Fallout: New Vegas Unique Weapons guide

Holy Frag Grenade

Location: Camp Searchlight

Take note that you cannot acquire this unique weapon without having the Wild Wasteland trait. Otherwise there will only be a pair of Mini-Nukes in the location.

Unfortunately for your intrepid Courier these incredibly destructive weapons are held in the most heavily irradiated area in the Mojave Wasteland, Camp Searchlight. It takes a whole lot of preparation to not die within minutes of arrival so you’re going to need to prepare yourself for this. Once you’ve obtained enough Rad-X and Rad-Away (and possibly a Radiation Suit) you’re ready to acquire this weapon. Travel from Nipton to the east, past the crossroads, until you reach the radiated military base.

Make your way from the center of the camp towards the church to the south. This is located near the Fire Station so you’ll see the red trucks to let you know you’re heading the right way. When you reach the church head inside and go down into the basement storage area. A pair of Golden Gecko’s will attack so be careful – they do a lot of damage and since it’s such tight quarters a non-combat spec character can die easily here. Once they’re dead you can find these grenades on the table.

Please take note that when using these “grenades” that they’re more like mini-nukes than anything else. After it is thrown get the hell out of dodge or you’ll be blown away with whatever else is in the area. The absolute safest, and most counterintuitive, way to use these is to solely use them while indoors. Throw them through an open doorway so that it ends up inside of a different room and then run like hell, using the walls as cover to protect you from some of the explosion. Otherwise… well look at the video.

Never use these in Hardcore difficulty or you may wipe your companions out while crippling the living crap out of yourself.



The Humble Cudgel

Location: Sealed Sewers under Westside

If you’re using melee weapons you have a wide variety of choices without even including the unique weapons. Should you have a preference for unique long blunt pieces of metal then you’re kind of out of luck as this weapon is a huge pain to get. Not only do you have to make your way to New Vegas but you have to head over to Westside, go down into the area called Northern Sewers and find your way down into a special area called the Sealed Sewers, requiring a lot of exploring and fighting ghouls or rats.

The quickest way to reach the Humble Cudgel’s location is to start from The Thorn. In here, along the easternmost outside wall you can find a door that will lead to the Northern Sewers. Make your way through these sewers, going down the stairs to find a large pipe that allows you entrance to the Central Sewers. Walk forward, stopping at the first intersection and turn to your right. Here you’ll see red lights, highlighting a doorway; head inside of this room to find a corpse of an explorer. Loot the key off of his body and go back to the first hallway you started in.

Continue going down the tunnels, following the same direction. You will walk past some sandbags and eventually find a bunch of Fiends hanging around. Kill the lot of them and go through the nearby door, fighting off the last of the Fiends. Head up the stairs here to find the locked door to the Sealed Sewers. Inside you can find the Humble Cudgel on a dead body in the first room to your left.

This weapon isn’t anything special when you initially look at it but it has hidden depths. If you have a Melee skill of 50+ you can perform a special attack with it in VATs that does about 20% extra damage. When using this unblockable attack this becomes one of the strongest one handed melee weapons in the game. In addition if you perform a “charged” attack by holding down the attack button you can rush forward with a leaping attack that can knock people flat on their butts pretty easily.




Location: Camp Searchlight, Firehouse

Camp Searchlight is probably one of the most dangerous locations in the Mojave Wasteland. While you won’t find all that much radiation in the Wasteland at large, it’s made up for by just how ludicrously irradiated Camp Searchlight is. Unfortunately you’re going to have to spend a good bit of time going through this area if you’re hoping to get the Knock-Knock and the Holy Hand Grenades. Grab a bunch of drugs to help with radiation and then head east along the roads from Nipton until you reach the Camp.

A fire axe in a fire station? Who’d have thunk.

Getting Knock-Knock is the harder of the two as you’re going to have to complete some quests first. First and foremost when you reach Nipton you must not, we repeat not, kill Boxcars in the store. Doing so will automatically fail the quest you need to follow to get this weapon. Next make your way into Camp Searchlight and head towards the church in the western part of the base. Head down into the storage area to find some Prospectors led by Logan. Talk to him and agree to hack the computer terminal (Average) to start up the quest “Wheel of Fortune.”

At the last stage of this quest you will enter a Fire Station guarded by a giant Radscorpion Queen. Once the Queen has been taken down go through the nearby door which will take you upstairs. Now look for the bathroom and start examining the stalls. In one of them a pile of bones that used to be a firefighter are lying on the ground. Examine the rear of the stall, to the right of the toilet, to find this axe tucked in the corner.

That’ll learn him for messing with the crazy guy with an axe.

Knock-Knock is interesting but it isn’t that effective. The weapon is kind of slow, lacking in the critical hit department and just generally not a fantastic weapon. Its main boon is that if you use a charged up attack, in VATs or not, you can deal a large amount of base damage. Try aiming for the enemies arms or head for the greatest effect.



La Longue Carabine

Location: Camp McCarran / Camp Forlorn Hope

The La Longue Carabine is only found in the possession of Cpl. Sterling, one of the First Recon Members hanging out in Camp McCarran. Him and his squad can usually be found around the various food tents so look for them over there. Getting the weapon out of his hands is an incredible pain the butt since it’s very hard to use Pickpocket on him. If you don’t want to kill him (and killing him ends the I Don’t Hurt Anymore quest) you need to pickpocket a stronger weapon into his inventory to make him unequip the Carabine and then steal it from him. This isn’t easy. It’s best to just finish that quest and then kill him with a silenced headshot while hidden.

If you have finished the quest Three-Card Bounty the entire First Recon Squad will move to Camp Forlorn Hope so you’ll have to head there if you want the weapon although it’s no easier to get there than it is in Camp McCarran.

This Carabine is a strange weapon. It’s not particularly better than a fully modded Cowboy Repeater but it has that scope. The scope is a helluva addition for a sniper type character with the Cowboy perk and a high Guns skill. But the addition of the scope means you can’t use the iron sights to aim at nearby enemies. Essentially this is a sniper rifle Cowboy Repeater and its suited for that purpose entirely.


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  • 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.