Alien blaster (Fallout: New Vegas)

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For an overview of alien blaster weapons in the Fallout series of games, see alien blaster.
Alien blaster
Alien blaster icon.png
skillEnergy Weapons 75
strength req.1
Attack statistics
75 (89.3)
131.3 (218.7)
DPS (reload)
93.2 (153)
crit dmg
crit % mult
1.8 (2.5)AP20
crit effect
Disintegration on death
Ammo & reloading
ammo typeAlien power cell
ammo cap.10
reload time
2.3 (1.7)
item HP500
Energy pistols
base id00004322
Perk effects
perks (dam.)
perks (att.)
Fast Shot
perks (rel.)
Rapid Reload
Perk wild wasteland.pngThe following is based on the Wild Wasteland trait and has not been confirmed by canon sources.

The alien blaster is a unique weapon in Fallout: New Vegas.


The alien blaster is one of the most powerful weapons in the game because a critical hit is guaranteed. You will often be able to take down any foe you encounter with a single shot to the head. This weapon also has the effect of disintegrating any enemy killed with a critical shot by it, identical to a laser with the exception that the disintegration effect is colored blue instead of red.

As with the alien blaster, the ammunition used by the pistol is also unique, meaning the 140-250 alien power cells found on the alien captain cannot be found anywhere else, limiting the use of the alien blaster.

This weapon can be fired 2495 times from perfect condition before breaking, significantly more than the 222-272 cells the player can normally find. Due to its extraterrestrial origins, the alien blaster cannot be repaired with any earth weapons.


The alien blaster is found just north of Horowitz Farmstead, but is only available to players that have the Wild Wasteland trait. If the Wild Wasteland trait is not chosen, the YCS/186 Gauss rifle will replace the alien blaster.

The alien blaster is found on the alien captain, along with 140-250 alien power cells. The captain is aided by two other aliens, all 3 are armed with laser weapons.


  • The alien captain will have this weapon in his inventory, but will not use it against the player.
  • Except for cut or unused weapons, the alien blaster has the highest in-game critical multiplier (100%) and therefore guarantees a Critical Hit regardless of the player's Luck stat or critical chance modifiers.
  • If you silently kill the alien captain, you can take the alien blaster and the other aliens will remain neutral.
  • If switched to the Wild Wasteland trait in the Old World Blues add-on and you have already obtained the YCS/186, the alien blaster will still remain unobtainable.
  • Synergies well with the Better Criticals perk, considering every hit is a critical hit, therefore every shot will have a 50% increase in critical hit damage.
  • This is one of the only weapons in the game that has no spread, the other being Elijah's jury-rigged Tesla cannon.


  • PlayStation 3Icon ps3.png Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png Sometimes the alien captain does not carry the alien blaster, if this happens simply loading a save from before you encounter the aliens solves this problem.
  • Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png Be careful when putting the alien blaster into the storage/inventory of E-DE, sometimes it will replace it's standard weapon with the alien blaster as would any other companion but as E-DE can't physically equip the weapon it simply disappears from E-DE's inventory and it's standard Laser blasts become the distinctive blue energy blasts of the alien blaster, it's impossible to get the alien blaster back when this occurs, unless loading a previous save from before the weapon was given.
  • If you kill someone with a gun equipped and you switch the alien blaster and pick up the gun (not from their inventory) the ammunition goes in the alien blaster which the Person was holding.