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For an overview of the Shishkebab, see Shishkebab.

The Shishkebab is a weapon in Fallout: New Vegas.


The Shishkebab is a flaming melee weapon which sets the target on fire upon impact. Although it appears to run on fuel from the tank on the player's back, it actually uses no fuel at all. Even though its blade is wreathed in fire, poisons can still be applied to the blade of the Shishkebab. The damage over time from the applied poison stacks with the immolation damage.

If a character has the Pyromaniac perk and a poison-coated Shishkebab, it becomes one of the most damaging melee weapons in the game.

Special attackEdit

It has a special Back Slash attack that does 70% damage in V.A.T.S. at the cost of 6 fewer action points (requires a Melee skill of 50).

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Note: Melee weapons do double normal damage in V.A.T.S.

It is possible to execute Back Slash outside of V.A.T.S. (without the required Melee skill of 50 to perform the move) by initiating a power attack (hold attack button) while moving forward.


The shishkebab can successfully strike about 2495 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
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Note: Melee damage is doubled in V.A.T.S.



  • When the Shishkebab is equipped, an oven mitt appears on the right hand of the player and their companions, as protection from the heat.
  • As it is constantly on fire, the Shishkebab will set off gas leaks if the player walks through one with the sword drawn. The same applies if a companion has it equipped.
  • Though all the components exist in-game, it cannot be crafted like it could in Fallout 3. The same applies to all other crafted weapons from Fallout 3, with the exception of the bottlecap mine.

Behind the scenesEdit

  • Shish kebabs are a traditional Turkish dish consisting of meat threaded on a skewer and grilled.
  • As seen in the gallery down below, the Shishkebab was meant to have a hose connected to its motorcycle engine. However, this was never programmed into the graphics engine in the final cut of the game. This would also carry over into Fallout: New Vegas.


  • Xbox 360Icon xbox360 Sometimes, when enemies hold it, it is invisible.[verified]
  • PCIcon pc Playstation 3Icon ps3 Xbox 360Icon xbox360 Sometimes, if you give a companion a shishkebab, your companion might only use the mitt and not the shishkebab. [verified]


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