s a lot more to discover about the game itself. Those looking for a beginner’s guide to get started with the game should have a look at our Fallout 76 guide hub.
Preventing diseases in Fallout 76
Much like how it works in the real world, the best way to combat any disease is to not get it in the first place. That may seem like common sense, but there are certain actions that will put you at more risk to getting any disease than not, so here are some of the known things you need to avoid doing.
- Consuming raw food or untreated water.
- Sleeping in beds that are not raised from the ground (ie: roll-out beds).
- Swimming in radioactive water.
- Traversing environments that are irradiated without a gas mask or hazmat suit.
- Attacked by any enemies with the biohazard symbol next to their name.
So you’ve somehow picked up a disease. That sucks. You won’t see any physical symptoms on your character like a pox, but the diseases that you can contract are of a stupidly wide variety. More on that in a bit, but you’re probably wondering how to get rid of it. There are a couple of ways, namely by finding antibiotics, crafting disease cures, or just by waiting it out. Dying doesn’t get rid of the disease, so if the disease is really hindering your progress, just seek out the cure. If you’re ever in the position where you can find disease cures, make sure you have a few spare in case there’s a particularly debilitating infection.
Known diseases and symptoms
Now you know how to prevent and cure the diseases, it’s best to know everything about the diseases that you can contract in the game. Below is a table with all the diseases, their symptoms, and the duration should you wish to wait them out.
|Blood Worms||Take 25% more damage.||15 minutes|
|Bone Worms||Take 50% more limb damage.||15 minutes|
|Buzz Drain||-2 Intelligence||15 minutes|
|Dysentery||Increased thirst rate.||15 minutes|
|Fever Claw||-25% ranged weapon damage||15 minutes|
|Flap Limb||-2 Strength||15 minutes|
|Glowing Pustules||Bleed radiation from wounds.||15 minutes|
|Heat Flashes||-2 Endurance||15 minutes|
|Jelly Fingers||+50% Ranged VATS AP cost.||15 minutes|
|Lock Joint||+50% Melee VATS AP cost||15 minutes|
|Needle Spine||-10 Carrying limit||15 minutes|
|Parasites||Periodic food loss.||15 minutes|
|Rad Worms||Take 50% more radiation damage.||15 minutes|
|Rattle Hands||-25% damage with ranged weapons||15 minutes|
|Shell Shock||AP drain from wounds.||15 minutes|
|Sludge Lung||Max AP: -50|
AP Regen: -50
|Snot Ear||-2 Perception||15 minutes|
|Swamp Gas||-2 Charisma||15 minutes|
|Swamp Itch||-2 Agility||15 minutes|
|The Blight||Suffer -1 to all S.P.E.C.I.A.L. stats.||15 minutes|
|The Woopsies||-2 Luck||15 minutes|
|Weeping Sores||Bleed from wounds.||15 minutes|
Now you know about diseases, there is another condition you should probably be made aware of: Mutations. They work very differently so head over to our [mutation] guide, to get a rundown on the best mutations to have and how to prevent them getting cured by RadAways. Power Armour is also available in the game, so find out more on that in our Fallout 76 Power Armor locations guide. You can also get perks via Perk Cards, which you can go to our Fallout 76 perk cards guide since they work completely differently to just about any other Fallout game.