Every modern release in the Fallout series has centered around two core gameplay features. At its most basic level, Fallout 4 wants you to forge your own story and wreak havoc with big weapons.
As it turns out, some of the games biggest weapons are designed for melee — but which is the Fallout 4 best melee weapon? These are the top five melee weapons in all of Fallout 4.
1. Grognak’s Axe
Upon release, many players overlooked the potential of Grognak’s Axe. The unique weapon’s immense weight and slow speeds deterred players from giving it a fair chance. Months later, the weapon received endless praise in forums across the internet.
The sudden change of heart took place because of Grognak’s Axe’s passive buff: reduced AP usage in VATS. Players discovered the power of taking a ludicrous number of VATS-powered swings with a heavy ax — and the rest was history. As the icing on the cake, the ax features a stagger and bleed effect that pumps its DPS into overpoweredterritory.
2. Kremvh’s Tooth
Kremvh’s Tooth is the complete package: it’s insanely powerful, looks terrifying and is backed by some of the game’s deepest lore. For starters, this unique machete’s base damage alone would warrant its inclusion on the list. The weapon’s signature mod, however, brings it to the next level.
The “sacrificial blade” mod that comes attached to the weapon slaps targets with both bleed and poison. These debuffs effectively propel the weapon’s base damage to the very top of the melee charts.
As an interesting side note, the unique mod found on Kremvh’s Tooth can be removed and applied to a different machete. This means you can use Kremvh’s Tooth as a tool for empowering a legendary weapon.
3. Deathclaw Gauntlet
Deathclaw gauntlets have been around in previous Fallout games, but they’ve never been more powerful. This is the first non-unique entry on the list, and it’s easy to find one in the world.
Deathclaw gauntlets are at their most powerful when paired with Iron Fist. With just two points invested in the perk, Deathclaw gauntlets contest the most powerful melee weapons in the game. With three or more points, the gauntlets start dealing more damage than any other un-modified melee weapons.
What’s more is the gauntlets feature the third highest damage-per-AP of any melee weapon. This makes it a particularly strong choice for heavy VATS builds.
4. Furious Power Fist
The Furious Power Fist is not a weapon you’ll be using early in a play-through. It’s difficult to obtain, but its single-target damage is off the charts.
The non-furious power fist is already a force to be reckoned with, but the legendary mod changes the weapon’s mechanics greatly. The furious mod encourages players to focus a single target with consecutive hits. Each successive hit deals more damage than the last. As a result, there are few weapons more powerful for shredding through tanky bosses.
5. Pickman’s Blade
Pickman’s Blade is not just the Fallout 4 best melee weapon; it makes a solid case for the most powerful weapon in the whole game. The blade is simply a great choice for nearly every fight and suffers from no major drawbacks.
Pickman’s Blade offers the divine trinity of features for a melee weapon. It’s amazingly lightweight, comes with great passives and kills enemies so fast your head will spin. The blade inflicts 25-point bleed debuff. If you land a stealth blow, that debuff is doubled.
Most importantly, Pickman’s Blade is so versatile and is light enough to remain in your inventory at all times. Though some other weapons on this list have fancier effects, look cooler or are generally more fun, Pickman’s Blade is an unparalleled melee powerhouse that statistically outclasses everything.
The beauty of Fallout is playing the game the way you want to. Most players will be happy to play the game using a diverse set of weapons, but some players — those looking for a true challenge — will set a melee-only standard. If that sounds like you, Pickman’s blade is your best bet.