Fallout: New Vegas Unique Weapons guide

Big Boomer

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.

Be warned: this video features old lady murder!

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.



Blade of the East

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.



Chance's Knife

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.


  • Mackly - January 22, 2011 3:15 p.m.

    Just a note for those who don't know: the Holy Hand Grenades are a reference to Monty Python and the Holy Grail. They use them to destroy the killer rabbit. Even the 1, 2, 5, no 3 thing is a reference to it.
  • iZathae - January 20, 2011 10:02 p.m.

    That gun can also be obtained by picking the lock to the storage room, a nice cheap way to get it. If you cant lock-pick steal the key from cliff
  • uvebeenpwned - January 9, 2011 10:40 p.m.

    This might just be a coincedance, but when I first saw "That Gun" for sale, it costed exactly 1337 caps. I'm not sure if it's intentional, but that phrase is commonly known as "Elete", meaning text talk. I LOLed at it.
  • ThundaGawd - January 9, 2011 8:15 a.m.

    I love the Monty Python reference written on the box next to the holy hand grenades XD
  • Thequestion 121 - January 9, 2011 6 a.m.

    That was one of the best articles I've read about Fallout: New Vegas. I gotta get all of these weapons now! lol
  • misfit119 - January 9, 2011 12:02 a.m.

    @tareq: Thanks. Considering how much damn time it took to find all of these things I wouldn't want you to waste time like I did unless you were sure it was a weapon you wanted. So any little bit it helps. :-D
  • tareq - January 8, 2011 6:53 p.m.

    I like how you also reviewed the guns instead of just showing us how to get them
  • plurality - January 8, 2011 6:20 p.m.

    @IgiveUFunkButt, you know that "That Gun" is from fallout 1, right?
  • misfit119 - January 8, 2011 6:25 a.m.

    @IGiveUFunkButt: If you want to be particular about it, it's just the Fallout New Vegas version of the .223 pistol from the previous Fallout games which was in turn inspired by the Blade Runner gun. But that'd be nitpicking. @BossTom: Thanks for pointing that out. Some sort of boo-boo occurred on my end due to computer crashes. Argh! @talkraider: My thesaurus gave up on me. I wasn't sure what to do.
  • Nodoudt - January 8, 2011 4:24 a.m.

    This Machine is the one weapon I use the most in the game. xD I love how they perfectly recreated the sights and action. Reminds me of when Call Of Duty was good...ah such memories... Also, Ratslayer + Chinese Stealth armor is AWESOME.
  • talkraider - January 8, 2011 3:59 a.m.

    Not a bad article, but for a long list, he kind ran out of ajectives
  • Spartan11794 - January 8, 2011 1:19 a.m.

    You can get Eucilid's C Finder for free I believe, Its like a 60 speech check, I actually have 4 or 5 C Finders, I think thats a glitch though
  • BossTom - January 8, 2011 1:01 a.m.

    I'm sure there's some missing in the article. Love and Hate - Knuckle dusters, Viper Gang Leader in Bonnie Springs Golden Gloves - Golden boxing glove in the casino in Lucky 38 are two off top of my head
  • ventanger - January 8, 2011 12:35 a.m.

    Fatman's (Fatmen?) can be found scattered around the world, they're initially in poor condition but since you only fire them a few times it's not that big a deal. For example, one can be found near the pool of water in the quarry full of Deathclaws. I would probably recall some more but it's been a few months since I stopped playing New Vegas, but I'm fairly certain I found at least three.

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