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Unarmed
Unarmed FO
Fallout, Fallout 2, Fallout Tactics
modifiesAccuracy with Unarmed attacks.
Fallout 3
modifiesDamage done by Unarmed attacks.
Fallout: New Vegas
modifiesDamage done by Unarmed attacks.
Van Buren
modifiesAccuracy with Unarmed attacks.
J.E. Sawyer's Fallout RPG
modifiesAccuracy with Unarmed attacks.
Lionheart
modifiesAbility to fight without weapon
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A combination of martial arts, boxing and other hand-to-hand martial arts. Combat with your hands and feet.

— In-game description

Unarmed is a skill in Fallout, Fallout 2, Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas, Fallout Tactics, Van Buren, J.E. Sawyer's Fallout Role-Playing Game and Lionheart.

Fallout, Fallout 2 and Fallout Tactics

\begin{matrix}\text{Initial}\\\text{level}\%\end{matrix}=40+(.5\times\text{Agility})+(.5\times\text{Strength})

Example: A starting Agility of 5 and Strength of 5.

40+(.5\times5)+(.5\times5)=45\%

Unarmed skill attacks

In Fallout 2, you can learn Unarmed skills from the following non-player characters:

The attacks are divided into two groups: primary and secondary. At any one time you will have up to four attacks available: the strongest primary punch/kick you meet the requirements for (a plain punch/kick if none), and the strongest secondary punch/kick you qualify for, if any. The secondary attacks have a higher AP cost and cause more devastating effects.

Name Requirements Damage AP Critical Chance
Primary punch attacks
Punch None Base damage 3 -
Strong Punch Unarmed 55%, Agility 6 +3 3 -
Hammer Punch Unarmed 75%, Agility 6, Strength 5, level 6 +5 3 +5%
Haymaker Unarmed 100%, Agility 7, Strength 5, level 9 +7 3 +15%
Secondary punch attacks
Jab Unarmed 75%, Agility 7, Strength 5, level 5 +5 (+3 in 1.02d) 6 (3 in 1.02d) +5% (+10% in 1.02d)
Palm Strike Unarmed 115%, Agility 7, Strength 5, level 12 +7, armor piercing 6 +15%
Piercing Strike Unarmed 130%, Agility 7, Strength 5, Level 16 +10, armor piercing 8 +40%
Primary kick attacks
Kick None Base damage 4 -
Strong Kick Unarmed 40%, Agility 6 +5 4 -
Snap Kick Unarmed 60%, Agility 6, Level 6 +7 4 -
Power Kick Unarmed 80%, Agility 6, Strength 6, Level 9 +9 4 +5%
Secondary kick attacks
Hip Kick Unarmed 60%, Agility 7, Strength 6, Level 6 +7 7 -
Hook Kick Unarmed 100%, Agility 7, Strength 6, Level 12 +9, armor piercing 7 +10%
Piercing Kick Unarmed 125%, Agility 8, Strength 6, Level 15 +12, armor piercing 9 +50%

Ways to increase Unarmed

Fallout 2

Affected weapons

Fallout
Fallout 2
Fallout Tactics

Fallout 3

Bobblehead Unarmed

"When words fail, there's always fists."

\text{Initial level}=2+(2\times\text{Endurance})+\left\lceil\frac{\text{Luck}}{2}\right\rceil

Example: A starting Endurance of 5 and Luck of 5.

2+(2\times5)+\left\lceil\frac{5}{2}\right\rceil=15

In Fallout 3, the unarmed skill is tied to the Endurance SPECIAL stat. The player character will receive a boost of +2 points in Unarmed per level of Endurance, for a maximum boost of +20 points at 10 Endurance. Luck further raises Unarmed effectiveness by +1 points per every 2 levels (+5 Unarmed at 9-10 Luck).

The AP cost (Action Points, used in V.A.T.S.) when completely unarmed is 22.

In Fallout 3, it is not possible to target individual body parts in V.A.T.S. while unarmed, but the chance of head strikes increases with skill. Targeting with the crosshair outside of V.A.T.S enables the player to select body locations in an attempt to cripple and/or disarm. It's possible to knock-out an opponent even with non-critical head strikes; this should not be confused with the effects of the Paralyzing Palm perk, as it can be done without the perk, it can be done outside of V.A.T.S. and with any unarmed weapon, though the chances are greatly improved with bare hand attacks.

Ways to increase Unarmed

Permanent
Temporary
Note: Only items adding +5 or more are included.

Affected weapons

Perks that require Unarmed skill

Perk Requirement Level Additional Requirements
Paralyzing Palm Unarmed 70 18 -

Bugs

  • Attacking in V.A.T.S. can cause the Lone Wanderer to "teleport" several yards to attack his/her enemy.

