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Elijah obviously intended this to go to Veronica, but you earned it, right?
You've learned Elijah's secret Melee Weapon technique and your Critical Hits now do 150% more damage.
— In-game description

Elijah's Ramblings is a perk in the Fallout: New Vegas add-on Dead Money.


This perk allows all Critical Hits done with a melee weapon to do 50% more damage.


To obtain this perk, after completing the quest line in Dead Money, leave the Sierra Madre area. Upon reaching the Abandoned Brotherhood of Steel bunker, turn right into the side room. Use the terminal here and choose the Download Holomessage option. Head back to the Mojave Wasteland and find Veronica. Initiate dialogue, choose "Tell me about yourself.", then exhaust all the options relating to Father Elijah.

Now back out to her main dialogue menu and choose "I found Elijah." To get this perk, you must ask her to unlock the message for you, then refuse to give it to her.

Choosing to let her have it will instead give Veronica the Elijah's Last Words perk.


  • This perk actually grants a +50% critical damage bonus for melee weapons, i.e. critical damage is increased to 150%.
  • This perk works multiplicatively with other perks that modify critical damage, such as Better Criticals and Just Lucky I'm Alive.
  • This perk only works with melee weapons. Unarmed weapons are unaffected.
  • This perk works well to offset the critical damage decrease from the perk Heavy Handed.