Built to Destroy

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Built to Destroy
Fallout: New Vegas
benefits+3% Critical Chance
penalties+15% weapon wear
base id00137b02

The flamer that burns twice as bright burns half as long. All weapons have +3% chance to Critical Hit, but equipment condition decays 15% faster.

— In-game description.

Built to Destroy is a trait which only appears in Fallout: New Vegas.


All weapons have an increased chance to cause a Critical Hit, but at the cost of higher maintenance.


  • The weapon depicted in the Vault Boy icon is the light machine gun.
  • This trait has no apparent downsides for players who utilize only thrown weapons (such as throwing spears) and explosives.
  • Note that while many explosive weapons do not depend on condition (thrown or placed explosives) to be effective, these same explosive weapons do not feature any bonus critical damage, making this trait useless for someone who uses a lot of thrown explosives, such as frag grenades.
  • Critical chance is affected by weapon condition, so keeping your weapons in a good condition is important to benefit fully from this trait.
  • The Full Maintenance perk fully compensates for the higher the degradation rate of Built to Destroy.
  • Using bare fists (i.e., no weapon at all equipped) will still cause the critical hit chance to be applied.

Behind the scenesEdit

The trait description is a reference to a well-known proverb: "The candle that burns twice as bright burns half as long."

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