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For an overview of power fist models, see power fist.

 
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The ballistic fist is a weapon in Fallout: New Vegas.

Characteristics[edit | edit source]

The ballistic fist is a top-tier Unarmed weapon. It consists of a wrist-mounted shotgun with a pressure plate worn over the knuckles. The impact of the plate triggers the firing mechanism when a punch connects with the target. It has the highest base damage of any Unarmed weapon in the game.

V.A.T.S. Special Attacks[edit | edit source]

Type of attackSkill requiredDamage per attack in V.A.T.S.Action point costDamage per action pointAdditional effects
Normal0160285.71
Stomp503202016Only on knocked down enemies
Uppercut50184209.2
Cross75176208.82.5x damage to limbs
Note: Unarmed weapons do double normal damage in V.A.T.S.

Durability[edit | edit source]

The ballistic fist can successfully strike about 395 times from full condition before breaking.

Variants[edit | edit source]

Comparison[edit | edit source]

Legend
Weapon name (current weapon is highlighted)- Weapon name (melee or unarmed)Attacks in V.A.T.S.- Attacks in V.A.T.S.
Weapon name (current weapon is highlighted)- Weapon name (gun, energy or explosive)Action point cost- Action point cost
Damage per attack (damage per projectile)- Damage per attack (damage per projectile)Damage per action point- Damage per action point
Damage per second- Damage per secondWeapon spread- Weapon spread
Area of effect damage- Area of effect damageMagazine capacity (shots per reload)- Magazine capacity (shots per reload)
Effect damage & duration- Effect damage & durationDurability (number of attacks before breaking)- Durability (number of attacks before breaking)
Bonus effects- Bonus effectsWeight- Weight
Attacks per second- Attacks per secondValue in caps- Value in caps
Critical chance % multiplier- Critical chance % multiplierValue to weight ratio- Value to weight ratio
Critical damage- Critical damageSkill required- Skill required
Critical effect damage & duration- Critical effect damage & durationStrength required- Strength required
With all mods attached- With all mods attached
Weapon name (current weapon is highlighted)Damage per attack (damage per projectile)Damage per secondBonus effectsAttacks per secondCritical Chance % multiplierCritical damageCritical effect damage and durationAction Point costDamage per action pointDurability (number of attacks before breaking)WeightValue in capsValue to weight ratioSkill requiredStrength required
Ballistic fist 80
87.31.09x180285.73956780013001009
Two-Step Goodbye Gun Runners' Arsenal70
76.41.09x410175Explosion2853956200003333.31009
Displacer glove 50
68.21.36x150283.649563500583.31004
Pushy 60
88.41.47x160284.3595642007001002
Zap glove 35
57.3+50Electromagnetic pulseRobots
+20Electromagnetic pulsePower armor
1.64x135282.549565200866.7754
Paladin Toaster 41
67.1+50Electromagnetic pulseRobots
+20Electromagnetic pulsePower armor
1.64x141282.9395668001133.3754
Note: Unarmed damage is doubled in V.A.T.S.

Locations[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • If the Ranger Takedown is used with this weapon, the target of the attack will take normal damage even though the pressure plate would not be touched. In the third person, the player character hits with their leg. In first-person, they use their palm, which would also be in the direct path of the shotgun.
  • When using the Khan Trick, the sand thrown with this move shares the same explosion animation with the successful ballistic fist strike, although the pressure plate is left untouched.
  • When using the Scribe Counter the explosion comes from the player character's left hand, even though the ballistic fist is worn on the right.
  • When the special attack Stomp is used in V.A.T.S., the explosion appears to originate from the player character's foot. This can cause a reaction in the gibbed NPC's body physics, such as flinging a corpse's limbs away in different directions due to the explosion.
  • Despite the nature of the weapon, it can be used to make silent sneak kills like other unarmed and melee weapons.
  • When using full armor suits, such as the T-51b power armor or Remnants power armor, the shotgun appears to be grafted or welded to the suit. This is unlike the displacer glove or Pushy, which appear to overlap. This is caused by the armor and the ballistic fist clipping into one another.
  • When punching any type of grate that would allow bullets to pass through it, the weapon may actually deal damage to NPCs on the other side (like cashiers in casinos).
  • This weapon is similar to the punch gun from Fallout Tactics.
  • At 9 Strength, this weapon has the highest Strength requirement of any Unarmed weapon.
  • This weapon can be used for the Gun Runners' Arsenal challenge Armed For Bear.

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

Despite firing shotgun shells upon a successful hit, the weapon does not drain 20 gauge or 12 gauge shells from the player character's inventory. This is the result of an engine limitation: melee and unarmed weapons cannot be assigned an ammo type, nor set to drain them. Obsidian encountered problems attempting to implement this feature and ultimately the weapons have invisible, infinite ammo supply.[1]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Did you ever intend for the Ballistic Fist in Fallout: New Vegas to use shotgun shells as ammo?"
    J.E. Sawyer: I intended for several of the Unarmed weapons to use ammo, but we encountered some problems with implementing it. I would have liked to continue with it because I think ammo use/reloading could have helped distinguish those weapons in more interesting ways."
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