That blade has split the heads of... The only reason I give it to you is to force myself to earn another. True to Caesar.Dead Sea

Liberator is a unique weapon in Fallout: New Vegas.


The weapon was given to Dead Sea by his centurion in recognition of his contribution to the victory over the Sun Dogs tribe.[1]


Liberator is a unique machete that sports a higher damage per hit and triple the damage per second. Even though it is a unique weapon, it shares the same appearance as any other machete.

Special attackEdit

It has a special Back Slash attack that does 70% damage in V.A.T.S. at the cost of 3 fewer action points (requires a Melee skill of 50).

Type of attackIcon attackSkill requiredIcon abilityDamage per attack in V.A.T.S.Icon damageAction point costIcon actionDamage per action pointIcon dap
Back Slash5025.2151.68
Note: Melee weapons do double normal damage in V.A.T.S.

It is possible to execute Back Slash outside of V.A.T.S. (without the required Melee skill of 50 to perform the move) by initiating a power attack (hold attack button) while moving forward.


Liberator can successfully strike about 370 times from full condition before breaking.



Weapon name (current weapon is highlighted)Icon meleeDamage per attack (damage per projectile)Icon damageDamage per secondIcon dpsBonus effectsIcon bonus effectAttacks 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
Machete 11
33x2 limb damageIcon damage3x1.511201.124525025253
Broad machete fnvcsGametitle-FNV CS15
Liberator 18
62.3x2.5 limb damageIcon damage3.46x31818237021000500253
Machete gladius 28
84x1.5 limb damageIcon damage3x1.528202.837021000500254
Note: Melee damage is doubled in V.A.T.S.


If siding with the Legion, the weapon is given to you by Dead Sea at Camp Nelson after completing the quest We Are Legion. If you are working for the NCR, you will be sent to take Nelson back in the quest, Restoring Hope. During the siege, you will be tasked to kill Dead Sea in one of the town's barracks. Upon his death, the Liberator can be taken from Dead Sea.


  1. LegionaryDeadSea.txt#VDeadSeaLegionaryDeadSeaTopic020