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Description[ | ]

Perk Books provide the player with certain perks after reading them. They can be found throughout the map in loot, mailboxes, newspaper boxes, bookshelves and bookstores (Crack-A-Book) or received as quest rewards or bought from the Traders. There are 19 Books, each with 7 Volumes. After reading all 7 Volumes of a given book, you will gain the bonus perk. Each Book has a different theme, and the volumes within them all apply to that theme.

Book Series[ | ]

"Reading books will unlock permanent perks. Read all the volumes in a series and receive a special collector's perk"

The Art of Mining[ | ]


"The Art of Mining: Learn from the original Miner 69'r Herb 'Cackler' Dugall and show all the Johnny Newcomes out there who can crack rock the fastest."

Vol. 1 The Art of Mining: Lucky Strike Adds a small chance to mine rare gems from ore
Vol. 2 The Art of Mining: Diamond Tools You can craft diamond tipped blade mods for tools that dramatically increase durability
Vol. 3 The Art of Mining: Coffee Harvest 10% more ore when buzzed from coffee
Vol. 4 The Art of Mining: Blackstrap Can craft blackstrap, a super strong coffee
Vol. 5 The Art of Mining: Resources You can craft basic resources like ore into compact stacks
Vol. 6 The Art of Mining: Avalanche Take 50% less damage from collapsing mines
Vol. 7 The Art of Mining: Damage Mining tools do 10% more block damage
Final One Shot Gain 20% more ore mining

The Automatic Weapon Handbook[ | ]


"Learn from top military expert Leonard 'Sarge' Barton how to shoot, maintain, and maximize your skill with 7.62mm automatic weapons."

Vol. 1 The Automatic Weapon Handbook: Damage Automatic weapons do 10% more damage
Vol. 2 The Automatic Weapon Handbook: Uncontrolled Burst Fully automatic mode does 1% more damage per hit
Vol. 3 The Automatic Weapon Handbook: Maintenance Automatic weapons have 20% less degradation
Vol. 4 The Automatic Weapon Handbook: Drum Magazines You can craft drum magazine mods for automatic weapons
Vol. 5 The Automatic Weapon Handbook: Recoil Fully automatic fire is more accurate with each shot fired
Vol. 6 The Automatic Weapon Handbook: Ragdoll Fully automatic mode has an increasing chance to ragdoll an enemy with each hit
Vol. 7 The Automatic Weapon Handbook: Hip Fire Hip fire accuracy is greatly increased
Final Offensive Strike Each kill boosts your run speed by 20% for 20 seconds

Batter Up![ | ]


"Learn how to swing a bat and knock those balls out of park"

Vol. 1 Batter Up!: Big Hits Do 10% more damage with clubs
Vol. 2 Batter Up!: Stealing Bases Sprinting with a club drawn in combat uses 20% less stamina
Vol. 3 Batter Up!: Hit and Run Power attacks to the legs slow enemies
Vol. 4 Batter Up!: Knockdown Power attacks increase chance of knock down
Vol. 5 Batter Up!: Maintenance Bats and clubs degrade 20% slower
Vol. 6 Batter Up!: Foul Balls Ragdoll Enemies
Vol. 7 Batter Up!: Metal Chain Mod Craft chain modifications for bats and clubs
Final Home Run Power attacks that kill your enemy refill your stamina meter

Bar Brawler[ | ]


"Learn from Irish legend "Lucky Bastard" himself and never get bested in a good ol' fashioned bar room brawl."

Vol. 1 Bar Brawling: Basic Moves Deal 10% more damage with fists
Vol. 2 Bar Brawling: Drop a Bomb Sprinting power attacks can knock down your opponent
Vol. 3 Bar Brawling: Killer Instinct Gain 5% more damage with each kill, up to 15%
Vol. 4 Bar Brawling: Finishing Moves Do extra damage to knocked down or stunned enemies
Vol. 5 Bar Brawling: Adrenaline Healing Recover health in combat with every punch
Vol. 6 Bar Brawling: Rage Mode Attack and move faster after getting hit
Vol. 7 Bar Brawling: Boozed Up Drinking beer no longer blurs your vision
Final The 7th Curse The 7th unarmed strike landed in a short time does 300% damage

The Fireman's Almanac[ | ]


"Learn all about firemen and fire fighting techniques"

