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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.

Characteristics[edit | edit source]

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.

Durability[edit | edit source]

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

Variants[edit | edit source]

Comparison[edit | edit source]

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

Location[edit | edit source]

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

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

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.

Sounds[edit | edit source]

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Gallery[edit | edit source]

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