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For the nuclear grenade in Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel, see Mini Nuke Grenade.
Mini Nuke
used in: Fat Man
Experimental MIRV
weight: 0
value: 250
base id: 00020799

The Mini Nuke is a tactical nuclear warhead designed for use in a nuclear catapult and appears in Fallout 3.

A nuclear catapult is a device made to launch small nuclear payloads that are not self-propulsive. The Mini Nuke is used as ammunition for the Fat Man and the Experimental MIRV.



Mini Nukes are the single most expensive piece of ammunition, ranging from 250 to 400 caps apiece to buy, depending on your Barter level. They are also ammunition for the single most powerful weapon in the game, doing many times more damage than any other weapon even at low Big Guns levels. They're also great decorations for your house or suite.

It is based on the W54, a nuclear warhead made by the US Army which can be fired from a recoilless rifle. Although the real life W54 is quite a bit bigger than the warhead used by the Fat Man and Experimental MIRV. it still looks alike.

Weapons using this ammunition


There are a total of 70 free Mini Nukes in Fallout 3. 2 more can be obtained by doing various quests. Another 2 are in random encounters, one of which only occurs after you complete Reilly's Rangers. Another one can be found in Operation: Anchorage, 13 in Broken Steel, 8 in Point Lookout and two in Mothership Zeta, making for 98 in total with all add-ons.


