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For an overview of power fist models in the Fallout series of games, see power fist.

The power fist is an unarmed weapon in Fallout 3.


Similar in construction to the "Big Frigger" power fist, this pneumatic-type power fist is a large metal glove with a piston and ram built in above the wearer's fist. The piston shoots the ram forward with every punch, allowing the fist to deal more damage than most unarmed weapons. Unlike the Big Frigger brand, this pneumatic-based power fist doesn't use energy cells to operate.


The power fist can successfully strike about 500 times from full condition before breaking.


  • Fisto! - A more powerful version of the power fist, it deals the most raw damage of any unarmed weapon.
  • The Shocker - While equal in strength to the normal power fist against organic foes, The Shocker deals an additional 25 damage to robots.
  • Sim version Gametitle-FO3 OA - A sim-only version of the weapon which differs only in health (essentially non-degrading).


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 meleeIcon damageIcon dpsIcon bonus effectIcon attackIcon chanceIcon critical damageIcon actionIcon dapIcon repairIcon weightIcon merchantIcon ratio
Power fist 20
Fisto! 25
The Shocker 20
21.8+25 Icon EMP vs robots1.09x120251.6400615025
Note: Unarmed damage is doubled in V.A.T.S.


The power fist can be found randomly throughout the Capital Wasteland and can be purchased from some merchants, but its location is fixed in the following locations:


  • If the player character targets an enemy in V.A.T.S. that is below their knees, the player character will not punch, but kick the enemy. (Although the sound of the power fist hitting the target is still present.)
  • On the side of the power fist are carved in kill counts, 33 in total.
  • If viewed in 3rd-person while equipped, there are two small exhaust jets coming from the back of the power fist, indicating an internal engine of some sort.


Power fist icon


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