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Similar to Fountain of Dreams, of all games, Wasteland 3 allows you to gain mutations while driving through irradiated zones. These are assigned randomly, depending on the type of radioactive field you pass through and once acquired can only be removed by No-Glo.


There are distinct levels of radiation for the game, each rolling for doses every 1.5 seconds.

  • None (self-explanatory)
  • Minor (no radiation effect)
  • Low (deals 0.075 damage per dose, base chance to roll mutations/effects)
  • Medium (deals 0.2 damage per dose, double chance for mutations/effects)
  • High (deals 0.3 damage per dose, triple chance for mutations/effects)

When you roll for mutations, there are unequal odds. Negative effects have a 40 point weight each, while beneficial ones have just 9. There are three negative effects and nine positive mutations to gain, giving you a roughly 60% chance to gain a negative effect and a 40% chance to get a positive mutation (and a little over 10% to get a specific one).


Type Name Effects Description
General Irradiated You're glowing bright and feeling terrible.
Negative effects Nausea -1 AP You're feeling queasy and nauseous.
Shakes -10% Hit chance You can't hold your hands straight.
Weakness -15% CON You're feeling light-headed.
Positive mutations Animal Reflexes +5% Evasion Your reaction times are heightened significantly beyond human levels.
Chromatic Skin +1s Detection time You're just a tiny bit more chameleon.
Extra Elbow +25% Throwing range Takes being double-jointed to a whole other level.
Flesh Pocket +1 Quick Slots Gross, but surprisingly functional.
Hardened Skeleton +4 Armor Your bones have hardened and thickened.
Hyper-Intelligence +5% Experience bonus You're seeing possibilities you never knew existed.
Scale Skin +10% Status effect resistance Your skin has become dry and scaly, capable of sustaining great blows.
Third Eye +5% Critical chance Now you know what it means when they say someone's got eyes on the back of their head.
Webbed Toes +0.5 Combat Speed Who knew being a fish-person would have its upsides?

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