Unarmed

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Unarmed
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Fallout, Fallout 2, Fallout Tactics
ModifiesAccuracy with Unarmed attacks.
Governed ByAgility, Strength
Initial Value40% + (1% x (Agility + Strength) / 2).
Related PerksHtH Evade, Slayer, Silent Death
Related TraitsSmall Frame, Bruiser
Fallout 3
ModifiesDamage done by Unarmed attacks.
Governed ByEndurance
Initial Value2 + (Endurance x 2) + ceil (Luck / 2)
Related PerksIron Fist, Paralyzing Palm
Fallout: New Vegas
ModifiesDamage done by Unarmed attacks.
Governed ByEndurance
Initial Value2 + (Endurance x 2) + (Luck / 2)
Related PerksPiercing Strike, Paralyzing Palm, Slayer
Related TraitsGood Natured
Van Buren, J.E. Sawyer's Fallout RPG
ModifiesAccuracy with Unarmed attacks.
Governed ByAgility, Strength
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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 and J.E. Sawyer's Fallout Role-Playing Game.

Fallout, Fallout 2 and Fallout Tactics[edit | edit source]

\begin{matrix}\text{Initial}\\\text{level}\%\end{matrix}=40\%+\frac{1\%\times(\text{Agility + Strength})}{2}

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

40\%+\frac{1\%\times(5 + 5)}{2}=45\%

Unarmed skill attacks[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Fallout[edit | edit source]

  • Lost Hills, Thomas: permanent +5%, watch the entire unarmed combat demonstration

Fallout 2[edit | edit source]

Affected weapons[edit | edit source]

Fallout
Fallout 2
Fallout Tactics

Fallout 3[edit | edit source]

"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[edit | edit source]

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

Affected weapons[edit | edit source]

Perks that require Unarmed skill[edit | edit source]

Perk Requirement Level Additional Requirements
Paralyzing Palm Unarmed 70 18 -

Bugs[edit | edit source]

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

Fallout: New Vegas[edit | edit source]

\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.

Special Moves[edit | edit source]

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

Fallout: New Vegas loading screen hint

There are four different special moves that can be learned from different non-player characters after meeting their set requirements:

Name NPC Giver Obtain Requirements Characteristics Execute Requirements
Ranger Takedown Ranger Andy Complete Andy and Charlie
or pass a Speech check of 30
Knock down opponents Move backwards while attacking
Legion Assault Lucius Unarmed 50 and Liked by Caesar's Legion Knock back opponents Run forward while performing a power attack
Scribe Counter Veronica Santangelo Complete You Make Me Feel Like a Woman Knocks down opponents Perform a standard attack after blocking an incoming attack
Khan Trick Diane Complete Aba Daba Honeymoon Temporarily stun opponents Perform a power attack while moving left or right
(requires a dirt or sand ground)

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 and Liked by the Legion, 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.


Special Attacks[edit | edit source]

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 hint

Unarmed weapons in Fallout: New Vegas can utilize up to three special attacks both in V.A.T.S. and out, each at the cost of 20 Action Points, depending on the player's Unarmed skill. Unlike the special moves listed above that must be learned before use, these special attacks require only an investment in skill points to unlock use.

At an unarmed skill of 50 Stomp and Uppercut special attacks become available. Uppercut is an upward punch that deals an additional 15% damage. Stomp is a devastating attack that deals double damage, where the target receives a hard downward kick. However, this move is limited to use on on enemies that have been knocked down or enemies that are significantly smaller than the player, i.e. radroaches. At an unarmed skill of 75, the Cross special attack is available. The Cross attack is a punch thrown across the body that deals 10% greater damage, with an additional 250% damage to limbs.

Name Skill Requirement AP Damage Bonus Notes
Uppercut 50 20 15%
Stomp 50 20 100% Only on knocked down opponents
Cross 75 20 10% Increased Limb Damage


Ways to increase Unarmed[edit | edit source]

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

Affected weapons[edit | edit source]

Perks that require Unarmed skill[edit | edit source]

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

Notable Unarmed skilled non-player characters[edit | edit source]

Fallout[edit | edit source]

  • 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[edit | edit source]

  • 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[edit | edit source]

  • Argyle, former ghoul manservant of Herbert Dashwood.

Fallout: New Vegas[edit | edit source]

  • Caesar, co-founder and leader of the Caesar's Legion.
  • Dog and God, psychologically disturbed nightkin and a companion of the Courier.
  • Keene, leader of the Jacobstown's nightkin.
  • Lucius, praetorian's leader of the Caesar's Legion.
  • Marcus, co-founder and sheriff of Broken Hills and later mayor of Jacobstown.
  • Salt-Upon-Wounds, war chief of the White Legs.
  • Veronica Renata Santangelo, journeyman scribe of the Brotherhood of Steel and a possible companion of the Courier.
  • Waking Cloud, tribal warrior of the Sorrows and a companion of the Courier.

Developer quotes[edit | edit source]

Fallout: New Vegas[edit | edit source]

ryan-kerr asked: At any point in making Fallout: New Vegas did you consider combining Melee and Unarmed like First Aid and Doctor? The two skills are rather similar (punching someone and using an axe are different true, but so is using a knife and using a sledgehammer,) they appeal to a similar play style and in order for a Melee specialist to get some of the best Melee perks (e.g Piercing Strike and Slayer) they need a significant Unarmed skill even if they don't plan on using unarmed weapons. Thanks.

I did consider that, but I considered it late in the development cycle. Deciding what skills to combine or separate can be tricky for a number of reasons. A distinguished play style or use between them is a good reason to separate them, e.g. Explosives plays pretty differently from Guns, but Guns doesn’t play dramatically different from Energy Weapons. On the other hand, in a skill-based game, folding too many skills together can make characters feel overly similar. If Melee and Unarmed were to remain separate in the future, I think they should feel more distinct in play.

J.E. Sawyer