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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.
|Slot||Mod||Description||Damage per strike change||Weight change||Weapon value change in caps||Perk needed||Components||Base ID|
|Serrated blade||Targets bleed. Exceptional damage.|| +24|
|–||+25||Blacksmith 2||Adhesive x3|
|Electrified blade||Adds Electrical damage.||+15 energy||–||+50||Blacksmith 2|
|Electrified serrated blade||Adds Electrical damage. Targets bleed. Exceptional damage.|| +24|
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 at the beginning of the quest are not passed. It is not lootable from Zao's person.
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