Does MacCready's Killshot perk only affect body parts labeled as 'head' in VATS? What about those creatures or NPCs with no 'head' part in VATS?

For example: radscorpions (they have no 'head' part but have a 'face' part), the various different turrets, Mister Handy / Gutsy robots. Do they have body parts that are affected by the Killshot perk's 20% increased VATS accuracy?

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MacReady's perk will affect anything called Head, and also some similar things. This includes the 'face' part of a radscorpion, and even the 'barrel' part of a machine gun turret. My informal tests indicate that none of the Mr. Handy or its variants' limbs count, although you might think the eyes would. The vast majority of enemies have a limb explicitly labeled 'head'.

This is based on my own experience having the perk on two playthroughs, including my current one. This perk used to be bugged, giving a 2000% percent boost. This was a potentially game-breaking bug that essentially set your head hit-percentage to 95%. This made it quite easy to see which body parts were affected. Based on playtime after it was patched, it's possible that turret barrels are no longer included, but it's harder to tell.

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    Thankfully (for those that want to play the game as was originally intended), it looks like Killshot will be fixed in the patch that is currently beta on steam: MacReady's Killshot perk now calculates headshot percentages properly. Pesky decimal points... always making my 20% into 2000%!
    – king14nyr
    Feb 1, 2016 at 14:28
  • @king14nyr Looks like there's some good stuff in there. Particularly interested in "Added status menu for settlers in your settlements"
    – DCShannon
    Feb 1, 2016 at 14:35
  • Yes, there's a lot of good stuff coming down the pipe, it's definitely worth a read. A lot of quest fixes too, for those that are running into glitches that prevent progress through it.
    – king14nyr
    Feb 1, 2016 at 14:43
  • For PC players there's already multiple mods made to fix that problem Feb 1, 2016 at 14:44
  • Know any other parts affected besides the radscorpion's face and the machine gun turret's barrel? Yep, I'm aware of the Killshot bug, and have installed the Simple Bug Fixes mod to fix it. Feb 1, 2016 at 15:05

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