Sledgehammer (Fallout 3)

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For an overview of sledgehammers in Fallout games, see sledgehammer.

A sledgehammer is a melee weapon in Fallout 3.


A sledgehammer is used in heavier working conditions, such as industrial areas or for breaking ground.

This is a powerful weapon for low to mid level players, however it has a relatively high weight. It has great reach, but a slow swinging speed. It can be found at some metro stations, and, understandably, industrial sites such as The Pitt.


The sledgehammer can successfully strike about 500 times from full condition before breaking.


  • The Tenderizer - A more powerful version of the sledgehammer.
  • Fawkes' sledgehammer - A unique, non-playable version used by Fawkes with a marginally higher attack speed.


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 ratio
Sledgehammer 20
The Tenderizer 30
Note: Melee damage is doubled in V.A.T.S.



Despite their weight, sledgehammers will float if you drop them in water.

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