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The time bomb is a weapon in Fallout: New Vegas.


The time bomb is an improvised explosive weapon. Unlike a land mine, once activated it cannot be disarmed, and will automatically detonate after 15 seconds. It is a placed explosive, and cannot be used in V.A.T.S. While most other placed explosives are flat, the time bomb is rounded, and thus it is capable of rolling down inclines and bouncing off objects instead of remaining in place once set. This weapon can be used to earn the Gun Runners' Arsenal challenge, Crackerjack Timing.


This weapon can be crafted by the player character.

Creation requirements

Time bomb (1)

¹ Craftable without a workbench via a dialogue option with Veronica, or with ED-E once the add-on Lonesome Road is installed.



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 secondArea of effect damageAttacks per secondCritical Chance % multiplierCritical damageAction Point costDamage per action pointWeapon spreadMagazine capacity (shots per reload)Durability (number of attacks before breaking)WeightValue in capsValue to weight ratioSkill requiredStrength required
Time bomb 1
Time bomb, high yield (Mad Bomber) Gun Runners' Arsenal1



  • Despite containing five sticks of dynamite, the time bomb only does twice the damage of a single stick.
  • Reverse-pickpocketing a live time bomb will cause it to detonate much faster than normal.
  • The dynamite is labeled Inert, which means it is stable and can only be detonated with a blasting cap or similar device, despite being able to explode if shot.
  • The time bomb can be picked up and moved around once placed, unlike most other placed explosives.
  • The time bomb depicted on the Collector's Edition playing card is of a different design than the one in-game, having a clock rather than an egg timer, black bands rather than grey bands, an additional black pressure gauge, and thin yellow wires rather than large black wires.
  • Despite technically consisting of dynamite, the time bomb, along with its high yield variant, are not affected by the Cowboy perk.


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