Zao's sword

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Zao's sword is a unique Chinese officer sword weapon in Fallout 4.


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Zao's sword has a medium swing speed and weighs 3 lbs. It is useful for dealing with melee enemies with heavier weapons and can be extremely effective when used by a high strength player character. The weapon can be modified with either a serrated blade (causing bleeding damage), an electrified blade (causing energy damage), or both.

Despite being a unique weapon, Zao's sword lacks any legendary modifier, making it identical to a normal chinese officer sword in all regards. Because of this, it also does not have a star next to it in the Pip-Boy inventory like other unique weapons.

Weapon modificationsEdit

Slot Mod Description Damage per strike changeIcon damage Weight changeIcon weight Weapon value change in capsIcon merchant Perk needed Components Base ID
Upgrade No upgrade 00000000
Serrated blade Targets bleed. Exceptional damage. +24
+25 Blacksmith 2 Adhesive x3
Fiberglass x4
Oil x3
Steel x7
Electrified blade Adds Electrical damage. +15 energyIcon electrical +50 Blacksmith 2
Science! 1
Adhesive x4
Aluminum x8
Circuitry x3
Rubber x3
Electrified serrated blade Adds Electrical damage. Targets bleed. Exceptional damage. +24
+15 energyIcon electrical
+75 Blacksmith 3
Science! 1
Adhesive x5
Aluminum x8
Circuitry x2
Fiberglass x3
Oil x4
Rubber x4


Earned as a reward from Here There Be Monsters if successful in 3 persuasion checks. Captain Zao will not give the Sole Survivor the sword if the persuasion checks are not passed. It is not lootable from Zao's person.

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