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The machete gladius (plural "gladii") is a weapon in Fallout: New Vegas.


The wide blade at the head with an indentation into the blade towards the hilt is designed to give more weight to the head of the blade, allowing for more momentum with slashes. Like a machete, it does bonus limb damage. It can be repaired with another machete gladius, or regular machetes. It has a fairly high DPS due to its speed, which allows up to 3.5 regular attacks per second; combined with its 28 base damage, it readily cuts through most armored enemies.

Special attackEdit

It has a special Back Slash attack that does 70% damage in V.A.T.S. at the cost of 4 fewer action points (requires a Melee Weapons 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 Slash5039.2162.45
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 Weapons skill of 50 to perform the move) by initiating a power attack (hold attack button) while moving forward.


The machete gladius 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.


Behind the scenesEdit

Despite sharing a name with the Roman Gladius, the blades in the Mojave Wasteland do not follow the same pattern, instead being curved and having an indentation.[1]



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