How do I backstab someone?

In Fallout 4, there is a stat which counts the number of backstabs performed (at the bottom of the screen below). What is a backstab and how do I perform one ?

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I suppose it has to do with melee attacks and sneak, but I never found how to backstab someone…


A backstab in Fallout 4 is simply a sneak attack using a melee weapon. It doesn’t have to be done from the back, though it’s much more difficult to pull off from the front.

Backstabbing can be done on any character, including your companions, or robots and synths (tested on Codsworth and Valentine).

Also, it can not be done with just any weapon, though I’m not too sure which weapons do work, and which weapons don’t.

Weapons I’ve tested which don’t work:

  • Grognak’s Axe

Weapons I’ve tested which work:

  • Power Fist
  • Shishkebab
  • Ripper
  • Combat knife
  • Chinese officer sword

Source : Link , Question Author : Autar , Answer Author : Nolonar

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