Killing Legendary Deathclaw (without relying on bugs)

Discussion in 'Fallout: New Vegas Gameplay & Tech' started by Alexander Strahan, Dec 6, 2010.

  1. Alexander Strahan

    Alexander Strahan First time out of the vault

    Jan 9, 2009
    I took many drugs.

    I killed the pack.

    I killed the mother.

    Now, only the Legendary Deathclaw remains, skulking around among his dead brethren. And he is one tough son of a bitch.

    It's nice, in a way, to encounter an enemy that can rip me in half. It serves as a quick reminder that I am not, in fact, Lord King Cool Death Monger Man of the Wasteland. And perhaps Level 14 is NOT, in fact, a good time to fight the Legendary One, but at some point, I imagine, we'll come to blows.

    Besides making him bug out on geometry, how can I kill him? My Guns is already at 100%, and despite using Slugs, AP ammo, drugs and every dirty (non-bug) trick in my bag, I can't take off more than 1/4th of his life bar before he nails me and my entire team.

    Any hints?
  2. Korin

    Korin So Old I'm Losing Radiation Signs

    Aug 6, 2010
    Bottle cap and frag mines. Sneak attack critical with the anti-material/gauss rifle (might switch out to the Gobi rifle to save on AP after).

    Depending what difficulty you're playing on, you may have to be lame about how you fight him. If hardcore is off you can probably use your companion for fodder. You could also try launching fatman nukes.

    If you have the holy hand grenade apparently you might be able to one shot him.
  3. Nalano

    Nalano Still Mildly Glowing

    Jan 20, 2009
    Anti-Materiel Rifle from far, far away while sneaking.
  4. Alphadrop

    Alphadrop A right proper chap.

    Aug 21, 2008
    Using the Ballistic Glove or Pushy can work to if your drugged up to the nines though your using guns so go with the sniping with an anti material rifle from 3 miles away that other chaps suggest.
  5. Lexx

    Lexx Testament to the ghoul lifespan
    Moderator Modder

    Apr 24, 2005
    I used the Anti-Materiel Rifle with AP ammo and killed the shit with one hit in VATS while in sneak mode. It blew up the head.
  6. Chiz130

    Chiz130 First time out of the vault

    Dec 7, 2010
    use the 12 Gauge Bean Bag ammo with a shotgun to cause fatigue then while its down shoot the crap out of it with high powered weapon like Anti material rifle or a fat man
  7. cronicler

    cronicler Lurksalot

    May 31, 2006
    As Chiz noted, Bean bag is insanely effective if you have any. Bean it down then slug it.

    Drug yourself with +AP, +Damage, +AP Regen and +Crit then stealth snipe it to the head and have a minefield ready for worst case is another option.

    AM Rifle, Minigun, LMG, with AP ammo; Hunting Revolve, Brush Gun with SWC; also get the job done relatively painlessly.

    However, I personally prefer Gobi or vanilla Sniper for the hard kills as they have a (game-breaking) x5 Crit rate
  8. Surf Solar

    Surf Solar So Old I'm Losing Radiation Signs

    Aug 20, 2009
    If I recall correct they'll nerf sniper rifles a bit down in the next patch. (just sayin')
  9. Little Robot

    Little Robot sup Orderite

    Sep 29, 2010
    So, ladies and gentlemen, kill your Deathclaws now while they're hot!
  10. nad02s

    nad02s It Wandered In From the Wastes

    Jan 31, 2008
    I started killing the death claws at level 4 or 5. But that was with Exploits and bugs galore.

    I had picked up an incinerator, and I didnt realise at the time, but when I used it as a last resort on the Deathclaws, I realised that its ammo was stuck at 19, meaning I had unlimited ammo ;)

    So I crippled the legs, then shot them in the face with a load of ammo while running like a girl 2010-11-24 02-33-56-57.jpg " title="" />
  11. Threepwood

    Threepwood Look, Ma! Two Heads!

    Nov 4, 2010
    Gobi Campaign Rifle; 2 shots.
  12. aguds

    aguds First time out of the vault

    Oct 20, 2010

    And there is also a little ridge if you follow it from the left side of the entrance to the quarry-area that allows you a vantage point
  13. sydney_roo

    sydney_roo Still Mildly Glowing

    Nov 24, 2008
    No go, boys. The only way to kill Legendary Deathclaw effectively ON VERY HARD difficulty is to use YCS/186 (100%) with Max Charge ammo.
  14. DForge

    DForge Look, Ma! Two Heads!

    Jul 29, 2006
    Gobi is officially dead now, so Riot Shotgun might be a good way to fight. Brush Gun is bugged but extremely strong in VATS, This machine is weaker (and got nerfed) but bugless, however Riot Shotgun seems the best DPS in non-vats now (from guns category)
  15. Jet1337

    Jet1337 It Wandered In From the Wastes

    Aug 27, 2009
    I haven't touched the game since the latest 360 patch, so I don't know what the fuck they did to the game and I can't seem to find the patch notes anywhere.

    I killed the LD with 3 bottlecap mines to cripple the son of a bitch and a shitload of anti-material rifle shots to the head. This was with my Guns at 100 and on Normal. I'd like to see these fuckers out in the wasteland. It would give me some challenge. >:}
  16. sea

    sea Vault Senior Citizen

    Oct 5, 2009
    I don't know, I kind of like the legendary creatures as just single foes. Having them as unique is kind of special, especially considering how hard they are (generally) to kill. Dropping legendaries as regular spawns kind of takes away from the feeling of killing the biggest, baddest creature in the wasteland.

    As for the legendary deathclaw, I honestly don't know how a melee or unarmed character would handle it... you might be able to get a knockdown in, but even with an extremely high endurance, he'll take a huge chunk out of your health bar with every hit; two or so is enough to kill, easily.
  17. remidiel

    remidiel First time out of the vault

    Dec 22, 2010
    I perfer to use the Minigun++ with AP rounds to take all any and all Deathclaws. The LDs will go down when using theMinigun, but it takesa lot of rounds and you need to keep some distance between yourself and the damn Deathclaw or you're DEAD.
  18. Jet1337

    Jet1337 It Wandered In From the Wastes

    Aug 27, 2009
    LD's? There's only one in the game...
  19. Mr Krepe

    Mr Krepe Water Chip? Been There, Done That

    Mar 28, 2010
    I found this extremely neat unique weapon called This Machine, which is the bomb, it's in the guns category, but honest to god, I don't know how it does so well. On very hard difficulty it can down a deathclaw with one shot to the head/chest if your in sneak, so imagine how much of a beast it is in normal mode, so i'm guessing it would make mincemeat of the LD, but because I appreciate a challenge I would probably end up using something like a repeater or vance's smg.
  20. remidiel

    remidiel First time out of the vault

    Dec 22, 2010
    I just used the Minigun++ with AP rounds while wearing normal T-51b Power Armor. You'll take it out in less than 250 rounds depending on your Guns skill and the condition of the minigun.