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For an overview of shotguns in the Fallout series of games, see shotgun.
For the similarly named weapon in Fallout Shelter, see Kneecapper.
That's it... you're dead meat! Say hello to the Kneecapper!Ronald Laren

The Kneecapper is a unique sawed-off shotgun in Fallout 3.


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A shotgun, also called a "scattergun," is a firearm designed to shoot a multitude of lead or steel balls of varying sizes, greatly increasing the weapon's hit potential. This makes it very effective at hunting game. However, the accuracy and power found at close range starts to diminish as the target gets farther away. Shotguns designed for the military's use are often called "combat shotguns."


The Kneecapper deals much more damage and is significantly more accurate than the regular sawed-off. The Kneecapper deals damage through raw power alone, since it does not deal any critical hit damage.


The Kneecapper can fire a total of about 111 shots, the equivalent of 56 reloads, from full condition before breaking. This is 56 fewer shots than the common sawed off shotgun.



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 gunIcon damageIcon dpsIcon attackIcon chanceIcon critical damageIcon actionIcon dapIcon spreadAssault carbine extended magazinesIcon repairIcon weightIcon merchantIcon ratio
Sawed-off shotgun 50
The Kneecapper 75
Double-barrel shotgun 85



  • It is possible to obtain two Kneecappers. The first by pickpocketing it from Ronald Laren while he is in Girdershade. The second by collecting another from his corpse if he is sent to the Nuka-Cola plant using dialogue from the Black Widow perk.
  • If Ronald learns of Sierra's death, he will refer to the Kneecapper by name as he attacks the Lone Wanderer.

Behind the scenesEdit

The Kneecapper takes its name from the act of "kneecapping" someone, which is shooting them in the kneecaps to cripple their legs.


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