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This page is about the weapon that is featured in Fallout: New Vegas. For the version that features in Fallout 76, see Bowie knife (Fallout 76).
 
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The Bowie knife is a weapon in the Fallout: New Vegas add-on Lonesome Road.

CharacteristicsEdit

The Bowie knife has a large clip-point blade and a riveted brown handle. Small contact marks mar the edge, and streaks of what appears to be blood can be seen running across the sides of the blade and the hilt. The blade is stamped with the serial number 02280.

This weapon qualifies as an improved holdout weapon.

Special attackEdit

It has a special "Dirt-Nap" attack, which does 80% damage in V.A.T.S. at the cost of 8 fewer action points (requires a Melee skill of 50).

Icon attackIcon abilityIcon damageIcon actionIcon dap
Normal046202.3
Dirt-Nap5036.8123.07
Note: Melee weapons do double normal damage in V.A.T.S.

It is possible to execute "Dirt-Nap" outside of V.A.T.S. (without the required Melee skill of 50 to perform the move) by initiating a power attack (hold attack button) while moving forward.

DurabilityEdit

The Bowie knife can successfully strike about 495 times from full condition before breaking.

VariantsEdit

ComparisonEdit

Legend
Icon melee- Weapon name (melee or unarmed)Icon sequence- Attacks in V.A.T.S.
Icon gun- Weapon name (gun, energy or explosive)Icon action- Action point cost
Icon damage- Damage per attack (damage per projectile)Icon dap- Damage per action point
Icon dps- Damage per secondIcon spread- Weapon spread
Icon explosion- Area of effect damageAssault carbine extended magazines- Magazine capacity (shots per reload)
Icon effect- Effect damage & durationIcon repair- Durability (number of attacks before breaking)
Icon bonus effect- Bonus effectsIcon weight- Weight
Icon attack- Attacks per secondIcon merchant- Value in caps
Icon chance- Critical chance % multiplierIcon ratio- Value to weight ratio
Icon critical damage- Critical damageIcon ability- Skill required
Icon crit effect- Critical effect damage & durationIcon fist- Strength required
Icon plus- With all mods attached
Icon meleeIcon damageIcon dpsIcon attackIcon chanceIcon critical damageIcon actionIcon dapIcon repairIcon weightIcon merchantIcon ratioIcon abilityIcon fist
Bowie knife 23
79.63.46x1.535202.3495110001000753
Blood-Nap 30
110.83.69x1.545173.5495120002000504
Note: Melee damage is doubled in V.A.T.S.

LocationsEdit

NotesEdit

  • Like the teddy bear, the Bowie knife behaves erratically when picked up (when placing it on a table, etc.).
Icon cut contentThe following is based on Fallout: New Vegas cut content and has not been confirmed by canon sources.
  • The Bowie Knife's special VATS attack Dirt-Nap would have had more depth to it on release if it weren't for an oversight. In the GECK, there is an unused actor effect, NVDLC04BowieKnifeVATSAE, that if were correctly assigned, would've allowed the player to perform non-lethal, stealth takedowns in VATS, as long as they were sneaking and undetected. The stealth takedown would be limited to all non-robot creatures only, and a message box would appear every time it was used, displaying whether the attack was successful, a failure, or performed on a robot. If performed successfully, the enemy would be hit with 1000 points of Fatigue damage, knocking them out. Oddly, in the messages the Dirt-Nap attack is called the "Let's Dance" attack.
Icon cut contentEnd of information based on Fallout: New Vegas cut content.

Behind the scenesEdit

  • The Bowie knife is a knife popularized by Colonel James Bowie in the early 19th century.
  • Giving someone a "dirt-nap" (the knife's special V.A.T.S. attack) is common mobster slang for killing someone, similar to "sleeping with the fishes." The term "dirt-nap" is used many times by Set in the original Fallout.

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