Available for free

Closest map marker Amount Description
Agatha's House 1 Inside Agatha's ammo box. Get the key through dialogue.
Bethesda Ruins 3 One in Office West (move some crates on the top floor near a fridge), one in Office East (near the exit to the catwalk), and one in the Underworks (in the storage room under a crate).
Broadcast Tower KB5 3 1 in a truck's trailer on an abandoned highway to the west, 1 Northwest of tower, in an abandoned house guarded by raiders, in the bathtub, and 1 Northeast of abandoned house in a lone bathtub between a skeleton's legs.
Broadcast Tower KT8 1 In a the Drainage Chamber to the northeast, in the room with the Chinese Remnant spies.
Capitol 2 1 carried by the Talon Company Merc with the Fat Man, another on a shelf in the rotunda.
Cliffside Cavern 1 In the northwestern chamber, on top of a Hard locked safe.
Corvega Factory 1 In a derelict truck trailer on the road leading south from the factory.
Deathclaw Sanctuary 1 Near the Endurance Bobblehead, inside, near the entrance.
Five Axles Rest Stop 1 Inside the truck used by the Raiders as a sleeping chamber.
Fort Bannister 1 Inside the main fort, at the top of the stairs in an Average locked room.
Fort Constantine 3 In the Bomb Storage: Two in locked room (see You Gotta Shoot 'Em in the Head), one on a desk upstairs.
Fort Independence 2 In the room containing the Miss Launcher.
Franklin Metro Utility 1 At the end of the water filled tunnel, on top of the Radiation Suit Case, underwater.
Friendship Heights 1 West of Friendship Heights, in a Super Mutant camp, close to health and ammo boxes.
GNR Building Plaza 8 Eight Mini Nukes and a Fat Man are on the body of a fallen Brotherhood of Steel soldier. This soldier only spawns during Following in His Footsteps.
Georgetown East 1 In La Maison Beauregard, on the billards table.
Grayditch 1 In the Ghoul outpost building to the south, in the back room on a shelf.
Hallowed Moors Cemetery 1 Inside the chapel, tucked under the podium.
Hamilton's Hideaway 1 In the weapons cache behind a (key-required; get it from Three Dog) locked cell door.
Jocko's Pop & Gas Stop 1 In the Signal Sierra Victor drainage chamber to the southeast, on a table.
Jury Street Metro Station 2 1 inside the Calverton church to the southwest, and 1 in Gold Ribbon Grocers (see Rube's Gold Ribbon).
L.O.B. Enterprises 1 East Wing, on top of light fixture in CEO's bathroom.
Meresti Metro Station 1 On an inaccessible shelf near a workbench; shoot with a Sniper Rifle or knock off with a Grenade explosion.
National Archives 1 Sub-basement, in the generator room behind a Very Hard locked gate.
National Guard Depot 5 Next to the Experimental MIRV.
Oasis 1 In the northern-most part of the sunken chambers, at the bottom of a pool.
Old Olney Sewer 1 In a Very Hard locked closet.
Raider Farmhouse 1 On the ground inside the barn, next to an open locker.
Raider Wharf 1 On one of the wooden shelves on the dock.
Roosevelt Academy 1 Due east of the academy. Under a table, located on top of a small wooden platform alongside a dried-up riverbed. This is A Wanderer's jetty.
SatCom Array NN-03d 2 On the hands of the dummy on top of tower C.
Seward Sq. Southeast 5 From The Preacher (unmarked mini-quest).
Super Duper Mart 1 On a table near a Protectron, in the Pharmacy.
Tenpenny Tower 1 Inside Herbert Dashwood's safe.
The Roach King's Throne 1 The Roach King keeps one behind his throne, with two bottles of Dirty Water.
VAPL-58 Power Station 2 1 in the power station building on top of the overhead light near the door, and another in a small "shack" due north of the power station under a power line tower. (This is also the location of the first Keller Family Transcript).
VAPL-66 Power Station 1 On a table next to the left desk.
VAPL-84 Power Station 1 In a trailer behind the station.
Vault 101 1 On a wooden shelf at the back of the barn just northwest of the Vault.
Vault 106 1 In the final chamber of the Science Lab level, after killing the Survivor.
Wasteland Gypsy Village 1 In the eastern building of the Village, laying on the floor next to a Duck and Cover! book.
White House 3 At the top of the stairs (outside), near a Fat Man.
Outcast Outpost
(Operation: Anchorage add-on)
1 In the reward armory after the Anchorage Reclamation simulation has been completed, on a shelf.
Adams Air Force Base
(Broken Steel add-on)
4 In the 2nd aircraft hangar on the Eastern side from the entrance to the airstrip. Get in through the alley on the Eastern side of the hangar, and check under the desk in the Southeastern side, then behind some filing cabinets on the opposite wall. Another 1 is on a metal awning reached from the building adjacent to the building with the Sector 1 Artillery Note, along with 4 groups of 20 Microfusion Cells. A final one is located on top of the stacked yellow crates inside the hangar with the open Deathclaw cages.
Adams Storage Facility
(Broken Steel add-on)
2 On a table next to the Rapid-Torch Flamer, several Missiles, and a bunch of .308 Caliber Rounds.
(Broken Steel add-on)
3 Inside the Armory after blowing up the Citadel in Who Dares Wins.
Old Olney S. Wilson Building
(Broken Steel add-on)
2 Inside the broken half of the radio tower, on a debris shelf. Get to the east side of the top level and jump down to reach them.
Old Olney Underground
(Broken Steel add-on)
1 Inside the hospital, hidden in a room filled with toys, with a Teddy Bear sitting on it.
Presidential Sub Level
(Broken Steel add-on)
1 Inside the metro car behind the one with the Senate Employee ID; it is next to a skeleton with a Laser Pistol.
Calvert Mansion
(Point Lookout add-on)
1 Enter the Chinese Intelligence Bunker (Access granted only via The Velvet Curtain quest) take a left, down the stairs and the Mini Nuke will lie on a shelf next to the door on the opposite wall.
Coastal Grotto
(Point Lookout add-on)
1 The first door on the right when you round the corner and see Plik. The Mini Nuke is in the back on the table, next to Plik's Journal.
Grower's Shack
(Point Lookout add-on)
1 The Mini Nuke is on the table next to the bed.
Naval Recruitment Center
(Point Lookout add-on)
1 Just a little bit north of the House of Wares is a Naval Recruitment Station. In the small office next to the computer is the Mini Nuke.
Pilgrim's Landing
(Point Lookout add-on)
1 Beneath the buoy right behind the riverboat is an half overturned non-movable metal crate close to a standing mannequin. The Mini Nuke is in this crate.
Trash Heap
(Point Lookout add-on)
1 In the open safe next to the bed frame on top of the heap.
Turtledove Detention Camp
(Point Lookout add-on)
1 In the Administration building to the west as you enter the camp. The Mini Nuke is on the top shelf in the armory immediately to the left when you enter the building.
(Point Lookout add-on)
1 Next to a Camera on the shelf pressed against the western wall.
Cargo Hold
(Mothership Zeta add-on)
1 Follow the conveyor belt in any direction and the Mini Nuke will stand in one of the turns down in the south-east corner.
Engineering Core
(Mothership Zeta add-on)
1 Right before you enter the decompression chamber during "Among the Stars" quest, it will be on the left along with several clips of 5.56mm and other ammunition types, on a chair.
Random 1 Carried by a dead scavenger, who is also carrying a Fat Man.

Available through quests

Closest map marker Amount Description
Megaton/Underworld 1 Obtained from Moira Brown after completing all of the objectives in The Wasteland Survival Guide.
Canterbury Commons 1 Obtained from Lucky Harith by investing twice in him for the Merchant Empire quest.
Random 1 Obtained from Donovan for completing Reilly's Rangers.

Available infinitely

Ammunition in Fallout 3

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