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Skill books are located throughout the wasteland, and can be read to improve your skill in a given topic. Each skill normally has 25 books associated with them, and can be used once for their boost in skill.

When read, books improve a skill by one point. With the Comprehension perk, you gain an additional skill point when reading books.

Regular books[edit]

Book Title Subject
Tales of a Junktown Jerky Vendor Barter
U.S. Army: 30 Flamethrower Recipes Big Guns
Nikola Tesla and You Energy Weapons
Duck and Cover Explosives
Tumblers Today Lockpick
Medical Journal Medicine
Grognak the Barbarian Melee
Deans Electronics Repair
Big Book of Science Science
Guns and Bullets Small Guns
Lying, Congressional Style Speech
Chinese Army: Spec. Ops. Training Manual Sneak
Pugilism Illustrated Unarmed


  • The Big Book of Science and U.S. Army: 30 Flamethrower Recipes each have one copy included on an entity that occasionally respawns in their location. As such, you can obtain an infinite number of these books.
  • Tales of a Junktown Jerky Vendor has only 23 copies. An additional copy can be rediscovered in Tenpenny Tower after you get the Ghouls into the building.
  • You cannot obtain all skill books with a single character, since some of the available books are mutually exclusive depending on the choices required to obtain them (e.g. the quest resolution of The Power of the Atom.)