Location: Mojave Wasteland, El Dorado Billboard
Those of you non-laymen to the Fallout games will know that the Mysterious Stranger, the weird guy who assists you when you have the perk named after him, is based off a 1950’s film noir detective. In Fallout 3 the Mysterious Stranger’s Magnum is a unique weapon the player cannot acquire that does ludicrous amounts of damage. While it can be gotten in the PC version via console commands and the like it’s not meant for the player to use due to how much damage it does.
The Mysterious Magnum, which is skinned exactly like the Mysterious Strangers weapon in New Vegas, can be acquired from a man named The Lonesome Drifter. Located at a campsite near the El Dorado Billboard to the southeast of the 188 Trading Post, the Drifter has an interesting story about who his father might be. To get it from him you’re going to have to either shoot him in the face…
Using reverse pickpocketing (i.e. put a stronger weapon in his inventory and then steal this gun from him) you can get it from him easily but that may not be an option for everyone. If you have a Barter skill of 50+ you can buy it off of him while doing the quest Talent Pool after you recruit him. The last way to get it is by shooting it out of his hand during a fight you start, then putting your gun away to stop hostility.
For some reason it can become impossible to steal this from him when he is in The Tops Casino. It’s not entirely clear if this is a glitch or supposed to represent the fact that you’re trying to lift a weapon off of him with dozens of people in the room.
This weapon rocks! It fires really fast, loads really fast and has a relatively low AP cost to use in VATs. With the right perks, namely Cowboy and Rapid Reload, the weapon on this can do more than 40 damage per shot (unmodified by skill) while also allowing it to keep up a ridiculous rate of fire. Rather surprisingly, this easy to acquire weapon is one of the most powerful single handed weapons in the entire game, second only to the non-unique Ranger Sequoia.
Location: Mojave Wasteland, near Samson Rock Crushing Plant
Even if you’re not planning on working with the NCR it’s still worth your time to head on over to Camp McCarran if you’re looking for this weapon. By taking the mission Three-Card Bounty from Dhatri you can choose to go after Driver Nephi. This will give you a quest location marker with which to help you find your target. Now simply make your way there, kill Nephi and his bodyguards and take the weapon from him.
The below video shows what you can do if you’re working with the NCR – By agreeing to work with the Lieutenant of the First Recon Snipers they will shoot Nephi for you, taking him down while you play keep away. And you get extra rewards for it to boot!
Honestly this weapon is rather mediocre overall. It’s not an especially powerful melee weapon, it doesn’t attack especially fast and it can break somewhat easily should you not keep watch on its condition. But holy hell it has one whopper of a VATs attack. Like all special melee attacks you need a 50 Melee score to use it but with that capability you can initiate the Fore! maneuver that automatically knocks your enemies down. Very handy but this weapon gets outpaced very rapidly.
Location: Mojave Wasteland, Charleston Cave
Are you finding that your gigantic old Super Sledge just isn’t cutting it these days? Then try out this rusted, beat up monstrosity of death and mayhem. Getting it is as simple as making your way to Jacobstown in the mountains to the north-west on the map. Here you will want to offer to help the Doc figure out how to cure the Nightkin. This will net you the “Guess Who I Saw Today” quest. Follow this quest into the cave and down to where the dead Nightkin is located. Oh, Baby! is found on the ground next to his corpse.
If you’re looking to use a big ol’ hammer type weapon to crush your foes, or are already using Super Sledge’s to fight, then there’s no reason not to upgrade to this. It’s basically the exact same weapon but a bit stronger and just the slightest bit slower. Clearly there isn’t going to be much choice as to whether or not to use it if you’re going for a beefcake type melee character. However it may be a better idea to put this in Lily’s hands so that she can murder enemies in melee to cover a less close combat focused character.
Location: Mojave Wasteland, Black Rock Cave
If you’re going hand-to-hand with your foes then the Paladin Toaster is a nice bonus. Since it can be obtained rather early in the game its bonus will help you get through a number of difficult situations while you wait for one of the bigger unarmed weapons (what an oxymoron).
Black Rock Cavern is actually rather simple to find. From the town of Novac you will find a location called Old Gibson Scrapyard to the north. From that location you should see a large installation to the north and a bit northwest. Head on over there but stop before you get too close. Turn to the northwest where you should see markers on your radar indicating that there is an undiscovered location nearby; head in that direction. Eventually you will find the cave guarded by a few Radscorpions. Kill them before heading inside of the newly discovered cave.
Inside you will have to kill a trio of Nightkin, one of which is a Nightkin Master, so don’t come in here unprepared. The first one to attack wields a nasty sword while the others have automatic weapons. Be ready to heal! Once they’re all dead you can take the right path to find a dead Prospecter tucked away in the corner here that has the Paladin Toaster on his corpse. Grab that and get out of here.
As a note the Paladin Toaster has a special ability that explains where its name came from: this weapon deals extra damage to anyone wearing Power Armor for some reason. Thus it is at its most effective when used to kill Enclave or Brotherhood of Steel members. If you’re planning on taking down Hidden Valley you could do worse than using this with a Stealth Boy to silently murder everyone. This damage bonus also comes into play against robots so it can be quite helpful in destroying those as well.
Location: Sunset Sarsaparilla Headquarters
To get Pew Pew you’re going to need to turn in 50 of the Sunset Sarsaparilla Star Bottlecaps to Festus in the Sunset Sarsaparilla Headquarters. These are found all over the Wasteland and collecting enough of them will lead you to a quest called A Valuable Lesson. Head inside of the vault during this quest to find Pew Pew on the body of a star cap hunter called Allen Marks.
Pew Pew is a strange weapon to use. It is beyond powerful for a one-handed pistol, especially if you have the Laser Commander perk, and if you have the right perks its critical hit chance goes through the roof. Pairing these up you can easily murder the living hell out of enemies with only a few shots. Unfortunately that’s all you really get as the Pew Pew burns through 15 cells a shot giving you only two shots per reload and burning through your ammo in short order. Due to this the ammo can feel as limited as if you were using the Alien Blaster, the only stronger one handed weapon in the game.
Location: Vault 34
Much like the All-American, the Pulse Gun is found in one of the most aggravating areas in the entirety of Fallout: New Vegas. This Vault, found southeast of the Crimson Caravan Company and New Vegas Medical Clinic, is the height of frustration to navigate. It features constantly respawning enemies and is linear enough to explore in a short time but yet somewhat confusing in layout. Paired up with the radiation this means you’re going to need to explore fast, bring a lot of Rad-X and RadAway and move as fast as possible. Due to the locked chest this weapon is contained inside you’ll need either a Lockpick skill of 100 or a key found in a filing cabinet inside of Pearl’s Barracks in Nellis AFB.
For this you’re going to need to move through the caves, into the Vault proper, drop down into the Atrium and then drop down into the lower level. From here find the first sunken staircase, swim down and grab the password off the dead ghoul. Next find the medical clinic, go through the far door and find the second sunken staircase to get the next password. Head into the Utility Room to drain the nearby sunken staircase, go down into it and open the Overseers area. Find the Overseers office, kill his ghoul self and use his terminal to open the armory.
Double back and enter the armory. Now find the locked chest, use the key (or Lockpick) and get your reward.
The Pulse Gun is infinitely more powerful than the All-American and is the definitive reason to go down into Vault 34. While it does next to no damage to most enemies anyone wearing Power Armor or unfortunate robots will be utterly decimated by this weapon. Even if you don’t use energy weapons it doesn’t matter as this does about 300 damage without any sort of modifiers from ammo type, weapon condition or skill.