Fallout 4 Best Melee Weapons (And Where to Find Them)

Sometimes, exploring the Mojave wastelands with ‘the big iron’ on my hip makes me feel invincible. While this is a great carefree feel especially if you aren’t scavenging for crucial parts to fabricate an important part or trying to fight some ghouls, the Kaiju of the Commonwealth or other common criminals, the Fallout 4 dangers that lurk around the corner leave you no room to lapse.

Guns, laser canons, and power armor might be a great way to stay alive but nothing comes in handy as the best melee weapons in Fallout 4 once things get up close and personal. As the Vault 111 Sole Survivor, you will need the best melee weapons Fallout 4 has on offer to survive the harsh environment.

In this roundup, we are going to address the most popular and brutal weapons that will give you an upper hand against mutants, ghouls, regular raiders, and perhaps New California Rangers. The Fallout 4 melee weapons bring another aspect to the story.  The manufacturing industries died, bullets are as hard to come by even with the best scavenging stations and the Kellogg’s pistol, though convenient, might not always work. The best option seems to be smashing, slicing and dicing through the opposition. Here are the weapons to look for.  

The Sledgehammer

The Fallout 4 sledgehammer is, without a doubt, the perfect melee weapon for those who prefer brawn to speed. Reminiscent of the Fallout 4 Kanabo, the sledgehammer is slow, bulky and almost unreasonable unless you have the right perks and agility.

fallout 4 sledgehammer

When starting out, it is the easiest and best Fallout 4 melee weapon you can come across. Even though it might be inferior to the Super Sledge when starting off, you can customize it to get the best performance out of the tool.

For perks, you will have the Big Leagues, Bloody Mess, nd Pack Alpha perks. The mods available for the sledgehammer are the Blacksmith and Science! mod.

As a slow weapon, you will need a Rank 4 Big Leagues perk to ensure that you hit multiple enemies with a single blow. This will compensate for the slowness giving you an edge when fighting multiple enemies at a go.

The sledgehammer is perhaps the best melee weapon if you are keen on moding. You can get impressive energy damage, bleed damage, limb damage and ballistic damage that will quickly grow your scores in the game. It might not be as lethal as the Atom’s Judgment which is perhaps the most feared melee weapon in Fallout 4 but it will get the job done just fine.

Sledgehammer Modifications

SlotModDescriptionWeapon prefixDamage per hit changeWeight changeWeapon value changePerk neededComponentsBase ID
HeadStandardAdhesive x2
Steel x6
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PuncturingArmor piercing. Superior damage.Puncturing+19+4.7+18Blacksmith2Adhesive x2
Steel x8
000483ea
HeavyChance to cripple. Extra limb damage. Superior damage.Heavy+29+9+30Blacksmith2Adhesive x4
Concrete x7
Wood x2
000483e4
Heavy spikedChance to cripple. Extra limb damage. Superior damage.Heavy Spiked+56+11.3+42Blacksmith3Adhesive x6
Concrete x8
Steel x5
Wood x3
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Heavy sharpTargets bleed. Chance to cripple. Extra limb damage. Exceptional damage.Heavy Sharp+56 +? +11.3+42Blacksmith3Adhesive x6
Concrete x8
Oil x2
Steel x5
Wood x3
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Heavy rocketChance to cripple. Extra limb damage. Exceptional damage.Heavy Rocket+82+18+60Blacksmith3
Science! 2
Adhesive x8
Circuitry x1
Concrete x8
Nuclear material x2
Steel x5
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Heavy sharp rocketTargets bleed. Chance to cripple. Extra limb damage. Superb damage.Heavy Sharp Rocket+97 +? +20.4+72Blacksmith3
Science! 3
Adhesive x10
Circuitry x2
Concrete x8
Nuclear material x2
Steel x9
xx000000
Heavy spiked rocketChance to cripple. Extra limb damage. Superb damage.Heavy Spiked Rocket+97+20.4+72Blacksmith3
Science! 3
Adhesive x9
Circuitry x2
Concrete x8
Nuclear material x2
Steel x8
xx000000
Heavy searing sharp rocketAdds Fire damage. Targets bleed. Chance to cripple. Extra limb damage. Superb damage.Heavy Searing Sharp Rocket+97 +23  +? +30+112Blacksmith3
Science! 4
Adhesive x12
Aluminum x12
Circuitry x5
Concrete x8
Nuclear material x6
xx000000
Heavy shocking sharp rocketAdds Electrical damage and chance to stun. Targets bleed. Chance to cripple. Extra limb damage. Superb damage.Heavy Shocking Sharp Rocket+97 +27  +? +31.8+152Blacksmith3
Science! 4
Adhesive x14
Aluminum x16
Circuitry x8
Concrete x8
Nuclear material x8
xx000000
PaintUnpaintedStandard.xx000000
PaintedPainted+4Concrete x4
Wood x3
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Where to Find Items to Fabricate or Buy the Sledgehammer

