In the pipboy a melee weapon's damage is shown, but i'm not sure whether that damage is from a regular or power attack.

On a similar note, does holding down the attack button for melee weapons the equivalent of doing a power attack by simply pressing ALT? (going by default controls)

  • The wiki mentions that the attack modifier for power attacks is 1.5, which leads me to believe that what is displayed in the pipboy is the regular attack. I don't think it would make much sense to display the power attack damage. Could be tested by comparing with a ranged wepaon that has similar damage stats and see if your mellee weapon does the same damage or does less damage on the same target. – EJS Nov 24 '15 at 9:53
  • Yeah when i think about it, it's probably just displaying regular attacks as you mentioned it would be silly to display power attack damage. – Slater Nov 25 '15 at 5:13

The displayed damage is the regular damage. Power attacks do extra.

The Nukapedia page on Melee Damage states that

  • Melee and Unarmed attacks in V.A.T.S. do twice as much normal damage, but this doubling is done before Strength is added.
  • Power attacks in real-time combat also double normal damage.

The damage was doubled in previous Fallout games, but the Damage Resistance page says that, for close combat damage in Fallout 4,

PowerAttackMulti = 1.5

So it's possible the multiplier may have changed. Regardless of the multiplier, power attacks do more damage, rather than normal attacks doing less.

  • Which makes sense. It wouldn't be quite intuitive (IMO) if they were displaying something that was literally not "regular". – Broots Waymb Dec 22 '15 at 22:17
  • @DangerZone Agreed. Someone thought it was worth asking, though. – DCShannon Dec 22 '15 at 22:24
  • Yeah thought it'd be at least worth asking to just double check. Didn't realise VATS doubled the damage though! Either way i am annoyed that the game (by default) doesn't use power attacks when clicking and holding the attack button like in Skyrim, that was more intuitive than pressing the left alt button. – Slater Dec 23 '15 at 4:50

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