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For an overview of alien blaster models in the Fallout series of games, see alien blaster.
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The Firelance is a weapon in Fallout 3. It is the unique variant of the alien blaster.


In addition to its 100% critical chance and high damage, the Firelance sets its target on fire upon strike, causing 2 points of damage every second for 5 seconds. Both the Pyromaniac and Xenotech Expert perks affect this weapon and it uses the rare alien power cells as ammunition.

The Firelance can fire 63 shots, about 6 cells, before burning out.



Name Type Dmg/shot DPS Att/sec Crit mult Crit dmg Spread AP cost Ammo Ammo cap Weight Item HP Value Notes
Alien blaster Energy pistol 100 300 3 x100 100 0.0 20 Alien power cell 10 2 500 500 -
Firelance Energy pistol 80 + 2 FireIcon fire.png (5s) 240 + 2 FireIcon fire.png 3 x100 80 0.0 20 Alien power cell 10 2 200 750 -
Captain's sidearm Energy shotgun-pistol 35 105 3 x1 40 3.0 20 Alien power module 30 2 1000 500 Fires 6 projectiles; uses 3 modules every shot


The Firelance can only be obtained in the "Unidentified Flying Debris" random encounter or through console commands. See Fallout 3 random encounter locations (type A) for locations where this event may take place. The encounter only occurs once per player character. This event can happen anywhere in the game. (when you are outside) Also known to be found at the Bethesda Ruins, wherein upon arrival, several of the raiders guarding the perimeter may in fact be in possession of the weapon.


  • The Firelance can get stuck on buildings, like a water tower in the Wasteland.
  • If the Firelance event took place and you are having trouble finding the weapon, you can have Dogmeat search the area for the Firelance and the ammunition, if you have him as a companion. If you do not have Dogmeat as a companion, a less desirable option is to keep the sound effects volume turned up and listen for the sound of your foot "kicking" the weapon when you walk around the area the explosion took place.
  • If the Firelance event took place near hostile non-player characters, they may utilize the Firelance. This can be used to your advantage. If the Firelance has fallen on top of a building the non-player character will take the Firelance to use, even if you couldn't normally pick it up. Simply kill them and take it off their corpse.
  • Normally, this weapon is weaker (but still very hard-hitting) than the alien blaster due to its burning effect. However, with the Pyromaniac perk, its power exceeds that of the blaster. It still wears down faster, though.
  • If the Firelance is stuck on top of a building, you can use grenades to knock it down. Plasma grenades create a bigger explosion and give a higher chance of knocking the Firelance down. Unfortunately this may cause it to land a fair distance away, especially if you're in a hilly area.

Behind the scenes

  • This unique alien blaster, specifically refereed to as "Firelance," is a cultural reference to the identically named Martian weapon appearing in the Wasteland Paragraphs, in the red herring Mars plot.
  • Both the Firelance and the alien blaster resemble Commander Adams' pistol from the 1956 movie the Forbidden Planet, both in design and firing. The "bullets" disperse in a very similar way when they hit solid objects, such as walls.verification overdue, remove


  • PCIcon pc.png PlayStation 3Icon ps3.png Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png If the event occurs while passing through a rocky part of the Wasteland, the Firelance may drop onto rocks and not be retrievable by Dogmeat, as he often gets stuck in them. (the same with ammunition)
  • Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png It is possible that the spacecraft can glitch and leave 24 power cells and a Firelance stuck in the sky in addition to the regular 24 power cells and a Firelance on the ground.



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