  • Scavenge for the items in the Commonwealth. Pay attention to raiders and super mutants
  • Buy them from traders and weapon vendors
  • Find one at Thicket Excavations. It will be next to a water pump Sully Mathis is trying to revive
  • A full hammer in the station along the train tracks to the west of Hangman’s Alley
  • In Kendall Hospital on the irradiated corridor after the deathclaw pit
  • In the Kendall Hospital past the door after the hallway but before you open the barred door
  • Find another one in the Super Duper Mart’s fusion core room
  • Partner with Cog in the Price of Memory mission to receive one as a reward.

The Super Sledge

The best Fallout 4 melee weapons are not only powerful but also contraptions that are a rudimentary marriage of the industrial success of the back when days and the fact that industry and precision manufacturing is rare in the wastelands. The Super Sledge is a true embodiment of this philosophy.

super sledge melee weapon

As a rudimentary sledgehammer with a small rocket propulsion system to push the blows harder, it is among the best regardless of your strength. Since it is painfully slow and consumes tangible AP whenever you wield it, you will still need a level 4 Big Leagues perk to take down more enemies with a single blow.

With this, you can make it a great weapon while facing a multitude of weak enemies with a single blow. It will also come in handy when fighting with super mutants or people in power armor thanks to its hitting power.

Super Sledge Modifications

SlotModDescriptionWeapon prefixDamage per hit changeWeight changeWeapon value changePerk neededComponentsBase ID
HeadNo upgrade
Heating coilAdds energy damage.Heated+23 +180Blacksmith 2Adhesive x4
Asbestos x3
Circuitry x3
Copper x7
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Stun packAdds Electrical damage, and chance to stun.Stunning+27 +360Blacksmith 3
Science! 1
Adhesive x6
Aluminum x10
Circuitry x4
Gold x5
Rubber x2
000690b5

Where to Find a Super Sledge

  • Buy it from KL-E-0 in the Goodneighbor
  • Buy it from Arturo Rodriguez at the Commonwealth Weaponry
  • Find it on Hammer in the West Everett Estates
  • Find it on Lefty’s body
  • Find it on the body of Forged over at Saugus Ironworks

The Atom’s Judgment

atom's judgement melee weapon fallout 4

Atom’s Judgement is a legendary variant of the super sledge that adds a dose or radiation damage to everything it hits. The radiation damage makes it a very formidable melee weapon. You can get it as a reward once you finish The Heretic on the Island mission.

The Power Fist

While most people will think of damage when choosing the best Fallout 4 melee weapon, sometimes, speed and agility is better than brawn. And at other time, you will need a perfect blend of damage and speed. This is where the Fallout 4 Power Fist comes in. Since it is an unarmed weapon, you cannot use it with power armor.

furious power fist

The Power Fist is a pneumatic machine that delivers medium speed punches to the target amidst a cloud of steam and sparks. The traditional and most powerful move with this insane melee weapon would be the underhanded thrust.

You can throw in some penetration mods to improve on ballistic damage and make it penetrate armor better while improving its heating coils makes it punch faster. Perks that work well with the weapon include the Iron Fist, Bloody Mess, SCAV!- Pugilistic Propensities and Rooted.

Available Modifications for the Power Fist

SlotModDescriptionWeapon prefix   Perk neededComponentsBase ID
PistonNo upgrade
PuncturingArmor piercing. Superior damage.Puncturing+27+1.1+45Blacksmith 2Adhesive x4
Aluminum x8
Concrete x5
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Heating coilAdds energy damage.Heated+20 Energy DAM+100Blacksmith 3Adhesive x6
Asbestos x4
Circuitry x5
Copper x11
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Where to Find the Power Fist in FO4

  • When in higher game levels, find it on the top floor of the Hubris Comics tower
  • Buy it from merchants like Arturo and Cricket. You will get it at medium level
  • Get a super version of the weapon, the Furious Power Fist on the body of Swan over at Swan’s Pond

General Chao’s Revenge

The General Chao’s Revenge is a rare and unique melee weapon based on a Chinese officer’s sword. It’s serrated blade modification that comes attached when you get the blade makes it especially useful when fighting robot enemies. This is a great start if you haven’t scavenged the right items or are not spawning Fallout 4 items you need to upgrade your gadgets.

