The throwing hatchet is a weapon in Fallout: New Vegas. Differing from standard hatchets, these hatchets have been rebalanced for ranged combat.


Throwing hatchets require a Strength of 1 and a Melee Weapons skill of 25 to be used effectively. Like their non-thrown counterparts, throwing hatchets inflict an additional 50% in Limb Damage and are one of the most damaging thrown weapons, with the exception of explosives. However, they are extremely heavy when compared to throwing spears and knives, and are also much less common.


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Weapon name (current weapon is highlighted)Icon meleeDamage per attack (damage per projectile)Icon damageDamage per secondIcon dpsBonus effectsIcon bonus 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
Hatchet 16
40.6x1.5 limb damageIcon damage2.54x116221.5149527537.5252
Throwing hatchet 20
17.6x1.5 limb damageIcon damage0.88x120221.8499522010251
Tomahawk 30
19.8x1.5 limb damageIcon damage0.66x130232.649950.575150503
Note: Melee damage is doubled in V.A.T.S.



  • Hatchets can be used at much greater ranges than throwing spears or throwing knives, especially in V.A.T.S.
  • Throwing hatchets, spears, and knives are more effective when coated with poisons.
  • Throwing hatchets, spears, and knives cannot be picked up and re-used once thrown.
  • If thrown at a miscellaneous object, such as a glass pitcher, the hatchet will disappear as it makes contact instead of sticking into the object.
  • The throwing hatchet has very high item health relative to most other melee weapons, and as such would degrade very slowly, even though you can only attack once with it as it becomes unretrievable once thrown.


pcIcon pc ps3Icon ps3 xbox360Icon xbox360 With Old World Blues installed, the damage and critical damage is reduced to 20. [verified]