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The Ripper is a small, handheld, militarized chainsaw that saw extensive use in the armed conflicts before the Great War.Fallout 4 loading screens

The Ripper is a melee weapon in Fallout 4.


A short-bladed, chainsaw-like device that was used by the military before the Great War, most likely used both as a weapon and as a general-purpose cutting tool.


The Ripper is a chain-blade type weapon that has very high DPS. Unlike its implementation in previous Fallout games, it can execute a powerful slashing attack on command outside of V.A.T.S. thanks to the addition of a separate melee power attack button. It is affected by the same perks as all melee weapons.

A Ripper normally inflicts 7 hits per attack in V.A.T.S.; though each individual hit is weak, the attacks occur in quick succession, giving the weapon very high damage per second. When executing a V.A.T.S. critical attack, there is a special animation, striking opponents from a downward angle rather than stabbing them.

Weapon modifications

Slot Mod Description Weapon prefix Damage per hit change Weight change Weapon value change in caps Perk needed Components Form ID
Blade Standard Standard. Gears x4
Oil x3
Screw x3
Steel x8
Curved blade Chance to disarm. Better damage. Curved +4 +1.1 +15 Adhesive x6
Gears x5
Oil x4
Screw x5
Steel x10
Extended blade Targets bleed. Exceptional damage. Extended +5 +3 +25 Blacksmith 3 Adhesive x8
Aluminum x11
Gears x7
Oil x5
Screw x6




  • This Ripper is different in appearance to previous versions as it is militarized in design and colors, while previous versions have been more like tools.
  • Unlike models seen in previous Fallout games, the Fallout 4 Ripper's chain has absolutely no teeth. However, the concept art displays teeth on its chain.
  • Because legendary weapon effects are applied separately to each individual damage tick the Ripper inflicts, wounding variant and freezing variant are some of the most powerful weapons in the game. While the Bleed effect from a Wounding Ripper will stack rapidly, the cryo damage of a Freezing Ripper is affected by melee weapon perks, and at high ranks will actually out-damage Wounding variants by a wide margin.


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