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Scrap metal is a miscellaneous item in Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas.


Scrap metal is a combination of generic waste metal, pieces of a metallic material or parts of any product that contains metal that is capable of being recycled from previous consumption. Piles of scrap metal can be turned into various non-player characters in exchange for rewards as part of unmarked quests.

In Fallout: New Vegas, it is also a useful alternative to a higher Repair skill to make repairs. Scrap metal is a necessary component in the crafting of the weapon repair kit. It can also be broken down into 200 units of lead, which is used in the crafting of ammunition at a reloading bench. However, lead is the easiest component of ammunition to get, as the primer, powder, and casings are all less commonplace.

All varieties of robots will usually have scrap metal in their inventory upon destruction, and scrap metal can be found commonly throughout the Capital Wasteland and Mojave Wasteland.

Fallout 3


  • In the add on The Pitt, there is an ammo press that can be used to melt scrap metal down into ammunition. The ammunition returned by the press is greater than the scrap metal input.
  • 67 pieces of scrap metal can be found throughout the Capital Wasteland in fixed locations without add-ons. It is usually either found in toolboxes or sold through specific random encounter merchants, such as Crazy Wolfgang.
  • Tinker Joe can have up to ten pieces for one bottle cap apiece. He can be found outside in the parking lot of the RobCo facility at certain times of the day.
  • 11 are also spread throughout the RobCo facility factory floor.
  • 20 on the shelves in the bunk area of Meresti Metro station.
  • 13 are found in the robot repair center.

Related quests

Fallout: New Vegas


Related quests


With the addition of the Honest Hearts add-on, player characters are given two options to craft scrap metal from commonly available items. Both recipes are available immediately upon installation of the add-on and can be accessed from any workbench so long as the player character has a Repair skill of 25 or above.

Name Skill Requirement Produced On Items Needed
Scrap metal (Cookery-to-Metal) Honest Hearts Repair:25 Workbench
Scrap metal (Meals-to-Metal) Honest Hearts Repair:25 Workbench
¹ The "Meals-to-Metal" recipe calls for the non-metallic variant of the butter knife, rather than the metal version.

Behind the scenes

Scrap metal was originally called "spare parts" and was designed to function just like alien epoxy (which was added to Fallout 3 with the Mothership Zeta add-on), but this idea was dropped during pre-production. Evidence of this still remains in the item's internal EditorID: "SpareParts." In The Outcast Collection Agent quest, the speech choice to give scrap metal to Casdin refers to them as "spare parts."

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