| ||For an overview of shovels in all games, see Shovel.|
A plain-looking, long-handled shovel with a worn blade caked in "dirt," the fertilizer shovel has one of the longest reaches of any melee weapon in the game, making it effective for fending off large groups of enemies. In addition, each hit inflicts 4 poison damage for 10 seconds, that stacks with each hit (due to the fertilizer smeared on the blade), so large amounts of damage can be applied quickly.
It can be repaired with other Shovels.
The fertilizer shovel can successfully strike about 533 times from full condition before breaking.
|- Weapon name (melee or unarmed)||- Attacks in V.A.T.S.|
|- Weapon name (gun, energy or explosive)||- Action point cost|
|- Damage per attack (damage per projectile)||- Damage per action point|
|- Damage per second||- Weapon spread|
|- Area of effect damage||- Magazine capacity (shots per reload)|
|- Effect damage & duration||- Durability (number of attacks before breaking)|
|- Bonus effects||- Weight|
|- Attacks per second||- Value in caps|
|- Critical chance % multiplier||- Value to weight ratio|
|- Critical damage||- Skill required|
|- Critical effect damage & duration||- Strength required|
|- With all mods attached|
- Note: Melee damage is doubled in V.A.T.S.
The fertilizer shovel can be obtained from the tribal, Croatoa (keeper of the punga fruits at Ark & Dove cathedral), with the Child at Heart perk, or by passing a speech check after asking about his 'secrets.' One may also kill him and retrieve it from his body, but this method is not recommended, unless both the quests, Walking with Spirits and Hearing Voices have already been completed.
When giving the Lone Wanderer the shovel, Croatoa will warn them not to cut themselves on it as "it will make you sick."