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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.

Background[edit | edit source]

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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]

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 chest plates covering the torso, as well as the forearm guards. The combat helmet's shaded visor is also absent. The winterized combat armor variant 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 (Personnel Armor System for Ground Troops) 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 acrylic cover over the eyes, so it can be worn with normal eyewear, such as eyeglasses.

Variants[edit | edit source]

Armor[edit | edit source]

Helmet[edit | edit source]

Cut versions[edit | edit source]

Icon cut content.pngThe 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 content.pngEnd of information based on Fallout 3 cut content.

Comparison[edit | edit source]

Image Name DR Weight Health Effects Value Limit Base ID
Combat armor.png Combat armor 32 25 400 390 00020420
Lag Bolts combat armor.png Lag-Bolt's combat armor Broken Steel 38 30 500 +10 AP, +10 Big Guns 400 1 xx00b95f
Ranger battle armor.png Ranger battle armor 39 27 1100 +5 AP, +1 LK, +10 Small Guns 430 5 00023030
Rivet City security uniform.png Rivet City security uniform 24 20 100 +5 Small Guns 330 000239cc
Combat armor.png Sim regen armor Operation: Anchorage (add-on) Cut content 32 25 400 Health regen, limb repair 390 xx002969
Talon combat armor.png Talon combat armor 28 25 300 390 000a6f76
Tenpenny security uniform.png Tenpenny security uniform 24 20 100 +5 Small Guns 180 4+ 00034119
Combat armor.png Shellshocked combat armor Cut content 32 25 400 390 000cb5ef
American soldier OA.png Winterized combat armor Operation: Anchorage (add-on) 32 25 999,400 390 3 xx003af9
Winterized Medic Armor.png Winterized medic armor Mothership Zeta (add-on) 32 25 400 +10 Medicine 390 3 xx00a9a1
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Locations[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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