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For an overview of combat armor variants, see combat armor.

 
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Combat armor was issued within the United States Armed Forces during the Great War and appears as armor in Fallout 4. Its appearance is radically different from previous games, largely due to the modular nature of the primary armor sets. This armor provides balanced Damage Resistance and Energy Resistance.

Characteristics

Combat armor

Combat armor is considered "Tier 3" and becomes more common as one enters into the middle levels (15-35). Combat armor offers roughly equal ballistic protection to metal armor and equal energy protection to leather armor. The combination of protection makes it generally a better choice than equivalently modded other armor types, although combat armor becomes available at slightly higher levels than the corresponding tiers of leather and metal armor. Combat armor provides no latent protection from radiation, though through an exclusive mod it can result in the highest radiation resistance available to conventional armor (at the sacrifice of some ballistic and energy protection).

Combat armor helmet

The combat armor helmet is the corresponding armor piece to the combat armor set. This model displays what is possibly a headlamp, attached to the left side above the brow line. The helmet does not utilize the lamp like the mining helmet. It can be modified, similarly to the metal helmet, with the same types of material mods as other pieces of combat armor. It does not have a sturdy or heavy variant. The combat armor helmet only occupies the hat slot, allowing eyewear and masks to be worn.

Crafting

In the Contraptions Workshop add-on, combat armor can be crafted at an armor forge:

Materials:Requirements:Produces:
Steel (6)
Range
Armorer Rank:2
Level
Light combat armor (1)
Materials:Requirements:Produces:
Range
Armorer Rank: 3
Level
Sturdy combat armor (1)
Materials:Requirements:Produces:
Range
Armorer Rank: 4
Level
Heavy combat armor (1)

* The armor part generated (i.e. arm, leg, chest) is randomized.

Parts

Standard

Image Name Weight Damage Resistance Energy Resistance Value Form ID
Fo4 combat armor chest piece.png Combat armor chest piece 8 15 15 60 0011D3C3
Fo4 combat armor leg.png Combat armor right leg 4 8 8 25 0011D3C4
Fo4 combat armor leg.png Combat armor left leg 2 8 8 25 0011D3C5
Fo4 combat armor arm.png Combat armor right arm 2 9 9 25 0011D3C6
Fo4 combat armor arm.png Combat armor left arm 2 9 9 25 0011D3C7
Fo4 combat armor helmet.png Combat armor helmet 4 10 10 25 0011E2C8
Total 22 59 59 180

Sturdy

Image Name Weight Damage Resistance Energy Resistance Value Form ID
Fo4 combat armor chest piece.png Sturdy combat armor chest piece 11.7 25 25 140 00184BC3
Fo4 combat armor leg.png Sturdy combat armor right leg 6.5 12 12 105 00184BC6
Fo4 combat armor leg.png Sturdy combat armor left leg 4.5 12 12 105 00184BC9
Fo4 combat armor arm.png Sturdy combat armor right arm 4.5 13 13 85 0011D3C6
Fo4 combat armor arm.png Sturdy combat armor left arm 4.5 13 13 85 0011D3C7
Fo4 combat armor helmet.png Combat armor helmet 4 10 10 25 0011E2C8
Total 35.7 85 85 555

Heavy

Image Name Weight Damage Resistance Energy Resistance Value Form ID
Fo4 combat armor chest piece.png Heavy combat armor chest piece 15.5 35 35 220 00184BD1
Fo4 combat armor leg.png Heavy combat armor right leg 9 16 16 185 00184BC5
Fo4 combat armor leg.png Heavy combat armor left leg 7 16 16 185 00184BC8
Fo4 combat armor arm.png Heavy combat armor right arm 7 17 17 145 00184BCB
Fo4 combat armor arm.png Heavy combat armor left arm 7 17 17 145 00184BCE
Fo4 combat armor helmet.png Combat armor helmet 4 10 10 25 0011E2C8
Total 49.5 111 111 905


Multiple variants of combat armor can be found, including sturdy and heavy armor. However, the combat armor helmet does not exist as either of these variants (although the similar army helmet can be found separately) and all variants share the same form ID. A full set of sturdy combat armor, including the regular helmet, yields a damage resistance to both ballistic and energy of 85 and a radiation resistance of 0. A full set of heavy combat armor, including the regular helmet, yields a damage resistance to both ballistic and energy of 111 and a radiation resistance of 0.

Because all variants share the same ID, using the console to spawn any of the pieces will result in a random, level-dependent variant of the armor to spawn (either regular, sturdy, or heavy).

Variants

Locations

Notes

  • Although a light is mounted on top of the helmet, it cannot be used.
  • The right leg armor weighs more than the left leg armor, which is potentially an oversight.
  • In the game's opening cinematic, United States Armed Forces soldiers can be seen wearing it.
  • This particular incarnation of combat armor appears consistent to the descriptions in Fallout lore of older generations of the armor that were utilized as removable armor segments mounted on combat webbing rather than the fully enclosed suits found in the Capital or Mojave Wasteland.
  • The base color of all combat armor variations is a light green, further underlining the assumption that it was standard issue among the U.S. military before the War. The Brotherhood of Steel makes heavy use of combat armor, replacing the star on the chest with their signature logo and the standard coloration with a dark brown tone. The Reinforced version changes the color of the armor to tan. Upgrading any piece of combat armor with the Shadowed modification (which improves sneaking in dark areas on top of the regular increase in protection) dyes it a matte black with the occasional rusty spot. The fiberglass and polymer armor mods turn the respective piece a light beige color.
  • If a BoS combat armor chest is modified at an armor workbench and the "Brotherhood of Steel" mod slot is upgraded, the combat armor piece will permanently lose the "BoS" prefix name and its signature on the front of the chest, and will use the regular combat armor visual and name.
  • Some outfits worn underneath the armor may make the male character model appear much more bulky, and there is visible space between the character and armor. One notable comparison is BOS uniform compared to tattered rags. This also affects female characters but to a lesser degree.
  • The Brotherhood of Steel variant of combat armor gives considerably more radiation resistance.
  • On the Gunners loading screen, a Gunner is wearing a combat armor chest piece with the Gunners skull on it; there are game files suggesting this was going to be implemented at some point in a similar manner to the BoS variant, but was cut.
  • The Minutemen general's uniform includes a blue painted sturdy combat armor chest piece, and it is worn over the white shirt and under the dark blue overcoat.

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