| ||For the achievement, see Jury Rigger.|
You possess the amazing ability to repair any item using a roughly similar item. Fix a trail carbine with a hunting rifle, a Plasma Defender with a laser pistol, or even power armor with metal armor. How does it work? Nobody knows... except you.”— In-game description, Fallout: New Vegas
With this perk, you can repair items based on category instead of type. For example, you can repair the rare Ranger Sequoia with the common .357 magnum revolver. The same goes for armors and clothing.
There are 13 categories of weapons that the perk will enable repairing within: unarmed, one-handed melee, two-handed melee, energy pistols, energy rifles (laser), energy rifles (other), energy weapons (heavy), one-handed guns, two-handed automatic guns, bolt/lever-action guns, miniguns, grenade launchers and missile launchers. Likewise, clothing can be used to repair each other within their category (light, medium, heavy). Finally, almost all headgear can be repaired with any other headgear.
Weapons are categorized, to some extent, by the method in which they are fired. For example, the bolt-action anti-materiel rifle cannot be repaired by a sniper rifle, because the sniper rifle is a semi-automatic firearm, but can be repaired by the hunting rifle as it is also a bolt-action weapon. Some discrepancies arise with some other weapons, though. The 12.7mm SMG is categorized as a two-handed gun, and therefore can not be repaired by the 9mm and 10mm SMGs, since they are one-handed guns. A mostly complete list of all weapons that fall into specific categories follows.
A simple way to tell what weapons can repair each other is to look at the way that the player holds the weapon, in addition to the general type of the weapon (Guns, Energy, Explosives, etc.). For example, since the player holds the plasma rifle in the same way that they hold the laser RCW, Jury Rigging lets you repair them with each other, even though one is laser and one is plasma. However, since the laser rifle is held differently (more like a bolt/lever action gun), you cannot use it to repair the laser RCW, nor vice versa.
This perk is useful in that it not only reduces the need to effect repairs by using weapon repair kits or non-player characters, but it also allows the player to reliably repair their weapons with similar, much cheaper ones from fallen foes after or during combat without having to seek out an exact match. Characters who use low-durability weapons, picked the Built to Destroy trait, or find themselves using surplus or over/max-charged ammunition often will reap great benefits from the perk. It can also be a big help to those who favor certain unique weapons like the YCS/186 or Oh, Baby!, whose normal repair counterparts are rare or expensive, or weapons that do not have a standard repair counterpart. This goes for armor, as well, meaning that even Remnants power armor can be maintained on the cheap with a set of metal armor.
It is worth noting that Jury Rigging also allows you to repair common items with rare or powerful items, potentially causing you to lose these items accidentally, so it's advisable to pay close attention when repairing items.
Each weapon and armor falls under a specific category in which all weapons/armors repair each other.
- ¹ denotes the least expensive. (DLC items excluded)
- ² denotes the most expensive item that may be readily purchased or found in a class. (DLC items excluded)
- ³ denotes unique weapon with no common variant available.
- Italics denote DLC content.
- Note: In cases where multiple items could be listed, the most commonly occurring item is used.
Weapons are listed by their base variants, except in cases when it is unique. Make sure if you add something it is listed alphabetically.
|Bear trap fist Dead Money||6||800||133.3||80|
|Dog tag fist¹||3||50||16.7||100|
|Embrace of the Mantis King! Gun Runners' Arsenal||12||8500||708||80|
|Fist of Rawr Lonesome Road (add-on)||10||6200||620||90|
|Greased Lightning Gun Runners' Arsenal||6||15000||2500||200|
|Saturnite fist Old World Blues (add-on)||4||1600||400||160|
|Saturnite fist super-heated Old World Blues (add-on)||4||2400||600||120|
|Scientist glove Old World Blues (add-on)||2||500||250||50|
|Two-Step Goodbye Gun Runners' Arsenal||6||20000||3333|| 80
|Yao guai gauntlet Honest Hearts||10||150||15||600|
|Cosmic knife Dead Money||1||35||35||150|
|Gehenna Gun Runners' Arsenal||3||12000||4000||400|
|Katana Gun Runners' Arsenal||3||2500||833||200|
|War club Honest Hearts||3||75||25||200|
|Blade of the West Lonesome Road (add-on)||12||5700||475||150|
|Knife spear Dead Money||3||55||18.33||400|
|Nuka Breaker Gun Runners' Arsenal||8||7800||978||200|
|Proton axe Old World Blues (add-on)||8||3500||437.5||200|
|X-2 antenna Old World Blues (add-on)||15||6000||400||125|
The throwing knife spear can be used to repair the knife spear, but not other two-handed melee weapons.
