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Location: Old Gibson Scrapyard, North of Novac
Getting your hands on the Big Boomer is kind of a tricky proposition. It’s currently being held by a nice old lady who is related to a few quests. As such it’s somewhat ill-advised to kill her as soon as you meet her although it might be doable before leaving Novac. Regardless this nice old lady is the one holding on to the gun and there’s actually no way to get it without some form of conflict.
The problem here is that the old lady has the weapon equipped. Even if you give her something to make her unequip it, or pickpocket the ammo for it so that she chooses to do so, she will always notice when you attempt to take the gun. That doesn’t mean we have no options:
1. First and foremost you can just murder the old lady. Loot her body for the gun and a key that she’s carrying. This key is used during a quest at the REPCONN facility nearby. Try not to do this dark deed until she’s helped you start up Ed-E’s data logs though.
2. This one is a bit trickier as you’re going to pick a fight. Take out a silenced weapon, or melee weapon, and use it to kill her dogs that are outside. Now do the same inside. If done properly you should be able to kill them all without alerting her. With that done take out a weak weapon, like a 9mm pistol, and get ready. Walk up to the old lady, put the gun away, punch her and then take it back out. She should draw her Big Boomer. Shoot her arm to cause her to drop the gun allowing you to quickly grab it and flee. When you return to her some hours later she should have gone peaceful again but this isn’t 100% so save your game before you attempt this.
Big Boomer is a fairly risky weapon to use. Since it fires two shells at once and then must be reloaded immediately you’re going to need to be smart with using it. Don’t bother with this weapon until you can afford to get right up in the face of your enemies where this weapon is at its most effective. Run right up on enemies, enter VATs and shoot them square in the maw (preferably after acquiring the Shotgun Surgeon perk).
Above: It’s not right to taunt her corpse with her own weapon but let’s do it anyways.
Location: Final Battle against Caesar’s Legion
In a rather interesting case of the developers mocking the player this weapon is gotten only by killing Legate Lanius at the very end of the main quest. At the very end of a main quest that ends the entire game. Great humor there guys. Obviously since you have to kill Legate Lanius you cannot get it if you’ve sided with Caesar’s Legion or if you’ve talked Lanius out of fighting and just leaving.
It’s kind of hard to say how impressive the Blade of the East is. The one that Legate Lanius uses is immensely powerful but this seems to be a scaled down version of that weapon. Since you only get to use it for a very short period of time the weapon is of limited use and barely worth considering when playing the game.
This weapon is right in the middle of Cazador territory.
Location: Mojave Wasteland, near Tribal Village
Chance’s Knife is one of the two most important unique weapons in the game. This weapon can be accessed basically from the very beginning of the game and is strong enough that you can pretty easily kill anything shy of a Deathclaw with it. From the very beginning of the game. Without any skill in melee weapons. Yeah, it’s that strong of a weapon. Sadly getting to it is going to require a hell of a lot of work on your part.
The problem here is that this weapon is found to the north of Goodsprings, an area that is well known to have some of the hardest enemies in the game. The Fiends, Cazadors and even Deathclaws can be found here in fair number. But there is one way to avoid most, not all but most, of these enemies.
In Goodsprings grab a shovel from the general store if you don’t already have one and then walk towards the gas station. From in front of said station start walking to the north. These hills are a bit hard to navigate so you’ll need to wiggle around a bit to clamber your way along but just keep at it. Eventually you will see the Tribal Village down in the canyon beneath you. From where you are you can rain bullets down on the Cazador lurking down there with impunity. Once they’re all dead drop down, loot everything in the area and start walking to the southeast going up the hill once you can. Here you will find Chance’s Grave so dig up the knife and then fast travel the heck out of here.
Above: Yes, that Cazador just died to this weapon alone even though our melee skill is only 15.
Location: Wolfhorn Ranch
Getting the Chopper is incredibly easy. From the town of Nipton make your way east along the road until you reach an intersection that goes in three directions. Just to the south of this intersection is Wolfhorn Ranch. Look for the main ranch building, more like a shack really, and head inside. The Chopper is sitting on the stove right out in the open.
Chopper is probably one of the weaker unique melee weapons in the game. It’s not especially fast, it doesn’t do a large amount of damage, doesn’t critical all that often and is just generally a weak weapon. The main advantage to cleavers in general is that they deal extra damage to limbs so targeting the arms of your enemies will rapidly degrade them to the point that they’re going to drop any weapons they’re wielding.
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