Vol. 1 The Fireman's Almanac: Conditioning Add 10% hyperthermal protection
Vol. 2 The Fireman's Almanac: Mods Craft the fireman's axe mod
Vol. 3 The Fireman's Almanac: Speed Increase attack speed with axes 5%
Vol. 4 The Fireman's Almanac: Fire with Fire Fire based weapons burn 10% longer
Vol. 5 The Fireman's Almanac: Prevention Reduced chance to be lit on fire by 25%
Vol. 6 The Fireman's Almanac: Search and Rescue Do 10% more damage to coal and burnt wood
Vol. 7 The Fireman's Almanac: Gear Craft firemen helmets and take 5% less damage
Final Fire Adrenaline Sprint longer and never encumbered in the burnt forest or wasteland

The Great Heist[ | ]


"This book series explains in detail how various thieves pulled off the greatest heists of all time."

Vol. 1 The Great Heist: Safes Do 10% more damage to safes
Vol. 2 The Great Heist: Gems Find more jewelry and precious gems
Vol. 3 The Great Heist: Gold Rush Find 10% more dukes and cash in safes and ATM's
Vol. 4 The Great Heist: Claimed Do 20% more damage to land claimed property
Vol. 5 The Great Heist: Adrenaline Fall Fall great distances! (Fall up to 15 meters without taking damage while carrying 5000 dukes or more)
Vol. 6 The Great Heist: Stealthy Sprinting Use no stamina while sneak sprinting
Vol. 7 The Great Heist: Motion Detection Sneak past motion detection devices
Final Lock Picking Find 20% more lockpicks in loot, break into locks 20% faster, and have a 10% lower chance to break your lock pick

The Hunter's Journal[ | ]


"Learn tips from the best hunters in the world and techniques for hunting all kinds of wildlife."

Vol. 1 The Hunter's Journal: Bears Do 10% more damage to bears
Vol. 2 The Hunter's Journal: Wolves Do 10% more damage to wolves
Vol. 3 The Hunter's Journal: Coyotes Do 10% more damage against coyotes
Vol. 4 The Hunter's Journal: Mountain Lions Do 10% more damage against mountain lions
Vol. 5 The Hunter's Journal: Deer Do 10% more damage against deer
Vol. 6 The Hunter's Journal: Vultures Do 10% more damage to vultures
Vol. 7 The Hunter's Journal: Self Defense Do 10% more damage to humanoids
Final Harvesting Harvest more bones, meat, and leather from animals.

Lucky Looter[ | ]


"Ever feel like your luck is just bad? This book series will turn it all around for you and you'll be the envy of the neighborhood and legend at the pub. Whatever you find you'll make more of."

Vol. 1 Lucky Looter: Dukes Find more dukes coins in loot
Vol. 2 Lucky Looter: Ammunition Find more ammunition in loot
Vol. 3 Lucky Looter: Brass Find more brass in loot
Vol. 4 Lucky Looter: Lead Find more lead in loot
Vol. 5 Lucky Looter: Junk Find more junk in loot
Vol. 6 Lucky Looter: Food Find more food in loot
Vol. 7 Lucky Looter: Medical Supplies Find more medical supplies in loot
Final Lucky Bastard Enemies have a higher chance (20%) to drop loot

Magnum Enforcer[ | ]


"An autobiography about a .44 Magnum wielding cop with an attitude. Learn how 'Filthy Harry Calasham' handled all the dirty jobs with his .44 Magnum."

Vol. 1 Magnum Enforcer: Damage Do 10% more damage with .44 guns
Vol. 2 Magnum Enforcer: Apparel Take 5% less damage when wearing a suit
Vol. 3 Magnum Enforcer: Unlucky Punks The last shot in the chamber does double damage
Vol. 4 Magnum Enforcer: Intimidation Bartering with a magnum drawn gives you a 5% better deal
Vol. 5 Magnum Enforcer: Armor Piercing Ammunition You can craft AP .44 Magnum ammunition
Vol. 6 Magnum Enforcer: Hollow Point Ammunition You can craft HiPower .44 Magnum ammunition
Vol. 7 Magnum Enforcer: Criminal Pursuit Sprinting with a .44 gun in combat uses 20% less stamina
Final Penetration All shots with .44 ammo penetrate enemies. Bulk Craft ammo

Needle & Thread[ | ]


"From head to toe we've got you covered. Each edition specializes in high quality clothing designs for the home sewing enthusiast"

