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The dog tag fist is a weapon in Fallout: New Vegas.


The weapon is a makeshift pair of brass knuckles. It consists of several NCR military dogtags clenched between the fingers on each fist, with the chains wrapped around the knuckles, proximal to the palm.

V.A.T.S. special attacks

Type of attackSkill requiredDamage per attack in V.A.T.S.Action point costDamage per action pointAdditional effects
Stomp5080204Only on knocked down enemies
Cross7544202.22.5x damage to limbs
Note: Unarmed weapons do double normal damage in V.A.T.S.


The dog tag fist can successfully strike about 495 times from full condition before breaking.


This weapon must be crafted by the Courier. It cannot be found on enemies or in containers. The schematics to build this weapon are given by Private Halford after completing the unmarked quest Help for Halford in the Camp Guardian caves. They can also be found on his corpse.

Creation requirements

Repair: 30
Dog tag fist (1)

¹ Craftable without a workbench via a dialogue option with Veronica, or with ED-E once the add-on Lonesome Road is installed.



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
Dog tag fist 20
Recompense of the Fallen 25
Note: Unarmed damage is doubled in V.A.T.S.


  • The dog tag fist requires a Strength of 1 and no Unarmed skill.
  • Each dog tag belonged to Sgt. James Merish, from the 452nd Battalion in Irvine, California who had a O negative blood type.
  • Even though it requires twenty dog tags to create, the Courier only uses three of them for each hand, or six in total. Despite the tags having no weight when in the inventory, the dog tag fist weighs three pounds.
  • Dog tag fists cannot be manipulated/lifted to be placed on a shelf, etc, they can only be picked up or dropped.
  • Since NCR dog tags are a quest item, they won't be removed from the player character's inventory upon entering the Sierra Madre. Therefore it is possible to craft the dog tag fist there.