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For an overview of Ripper models in the Fallout series of games, see Ripper (weapon).
For the Gun Runners' Arsenal version of this weapon, see Ripper (GRA).

The Ripper is a weapon in Fallout: New Vegas.


This weapon is essentially a chainsaw compacted into knife form so that it can be wielded with just one hand. Nevertheless, the Ripper inherits many of the qualities of its larger version. The attack button can be held down and it will dismember anything in front of the player, much like a chainsaw or thermic lance, and its continuous cutting action means the Ripper ignores Damage Resistance and Damage Threshold. This makes it very good for handling multiple enemies or large, but slow, creatures.

Special attackEdit

It has a special Long Cut attack that does 50% damage in V.A.T.S. at the cost of 20 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
Long Cut5050451.11
Note: Melee weapons do double normal damage in V.A.T.S.

It is not possible to execute Long Cut outside of V.A.T.S. as power attacks do not apply to continuously damaging melee weapons, such as the Chainsaw.


The ripper can successfully strike about 5995 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
Ripper 50
50Ignores DR/DT1x15651.5599561200200503
Ripper fnvgraGametitle-FNV GRA50
50Ignores DR/DT1x15651.5599561200200503
Ripper With all weapon mods attachedIcon plus fnvgraGametitle-FNV GRA60
60Ignores DR/DT1x15651.8899563900650503
Note: Melee damage is doubled in V.A.T.S.



  • When damaging some enemies, like mantises, green blood will be sprayed instead of red.
  • The Ripper does not have a trigger or button to activate it, leaving how it's controlled a mystery.


  • xbox360Icon xbox360 ps3Icon ps3 pcIcon pc Sometimes, a Ripper (Arcade Gannon's special version) is in your inventory that is available for use and does not show up in the shop menus, but if it is dropped, you will not be able to pick it up again. [verified]


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