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Scrap metal is a miscellaneous item in 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 in to various non-player characters in exchange for rewards as part of unmarked quests.

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 Mojave Wasteland.


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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.