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For an overview of this weapon in the Fallout series of games, see Fat Man.
 
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The Fat Man is a tactical nuclear catapult in Fallout 3.

CharacteristicsEdit

The Fat Man is a pre-War heavy weapon that launches mini nukes. The mini nuke projectile is very heavy, and if simply fired straight ahead, it will travel only a short distance before falling to the ground and detonating (causing one to be caught well within the very damaging mini-nuclear blast). For optimal range, the Fat Man should be fired in V.A.T.S. mode at high skill levels (which automatically compensates for the projectile's downward trajectory), or at an upward angle to catapult the mini nuke further, so that it impacts at a safer distance.

The Fat Man has an estimated range of 150+ yards. The blast zone will be irradiated for a short time after detonation, giving out up to 8 rads per second.

DurabilityEdit

The Fat Man's condition can wear down surprisingly quickly with frequent use (though its firepower is still devastating at any state of repair). It can fire a total of about 167 mini nukes from full condition before breaking.

VariantsEdit

  • Experimental MIRV - An incredibly destructive weapon, the MIRV fires 8 mini nukes in a single shot.
  • Sim version Gametitle-FO3 OA - A sim-only version of the weapon, which has the same health.

ComparisonEdit

Icon gunIcon damageIcon dpsIcon explosionIcon bonus effectIcon attackIcon chanceIcon critical damageIcon actionIcon dapIcon spreadAssault carbine extended magazinesIcon repairIcon weightIcon merchantIcon ratio
Fat Man 10
25421600+10 Icon radiation/12s1.58x006524.82.0116730100033.3
Experimental MIRV 80
(10x8)
20336.212800+80 Icon radiation/12s1.58x0065198.213.08(1)6330249883.3

LocationsEdit

NotesEdit

  • Sometimes the Fat Man (or experimental MIRV), is set up such that using it in V.A.T.S. will cause the Lone Wanderer to aim directly at the enemy, without aiming upwards to compensate for the distance. This means that using the Fat Man in V.A.T.S. could cause his/her death.
  • Giving the Fat Man to followers is not recommended, as they may equip it during close quarter fights if facing high level opponents such as feral ghoul reavers or deathclaws. While they won't fire it, it will often get them killed before they can equip a more appropriate close quarter weapon.
  • The Fat Man does have a jamming sound but even with low condition the weapon doesn't show a jam animation.

Behind the scenesEdit

  • Fat Man was the codename for the atomic bomb that was detonated over Nagasaki, Japan by the United States on August 9, 1945.
  • Because of its relation to the real historic event, the weapon was renamed to the Nuka Launcher in the Japanese version of Fallout 3. It is, however, still referred to as the Fat Man in dialogue.
  • The bell heard after reloading is actually the lunch bell at Bethesda.[1]

SoundsEdit

SingleShotVB
ReloadVB
JamVB

GalleryEdit

VideosEdit

Fallout 3 - Jimmy and the Fat Man

Fallout 3 - Jimmy and the Fat Man

ReferencesEdit

  1. GameInformer magazine article on Fallout 3 trivia.