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For an overview of sledgehammers in Fallout games, see sledgehammer.
For the perk in Fallout 76, see Tenderizer (perk).
For the weapon in Nuclear Winter, see Tenderizer.

The Tenderizer is a unique sledgehammer in Fallout 3.


Given its name, ability, and location (a mirelurk butchery), it is likely this weapon was originally used for literally tenderizing mirelurks.


The Tenderizer can successfully strike about 500 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
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.


It is located inside the Anchorage Memorial, in the utility room with the broken door. To find the door, enter the Memorial Service Entrance on the east side of the memorial. At the junction, turn left to find the second door on the right. The door can be fixed by finding the door component, but a Lockpick or Science skill of 50 is required to be able to open the safe in which the door component is stored in the top level of the building. One can look behind the Nuka-Cola dispenser to obtain the passcode for the computer in the same room, which will then unlock the safe. A Repair skill of 35 or higher is required to fix the door with the help of the component. Without the component, a Repair skill of 95 is required.


Icon cut contentThe following is based on Fallout 3 cut content and has not been confirmed by canon sources.

The Tenderizer was meant to have an effect that removed 5 damage resistance from the target on hit. However, the effect is not associated with the weapon, though it is still present in the game's resources and can be re-enabled via third-party modifications.

  • The effect does not have a duration, meaning it will never wear off until the target dies. Though not much of an issue against NPCs, this can be especially problematic if the effect is somehow inflicted on the player.
Icon cut contentEnd of information based on Fallout 3 cut content.
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