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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 matching combat helmet are pieces of armor in Fallout 3.


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First created in 2051, the military-grade combat armor was designed to protect key sections of the human body from ballistic trauma with hard armored plates made from complex polymers and ceramics, with a flexible body suit interwoven with thermal-dissipative membranes and bulletproof material. The earliest models of the combat armor were manufactured as specific plates mounted on combat webbing, although as the technology improved, body-enclosing suits of armor were created and entered active combat duty, though in limited quantities. The armor came with a matte-finish olive drab coloring by default, making it suitable for woodland and/or urban camouflage. Prior to the Great War, combat armor was nearly exclusively the property of military forces and special police units. Currently-available historical documentation shows users only in the North American continent, but allied nations were likely to possess identical or similar systems. Combat armor was the de facto armor of the United States military, issued to all combat soldiers not in the powered armor units. Additionally, at least one Canadian partisan was caught on camera wearing a suit of combat armor.

Civilian ownership of combat armor was highly restricted. A special permit was required from the Bureau of Alcohol, Drugs, Tobacco, Firearms and Lasers for private ownership of the combat armor.


Combat armor is among the best forms of protection in the post-War Capital Wasteland. It has the fifth highest DR for non-power armors, only lower than Ranger battle armor, Lag-Bolt's combat armor (only available with Broken Steel), metal armor, and Metal Master armor. It is fairly useful for early to mid-level characters, as it can probably be acquired before the Ranger armor, and doesn't have the penalty to Agility that metal armor has.

Unlike the reinforced variants common on the West Coast, all the combat armor available in the Capital Wasteland is short-sleeved, having only the shoulder pads and chestplates covering the torso, as well as the forearm guards. The combat helmet's shaded visor is also absent. The winterized combat armor variant used in the DLC looks the most like combat armor present in earlier Fallout titles, except for the snow-appropriate camouflage pattern and face-covering balaclava.

The helmet is olive drab colored and its shape resembles the current day PASGT kevlar helmets. The picture shown in the Pip-Boy is also very similar to the German Stahlhelm. Unlike its predecessor from Fallout and Fallout 2, the helmet does not have the glass cover over the eyes, so it can be worn with normal eyewear, like eyeglasses.




Cut versionsEdit

Icon cut contentThe following is based on Fallout 3 cut content and has not been confirmed by canon sources.
  • Sim regen armor
  • Shellshocked combat armor: Identical to standard combat armor. Base id: 000cb5ef, (helmet: 000cb5f0).
Icon cut contentEnd of information based on Fallout 3 cut content.


Image Name DR Weight Health Effects Value Limit Base ID
Combat armor Combat armor 32 25 400 390 00020420
Lag Bolts combat armor Lag-Bolt's combat armor Gametitle-FO3 BS 38 30 500 +10 AP, +10 Big Guns 400 1 xx00b95f
Ranger battle armor Ranger battle armor 39 27 1100 +5 AP, +1 LK, +10 Small Guns 430 5 00023030
Rivet City security uniform Rivet City security uniform 24 20 100 +5 Small Guns 330 000239cc
Combat armor Sim regen armor Gametitle-FO3 OA Icon cut 32 25 400 Health regen, limb repair 390 xx002969
Talon combat armor Talon combat armor 28 25 300 390 000a6f76
Tenpenny security uniform Tenpenny security uniform 24 20 100 +5 Small Guns 180 4+ 00034119
Combat armor Shellshocked combat armor Icon cut 32 25 400 390 000cb5ef
American soldier OA Winterized combat armor Gametitle-FO3 OA 32 25 999,400 390 3 xx003af9
Winterized Medic Armor Winterized medic armor Gametitle-FO3 MZ 32 25 400 +10 Medicine 390 3 xx00a9a1
Unique apparel are highlighted with a darker background


Location/Merchant Amount Description
Anchorage Memorial 1 Inside the memorial
Bridge tower inside Rivet City 4 Found in the armory on the bridge tower
Bought from Crow Varies Found on the caravan stops: outside Agatha's house, Arefu, Canterbury Commons, Evergreen Mills, Megaton, Paradise Falls, Rivet City, and Temple of the Union
Dickerson Tabernacle Chapel 1 Found on the dead Drifter in poor condition
Bought from Michael Masters Varies At Michael's store inside Tenpenny Tower
Bought from Moira Brown Varies At her store, Craterside Supply in Megaton
National Guard depot 2 Found in poor condition inside the depot
Bought from Seagrave Holmes Varies Inside the market at Rivet City, normally in low condition
Bought from Tulip Varies Found at her store on left after entering Underworld
Mothership Zeta Several Found throughout the ship
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