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For an overview of cattle prod models in the Fallout series of games, see cattle prod.
Mini-FOT LogoThe following is based on Fallout Tactics and some details might contradict canon.
A Farmer's Best Friend model cattle prod from Wattz Electronics. This one is emblazoned "Now with new Overload setting."

The Farmer's Best Friend model cattle prod, or simply the cattle prod, is a melee weapon in Fallout Tactics.


Typically used before the Great War as a way to easily herd cattle, it has now been re-purposed for non-lethal use against humans and other wasteland critters. Cattle prods are known to sometimes be modified for a more lethal shock than their base function originally intended.


One can be found in Peoria, on a table in one of the medical rooms.


When choosing the Overload attack option, the prod will use up 10 energy cells and deal much more damage in a single swing, but much less damage than a normal single cell swing would per cell. As opposed to what the in-game information would have you believe, the Overload attack actually does more damage than any other melee weapon in the game, and is perfect for melee stealth attacks.