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The main component of this product is an anabolic androgen, an artificial steroid, the chemical composition of which resembles testosterone. Often used by stalkers during long raids to reduce muscle fatigue. Significantly increases weight-carrying capacity. The effects of the drug are long-lasting.

Ingame item description

Hercules is a type of recovery item appearing in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat.



Artificial steroids, similar in chemical composition to testosterone, used by stalkers to increase their carrying capacity temporarily. Has the most long lasting effect of all consumable items, as high as 5 minutes. If used with Stalker energy drink in combo, one can run without a need to rest with a very heavy load for quite some time. Useful to take cover from an Emission or for running away from powerful enemies while carrying a precious load. It is always a good idea to have a Hercules or two in the inventory, especially considering its minuscule weight. Five bottles of Hercules weigh as much as one bandage.

Background information[]

Hercules was the Roman name of the demigod hero Heracles in Greek Mythology. Amongst his various abilities one was his superhuman strength. Nowadays, Hercules is a symbol of very high physical strength, fitness and capabilities.


  • Hercules appears to be a type of Anabolic steroids, which increase protein synthesis within the cells to stimulate cellular tissue growth.
  • In one of the 100 survival tips in Call of Pripyat mistakenly call Hercules pills.
  • There is a bug in the Hercules where one can consume it without it being deleted from the inventory, essentially giving the player an infinite supply.