Steel knuckles

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For an overview of brass knuckles in the Fallout series of games, see brass knuckles.
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The Steel Knuckles are a Unique set of unarmed weapons in the Fallout 3 add-on The Pitt.


Steel knuckles take the form of four linked metal rings in a shallow convex formation with a bumper attached to the concave face. The rings are slipped over a combatant's fingers with the bumper pressed into the palm of the hand. When a punch is thrown, the knuckles take the majority of the impact impulse, transferring much of the punch's kinetic energy to the target by way of the harder, smaller impacting surface of the metal knuckles. This drastically increases the likelihood of serious tissue disruption and bone damage.


The steel knuckles do slightly more damage per hit than its brass or spiked counterparts, but it really shines when used in V.A.T.S. The steel knuckles use only 14 AP to be swung, giving it one of the lowest AP costs for any weapon. As such, it's great to use with the Paralyzing Palm perk.


The steel knuckles can successfully strike about 1111 times from full condition before breaking.


Icon cut contentThe following is based on Fallout 3 cut content and has not been confirmed by canon sources.
  • Love Tap - A variant of the regular Knuckles that was cut from the base game.
Icon cut contentEnd of information based on Fallout 3 cut content.


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
Brass knuckles 6
Steel knuckles fo3tpGametitle-FO3 TP9
Spiked knuckles 9
Plunkett's Valid Points 12
Note: Unarmed damage is doubled in V.A.T.S.



  • It can be used as weaker replacements for Plunkett's Valid Points, for those who don't want to get the Lawbringer perk or can't find Junders Plunkett.
  • This weapon cannot be used to repair ordinary brass knuckles, but the brass knuckles can be used to repair the steel knuckles.

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