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 attacksEdit

Icon attackIcon abilityIcon damageIcon actionIcon dapIcon effect
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

Icon range
Repair: 30
Icon 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.



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


  • 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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