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For an overview of tire irons that appear in the Fallout series of games, see Tire iron.

The tire iron is a weapon in Fallout 3.


This common weapon, often used by raiders, isn't very strong compared to other Melee Weapons such as sledgehammers. Although not a highly damaging weapon, it has a rapid attack, so many blows can be landed quickly. It is repaired with other tire irons, and can be bought at several shops throughout the wasteland.


The tire iron can successfully strike about 667 times from full condition before breaking.


Highwayman's Friend - Unique tire iron found in Canterbury Commons. Slightly more powerful than the regular tire iron, the Highwayman's Friend is also more than twice as durable. However, it weighs two pounds more than its non-unique cousin.


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
Tire iron 6
Highwayman's Friend 10
Note: Melee damage is doubled in V.A.T.S.



The tire iron seems to be a weaker lead pipe with a different model as they share the same sounds, swing style and speed.