Recompense of the Fallen is a unique weapon in Fallout: New Vegas.


Recompense of the Fallen is a unique Unarmed weapon made from NCR dog tags. Cosmetically, Recompense of the Fallen looks exactly the same as the dog tag fist. It does slightly more damage than the standard dog tag fist, and swings slightly faster.

V.A.T.S. Special AttacksEdit

Type of attackIcon attackSkill requiredIcon abilityDamage per attack in V.A.T.S.Icon damageAction point costIcon actionDamage per action pointIcon dapAdditional effectsIcon effect
Stomp50100205Only on knocked down enemies
Cross7555202.752.5x damage to limbs
Note: Unarmed weapons do double normal damage in V.A.T.S.


Recompense of the Fallen can successfully strike about 745 times from full condition before breaking.



Weapon name (current weapon is highlighted)Icon meleeDamage per attack (damage per projectile)Icon damageDamage per secondIcon dpsAttacks 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
Dog tag fist 20
Recompense of the Fallen 25
Note: Unarmed damage is doubled in V.A.T.S.


Cottonwood Cove - It can be found in the office of Aurelius of Phoenix, inside his desk on the Second floor of the Cottonwood Cove HQ.


Both Recompense of the Fallen and the Dog tag fist are notable for their lack of requirements; both require a Strength of 1 and no Unarmed skill requirement.


  • xbox360Icon xbox360 ps3Icon ps3 pcIcon pc The item cannot be grabbed and moved around. [verified]
  • xbox360Icon xbox360 ps3Icon ps3 pcIcon pc When wearing the Recompense of the Fallen and then going in to interrogate Silus during the quest Silus Treatment they are removed, but on exit and transfer of the Recompense of the Fallen to a companion your character still appears to be wearing Recompense of the Fallen, both when nothing is equipped and when you have other weapons equipped (e.g. Machete gladius or 12.7mm pistol). This glitch may occur with other hand-to-hand weapons such as the Golden Gloves. [verified]