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For an overview of combat knifes in all games, see combat knife.

The combat knife is a weapon in Fallout: New Vegas.


A large knife designed for both combat and survival purposes. It has a long, clip-point blade with serrations along the back intended for cutting rope and small branches.

This weapon qualifies as an improved holdout weapon.

Special attackEdit

It has a special Back Slash attack, which does 70% damage in V.A.T.S. at the cost of 3 fewer action points (requires a Melee skill of 50).

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Note: Melee weapons do double normal damage in V.A.T.S.

It is possible to execute Back Slash 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.


The combat knife can successfully strike about 445 times from full condition before breaking.


  • Chance's knife - A much more powerful variant located in Chance's grave.
  • Assassin - The Caesar's Legion assassin sent to kill President Kimball carries a special version which is "non-playable". This prevents the weapon from normally being shown in inventory, e.g. when pickpocketing the assassin. The weapon is otherwise identical to the standard combat knife.
  • Cass - Rose of Sharon Cassidy carries a special "non-playable" version of the weapon, also otherwise identical to the standard version.


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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
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Chance's knife 22
Note: Melee damage is doubled in V.A.T.S.


  • Combat knives are incredibly common across the Mojave. They are often randomly spawned in containers and bins, or can be found in almost all weapon stores.
  • They can be found on some of the Omertas in the Gomorrah Casino.
  • One in good condition can be found stuck in a blackjack table in the Vikki and Vance Casino. Go into the main room, take a right, into the small room, and it should be stabbed in the table (must be stolen).
  • There's one on a table in the headquarters building in Cottonwood Cove.
  • Captain Curtis at Camp McCarran has one in full condition during the quest I Put a Spell on You.
  • Orris has one if you kill him in G.I. Blues.
  • At Camp Golf, in the House Resort, in the barracks in a shelf next to the mess hall. It can be taken without Karma penalty.
  • One can be found inside Gomorrah in a "very hard" locked room, on a table beside a prostitute corpse.
  • One can be found in very poor condition on top of a table within Boone's hotel room in Novac.
  • A total of 10 can be obtained in Camp Searchlight, on the corpses of ghoul NCR troopers associated with the quest We Will All Go Together.
  • Sometimes used by the Fiends.
  • One can be found in the second floor of a ruined building in Boulder City beside a couple of skeletons. You will also find a service rifle and a Ranger hat in this building, each in very low condition.
  • Gametitle-FNV HH One can be located next to a toolbox, first aid box, and a skeleton. All of which is found inside a boat, underwater, at the Virgin River in Zion Canyon. The combat knife is in near perfect condition.
  • One can be found in the abandoned Brotherhood of Steel bunker, it is in the same room where a Dean's Electronics skill book is located.
  • Mojave Outpost - Sgt. Kilborn carries one.
  • During the quest Eureka!, two NCR rangers armed with combat knives will attempt to kill Legate Lanius at his camp.


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