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For the trait, see Finesse (trait).
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Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas
RequirementsLevel 10
EffectsHigher critical hit chance (equivalent to +5 Luck)
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With the Finesse perk, you have a higher chance to score a critical hit on an opponent in combat, equivalent to 5 extra points of Luck.

— In-game description, Fallout 3

Finesse is a perk in Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas.


This perk grants an extra 5% chance to land a critical hit upon an opponent regardless of the player's Luck attribute. This bonus is affected by a weapons critical multiplier.

Characters with very low Luck arguably do not benefit as much from Finesse, as they are not typically reliant on critical chance to be effective. This also holds true for characters that almost always attack from stealth - sneak attacks are always criticals and do not rely on critical chance.


  • In the Official Fallout 3 Strategy Guide, under the "Luck" section, it states incorrectly that you need a minimum of 6 Luck to acquire the Finesse perk. There is no minimum Luck score (or other prerequisites, for that matter) to select it.
  • In the Official Fallout: New Vegas Strategy Guide, in the "Critical Chance" section, it states that Finesse adds an additional 15% critical chance to unarmed and melee attacks instead of the usual 5%. This is not stated elsewhere in New Vegas material.