Shared June 18, 2019
The overwhelming majority of weapons in Fallout New Vegas are designed to be lethal in one way or another. But there’s one weapon that is specifically made to be non-lethal. Can You Beat Fallout New Vegas With Only Boxing Gloves?
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Can You Beat Fallout New Vegas With Only Boxing Gloves? (in text form)
Up first, as always about half the time, is the character name. I went with Rocky, after the snail that Patrick entered into the Great Snail Race. With Boxing Gloves being an unarmed weapon, I drained the points from Charisma and Intelligence, maxed out Strength and Agility, and put a good amount of points into Luck and Endurance. The Skills I chose were Unarmed, obviously, Repair, and Lockpick. I picked Wild Wasteland for my first trait and thought for a while about whether or not Heavy Handed would be worth taking. It gives +20% to Unarmed and Melee damage while reducing Critical Hit damage for those weapon types by 60%. I ended up deciding against it.
Despite the fact that Boxing Gloves are designed to favor fatigue damage over damage damage, we don’t have to go far to get our hands in the gloves, as choosing Unarmed as a Tag skill will result in Doc Mitchell giving us a pair of Boxing Gloves. They’re not in the best condition, but the Ultimate Edition of New Vegas includes the Caravan Pack DLC, which gives 4 Weapon Repair Kits allowing us to take the Boxing Gloves condition up to about 50%.
I looted Doc’s house, went outside, took a few practice swings at the dust, sold what I could to Chet, and met Cheyenne and her friend behind the Prospector Saloon. I knocked (knock-ed) the bottles off the fence like the lady wanted, but that wasn’t really what she had in mind. I shot them to advance the game and went back inside the saloon to talk to Trudy.
At this point, I was anxious to see how useful these Boxing Gloves actually are. I detest all creatures named Ringo, so the guy hiding in the gas station would be a perfect body bag. I hid from Ringo by hiding in Ringo and started swinging. To say that I was less than impressed would be an understatement. It took more than 50 punches to knock out Ringo, which isn’t exactly surprising since the Boxing Gloves only do 1 damage, but I still wasn’t at all happy about it. The small upside is that Ringo’s body had been rendered flaccid by my attacks, but his eyes moving let me know that he could feel every punch I landed. He felt his bones shatter, his organs fail, and the life eventually get beaten out of him. Every person I punch will suffer a similar fate, including the animals, so it’s actually not that bad.
I spoke to Trudy again, then went to talk to Joe Cobb about taking over the town. He had a funny feeling about me, which is a strange coincidence since I was just thinking about how funny it’d be to beat him to death. The abysmal damage output made its presence known for the 2nd time as I punched Cobb. The one thing the Boxing Gloves have going for them is the fatigue damage they deal. Every creature has a Fatigue level that is determined by their Base Fatigue value, their Endurance level, and the level they are. Once a creature takes enough Fatigue damage, they’re rendered unconscious, meaning they can’t move, defend themselves, or fight back until their Fatigue level restores itself, which happens automatically over time.
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