The Kneecapper

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For an overview of shotguns in the Fallout series of games, see shotgun.
For the similarly named weapon in Fallout Shelter, see Kneecapper.

That's it... you're dead meat! Say hello to the Kneecapper!

Ronald Laren

The Kneecapper is a unique sawed-off shotgun in Fallout 3.


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A shotgun, also called a "scattergun," is a firearm designed to shoot a multitude of lead or steel balls of varying sizes, greatly increasing the weapon's hit potential. This makes it very effective at hunting game. However, the accuracy and power found at close range starts to diminish as the target gets farther away. Shotguns designed for the military's use are often called "combat shotguns."


The Kneecapper deals much more damage and is significantly more accurate than the regular sawed-off. It is not as accurate as the combat shotgun, but deals more damage per shot, though it must be reloaded six times as often because it only holds 2 shells. The Kneecapper deals damage through raw power alone, since it does not deal any critical hit damage.


The Kneecapper can fire a total of about 111 shots, the equivalent of 56 reloads, from full condition before breaking. This is 56 fewer shots than the common sawed off shotgun.



Weapon name (current weapon is highlighted)Icon gunDamage 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 dapWeapon spreadIcon spreadMagazine capacity (shots per reload)Assault carbine extended magazinesDurability (number of attacks before breaking)Icon repairWeightIcon weightValue in capsIcon merchantValue to weight ratioIcon ratio
Sawed-off shotgun 50
The Kneecapper 75
Double-barrel shotgun 85



  • It is possible to obtain two Kneecappers. The first by pickpocketing it from Ronald Laren while he is in Girdershade. The second by collecting another from his corpse if he is sent to the Nuka-Cola plant using dialog from the Black Widow perk.
  • If Ronald learns of Sierra's death, he will refer to the Kneecapper by name as he attacks the Lone Wanderer.

Behind the scenesEdit

  • The Kneecapper takes its name from the act of "kneecapping" someone, which is shooting them in the kneecaps to cripple their legs.



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