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The throwing spear is a weapon in Fallout: New Vegas.


A primitive but effective weapon used by Caesar's Legion to take out opponents from a distance without having to rely on bullets. Simple to make, each spear consists of a six-foot-long wooden handle with a cloth grip and a sharp piece of jagged metal serving as the head.

The Courier carries the spears at the hip instead of on the back, and uses an overhand throwing technique. The spears are held in a neutral position and when used, they are tossed in the air and caught before being thrown overhand.

Spears appear to be slightly larger when viewed in third person.



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 secondBonus effectsAttacks per secondCritical Chance % multiplierCritical damageAction Point costDamage per action pointDurability (number of attacks before breaking)WeightValue in capsValue to weight ratioSkill requiredStrength required
Throwing spear 50
Throwing knife spear Dead Money42
20.2x2 limb Damage0.48x14228349950.652538.5251
Note: Melee damage is doubled in V.A.T.S.



  • Throwing spears, knives and hatchets are more effective when poisoned.
  • Throwing hatchets, spears and knives cannot be picked up and re-used once thrown.
  • Throwing spears are capable of decapitating an enemy.
  • Throwing spears can be used to repair pool cues, which in turn can be used with the Jury Rigging perk to cheaply repair many other melee weapons.
  • Throwing spears can take off limbs and pin them to walls in a similar fashion to the railway rifle from Fallout 3.
  • This weapon can be used for the Gun Runners' Arsenal challenges Armed For Bear and Even a God-King Can Bleed.
  • The throwing spear has very high item health relative to most other thrown melee weapons, and as such would degrade very slowly, even though you can only attack once with it and it becomes irretrievable once thrown.
  • When holstered, the throwing spears are placed at the hip, like grenades. In reality, this would be dangerous, as it could cut and/or stab the user's arm or head.


  • PCPC Xbox 360Xbox 360 Occasionally the spears will not stack in your inventory correctly, making it appear as though you have a small number even if you know you have more. The number will appear correctly when equipped, but when you more than your last visible one as it appears in your inventory, it will appear in your inventory as only one until the one is dropped. [verified]
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 The spears may also not stack in your weapons trunk or other container correctly either, showing the number of spears as one, and then changing to the actual number of spears owned when the player takes one out of the container it was stored in, very much like the glitch that can occur in the player's personal inventory. [verified]
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 Occasionally, a poisoned throwing spear is lootable off of a White Legs corpse. This spear cannot be stored and once dropped, cannot be picked back up.[verified]


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