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The Van Graff laser rifle is a unique weapon in Fallout: New Vegas.


Main article: Laser rifle

The AER9 was actually not the top laser rifle in service at the time of the Great War. The model line went up to the state-of-the-art AER12, which saw service in a handful of specialty units. The reason that the AER9 is much more commonly found is that it was much sturdier and more reliable than the models that followed.[1] A new model, the AER14, was in development prior to the war, with at least one working prototype surviving in Vault 22.

The AER9 features a titanium housed crystal array which proved to withstand long years of exposure to the elements much better than the gold alloy housing of the later models. As a result, the crystal arrays stayed focused within operating parameters, rather than falling completely out of focus like the newer models.[1] Power is drawn from microfusion cells and processed through a wave/particle diverter manufactured by General Atomics International. The diverters are protected by a carbon-fiber housing, preventing frequent malfunction, but when a diverter fails the weapon becomes unusable.[2]


A unique variant of the AER9 laser rifle received from the Van Graffs. It is received in max condition. Overall, it has less damage, less item HP and less critical damage but requires less Energy Weapons skill (0 as opposed to 25).


The Van Graff laser rifle can fire a total of about 270 times using standard cells, the equivalent of 12 reloads, from full condition before breaking.

Ammunition typeDurability
Over charge1798
Max charge1055


  • Laser rifle - The common version of laser rifle in Fallout: New Vegas.
  • AER14 prototype - The unique version of the laser rifle in Fallout: New Vegas.


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 secondAttacks 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
Laser rifle 22
Laser rifle With all weapon mods attached 31.6
AER14 prototype 35
Van Graff laser rifle 15
Tri-beam laser rifle 66
Tri-beam laser rifle Gun Runners' Arsenal66
Tri-beam laser rifle With all weapon mods attached Gun Runners' Arsenal75


  • Given to the player character at the Silver Rush during the quest Birds of a Feather when given the choice between a plasma rifle or a laser rifle. Once the first part of quest is finished, the armor and gun are taken from the player character.
  • The only way to obtain this weapon is to let the Silver Rush explode during Birds of a Feather. When the quest fails, one will be able to drop the rifle whenever they want to as it will not be marked as a quest item.

Related quests


  • This item is marked as a quest item even after the quest involved with it is completed, and therefore if it is acquired through theft or the console, may only be removed from the Courier's inventory through console commands.
  • If the Courier chooses this weapon over its plasma counterpart, Simon will compliment them on their choice, explaining that he prefers laser weapons himself, but wields a plasma rifle because Gloria wants at least one guard with a plasma weapon at all times as a form of advertising.


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