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Once thrown, Zao will launch a tactical nuclear missile from the Yangtze which will land where the beacon was thrown. This does not work in tight spaces, deep quarries or inside. The beacon is thrown at a speed faster than any other thrown weapon.
The nukes will not come from a vertical dive, rather the nuke will come at a about 60 degree dive from a random direction. If the beacon is used in an open area with buildings nearby, there is a chance the nuke will hit the roof of a building or a tree.
The explosion will be similar to a mini nuke in terms of blast radius and damage.
The beacon can be reverse-pickpocketed into the inventory of an enemy and still work, however only one beacon can be active while in the enemy's inventory.
Three are given by Zao as a reward after completing the quest Here There Be Monsters.
- If Here There Be Monsters is completed, the beacons will still work even if Zao is killed.
- Beacons seem to have a cooldown and cannot be thrown in quick succession. The first will come subsequent beacons seem to have no effect.
- In Far Harbor, the beacons will continue to work.
- The missiles do not have a launch animation when in view of the Yangtze, simply spawning in the sky.
- When thrown, a homing beacon will drop straight to the ground after the distance most thrown weapons would travel, instead of continuing its trajectory because of its higher speed.
- The beacons do not work in Nuka-World. 188.8.131.52 14:51, September 22, 2016 (UTC)
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