Crippled Limbs

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Crippled Limbs
Crippled Arm
Crippled right and left arm
Fallout, Fallout 2, Fallout Tactics, Van Buren
caused byEnemy attack, high fall
cureFirst aid kit, doctor's bag
effectsPenalty to Unarmed, Melee Weapons, mobility and weapon accuracy
Inability to use (two-handed) weapons
Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas
caused byEnemy attack, high fall
cureDoctor skill
Doctor's bag, sleeping, visiting a doctor, stimpak
-4 Perception
Penalty to Endurance, Unarmed and Melee Weapons
Penalty to mobility and weapon accuracy

Crippled Limbs are caused by excessive damage to the left arm, right arm, left leg, right leg, in Fallout 3: torso, or head. In Fallout, Fallout 2 and Fallout Tactics, your eyes can become damaged as well.

Fallout, Fallout 2 and Fallout TacticsEdit

In Fallout and Fallout 2, crippled limbs are a serious problem. Having arms crippled lowers your Unarmed and Melee Weapons damage and accuracy with all weapons; with both arms crippled, you will not be able to use weapons at all. Crippled legs lower mobility, increasing the amount of Action Points required to move during battle. If either or both of your eyes are damaged, your accuracy with every weapon drops substantially. In order to heal crippled limbs you need a decent Doctor skill and a first aid kit or doctor's bag, or you have to find a doctor that can heal crippled limbs. In Fallout, the doctor in Vault 13 can do this.

The Ripper is a very effective weapon to use when attempting to cripple an enemy's limbs.

Fallout 3Edit

In Fallout 3, your head and torso can be crippled as well as your arms and legs, though they tossed the Crippled Eye idea, there is a similar effect with a crippled head. When your head is crippled, you receive a concussion, constantly blurring your vision and making sounds like ringing in your ears so it is difficult to see or hear what you are shooting at; you also receive a -4 reduction to your Perception. Having your torso crippled affects your Endurance, making you react more violently to being hit and potentially disrupting your actions. Having crippled arms has the same effect as in Fallout and Fallout 2, lower damage with melee and lower accuracy, and crippled legs lower your overall speed. If you had any crippled limbs in Fallout 3, you can either use a stimpak, find a doctor, or even sleep for as much as an hour. Eating food or drinking water does not regenerate limbs. After completing the optional method of completing "Contract Radiation Sickness" in Chapter 1 of the "Wasteland Survival Guide" Quest, Moira will heal your 600 rads of radiation and you will mutate, giving you a new perk; "Rad Regeneration", which allows you to regenerate crippled limbs while experiencing advanced radiation poisoning.

Fallout: New VegasEdit

F3 pipboy

Pip-Boy 3000 showing a crippled leg and head

In normal play, a doctor's bag or sleeping will heal all crippling. Stimpaks can be used to heal individual limbs. In Hardcore mode, stimpaks will not heal limbs and doctor's bags will only work on one limb at a time. Sleep will only heal crippling if it is in an "owned" bed.


Crippled limbs have appeared in Fallout, Fallout 2, Fallout 3, Fallout Tactics, Fallout: New Vegas and the Van Buren tech demo.

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