Vol. 1 Needle & Thread: Winter Wear Sew flannel shirts, sweatshirts & skull caps
Vol. 2 Needle & Thread: Legwear Sew your own denim jeans, skirts and overalls!
Vol. 3 Needle & Thread: Footwear Craft your own shoes & boots
Vol. 4 Needle & Thread: Desert Wear Sew your own shorts, tank tops & T-Shirts
Vol. 5 Needle & Thread: Dusters Craft leather dusters
Vol. 6 Needle & Thread: Puffer Coats Sew your own puffer coat!
Vol. 7 Needle & Thread: Pockets Learn how to sew pocket mods
Final Military Clothing You can craft military clothing

The Night Stalker[ | ]


"From dusk to dawn become one with the shadows utilizing stealth and subterfuge to become the ultimate assassin."

Vol. 1 The Night Stalker: Stealth Do 10% more sneak damage at night
Vol. 2 The Night Stalker: Silent Night Sneak 5% better at night
Vol. 3 The Night Stalker: Blades Bladed weapons do 10% more damage at night
Vol. 4 The Night Stalker: Thief Adrenaline Never encumbered at night
Vol. 5 The Night Stalker: Archery Bows do 10% more damage at night
Vol. 6 The Night Stalker: Twilight Thief Gain 5% more xp from kills at night
Vol. 7 The Night Stalker: Slumber Party Do an extra 50% sneak damage to sleeping victims at night
Final Cutthroat Sneak attacks with knives at night deal 200% extra damage

Pistol Pete[ | ]


"Pistol Pete is the 9mm handgun enthusiast's one stop shop to learn about pistols and submachine guns."

Vol. 1 Pistol Pete: Take Aim 9mm weapons have 20% more range when sighted
Vol. 2 Pistol Pete: Swiss Knees Each successive leg shot increases chance (10%) to cripple
Vol. 3 Pistol Pete: Steady Hand More accurate when rapid firing 9mm weapons
Vol. 4 Pistol Pete: Maintenance Pistols and SMG degrade 20% slower
Vol. 5 Pistol Pete: Hollow Point Ammunition You can craft HiPower 9mm ammunition
Vol. 6 Pistol Pete: Armor Piercing Ammunition Craft AP 9mm ammunition
Vol. 7 Pistol Pete: Maximum Damage Inflict 10% more damage with 9mm weapons
Final Powder Burns Shots fired at point blank ignore armor (20%). Bulk craft 9mm ammunition

Ranger's Guide to Archery[ | ]


"Master every aspect of archery from bows to crossbows with this comprehensive set of books."

Vol. 1 Ranger's Guide to Archery: Arrow Recovery Can retrieve 20% more arrows
Vol. 2 Ranger's Guide to Archery: Exploding Arrows Craft exploding arrows and crossbow bolts
Vol. 3 Ranger's Guide to Archery: Crippling Shot Leg shots slow your opponent
Vol. 4 Ranger's Guide to Archery: Armor Piercing Arrows Craft armor piercing steel arrows
Vol. 5 Ranger's Guide to Archery: Flaming Arrows Craft flaming arrows and crossbow bolts
Vol. 6 Ranger's Guide to Archery: Maintenance Bows degrade 20% slower
Vol. 7 Ranger's Guide to Archery: Knockdown Sneak attacks have a 20% greater chance of knockdown
Final Bulk Bulk craft all types of arrows and bolts

Shotgun Messiah[ | ]


"Shotgun Messiah is your one stop shop to buy and learn all about shotguns. Learn to shoot, maintain, and craft your own ammunition."

Vol. 1 Shotgun Messiah: Damage Shotguns do 10% more damage
Vol. 2 Shotgun Messiah: Breaching Ammunition Craft breaching ammunition used to breach security
Vol. 3 Shotgun Messiah: Limb Shot Targets within 3 meters have a high dismember chance
Vol. 4 Shotgun Messiah: Shotgun Slugs You can craft shotgun slugs
Vol. 5 Shotgun Messiah: Maintenance Shotguns degrade 20% slower
Vol. 6 Shotgun Messiah: Magazine Mods You can craft shotgun tube extender mods
Vol. 7 Shotgun Messiah: Party Starter Targets with full health take 20% more damage
Final One Shot You can one shot most wood blocks. Bulk craft all shotgun ammo.

Sniper[ | ]


"Learn from ex special forces veteran 'Slick Willy' all the tactics and techniques of becoming an elite sniper."

