Best weapon to use against deathclaws

#1Vanguard666Posted 10/30/2010 4:08:20 PM
I'm at lvl 20 right now but even a young deathclaw is whooping my ass, I'm at a 100 on my guns and have been using rifles,repeaters SMG's and the even LMG against it and can barely do 30% damage while in VATS. I thought it would be a matter of changing ammunition but i read on the game manual that if that shield icon thingy appears on the left hand side of the enemies' lifebar that I should switch to a better weapon.
help..??
#2SquireRamzaPosted 10/30/2010 4:09:58 PM
AP rounds. Buying about 200 of those for the All-American Marksman Carbine made the difference between "Get ass kicked at first encounter" to "success" in the Black Mountain quest against Super Mutant Masters.
#3Vanguard666(Topic Creator)Posted 10/30/2010 4:12:57 PM
I did try AP rounds but they almost have the same damage as the normal ammo.
#4krazykatanaPosted 10/30/2010 4:12:57 PM

Get the unique sniper or use anti-material

if you are properly built, with the unqiue sniper just shoot at them once, than wait for them to come close enoguh for 95% than just pop all your AP in VATS, at x5 crit chance every hit is a critical so they die in a couple shots with better criticals

a sneak head shot from Anti-material rifle with armor piercing bullets and better criticals will 1 shot a deathclaw on any difficulty aswell.

#5DogFishBradPosted 10/30/2010 4:13:18 PM
gobi sniper rifle can kill one in 3 shots in VATS...
#6flagg2kplusPosted 10/30/2010 4:13:36 PM
Euclid's C-Finder
#7krazykatanaPosted 10/30/2010 4:14:23 PM

deathclaws have high armor, so low damage high rate of fire won't get you anywhere, high crits that overpower their defence threshold will kill them fast.

#8AcheivementPosted 10/30/2010 4:15:13 PM
Anti-Material rifle, AP rounds, 100 guns=Deathclaw Extinction
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#9Vanguard666(Topic Creator)Posted 10/30/2010 4:15:49 PM
^ where can I get that?
#10AcheivementPosted 10/30/2010 4:17:36 PM
FUN FALLOUT FACT! Deathclaws were originally chameleons, but were mutated by the US government with other, more dangerous animals to make the most hated of all the creatures in the Fallout world
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