Shishkebab (Fallout: New Vegas)

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This page is about the weapon that features in Fallout: New Vegas. For the version that features in Fallout 3, see Shishkebab (Fallout 3).

The Shishkebab is a weapon in Fallout: New Vegas.


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.

Special attack

It has a special Back Slash attack that does 70% damage in V.A.T.S. at the cost of 6 fewer action points (requires a Melee skill of 50). Note that in Fallout: New Vegas melee weapons do double normal weapon damage when used in V.A.T.S.

Attack type V.A.T.S. Dam Action points Dam/AP
Normal attack 80 28 2.86
Back Slash 56 22 2.55

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.


The shishkebab can successfully strike about 2495 times from full condition before breaking.



Weapon name (current weapon is highlighted)Icon meleeDamage per attack (damage per projectile)Icon damageDamage per secondIcon dpsEffect damage and durationIcon 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
Shishkebab 40
94.3+2fireIcon fire/5s2.31x220283.2249532500833.3756
Gehenna fnvgraGametitle-FNV GRA42
121.3+5fireIcon fire/5s2.77x221254.419953120004000756
Note: Melee damage is doubled in V.A.T.S.



  • 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 Character 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.
  • Though all the components exist in-game, it cannot be crafted like in Fallout 3 with the Schematics - Shishkebab. The same applies to all other crafted weapons from Fallout 3 with exception of the bottlecap mine.
  • Sometimes if you give a companion a shishkebab your companion might only use the mitt and not the shishkebab.

Behind the scenes

  • "Shish kebab" is a traditional Turkish dish consisting of meat threaded on a skewer and grilled.


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