For me, the scariest deathclaw encounter was with a deathclaw mother one night @ quarry junction. After several shots with an anti-mat rifle, her health bar disappears (and this was one of those kills that didn't reward me with cinematic) so after I take care of her remaining offspring, I got to check the corpses to see if there's anything on them. Just one problem....I could not find the deathclaw mother's corpse ANYWHERE! So i spent over 30 minutes creeping around the place out of fear that she somehow survived and that I would have a bersek mama on my hands...
In all honesty though, deathclaws (of any kind) don't scare me the most out of all the creatures of the Mojave (they only rank around 4th place). Truly, the most horrifying creature of the desert is the dreaded C-...*gulp*....Cazador! (especially the legendary one)
This... is... so... ACCURATE! Man deathclaws are freaking scary! Even with my party of Faux, Paladin and Dogmeat, these things put up a nasty fight. Everytime I see one I think... "please don't see me"
Well with Raw I used a LAER with the mods added on, it killed Rawr pretty fast but my character had 100 in energy weapons. But Quarry Junction and Dead Wind Cavern I used range and either a GRA modded Anti Material Rifle or I used the Gaus Rifle. BTW Chainsaw is a bad idea against a Deathclaw. D:
i mostly use my anti material rifle against them with any kind of mg bullets i had. in fallout 3 i used my dart guns to make them easy targets i never ever got close to a deathclaw unless it's crippled
The only unarmed weapon I used on a Deathclaw was The Superheated Saturnite Fist, which if you have a high unarmed skill and the piercing strike perk, worked well on a Deathclaw, it killed them pretty quickly. Also something satisfying about killing a Deathclaw with a Powerfist.