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For an overview of sledgehammers in Fallout games, see sledgehammer.


A sledgehammer is a melee weapon in Fallout 3.

Characteristics[edit | edit source]

A sledgehammer is used in heavier working conditions, such as industrial areas or for breaking ground.

This is a powerful weapon for low to mid-level players, however it has a relatively high weight. It has great reach, but slow swinging speed. It can be found at some metro stations, and, understandably, industrial sites such as The Pitt.

Durability[edit | edit source]

The sledgehammer can successfully strike about 500 times from full condition before breaking.

Variants[edit | edit source]

  • The Tenderizer - A more powerful version of the sledgehammer.
  • Fawkes' sledgehammer - A unique, non-playable version used by Fawkes with a marginally higher attack speed.

Comparison[edit | edit source]

Weapon name (current weapon is highlighted)- Weapon name (melee or unarmed)Attacks in V.A.T.S.- Attacks in V.A.T.S.
Weapon name (current weapon is highlighted)- Weapon name (gun, energy or explosive)Action point cost- Action point cost
Damage per attack (damage per projectile)- Damage per attack (damage per projectile)Damage per action point- Damage per action point
Damage per second- Damage per secondWeapon spread- Weapon spread
Area of effect damage- Area of effect damageMagazine capacity (shots per reload)- Magazine capacity (shots per reload)
Effect damage & duration- Effect damage & durationDurability (number of attacks before breaking)- Durability (number of attacks before breaking)
Bonus effects- Bonus effectsWeight- Weight
Attacks per second- Attacks per secondValue in caps- Value in caps
Critical chance % multiplier- Critical chance % multiplierValue to weight ratio- Value to weight ratio
Critical damage- Critical damageSkill required- Skill required
Critical effect damage & duration- Critical effect damage & durationStrength required- Strength required
With all mods attached- With all mods attached
Weapon name (current weapon is highlighted)Damage per attack (damage per projectile)Damage per secondAttacks per secondCritical Chance % multiplierCritical damageAction Point costDamage per action pointDurability (number of attacks before breaking)WeightValue in capsValue to weight ratio
Sledgehammer 20
The Tenderizer 30
Note: Melee damage is doubled in V.A.T.S.

Locations[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

Despite their weight, sledgehammers will float if you drop them in water.

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