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The Ant's Sting is a unique weapon in Fallout 3.


The Ant's Sting is a unique variant of the Knife. It poisons those injured by it, dealing an additional 4 damage every second for 10 seconds. Because poison damage stacks, rapidly hitting an opponent outside of V.A.T.S. can raise Ant's Sting's DPS to very high levels. After attacking 12 times within 4 seconds, its actual DPS rises to 90. However, most enemies will already be defeated before Ant's Sting can pass this turning point. This effect makes this one of the most powerful melee weapons in the game.


Ant's Sting can successfully strike about 1250 times from full condition before breaking.


  • Knife - the common variant found throughout the Capital Wasteland.
  • Slasher Knife - appears in Tranquility Lane and can only be obtained outside of the simulation through console commands.
  • Point Lookout (add-on) Ritual Knife - even more powerful than the Ant's Sting, the Ritual Knife only uses 12 AP for each V.A.T.S. attack.
  • Point Lookout (add-on) Toy Knife - using even less AP than the Ritual Knife, 10 compared to 12, the toy knife uses the lowest amount of AP for any weapon in Fallout 3. However, it does very little damage, much less than the regular Knife.


Weapon name (current weapon is highlighted) Weapon name (melee or unarmed) Weapon name (current weapon is highlighted) Weapon name (gun, energy or explosive)
Damage per attack (damage per projectile) Damage per attack (damage per projectile) Damage per second Damage per second
Area of effect damage Area of effect damage Effect damage & duration Effect damage & duration
Bonus effects Bonus effects Attacks per second Attacks per second
Critical chance % multiplier Critical chance % multiplier Critical damage Critical damage
Critical effect damage & duration Critical effect damage & duration With all mods attached With all mods attached
Attacks in V.A.T.S. Attacks in V.A.T.S. Action point cost Action point cost
Damage per action point Damage per action point Weapon spread Weapon spread
Magazine capacity (shots per reload) Magazine capacity (shots per reload) Durability (number of attacks before breaking) Durability (number of attacks before breaking)
Weight Weight Value in caps Value in caps
Value to weight ratio Value to weight ratio Skill required Skill required
Strength required Strength required
Weapon name (current weapon is highlighted)Damage per attack (damage per projectile)Damage per secondEffect damage and durationAttacks per secondCritical Chance % multiplierCritical damageAction Point costDamage per action pointDurability (number of attacks before breaking)WeightValue in capsValue to weight ratio
Knife 4
Ant's Sting 4
16+4Poison Damage/10s3x14202.4125013030
Ritual Knife Point Lookout (add-on)6
Toy Knife Point Lookout (add-on)1
Note: Melee damage is doubled in V.A.T.S.


Received when you complete the mission The Superhuman Gambit by siding with the AntAgonizer and giving her the Mechanist's costume.


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