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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.— In-game description

Paralyzing Palm is a perk in Fallout 3.


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.


  • 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."


  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 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]
  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 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]