The thermic lance is an industrial metalworking tool which can be used as a melee weapon. It is heavy, but deals considerable damage. It is considered a piercing weapon and therefore ignores the target's Damage Resistance and Damage Threshold. It is very durable, and also resists damage to itself if hit when used defensively (taking only 0.5% of normal durability damage). However, due to its automatic attack-type it will degrade at a faster rate than other weapons when used.
Unlike most melee weapons, holding down the attack button when wielding the thermic lance will cause continuous damage to targets in contact with the tip. While it has a relatively low critical damage rating and critical chance multiplier, both are offset by its automatic operation, which gives approximately 5 chances per second to inflict a critical hit.
It is possible to execute Scrap Heap 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 thermic lance can successfully strike about 9995 times from full condition before breaking.
- Can sometimes be found on Legionary assassins
- Crimson Caravan Company, sometimes available from Blake
- Great Khan armory, sometimes available from the Great Khan armorer
- Gun Runners, sometimes available from the Vendortron
- Hidden Valley bunker, can be purchased from Torres
- Hoover Dam, they can be found in the armory
- Hoover Dam, found on some centurions of Caesar's Legion during the Second Battle of Hoover Dam
- Mick & Ralph's, sometimes available from Mick's special stock
- Lonesome Road (add-on) Divide, sometimes carried by marked men
- The thermic lance's V.A.T.S. attack animation is unusual, due to the automatic nature of the weapon type. The attack is initiated but the automatic damage is not applied, nor does the target act as if harmed, until the end of the attack when the damage is finally applied. It also has a slight knockback effect.
- This weapon can make full use of poisons.
Behind the scenes
Thermic lance is another name for the thermal lance, a real-world metalworking tool.
- If the Meltdown perk is taken, the thermic lance will trigger a plasma grenade-like explosion upon killing an enemy.[verification overdue]