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For an overview of nail board models in various Fallout games, see nail board.

The Board of Education is a unique nail board in Fallout 3.


It is composed of a plank of wood with nails hammered through it like all other nail boards found throughout the Capital Wasteland. Although not a highly damaging weapon, it has a faster attack than the standard nail board, meaning it does more damage per second. Unlike common nail boards, the Board of Education actually has a chance to score a Critical Hit.


The Board of Education can successfully strike about 250 times from full condition before breaking.



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Nail board 8
Board of Education 12
Note: Melee damage is doubled in V.A.T.S.


Found in the clifftop shacks inside the abandoned shack east of the bridge, under the bed.

Behind the scenesEdit

The inscription "Board of Education" is a common pun found etched or burned into the paddles used for corporal punishment. The phrase itself is pun on Board of Education, a governing body that oversees various schools in an area, and the fact that corporal punishment was previously used in schools to discipline students.


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