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Zao's sword is a unique Chinese officer sword weapon in Fallout 4.


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These swords are made in the style of 7th century jian double-edged straight swords. Produced by the People's Liberation Army specifically for use by its officers and issued in the Sino-American War, many were captured and came to the American home front as souvenirs; some even found their way into fifth columnist hands. Since the Great War, these weapons have become an uncommonly used weapon by wastelanders and raiders alike.

This particular blade belonged to Zao, the captain of the Yangtze submarine.


Zao's sword has a medium swing speed and weighs 3 lbs. It is useful for dealing with melee enemies with heavier weapons and can be extremely effective when used by a high strength player character. The weapon can be modified with either a serrated blade (causing bleeding damage), an electrified blade (causing energy damage), or both.

Despite being a unique weapon, Zao's sword lacks any legendary modifier, making it identical to a normal Chinese officer sword in all regards. Because of this, it also does not have a star next to it in the Pip-Boy inventory like other unique weapons.

Weapon modificationsEdit

Slot Mod Description Icon damage Icon weight Icon merchant Perk needed Components Base ID
Upgrade No upgrade ????????
Serrated blade Targets bleed. Exceptional damage. +24
+25 Blacksmith 2 Adhesive x3
Fiberglass x4
Oil x3
Steel x7
Electrified blade Adds Electrical damage. +15 Icon electrical +50 Blacksmith 2
Science! 1
Adhesive x4
Aluminum x8
Circuitry x3
Rubber x3
Electrified serrated blade Adds Electrical damage. Targets bleed. Exceptional damage. +24
+15 Icon electrical
+75 Blacksmith 3
Science! 1
Adhesive x5
Aluminum x8
Circuitry x2
Fiberglass x3
Oil x4
Rubber x4


Earned as a reward from Here There Be Monsters if successful in 3 persuasion checks. Captain Zao will not give the Sole Survivor the sword if the persuasion checks at the beginning of the quest are not passed. It is not lootable from Zao's person.

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