It is a crafting item which can be found in various locations throughout the Capital Wasteland, most notably used as a necessary component for creating the deathclaw gauntlet. There are actually two items called "medical brace"; the first one is the one used for the deathclaw gauntlet, while the second one is a junk item found only in Raven Rock. They can be distinguished from each other by looking at their "value" number: if it is worth 10, then it is the real thing; if it is worth 1, then it cannot be used to create custom weapons.
Regardless, both kinds of "medical brace" can be loaded into the Rock-It Launcher and used as ammunition.
Fallout: New Vegas
In Fallout: New Vegas, these are used in the recipe "doctor's bag".
- Medical braces are a semi-common item and can be found in many places within the game, especially doctor's clinics.
- 1 Megaton, in Lucas Simms' house on a table. Must be stolen.
- 3 Vault 87, in the clinic.
- 2 Roosevelt Academy Arts and Athletics Hall, in an office with wall safe.
- 2 Lucky's (southwest of Tenpenny tower). Must be stolen.
- 2/3 Rivet City bow, Pinkerton's office.
- 2 Fort Independence, clinic.
- 2 Vault 112, clinic locker.
- 1 National Guard depot, in the armory, in one of the boxes.
- 1 Arlington Library, Children's wing, the room to the northwest.
- 1 Tenpenny Tower, basement.
- 1 Tenpenny Tower, from where you enter (you will need the key for this).
- 1 Super-Duper Mart, in the pharmacy.
- 1 Hamilton's Hideaway, in the northernmost room.
- 1 Springvale School, on your right when you enter the school.
- 1 National Archives, the second room in the basement.
- 1 Minefield, near the mattress where Arkansas snipes.
- 1 Minefield, Gibson house children's room.
- 1 Museum station. It is in the same room that has a hatch leading to Metro Central.
- The Our Lady of Hope Hospital contains an exceptionally large amount of medical braces.
Fallout: New Vegas
Like many items, the medical brace is much harder to find in Fallout: New Vegas.
- You can buy one in the New Vegas medical clinic.
- You can find one in Doc Mitchell's house on the shelf.
In Fallout: New Vegas, one is required for the side quest Restoring Hope.
Behind the scenes
The leg brace model used in the game is strikingly similar to the leg brace worn by Mad Max in The Road Warrior.