Fat mine (Mad Bomber) (GRA)

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Fat mine (Mad Bomber)
Fat mine
Fat mine icon
skillExplosives 50
strength req.3
Attack statistics
5 (6) + 450 (805.5) explosionIcon explosion
crit dmg
crit % mult
item HP5
base idxx000815
Gametitle-FNV GRA
Gametitle-FNV GRA

The fat mine is a weapon added with the Fallout: New Vegas add-on Gun Runners' Arsenal.


The fat mine is a mine, created by converting a mini nuke into a placed improvised explosive device. Like other mines, it cannot be used in V.A.T.S..

It is an improved holdout weapon and the most powerful holdout weapon in the game.


This weapon must be crafted by the player and requires the Mad Bomber perk to create.

The recipe requires normal mini nukes instead of the Gun Runners' Arsenal variations.

Creation requirements

rangeIcon range
Gun Runners' Arsenal add-on
levelIcon level
Fat mine
(Mad Bomber) (GRA) (1)

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


  • Only a normal mini nuke can be used for crafting. The majority of all vendor-stocked mini nukes are Gun Runners' Arsenal derivatives.
  • It is one of the heaviest placed explosives in the game; the only one that is heavier is Dead Money's gas bomb, which weighs 1.75 pounds more than the fat mine.
  • Like many other home-made weapons, the fat mine's weight is not accurate when compared to the ingredients necessary to make it.
  • It inflicts substantially less damage than a normal mini nuke that is fired out of a Fat Man.
  • The fat mine has a very significant area of effect, much larger than any other placed weapon. As such, some advanced preparation is necessary to use a fat mine, similar to C-4 plastic explosives. Simply dropping a fat mine in front of an approaching enemy and running away will still result in the death of all but the most high-level players.
  • Like the gas bomb, the fat mine doesn't stay in place like other mines do because of its spherical shape, allowing it to roll forward or in other directions if placed on uneven ground.
  • Like most, if not all explosive mines, you can plant this on an NPC, and it will result in their pants exploding. However, considering the short delay and large blast radius, doing this is probably not a very good idea.


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