Vol. 1 Sniper: Damage Weapons do 10% more damage when using a scope
Vol. 2 Sniper: Crippling Shot Leg shots cripple all but the strongest enemies and have a chance to dismember
Vol. 3 Sniper: Head Shot Head shots have a chance to stun and a greater chance to dismember
Vol. 4 Sniper: Unknown Reload 10% faster with rifles
Vol. 5 Sniper: Controlled Breathing Zooming uses less stamina (15%)
Vol. 6 Sniper: Armor Piercing Ammunition Craft AP 7.62mm ammunition
Vol. 7 Sniper: Hollow Point Ammunition Craft HiPower 7.62mm ammunition
Final Ghost You can craft a ghillie suit. Bulk craft all 7.62mm ammo

Spear Hunter[ | ]


"Connect with your inner caveman and master the forgotten art of spear hunting."

Vol. 1 Spear Hunter: Damage You do 10% more damage
Vol. 2 Spear Hunter: Maintenance Spears degrade 20% slower
Vol. 3 Spear Hunter: Bleeding Damage Spears have a 25% chance to cause bleeding damage
Vol. 4 Spear Hunter: Kill Move Power attacks do more damage to downed targets (50%)
Vol. 5 Spear Hunter: Rapid Strike Increase attack speed by 10%
Vol. 6 Spear Hunter: Penetrating Shaft Penetrate multiple enemies
Vol. 7 Spear Hunter: Deadly Combo Hits scored in quick succession deal more damage (10% more damage per hit up to 30%)
Final Primal Kill Kills with spears refill your stamina

Urban Combat[ | ]


"Learn from the best tactical and military experts to become an Urban Killing machine."

Vol. 1 Urban Combat: Military Stealth Boots Craft military stealth boots
Vol. 2 Urban Combat: Cigars Craft cigars and look cool like a sexual tyrannosaurus
Vol. 3 Urban Combat: Sneaking Sneaking over trash makes no sound
Vol. 4 Urban Combat: Jumping Sneak landing make less sound and sneak jump height is not reduced
Vol. 5 Urban Combat: Land Mines Land mines won't detonate when stepped on
Vol. 6 Urban Combat: Armor Adrenaline Rush Armor doesn't slow you down when in combat
Vol. 7 Urban Combat: Room Clearing Take 5% less damage and deal 10% more damage when indoors
Final The Silencer Silencers have no damage penalty

Tech Junkie[ | ]


"Learn from MacDyver himself to build useful gadgets from common household junk!"

Vol. 1 Tech Junkie: Robotic Damage Robotic weapons do 10% more damage
Vol. 2 Tech Junkie: Maintenance Robotic weapons and stun batons degrade 20% slower
Vol. 3 Tech Junkie: AP Robotic Turret Ammo Craft AP robotic turret ammo
Vol. 4 Tech Junkie: Robotic Turret Shells Craft robotic turret shells
Vol. 5 Tech Junkie: Stun Repulsor Mod Craft Stun Repulsor mods
Vol. 6 Tech Junkie: Charged Strike Stun Baton Charging
Vol. 7 Tech Junkie: Hydraulics Increase the fire rate of robotic weapons (10%)
Final Robotic Ammo Bulk Crafting Bulk craft all robotic turret ammo

Wasteland Treasures[ | ]


"These are my hand written notes on all the tips I've learned since the bombs fell and the dead rose on how to survive. I hope they help you how they have helped me. Peace be with you friend."

Vol. 1 Wasteland Treasures: Honey Adds a small chance to harvest honey from trees
Vol. 2 Wasteland Treasures: Coffins Harvest coffins for bones, jewelry, and precious gems
Vol. 3 Wasteland Treasures: Acid Adds a chance to harvest acid from cars and medical equipment
Vol. 4 Wasteland Treasures: Water Purify pure mineral water, the tastiest water in the wasteland
Vol. 5 Wasteland Treasures: Door Knobs Harvest door knobs from most doors
Vol. 6 Wasteland Treasures: Weaving Learn to weave plant fibers into cloth
Vol. 7 Wasteland Treasures: Sinks Harvest more lead and brass from sinks
Final Military Fibers Harvest military fibers

Notes[ | ]

  • Reading a Volume also yields 50xp
  • (**) As of A18.3(b4) the description is not shown
  • (***) The Vol. names on this page should match the in game description (A18.3), the lootgroup names found in the xml files are not necessarily the same.