Recompense of the Fallen is a unique weapon in Fallout: New Vegas.


Recompense of the Fallen is a unique dog tag fist. Cosmetically it appears identical to the standard variant but deals slightly more damage and swings slightly faster.

V.A.T.S. Special AttacksEdit

Icon attackIcon abilityIcon damageIcon actionIcon dapIcon effect
Stomp50100205Only on knocked down enemies
Cross7555202.752.5x damage to limbs
Note: Unarmed weapons do double normal damage in V.A.T.S.


Recompense of the Fallen can successfully strike about 745 times from full condition before breaking.



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 attackIcon chanceIcon critical damageIcon actionIcon dapIcon repairIcon weightIcon merchantIcon ratioIcon abilityIcon fist
Dog tag fist 20
Recompense of the Fallen 25
Note: Unarmed damage is doubled in V.A.T.S.


Cottonwood Cove - It can be found in the office of Aurelius of Phoenix, inside his desk on the second floor of the Cottonwood Cove HQ.


  • Both Recompense of the Fallen and the dog tag fist require a Strength of 1 and no Unarmed skill requirement.
  • Recompense of the Fallen cannot be used as a holdout weapon.


  • PCIcon pc Playstation 3Icon ps3 Xbox 360Icon xbox360 The item cannot be grabbed and moved around. [verified]
  • PCIcon pc Playstation 3Icon ps3 Xbox 360Icon xbox360 When wearing the Recompense of the Fallen and then going in to interrogate Silus during the quest Silus Treatment they are removed, but on exit and transfer of the Recompense of the Fallen to a companion your character still appears to be wearing Recompense of the Fallen, both when nothing is equipped and when you have other weapons equipped (e.g. Machete gladius or 12.7mm pistol). This glitch may occur with other hand-to-hand weapons such as the Golden Gloves. [verified]


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