Van Graff laser rifle

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For an overview of laser rifle models in the Fallout series of games, see laser rifle.

The Van Graff laser rifle is a unique weapon in Fallout: New Vegas.


Main article: Laser rifle
The AER9 was actually not the top laser rifle in service at the time of the Great War. The model line went up to the state-of-the-art AER12, which saw service in a handful of specialty units. The reason that the AER9 is much more commonly found is that it was much sturdier and more reliable than the models that followed.[1] A new model, the AER14, was in development prior to the war. A handful of working prototypes of the weapon can be found scattered across the Wasteland, especially in Vault 22.

The AER9 features a titanium housed crystal array which proved to withstand long years of exposure to the elements much better than the gold alloy housing of the later models. As a result, the crystal arrays stayed focused within operating parameters, rather than falling completely out of focus like the newer models.[1] Power is drawn from microfusion cells and processed through a wave/particle diverter manufactured by General Atomics International. The diverters are protected by a carbon-fiber housing, preventing frequent malfunction, but when a diverter fails the weapon becomes unusable.[2]

As with all energy weapons, the AER9 can suffer from poor performance if not properly maintained. The crystal arrays and non-mechanical components are delicate and if not properly serviced can lead to a loss of beam intensity, overheating, and energy regulation failure.[1]


A unique variant of the AER9 laser rifle received from the Van Graffs. It is received in max condition. Overall, it has less damage, less item HP and less critical damage but requires less Energy Weapons skill (0 as opposed to 25).


The Van Graff laser rifle can fire a total of about 270 times using standard cells, the equivalent of 12 reloads, from full condition before breaking.

Ammunition typeDurability
Over charge1798
Max charge1055


  • Laser rifle - The common version of laser rifle in Fallout: New Vegas.
  • AER14 prototype - The unique version of the laser rifle in Fallout: New Vegas.
Icon cut contentThe following is based on developer test content cut from Fallout: New Vegas and has not been confirmed by canon sources.
Icon cut contentEnd of information based on developer test content cut from Fallout: New Vegas.


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 ratioSkill requiredIcon abilityStrength requiredIcon fist
Laser rifle 22
Laser rifle With all weapon mods attachedIcon plus 31.6
AER14 prototype 35
Van Graff laser rifle 15
Tri-beam laser rifle 66
Tri-beam laser rifle fnvgraGametitle-FNV GRA66
Tri-beam laser rifle With all weapon mods attachedIcon plus fnvgraGametitle-FNV GRA75


  • Given to the player character at the Silver Rush during the quest Birds of a Feather when given the choice between a plasma rifle or a laser rifle. Once the first part of quest is finished, the armor and gun are taken from you.
  • The only way to obtain this weapon is to let the Silver Rush explode during the quest Birds of a Feather. When the quest fails, you will be able to drop the rifle whenever you want to as it will not be marked as a quest item.

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  • This item is marked as a quest item even after the quest involved with it is completed, and therefore if it is acquired through theft or the console, may only be removed from the Courier's inventory through console commands.
  • If the Courier chooses this weapon over its plasma counterpart, Simon will compliment him/her on your choice, explaining that he prefers laser weapons himself, but wields a plasma rifle because Gloria wants at least one guard with a plasma weapon at all times as a form of advertising.




  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Citadel terminal entry on the AER9 laser rifle in Fallout 3. [1]
  2. Research Note - laser rifle, Fort Independence terminal entries. [1]

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