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Where there's a bear trap, ghost people aren't far behind.Dean Domino

The bear trap fist is a weapon in the Fallout: New Vegas add-on Dead Money.


The bear trap fist is an Unarmed weapon fashioned from bear traps by the ghost people. The jaws of the trap are folded back past the normal open position, exposing the pressure plate. When a punch connects, the pressure plate makes contact with the target causing the trap to snap shut. This weapon does bonus damage to an opponent's limbs.

V.A.T.S. Special Attacks

Type of attackSkill requiredDamage per attack in V.A.T.S.Action point costDamage per action pointAdditional effects
Stomp50108205.4Only on knocked down enemies
Cross7559.4202.972.5x damage to limbs
Note: Unarmed weapons do double normal damage in V.A.T.S.


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



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 secondAttacks per secondCritical Chance % multiplierCritical damageAction Point costDamage per action pointDurability (number of attacks before breaking)WeightValue in capsValue to weight ratioSkill requiredStrength required
Bear trap fist Dead Money27
Bear trap fist With all weapon mods attached Dead Money30
Note: Unarmed damage is doubled in V.A.T.S.


The bear trap fist can only be found in the Sierra Madre. The weapon is used primarily by the ghost trappers, and can be looted from their corpses.


  • The bonus limb damage caused by the bear trap fist proves very effective when fighting the ghost people of the Sierra Madre, who are instantly killed when their limbs are crippled.
  • The weapon appears somewhat smaller when equipped by ghost trappers.
  • It also differs in appearance from the bear trap placed as an actual trap on the ground, the weapon version being much smaller with more teeth.
  • Dog and God have a bear trap on their arm, but it's not a bear trap fist.


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