For an overview of small energy cell ammunition types, see energy cell.

 
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The energy cell is a type of ammunition in Fallout: New Vegas.

Characteristics

Energy cells are small, self-contained energy storage units often associated with one-handed energy weapons and act essentially as a very powerful battery or capacitor. They are the standard ammunition used by the majority of pistol-sized energy weapons, and as such are widely available across the Mojave Wasteland.

Production

Recycling

Main article: Workbench

After firing, there is a chance that spent energy cells will turn into drained small energy cells. These are automatically placed in the player character's inventory. Drained energy cells can then be recycled back into usable ammunition at a workbench.

Materials:Requirements:Produces:
Range
Level
Energy cell (1)
Materials:Requirements:Produces:
Range
Science: 35 (actually requires 70)¹
Level
Energy cell (1)

With the Honest Hearts add-on, drained energy cells can also be recharged using a fission battery.

Materials:Requirements:Produces:
Range
Level
Energy cell (25)

¹ Due to the Vigilant Recycler perk having Science 70 as a prerequisite, efficient recycling can not be made at the skill level set.

Conversion

Conversion (type)

Energy cells can be converted into, and from, other energy weapon ammunition types (i.e. electron charge packs and microfusion cells) at a workbench, with the appropriate Science skill.

Materials:Requirements:Produces:
Range
Level
Energy cell (1)
Materials:Requirements:Produces:
Range
Level
Energy cell (3)
Conversion (variant)

The player character can also combine partially charged cells together to make more powerful variants that improve damage and bypass more enemy DT but will burn out the weapon's components faster.

Materials:Requirements:Produces:
Energy cell (3)
Range
Level
Energy cell over charge (2)
Materials:Requirements:Produces:
Energy cell (5)
Range
Level
Energy cell max charge (2)
Materials:Requirements:Produces:
Energy cell (3)
Range
Science: 40 (actually requires 70)¹
Level
Energy cell optimized (GRA) (2)

¹ Due to the Vigilant Recycler perk having Science 70 as a prerequisite, none of the optimized recipes can be made at the skill level set.

Weapons using this ammunition

Variants

Energy cell, bulk

Bulk energy cells are less potent than the standard version but are cheaper to purchase. The reduced charge results in only 85% of normal weapon damage and no Damage Threshold negation (standard energy cells negate 2 points), but also reduces the strain on the weapon as well, reducing weapon degradation rate to 85% of normal. The bulk design also means a significantly reduced chance of recovering a drained energy cell (only 20% compared to the standard 35%).

Energy cell, over charge

This ammunition is more powerful than standard energy cells. It increases the damage output of weapons by 25% and has a -5 Damage Threshold effect on enemies (standard energy cells give -2 to DT), but degrades weapons 50% faster than normal and only has a 25% chance to recover a drained energy cell (the normal recovery rate is 35%).

Energy cell, max charge

This is the most powerful of the energy cell variants. Max charge energy cells increase weapon damage output to 1.5 times normal and have an armor-piercing effect of -10 Damage Threshold, but causes weapons to degrade at 2.5 times the normal rate and drained energy cells can only be recovered 10% of the time.

Energy cell, optimized

Added in the Gun Runners' Arsenal add-on, the optimized energy cell causes 30% more damage, has an armor-piercing effect of -5 Damage Threshold and weighs only 60% of the weight of all other energy cells in Hardcore mode. A drained energy cell can be recovered at a higher rate than even standard ammunition (40%, up 5% from standard). The only drawback is a 10% increase in weapon degradation. It requires Vigilant Recycler and can only be crafted at a workbench. This type of energy cell is superior in all properties compared to overcharged energy cells.

Comparison

Ammunition type Damage modifier Damage Threshold modifier Condition penalty Spread modifier Bonus effect Craftable Percentage chance of empty casing
Energy cell, standardx 1- 2x 1x 1Yes35% chance
Energy cell, bulkx 0.85x 1x 0.85x 1No20% chance
Energy cell, over chargex 1.25- 5x 1.5x 1Yes25% chance
Energy cell, optimized Gun Runners' Arsenalx 1.3- 5x 1.1x 160% of standard weightYes40% chance
Energy cell, max chargex 1.5- 10x 2.5x 1Yes10% chance

Locations

  • Hidden Valley bunker - If the Courier gains Accepted status or higher with the Brotherhood of Steel, they will be approached by a BoS initiate telling them that they have placed recycled ammunition in a box at the bottom of the entrance stairs to the L1 area. The box will be replenished randomly with energy cells, microfusion cells, and electron charge packs, providing a continuous supply of energy weapons ammunition.
  • When killed, Mister Gutsies and Protectrons will have small amounts on them.
  • Extremely large numbers can be found in one of the boxes that appears during Caesar's Favor and Caesar's Hire (sometimes over 1800 can be found). The box that holds the cells only appears once reaching Idolized reputation with Caesar's Legion.
  • Old World Blues (add-on) Muggy can provide 50 a day once given the "Parts Production" upgrade.
  • Old World Blues (add-on) Once the sonic emitter has been upgraded, Doctor 8 will give 100 regular, overcharged and max charged energy cells.
  • Old World Blues (add-on) 200 cells are in the underwater section of the magnetohydraulics complex.
  • Lonesome Road (add-on) Both ED-Es, with the Camarader-E upgrade, can provide a small amount of energy cells a day, along with microfusion cells and flamer fuel.

Notes

Despite their name, energy cells are abbreviated as "SEC" (small energy cell) at workbenches. Additionally, the drained cell sometimes left behind and the bulk ammunition box also adopts this trait, being called small "drained energy cell" and "ammo box, small energy cell, bulk" respectively.

Behind the scenes

Displacer gloves and zap gloves have a visible energy cell inserted into the back of the gauntlet which presumably are the weapons' power sources, though no energy cells are required or consumed when using the weapons. This was intended to be a requirement but wasn't supported by the game's engine and wasn't implemented in time for release.

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