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This pre-War chem was created by Med-Tek. They were designed to increase memory related functions and speed up other mental processes. These chalky red pills were a popular party drug once favored for the boost it gave to creativity - turn on, tune in, drop out.
After the war, the Professor allegedly developed an easy method to mass-produce Mentats, likely owing to its ubiquitous nature across the country, even years after the war had already ended.
Mentats were sold in both cardboard and tin packaging, the latter a bit more likely to survive the nuclear holocaust. They are, of course, highly addictive, with regular Mentats at a 5% chance of addiction, and Party Time Mentats at a whopping 15% addiction chance.
These Mentats do not increase Intelligence and Perception, instead, they increase Charisma only.
Notably, Berry Mentats do not have the Perception bonus that normal Mentats bring, only increasing Intelligence and in Fallout 4 provides enemy highlighting.
Notably, Orange Mentats do not have the Intelligence bonus that normal Mentats bring, as they only increase Perception.
Party Time MentatsEdit
Behind the scenesEdit
The name Mentats is a reference to Frank Herbert's Dune, where, in the wake of humanity rejecting artificially intelligent computers and robots, Mentats are humans trained for computer-like mathematical and logical computations. Also of note is that the pills are colored red. Red-stained lips are a distinguishing characteristic of a Dune Mentat.