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Gametitle-VB.pngThe following is based on Van Buren and has not been confirmed by canon sources.

The freeze gun is a weapon that was to appear in Van Buren, the canceled Fallout 3 by Black Isle Studios.


A prototype weapon that can be constructed by the Mechanic Boy. Once assembled, the gun works great against any armor since it super-freezes joints and moving parts. As such, the gun is effective against robots as well as the New California Republic (NCR) personnel. The gun will not necessarily kill a foe, but it will render it immobile, giving the player an uncontested turns against the crippled enemy.[1][2] It can freeze enemies and runs on cryo energy. You need to get parts for it to get it to work again though. S.O.R.-1000 Alpha, a robot which can be acquired as a follower, can assemble it for you if you have the parts.


All components can be found aboard Ballistic Orbital Missile Base 001.[1][2]

  • Freeze gun schematics, found on a work table in the maintenance room.
  • Freezer coil, found in fridge freezer the kitchen.
  • Water and containers, found in the bathroom.
  • Crushed crystal, found inside the TV in the recreational room.
  • Power source, found by looting S.O.R.-1000 Beta or S.O.R.-1000 Delta.
  • The remainder parts are found in the maintenance room.


The freeze gun can be assembled in the maintenance room of the Ballistic Orbital Missile Base 001[1] with a Mechanics or Science skill greater than 100.[2]

Behind the scenes

A similar gun called the cryolator was going to appear in Fallout 3. But was cut from the final version of the game.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 B.O.M.B.-001 design document part 2. [1]
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 B.O.M.B.-001 design document part 3. [1]