Bear trap fist

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For an overview of all gauntlets in the Fallout series of games, see Gauntlets.
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Where there's a bear trap, ghost people aren't far behind.

Dean Domino

The bear trap fist is a weapon in the Fallout: New Vegas add-on Dead Money.


The bear trap fist is an Unarmed weapon fashioned from bear traps by the ghost people. The jaws of the trap are folded back past the normal open position, exposing the pressure plate. When a punch connects, the pressure plate makes contact with the target causing the trap to snap shut. This weapon does bonus damage to an opponent's limbs.

V.A.T.S. Special AttacksEdit

Type of attackIcon attackSkill requiredIcon abilityDamage per attack in V.A.T.S.Icon damageAction point costIcon actionDamage per action pointIcon dapAdditional effectsIcon effect
Stomp50108205.4Only on knocked down enemies
Cross7559.4202.972.5x damage to limbs
Note: Unarmed weapons do double normal damage in V.A.T.S.


The bear trap fist can successfully strike about 395 times from full condition before breaking.



Weapon name (current weapon is highlighted)Icon meleeDamage per attack (damage per projectile)Icon damageDamage per secondIcon dpsAttacks per secondIcon attackCritical Chance % multiplierIcon chanceCritical damageIcon critical damageAction Point costIcon actionDamage per action pointIcon dapDurability (number of attacks before breaking)Icon repairWeightIcon weightValue in capsIcon merchantValue to weight ratioIcon ratioSkill requiredIcon abilityStrength requiredIcon fist
Bear trap fist fnvdmGametitle-FNV DM27
Bear trap fist With all weapon mods attachedIcon plus fnvdmGametitle-FNV DM30
Note: Unarmed damage is doubled in V.A.T.S.


The bear trap fist can only be found in the Sierra Madre. The weapon is used primarily by the ghost trappers, and can be looted from their corpses.


  • It is unknown how the trap reopens after punching.
  • The bonus limb damage caused by the bear trap fist proves very effective when fighting the ghost people of the Sierra Madre, who are instantly killed when their limbs are crippled.
  • The weapon appears somewhat smaller when equipped by ghost trappers.
  • It also differs in appearance from the bear trap placed as an actual trap on the ground, the weapon version being much smaller with more teeth.
  • Dog has a bear trap on his arm, but it's not a bear trap fist.


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