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

Characteristics[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Type of attackSkill requiredDamage per attack in V.A.T.S.Action point costDamage per action pointAdditional effects
Normal040351.14
Stomp5080204Only on knocked down enemies
Uppercut5046202.3
Cross7544202.22.5x damage to limbs
Note: Unarmed weapons do double normal damage in V.A.T.S.

Durability[edit | edit source]

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

Crafting[edit | edit source]

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

Materials:Requirements:Produces:
Range
Repair: 30
Level
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.

Variants[edit | edit source]

Comparison[edit | edit source]

Legend
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
31.61.58x120351.149535016.701
Recompense of the Fallen 25
47.41.89x125351.4745325083.301
Note: Unarmed damage is doubled in V.A.T.S.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • The dog tag fist is notable for its total lack of requirements. It only requires a Strength of 1 and no Unarmed skill.
  • Each dog tag belonged to Sgt. James Merish, from the 452nd Battalion in Irvine, California. Apparently, he had an 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.
  • The dog tag fist may be a reference to the 2008 film Mutant Chronicles, in which one of the main characters uses his chain of dog tags as a weapon.
  • 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. This is useful if it is preferred over the Bear trap fist.
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