Dog tag fist

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The dog tag fist is a weapon in Fallout: New Vegas.


This weapon is a makeshift pair of knuckle-dusters. It consists of several NCR military dogtags clenched between the fingers on each fist with their chains wrapped around the knuckles.

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
Stomp5080204Only on knocked down enemies
Cross7544202.22.5x damage to limbs
Note: Unarmed weapons do double normal damage in V.A.T.S.


The dog tag fist can successfully strike about 495 times from full condition before breaking.


This weapon must be crafted by the Courier. It cannot be found on enemies or in containers.

Creation requirements

rangeIcon range
Repair: 30
levelIcon level
Dog tag fist (1)

¹ Craftable without a workbench via a dialogue option with Veronica, or with ED-E once the add-on Lonesome Road is installed.



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
Dog tag fist 20
Recompense of the Fallen 25
Note: Unarmed damage is doubled in V.A.T.S.


  • The dog tag fist is notable for its total lack of requirements: it only requires a Strength of 1 and no skill in Unarmed.
  • Each dog tag belonged to Sgt. James Merish, from the 452nd Battalion in Irvine, California. Apparently, he had a blood type of O-negative.
  • Even though the requirement to build it is 20 dog tags, the Courier only uses three of them for each hand, six in total.
  • The dog tag fist may be a reference to the 2008 film Mutant Chronicles, in which one of the main characters uses his chain of dog tags as a weapon.
  • Dog tag fists cannot be manipulated/lifted to be placed on a shelf, etc, they can only be picked up or dropped.

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