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The Throwing Hatchet is a weapon in Fallout: New Vegas.


A small wood-handled hatchet, useful for chopping wood and limbs alike. Unlike the standard hatchet, the shape and weight of Throwing Hatchets makes them more ideal for hurling at targets with decent range and accuracy.

Throwing Hatchets require a Strength of 1 and a Melee Weapons skill of 25 to be used effectively. Like their non-thrown counterparts, Throwing Hatchets inflict an additional 50% in Limb Damage, and deal more damage than any other non-explosive thrown weapon.


  • Honest Hearts Tomahawk - an improvised throwing weapon.


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 secondBonus effectsAttacks per secondCritical Chance % multiplierCritical damageAction Point costDamage per action pointDurability (number of attacks before breaking)WeightValue in capsValue to weight ratioSkill requiredStrength required
Hatchet 16
40.6x1.5 limb Damage2.54x116221.5149527537.5252
Throwing Hatchet 20
17.6x1.5 limb Damage0.88x120221.8499522010251
Tomahawk 30
19.8x1.5 limb Damage0.66x130232.649950.575150503
Note: Melee damage is doubled in V.A.T.S.



  • The Throwing Hatchet's high damage compared to Throwing Spears and Knives is offset by their greater weight and rarity.
  • Throwing Hatchets can be used at much greater ranges than Throwing Spears or Throwing Knives, especially in V.A.T.S.
  • Throwing Hatchets, Spears, and Knives are more effective when coated with poisons.
  • Throwing Hatchets, Spears, and Knives cannot be picked up and re-used once thrown.
  • If thrown at a miscellaneous object, such as a Glass Pitcher, the Hatchet will disappear as it makes contact instead of sticking into the object.
  • The Throwing Hatchet has very high item health relative to most other melee weapons, and as such would degrade very slowly, even though you can only attack once with it as it becomes irretrievable once thrown.


PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 With Old World Blues installed, the damage and critical damage is reduced to 20.