The proton throwing axe can be used to repair the proton axe, but not other two-handed melee weapons. The Throwing Spear can be used to repair pool cues, but not other two-handed melee weapons.
|Flare gun Lonesome Road (add-on)||2||500||250||50|
|MF Hyperbreeder Alpha Gun Runners' Arsenal||7||8900||1271||800|
|Sonic emitter Old World Blues (add-on)||2||3500||1750||100|
Energy rifles (laser)
|Tri-beam laser rifle²||9||4800||533.3||50|
Energy rifles (other)
|LAER Old World Blues (add-on)||4||8500||2000||75|
Energy weapons (heavy)
|Sprtel-Wood 9700 Gun Runners' Arsenal||15||20000||1333||1000|
|The Smitty Special Gun Runners' Arsenal||20||20000||1333||220|
|.357 magnum revolver||2||110||55||200|
|.44 magnum revolver||3.5||2500||714.28||250|
|.45 Auto pistol Honest Hearts||1.5||1750||1166.66||150|
|Li'l Devil Gun Runners' Arsenal||3.2||16000||5000||120|
|Police pistolDead Money||3||1000||333.33||225|
|Silenced .22 pistol¹||3||80||26.6||100|
|Sleepytyme Gun Runners' Arsenal||5||8250||1650||500|
Two-handed automatic guns
|.45 Auto SMG Honest Hearts||11||3750||340||600|
|Automatic rifle Dead Money||16||4500||281||200|
|Bozar Gun Runners' Arsenal||15||20000||1333||800|
|Light machine gun||15||5200||347||800|
|Silenced .22 SMG||8||1850||231||1000|
|Battle Rifle Gun Runners' Arsenal||9.5||1500||157||300|
|Medicine Stick Gun Runners' Arsenal||5.5||20000||3636||200|
|Paciencia Gun Runners' Arsenal||6.2||12000||1935||350|
|FIDO Old World Blues (add-on)||27||9500||339.3||500|
|K9000 cyberdog gun Old World Blues (add-on)||27||7500||277.7||500|
|25mm grenade APW Gun Runners' Arsenal||8||4200||550||150|
|Esther Gun Runners' Arsenal||40||18000||450||125|
|Red Glare Lonesome Road (add-on)||20||15000||750|| 450
These weapons each are in their own category and can only be repaired by copies of themselves, their unique variants and using weapon repair kits.
All medium armors. Recon armor, combat armor, combat armor, reinforced², combat armor, reinforced mark 2², Desert Ranger combat armor, NCR Ranger combat armor, NCR bandoleer/face wrap/mantle/Military Police/trooper armor¹, riot gear, Legion Vexillarius armor
All light armors. Wasteland outfit¹, space suit, etc. pre-War clothing, leather armor, reinforced², Vault 34 security armor, Sierra Madre armor, light armor can also be repaired with clothes (like pre-War businesswear or wasteland doctor fatigues) and vice versa.
The riot gear helmet and its variants are the only headgear classified as 'Heavy' so far. Since they can already repair one another freely, Jury Rigging only has the effect to allow them to be repaired by heavy armor. The other helmets and masks from Lonesome Road are classified as "light" and can be Jury Rigged with any other headgear.
- Despite the oddity of some repair combinations, there is no difference between repairing an item with a proper counterpart and a vague equivalent. Repairing a chainsaw with a baseball bat will in no way alter the chainsaw, despite the fact that nothing in the bat would serve as effective repair parts.
- If you are going to attempt a repair on a high power/unique weapon, but lack the current equipment necessary, it is effective to purchase a lower level weapon that would fall into the same category as the weapon you aim to fix. For example, you could repair a 10mm pistol with a full condition 9mm pistol.
- A player with Jury Rigging and a high Barter skill can earn a substantial profit by collecting and repairing expensive weapons and armor with much cheaper ones. For example, a damaged Super Sledge, worth nearly 6000 caps at full condition, can be repaired by a few pool cues, each worth a measly 15 caps.