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For an overview of combat armor variants in all games, as well as background information, see combat armor.


The combat armor and the matching combat helmet are pieces of armor in Fallout: New Vegas.

Background[edit | edit source]

Main article: Combat armor

Modeled after the human silhouette, combat armors were designed to provide balanced protection without limiting user mobility. They are a diverse family of personal body armor with varying degrees of sophistication, ranging from the earliest iterations developed by the United States Army[1] to the cutting-edge riot gears that came into use prior to the Great War.[2]

Characteristics[edit | edit source]

Identical in appearance to the version found in Fallout 3, and unlike the one in Fallout and Fallout 2, the combat armor available in the Mojave is short-sleeved, having only the pauldrons and chest plates covering the torso. The combat helmet's shaded visor from Fallout and Fallout 2 is also absent.

Black combat armor[edit | edit source]

There is also an identically-named black version of this armor, with the same appearance as Van Graff combat armor. There is no matching helmet for the black version. This version is worn solely by members of the Van Graff crime syndicate, and is painted black for "brand recognition purposes." A total of nine suits of black combat armor exist in the game: five worn by the Van Graff thugs at the Silver Rush, one worn by Simon, one worn by Jean-Baptiste Cutting, and two on the bodies of dead Van Graff thugs at the site of Durable Dunn's Sacked Caravan wreckage.

Variants[edit | edit source]

  • Van Graff combat armor - The Van Graffs' standard armor for all of their guards, however identical armor simply called "combat armor" can be found at Durable Dunn's sacked caravan.
  • Combat armor, reinforced - An improved version of combat armor, made out of tougher armor plates and covers more of the wearer's body, most notably the back and upper torso, the weight is roughly the same.
  • Combat armor, reinforced mark 2 - An even tougher version of standard combat armor and an improvement of the reinforced combat armor, the armor provides more protection by having an even thicker set of armor and covers most of the torso, the lower legs and a portion of the forearms, all for the same amount of weight.
  • US Army combat armor Lonesome Road (add-on) - A green, military variant with private insignias found in the Divide.

Locations[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Van Graff combat armor can be repaired by regular combat armor but regular combat armor can not be repaired by the black Van Graff combat armor.
  • The combat armor found on Van Graff thugs is colored black instead of green, similar to the combat armor used by Rivet City security in Fallout 3.
  • On the female version, the shirt and pants seem to be darker than the male version.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. The Army helmet is presented in the game as an older type of helmet, issued to uniformed troops who do not use the standard set of combat armor: Clearly visible in the tutorial segment and later on countless dead bodies throughout the Commonwealth
  2. Riot gear variants available in Lonesome Road.
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