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The Embrace of the Mantis King!In-game spelling, punctuation and/or grammar is a unique weapon added with the Fallout: New Vegas add-on Gun Runners' Arsenal.


Like the standard mantis gauntlet, the weapon consists of the severed foreleg of a giant mantis affixed to the wearer's arm. Unlike the smooth surface of the standard variant's foreleg attachment, Embrace of the Mantis King! has spines along the forearm guard, and the claw itself has a scaly serrated edge.

Compared to the standard variant, Embrace of the Mantis King! has significantly greater reach, higher durability, and a higher caps value as well as deals more damage per strike and significantly higher critical hit damage at the same 3x critical chance multiplier, but at the cost of a slower attack speed coupled with a higher weight due to the extra size and a slightly higher AP cost. It requires the same 75 Unarmed skill level and 4 Strength attribute level to use effectively.

V.A.T.S. Special Attacks[]

Type of attack- Type of attackSkill required- Skill required
Damage per attack in V.A.T.S.- Damage per attack in V.A.T.S.Action point cost- Action point cost
Damage per action point- Damage per action pointAdditional effects- Additional effects
Type of attackSkill requiredDamage per attack in V.A.T.S.Action point costDamage per action pointAdditional effects
Stomp50168208.4Only on knocked down enemies
Cross7592.4204.622.5x damage to limbs
Note: Unarmed weapons do double normal damage in V.A.T.S.


The Embrace of the Mantis King! can successfully strike about 395 times from full condition before breaking.



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
Mantis gauntlet 30
Embrace of the Mantis King! Gun Runners' Arsenal42
Note: Unarmed damage is doubled in V.A.T.S.


Behind the scenes[]

Joshua Sawyer stated that the weapon's name did not come from any one specific inspiration, but rather that the goal was a "50s sci-fi thing" because Old World Blues was finishing development, or close to release during its creation.[Non-game 1]


  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 If a different weapon is equipped via hotkeys while this weapon is in hand (in fighting stance), then Embrace the Mantis King! will still be shown as "equipped." This happens randomly.[verified]
  • Playstation 3Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 The icon for Embrace of the Mantis King! in the hotkeys incorrectly shows the melee weapon icon.[verified]




  1. Question: "Did the weapon's name "Embrace of the Mantis King!" derive from any sort of inspiration? Perhaps a 50's sci-fi giant insect movie?"
    Joshua Sawyer: "Not from anything specific, but yeah I was going for a 50s sci-fi thing. Maybe it's because OWB was wrapping up/coming out at the time."
    (Josh Sawyer Formspring answers)