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The Medicine Stick is a unique weapon added with the Fallout: New Vegas add-on, Gun Runners' Arsenal.


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Medicine Stick expanded

The Medicine Stick is a variant of the brush gun. It can hold 8 rounds of .45-70 Gov't, has an item HP of 200, an obstructive rear sight, and is clean in appearance. It also features a unique stock with a symbol similar in appearance to a Native American medicine wheel attached to its side. The Medicine Stick inflicts 78 damage in good condition and has a DPS of 108, which can get higher when factoring in perks.

Due to the gun's tubular magazine, it is reloaded by hand one bullet at a time, allowing the player character to interrupt reloading mid-way. This allows the gun to be fired before reloading is complete.


The Medicine Stick can fire a total of about 995 standard rounds - the equivalent of 125 reloads - from full condition before breaking.

Ammunition typeDurability
Standard & HP995125



Icon melee- Weapon name (melee or unarmed)Icon sequence- Attacks in V.A.T.S.
Icon gun- Weapon name (gun, energy or explosive)Icon action- Action point cost
Icon damage- Damage per attack (damage per projectile)Icon dap- Damage per action point
Icon dps- Damage per secondIcon spread- Weapon spread
Icon explosion- Area of effect damageAssault carbine extended magazines- Magazine capacity (shots per reload)
Icon effect- Effect damage & durationIcon repair- Durability (number of attacks before breaking)
Icon bonus effect- Bonus effectsIcon weight- Weight
Icon attack- Attacks per secondIcon merchant- Value in caps
Icon chance- Critical chance % multiplierIcon ratio- Value to weight ratio
Icon critical damage- Critical damageIcon ability- Skill required
Icon crit effect- Critical effect damage & durationIcon fist- Strength required
Icon plus- With all mods attached
Icon gunIcon damageIcon dpsIcon attackIcon chanceIcon critical damageIcon actionIcon dapIcon spreadAssault carbine extended magazinesIcon repairIcon weightIcon merchantIcon ratioIcon abilityIcon fist
Brush gun 75
Brush gun Icon plus 75
Medicine Stick Gametitle-FNV GRA78



  • This weapon is the strongest .45-70 Gov't chambered weapon and is the second highest damage per shot ballistic rifle in the game behind the anti-materiel rifle.
  • The decorative feathers are rigid and do not follow gravity.

Behind the scenesEdit

  • Medicine sticks are also called "spirit sticks" by some Native American tribes. Spirit sticks are used for rituals relating to the spirit world, and are often decorated with beads and feathers from spirit animals (such as the eagle or the bear). The weapon's name implies that it can take away "bad spirits" and send them back to the spirit world.
  • Native American tribes during the 19th and early 20th century would frequently decorate Western guns they acquired with feathers, beads, and nails, similar to the Medicine Stick.
  • The .45-70 used in the Medicine Stick and brush gun was last used in quantity during the Spanish–American War, and was not completely purged from the American inventory until well into the 20th century. Many surplus rifles were given to reservation natives as subsistence hunting rifles and now carry traditional markings. Hence the native iconography of the Medicine Stick.


  • PCIcon pc Xbox 360Icon xbox360 When firing from long ranges, it appears that the sights aren't completely aligned, meaning you'll have to aim slightly to the left of an enemy for a direct hit. [verified]
  • PCIcon pc Playstation 3Icon ps3 Xbox 360Icon xbox360 Sometimes, the lever may remain downward after running while reloading. This is purely aesthetic, however; it will return to its original position when you stop moving or holster the weapon. [verified]
  • Playstation 3Icon ps3 Xbox 360Icon xbox360 While reloading in third-person view, you may not see the usual lever action after reloading. [verified]
  • Playstation 3Icon ps3 Xbox 360Icon xbox360 If you look at the opposite side of the stock when holstered, the feather will have disappeared. This is most evident when wearing heavy/medium armor such as power armor or NCR Ranger patrol armor. [verified]
  • Playstation 3Icon ps3 Xbox 360Icon xbox360 As with the regular brush gun, the Medicine Stick may glitch in V.A.T.S. mode, causing the cocking handle to become stuck in the downward position. The player will not fire any rounds, and will stay in the glitched state until killed. This may require a reload of a previous save. [verified]
  • PCIcon pc Xbox 360Icon xbox360 The reload animation of lever action weapons doesn't have a corresponding jam animation, so the weapon will not jam, even at near-breaking conditions. [verified]
  • PCIcon pc Xbox 360Icon xbox360 Like all round by round reloading weapons in the game, if the player switches ammo types quick enough, the animation to load a single round is played but the magazine will be fully reloaded. [verified]




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