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For an overview of cleaver models that appear in the Fallout series, see Cleaver.

The Chopper is a weapon in Fallout: New Vegas, and is the unique variant of the typical cleaver.


The Chopper is an aged and rusted version of a cleaver with white tape wrapped around the handle, and with the blade curved upward. Additionally, it deals more damage than a normal cleaver, including higher Critical Hit and limb damage.

Special attackEdit

It has a special Back Slash attack, which does 70% damage in V.A.T.S. at the cost of 5 fewer Action Points (requires a Melee skill of 50).

Type of attackIcon attackSkill requiredIcon abilityDamage per attack in V.A.T.S.Icon damageAction point costIcon actionDamage per action pointIcon dap
Back Slash5019.6171.15
Note: Melee weapons do double normal damage in V.A.T.S.

It is possible to execute Back Slash outside of V.A.T.S. (without the required Melee skill of 50 to perform the move) by initiating a power attack (hold attack button) while moving forward.


The Chopper can successfully strike about 1,245 times from full condition before breaking.


Cleaver, the standard variant found throughout the Mojave Wasteland.


Weapon name (current weapon is highlighted)Icon meleeDamage per attack (damage per projectile)Icon damageDamage per secondIcon dpsBonus effectsIcon bonus effectAttacks 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
Cleaver 7
17.8x1.5 limb damageIcon damage2.54x17220.612452201002
Chopper 14
54.9x1.5 limb damageIcon damage3.92x214221.31245280040002
Note: Melee damage is doubled in V.A.T.S.


Found at Wolfhorn Ranch, inside the Wolfhorn Farmhouse on the stove on the right wall of the house. It can be taken without Karma loss.