general chao's revenge melee sword

Available Weapon Modifications

lotModDescriptionWeapon prefix   Perk neededComponentsBase ID
BladeNo upgrade30014a139
Serrated bladeTargets bleed. Exceptional damage.Serrated+123+25Blacksmith 2Adhesive x3
Fiberglass x4
Oil x3
Steel x7
0018782d
Electrified bladeAdds Electrical damage.Electrified+15 Energy3+50Blacksmith 2
Science! 1
Adhesive x4
Aluminum x8
Circuitry x3
Rubber x3
0014a130
Electrified serrated bladeAdds Electrical damage. Targets bleed. Exceptional damage.Electrified serrated+12
+15 Energy
3+75Blacksmith 3
Science! 1
Adhesive x5
Aluminum x8
Circuitry x2
Fiberglass x3
Oil x4
Rubber x4
0014a131

How to Get the General Chao’s Revenge in Fallout 4

You can’t buy it or scavenge it. You will have to buy it from Trudy. To unlock it, you will have to resolve ‘The Situation With Wolfgang’ without killing Trudy. This will see her become a general merchant who can sell you the weapon.

Don’t join the Wolfgang to attach Trudy. This will lead to her death and you cannot loot the General Chao’s Revenge from her dead body.

The Sergeant Ash

This unique flamethrower takes the drift away from the swing and blows approach we’ve been using in identifying the best melee weapons in Fallout 4 into something that does widespread damage without forcing you to maintain contact.

sergeant ash melee weapon

The Sergeant Ash is a flame thrower that packs the Kneecapper legendary effect meaning that it has up to 20 percent better chance at crippling target legs. The related perks include the Heavy Gunner, Bloody Mess and Basher. Your ammo will be flamer fuel and you can pack up to 100 bursts.

Available Weapon Modifications for the Sergeant Ash

SlotModDescriptionWeapon prefix  Rangechange    Perk neededComponentsBase ID
TankStandard tankStandard.FlamerAdhesive x3
Screw x3
Steel x8
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Napalm tankSuperior damage.Napalmer+4+7.1+59Adhesive x4
Aluminum x8
Copper x2
Screw x3
001889cf
BarrelStandard barrelStandard.Adhesive x2
Asbestos x1
Screw x2
Steel x4
001889ce
Long barrelIncreased reach.Extended+2.2+28Adhesive x3
Asbestos x2
Screw x3
Steel x8
001889cd
Propellant tankStandard propellant tankStandard.Adhesive x2
Screw x1
Spring x2
Steel x4
001a8a63
Large propellant tankBetter ammo capacity. Reduced reload speed.High capacity large+100+2.6+28Adhesive x2
Screw x2
Spring x4
Steel x6
001889d1
Huge propellant tankExceptional ammo capacity. Inferior reload speed.Maximum capacity huge+300+5.6+34Adhesive x2
Gears x2
Screw x2
Spring x4
Steel x6
001c5ab4
NozzleStandard nozzleStandard.Adhesive x4
Asbestos x1
Steel x2
001a8a64
Compression nozzleBetter damage. Reduced range.Compressed+2-24-0.2+22Aluminum x3
Asbestos x2
Steel x5
001889d2
Vaporization nozzleSuperior damage. Inferior range.Vaporizing+4-36+47Adhesive x7
Asbestos x4
Steel x5
001c5ab3

The Reckoning Harvester

The Harvester is in itself a formidable high-speed weapon. This pocket sized power saw lets you stagger enemies on hitting and its super fast wield speed makes it perhaps the best if you prefer speed to brawn.

the harvester fallout 4

You can find this fast and best melee weapon in Fallout 4 in a steamer trunk over at Echo Lake Lumber. You will have to go past an advanced lock to access the trunk in the top floor of the large building. You will have to use the Big Leagues perks and the Blacksmith mods to get the very best out of this terrifying weapon.

It’s legendary effect and the fast speed can easily make it one of the best melee weapons in Fallout 4. The speed means that you can keep your enemy staggered all the time if you are aggressive enough meaning that they can’t attack back easily and you can keep on scoring hits and finally take them down in a short while

The Reckoning is a special version of the Harvester that you can buy from Smiling Larry. You will receive 15 percent less damage when standing still if you are wielding this version of the harvester.

Reckoning Modifications

SlotModDescriptionWeapon prefixComponentsBase ID
BladeCurved blade+3 DamageCurved6 adhesive, 5 gears, 4 oil, 5 screws, 10 steel00000000
BladeExtended blade+4 DamageExtended8 adhesive, 11 aluminum, 7 gears, 5 oil, 6 screws00000000

 

 

 

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