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SkillEnergy Weapons 75
Strength Req.4
Attack statistics
65 (87.1)
162.5 (304.9)
DPS (reload)
118.2 (218.7)
Crit Dmg
Crit % Mult
2.5 (3.5)AP32
Ammo & reloading
Ammo TypeMicrofusion cell
Ammo Cap.20
Reload Time
3 (2.3)
Item HP75
Energy rifles (other)
Editor ID?
Base IDxx00b9cf
Perk Effects
Perks (dam.)
Lord Death
Perks (Att.)
Fast Shot
Perks (Rel.)
Rapid Reload
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The LAER (laser assisted electrical rifle) is a weapon in the Fallout: New Vegas add-on Old World Blues.


The LAER resembles a mix of many existing energy weapons; the barrel looks like the pulse gun, the microfusion cell is held in a basket on the bottom like a plasma rifle, the stock is similar to a laser rifle, and it features vacuum tubes similar to a recharger rifle. It also offers very high damage (on par with the plasma caster) for low ammunition consumption making it a great all-round weapon.

The only drawbacks of this weapon are its low critical hit damage and low item HP, so the player may have to rely on the Jury Rigging perk or weapon repair kits, especially if using over or max charged ammunition. One can use bulk ammunition to increase the weapon's life span, and, due to its high damage and decent fire rate, the reduced damage from bulk ammunition is a small cost. It's worth noting that it has a very high spread for an energy rifle, equivalent to the laser RCW, limiting its usefulness at longer ranges.

When compared to its variant, Elijah's advanced LAER, the standard model could be viewed as the more practical version as it has 50% more HP, although it has a slightly slower rate of fire.



  • Elijah's advanced LAER, a semi-unique variant that has a faster rate of fire but less durability and downsized magazine.


Name Type Dmg/shot DPS Att/sec Crit mult Crit dmg Spread AP cost Ammo Ammo cap Weight Item HP Value Stat Req.
LAER Energy rifle 65 162.5 2.5 x1.5 15 0.08 32 Microfusion cell 20 4 75 8000 Energy Weapons:75 Strength:4
Elijah's advanced LAER Energy rifle 65 178.8 2.8 x1.5 15 0.08 32 Microfusion cell 15 4 50 8000 Energy Weapons:75 Strength:4


Seven LAER's can be found in total:

Behind the scenes

  • It was at first a cut energy weapon of Fallout: New Vegas, appearing in the concept art section of the Fallout: New Vegas Official Game Guide Collector's edition. The only existence of it found in the game files was its own icon and left over object effects.
  • The name implies a function like modern attempts at making electrolasers which use lasers to create a conductive plasma conduit in the air and then discharge an electrical differential across the conduit. While practical devices do not yet exist, the concept has been proven and the effect on the target is dependent upon the amount of energy delivered. At lower powers the effect would be much like a stun gun and higher energies being more like a bolt of lightning.


  • PCIcon pc.png PlayStation 3Icon ps3.png Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png Both the normal LAER and Elijah's advanced model use the pick up, drop, equip, and unequip sounds of pistols as opposed to rifles.