Punching weapons are special in that they can take the form of many varieties of shapes and materials. You can equip a Boxing Glove as a weapon and then turn around and use a Deathclaw's bone instead. Although unarmed weapons aren't the strongest type of weaponry in Fallout 76, they're quite fun to use compared to guns and knives.
Below you'll learn about some of the best unarmed weapons in Fallout 76, but we'll also explain why they're strange and don't always make complete sense. Additionally, some of these weapons are barely viable to use, making it even weirder that they're available to find and equip for combat.
Knuckles are a common weapon in Fallout 76. This metal piece of equipment wraps around your character's hands, making your punches hit even harder than they would with just your bare fist. Although there are stronger unarmed weapons like the Power Fist, knuckles have their place as a common and reliable weapon.
Unfortunately, Kunckles wouldn't be nearly as practical in the real world as they are in Fallout 76, especially since guns are so common throughout the wasteland. The fact that Kunckles are even available to use is strange in itself, as it may be better to hide from a dangerous enemy instead of trying to approach them with this weak piece of metal.
7 Meat Hook
The Meat Hook isn't as weird as some of the other unarmed weapons in Fallout 76, but it isn't the most normal weapon either. This weapon is a pirate's dream, although that doesn't make it useful in dangerous combat situations.
Meat Hooks consist of a circular metal object with a sharp point on the end, perfect for stabbing Super Mutants and Deathclaws. Even so, Meat Hooks are a strange choice of weapon since it's unlikely you'll get close enough to hit your enemy before they blast you with bullets, so you'll have to be ridiculously careful if you want to use a Meat Hook as a Wastelander.
6 Power Fist
The Power Fist isn't new to the Fallout franchise. In Fallout 76 it's even more powerful than ever due to all the options you have in this game for customizing your build with armor and perk cards. Power Fists are a weapon type that merge speed with strength for the ultimate combination.
The nature of Power Fists is weird by default because it was originally meant to destroy objects at construction sites, although it's taken on a strange new purpose in the wasteland. The Power Fist was never meant to be a weapon, but due to the strength of the metal and mechanics that make it up, it's quickly become one of the strongest yet weirdest weapons in the Fallout franchise.
5 Death Tambo
Tambourines are one of the most interesting instruments in the world, but they become quite strange when you try to turn one into a weapon. The Death Tambo is one such example, and it even has metal spikes that can slice through any enemy you may encounter in the wasteland.
Although the Death Tambo is somewhat weird as a concept, it can still pack a punch just as much as any other unarmed weapon in Fallout 76. When in doubt, don't forget to pick up a Death Tambo; it's good for more than just making beautiful music.
4 Mole Miner Gauntlet
Mole Miners are a fascinating enemy exclusive to the Fallout franchise, and their choice of weaponry is even more interesting than the enemy themselves. There are a few sharp blades on the end of the Mole Miner Gauntlet, sharper and longer than most other unarmed weapons by far.
The Mole Miner Gauntlet is very rusty, although that doesn't mean it isn't just as powerful as a weapon that shines. The strange shape of the Mole Miner Gauntlet is what helps it to really stand out, especially because of its long proportions, but it's also interesting due to the enemy who makes it.
3 Deathclaw Gauntlet
Deathclaws are one of the strongest enemies in the Fallout franchise, and they're just as powerful in Fallout 76. Defeating a Deathclaw is hard enough, but turning its claw into a weapon takes an especially unique type of adventurer.
Although the Deathclaw Gauntlet is one of the strongest unarmed weapons in Fallout 76, with a base damage of 45-55, it's also one of the strangest because of its material and the fact that anyone would be weird enough to craft something like it. Even though the Deathclaw Gauntlet is weird, it's still a great addition to any Wastelander's arsenal.
2 Bear Arm
The Bear Arm isn't quite what is sounds like. Instead of an arm, this weapon is actually made using the skull of a Yao Guai, which is the closest thing to a bear you'll encounter in the post-apocalyptic wasteland. The skull of a bear is better for an unarmed weapon than you may think because of its sharp teeth and powerful bones.
The Bear Arm also comes with some metal platings, securing the weapon together and making it more powerful overall. If you want a cool new weapon that also strays to the side of strange, then the Bear Arm may be for you, especially if you're creating an unarmed build.
1 Boxing Glove
On the surface, a Boxing Glove doesn't seem like a particularly weird weapon. It's something that you may encounter in real life, and it's often worn by those who engage in hand-to-hand combat. However, a Boxing Glove will weaken the damage you inflict on an enemy due to its material, rendering it useless in battle compared to other more powerful weapons.
Additionally, you need to get within fist range to hit an enemy with a Boxing Glove, so it's not as useful as a long-range gun or lengthy melee weapon. Overall, it's weird that any Wastelander would choose to use a Boxing Glove, and it's not worth using in Fallout 76 since there are so many better options.