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

A sledgehammer is a melee weapon in Fallout 3.


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.


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


  • 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.


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
Icon meleeIcon damageIcon dpsIcon attackIcon chanceIcon critical damageIcon actionIcon dapIcon repairIcon weightIcon merchantIcon ratio
Sledgehammer 20
The Tenderizer 30
Note: Melee damage is doubled in V.A.T.S.



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

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