I keep finding them around the Wasteland, but have yet to find a purpose for them. Are they a red herring item, or do they have some use?

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Folders actually do have one function - they have a weight of 0 but can be sold for 1 cap each, so there's no drawback to picking them up other than the time spent doing so.


They have no known use. They can't even be scrapped for materials.

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Arguably they could be used for "decorating," or collected to see how many you find (and so on), but serve no in-game function - the same as burnt magazines, burnt books and some other miscellaneous items I can't think of off the top of my head.

  • @DangerZone I believe these are the items that have no scrap value.. I know for sure the burnt items are in that group. You can sell them for 0 caps, hehe.
    – James
    Dec 3, 2015 at 18:57
  • @DCShannon Can you show me a screen shot of this? I have not found any way of getting rid of those objects except selling them for nothing.. I can only pick them up and move them or store them (Maybe not the folder? I was focusing more on the burnt objects)
    – James
    Dec 3, 2015 at 19:38
  • @HopelessN00b That'll do it. +1 for research
    – DCShannon
    Dec 3, 2015 at 22:32
  • Burnt magazines sell for 1 cap each, burnt books are the ones with no value. Hubris comics has enough burnt comics to walk away with almost 200 caps just from them
    – Taegost
    Dec 7, 2015 at 13:56
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    Figured out where I was getting the idea you can break them down into plastic. You can break down Files into plastic and wood, which looks like a cardboard box full of folders.
    – DCShannon
    Dec 7, 2015 at 23:52

Because of their lack of use anywhere else, and their lack of weight as well, they are the perfect ammunition for the Junk Jet, alongside the Pre-war cash stacks

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    Isn't the Junk Jet limited to only shooting Junk? Folders are categorized as Misc.
    – Iszi
    Dec 17, 2015 at 17:26
  • I'll confirm when I get home and update my answer accordingly :)
    – Sin
    Dec 18, 2015 at 8:14

Straight from the fallout wiki:

"A plain, empty manila folder used for organizing papers. They weigh nothing and can be sold for a single cap, but otherwise have no practical purpose in-game.

There is no reason not to pick up Folders, they are equally as valuable as caps."


Contrary to belief of folders being useless, they can sell for 1 cap each which in my personal case has helped me a lot in collecting the caps needed for some items or even to build shops in settlements since these need caps to buid them

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    Thanks for answering, but this simply restates the information contained in a previous answer. You might want to consider adding some more information to differentiate your answer.
    – two bugs
    Apr 11, 2016 at 20:14

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