Fallout: New Vegas

\text{Initial level}=2+(2\times\text{Endurance})+\left\lceil\frac{\text{Luck}}{2}\right\rceil

Example: A starting Endurance of 5 and Luck of 5.

2+(2\times5)+\left\lceil\frac{5}{2}\right\rceil=15

As in Fallout 3, the Unarmed skill is tied to the Endurance SPECIAL stat. The player character will receive a boost of +2 points in Unarmed per level of Endurance, for a maximum boost of +20 points at 10 Endurance. Luck further raises Unarmed effectiveness by +1 points per every 2 levels (+5 Unarmed at 9 Luck). Just as in Fallout 3, unarmed damage is unaffected by Strength; the only change is that unarmed weapons now have a Strength requirement in order to use them at maximum efficiency. However, aside from the ballistic fist, the Strength requirements are generally very low.

The AP cost (Action Points, used in V.A.T.S.) when completely unarmed is 22.

Due to the weight of ammunition in Hardcore mode, unarmed and melee weapons become more attractive options. As a result, Fallout: New Vegas possesses a multitude of new, more powerful unarmed and melee-specific perks, game mechanic bonuses (i.e. special attacks in V.A.T.S. at higher levels of skills; specifically, an Uppercut at 50 and a cross attack at 75). The Unarmed skill is also a requirement for several very powerful perks which enhance both Unarmed and Melee attacks, making it an attractive option for fighters of either persuasion.

There are four different special moves that can be learned from different non-player characters in the game. You can learn the Ranger Takedown attack from Ranger Andy in Novac, the Legion Assault from Lucius at Fortification Hill, the Scribe Counter from Veronica, and the Khan Trick from the Red Rock drug dealers. Each requires completing a task to be taught the move. Andy requires either a Speech check of 30 or completing his unmarked quest, Lucius will only teach a player with an Unarmed skill of 50, Veronica needs to be given a fancy dress (from the White Glove Society), and the Red Rock drug dealers will only teach their move once Aba Daba Honeymoon is complete.

V.A.T.S. Special Attacks

As your Unarmed skill increases, you will unlock the ability to do uppercuts (50 Unarmed) and crosses (75 Unarmed) - both inside V.A.T.S. and out.

Fallout: New Vegas loading screen

Unarmed weapons in Fallout: New Vegas can utilize up to three special attacks in V.A.T.S., each at the cost of 20 action points, depending on the character's Unarmed skill. At an unarmed skill of at least 50 Stomp and Uppercut special attacks become available. Stomp, an attack dealing double damage, where the target receives a swift downward kick, that can only be used on enemies after they have been knocked down. Uppercut is an upward punch that deals an additional 15% damage. At an unarmed skill of at least 75, Cross is a punch thrown across the body that deals 10% greater damage, with an additional 250% damage to limbs.

Unlike Ranger Takedown, Legion Assault, Scribe Counter and Khan Trick, other special unarmed moves that must be learned before use, these special attacks require only an investment in skill points to unlock.

Name Requirement AP Damage Bonus Notes
Uppercut Unarmed 50 20 15%
Cross Unarmed 75 20 10% 2.5x Increased Limb Damage
Stomp None 20 100% Only on knocked down opponents

In addition, all unarmed attacks in V.A.T.S. do twice as much base damage (just like power attacks in real-time).

Ways to increase Unarmed

Permanent
Temporary
Note: Only items adding +3 or more are included.

Affected weapons

Perks that require Unarmed skill

Perk Requirement Level Additional Requirements
Piercing Strike 70 12
Paralyzing Palm 70 18
Slayer 90 24 Agility 7

Lionheart

Unarmed

Determines your character's ability to fight without a weapon. A skilled unarmed combatant is a deadly foe.

Notable Unarmed skilled non-player characters

Fallout

  • Garl Death-Hand, leader of the Khans.
  • Kane, bodyguard and right-hand of Decker.
  • MacRae, guardian of the entry and unarmed combat trainer of the Blades.

Fallout 2

  • Dragon, champion in hand-to-hand of San Franscico.
  • Francis, champion of arm wrestling of Broken Hills.
  • Frank Horrigan, secret service agent of Enclave and president bodyguard.
  • Lo Pan, master in hand-to-hand of San Franscico.
  • Masticator, heavyweight champion of Northern California.

Fallout 3

  • Argyle, former ghoul manservant of Herbert Dashwood.

Fallout: New Vegas

Talented Unarmed combatants in the Mojave Wasteland can teach specialized fighting styles to improve your abilities.

Fallout: New Vegas loading screen

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