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With Paralyzing Palm, you will sometimes perform a special V.A.T.S. palm strike that paralyzes your opponent for 30 seconds. Note that in order to perform the Paralyzing Palm, you must be completely unarmed.Fallout 3 description

Paralyzing Palm is a perk in Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas, and Fallout: The Roleplaying Game.

Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas

With Paralyzing Palm, you have a 30% chance to paralyze your target for 30 seconds with an Unarmed V.A.T.S. attack. This does not interrupt the V.A.T.S. sequence, cost any additional AP, or change damage compared to the original attack.

In Fallout: New Vegas, this perk essentially allows a character to do a more powerful version of the Ranger Takedown inside V.A.T.S., as Ranger Takedown can only be done outside of V.A.T.S.

Notes

  • Paralyzing Palm has a unique animation when the player is actually unarmed: The "striking" hand is an open palm with curled fingers while the other hand is held open.
  • The Status screen that tracks the number of Paralyzing Palms performed calls them "Paralyzing Punches."

Bugs

  • Icon pc.png Icon ps3.png Icon xbox360.png Attacking a paralyzed enemy with an Unarmed weapon can be difficult at times. The hitbox that determines where the target can be attacked for damage can sometimes disappear altogether. Attacking such a bugged creature will result in specks of dust coming off it with a dull thud sound, as if the player were attacking a wall. [verified]
  • Icon pc.png Icon ps3.png Icon xbox360.png If an enemy is paralyzed, and then shot with a Gauss rifle using a second V.A.T.S. attack, there is a chance the enemy will fly off into the distance from the knock back of the Gauss rifle. [verified]
  • Icon ps3.png It seems to be impossible to paralyze ED-E using paralyzing punches, as they'll never trigger when attacking him.[verified]

Fallout: The Roleplaying Game

When in combat, attacking an enemy performing the aim action to hit a specific body part adds the stun effect. The attack must be done with a weapon using the unarmed skill.

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