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With the Pyromaniac perk, you do +50% damage with fire-based weapons, like the Flamer and Shishkebab.— In-game description

Pyromaniac is a perk in Fallout: New Vegas.

Effects

With the Pyromaniac perk, you do +50% damage with fire-based weapons, like the flamer and Shishkebab.

Affected weapons

Bugs

  • PCPC While fire-based, ammunition is not affected by the Pyromaniac perk.[verified]
  • PCPC Even though weapons like the Shishekebab are affected by the Pyromaniac perk, the additional burning damage is not boosted.[verified]
  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 While this perk requires an Explosives skill of 60 to be unlocked, the only explosive items affected by the perk are the incendiary grenade and the fire bomb. This was confirmed by Joshua Sawyer to be unintentional; the perk was meant to be dependent on the Energy Weapons skill, which governs most ranged fire-based weaponry.[1]
  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 This perk does not affect the cosmic knife super-heated, despite it being capable of setting enemies on fire.[verified]

References

  1. Question: "Hey Josh can you help settle a little debate.In FNV was the Pyromaniac perk meant to be governed by the Explosives skill and not EW or is this a small oversight." Joshua Sawyer: "It was meant to be governed by EW because that's where the Flamer was, skill-wise. Also, early in development we didn't have a way to display OR conditionals for perks in-engine. Pyromaniac could have benefited from an Explosives OR EW requirement."
    Joshua Sawyer on Formspring (Archive)
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