The Shishkebab is a flaming melee weapon which sets the target on fire upon impact. Although it appears to run on fuel from the tank on the player's back, it actually uses no fuel at all. Even though its blade is wreathed in fire, you can still apply poisons to the blade of the Shishkebab. The damage over time from the applied poison stacks with the immolation damage.
If a character has the Pyromaniac perk and a poison-coated Shishkebab, it becomes one of the most damaging melee weapons in the game.
Shishkebabs are purchasable from the NCR Supply Officer, Quartermaster Bardon in the Hoover Dam Office. However, you may not be able to purchase from the officer if your reputation with the NCR is neutral or lower and if you have a Speech level of under 50.
When the Shishkebab is equipped, an oven mitt appears on the right hand of the player and their companions, as protection from the heat.
As it is constantly on fire, the Shishkebab will set off gas leaks if the player walks through one with the sword drawn. The same applies if a companion has it equipped.
Dead Money introduced a special perk called Elijah's Ramblings which gives the player a bonus 150% critical damage with melee weapons. A player with a Luck of 10, Finesse, Light Touch, and the 1st Recon beret can reach 25% chance to critically hit. The Shishkebab sports a 2x crit. multiplier, turning 25% into 50%. The increased critical chance of Light Touch is not affected by the weapon multiplier. Combined with Elijah's Ramblings it can tear apart most things in the wasteland in seconds.
"Shish kebab" is a traditional Turkish dish consisting of meat threaded on a skewer and grilled.
As seen in the gallery down below the Shishkebab was meant to have a hose connected to it's motorcycle engine. However, this was never programed into the graphics engine in the final cut of the game. This would also carry over into Fallout: New Vegas.