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The shovel is a weapon and a tool in Fallout: New Vegas.


A wood handled shovel, required for digging up graves. In combat it can be used against weaker enemies without wasting ammunition or the durability of stronger melee weapons.

Special attack

It has a special Grand Slam attack that does regular damage in V.A.T.S. at the cost of 8 more action points, but has a chance to knock down enemies (requires a Melee skill of 50).

Type of attackSkill requiredDamage per attack in V.A.T.S.Action point costDamage per action pointAdditional effects
Grand Slam5024360.67Knockdown
Note: Melee weapons do double normal damage in V.A.T.S.

It is possible to execute Grand Slam 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 shovel can successfully strike about 1495 times from full condition before breaking.


  • Outside of Goodsprings, next to the second water valve from the town near the Goodsprings source. It can be found during the in-game tutorial given by Sunny Smiles. This shovel is fully repaired, costs no caps and doesn't take the player outside of the starting area where they are prompted to rebuild the character or continue.
  • One can be found on the floor of greenhouse farthest south from the entrance of the NCR sharecropper farms.
  • One can be bought in poor condition from Chet in the Goodsprings General Store. Every time his inventory refreshes, he will have one shovel.
  • One can sometimes be bought from Johnson Nash in Primm.
  • Old World Blues (add-on) One can be found on the floor next to the coffins on level 2 of the X-8 research center.


  • Although the shovel uses the same in-game model as its Point Lookout counterpart, it lacks the higher resolution first-person textures used in the Point Lookout add-on.
  • The shovel does not need to be equipped to dig up graves. It only needs to be in the player character's inventory, thus doing this will not reduce the durability of the shovel.
  • This weapon can achieve a 100% critical hit chance (see critical chance).
  • With the Jury Rigging perk, shovels can be quite valuable as they can be purchased cheaply and used to repair some high priced weapons such as the super sledge.