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Combat armor was issued within the Armed Forces of the United States of America 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. It provides balanced Damage Resistance and Energy Resistance.


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 equivalent-modded of the 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).

The model for combat armor in Fallout 4 appears to have a basic harness worn underneath, on which a modular system of ballistic plates is attached. Sturdy armor replaces the harness with a more encompassing leather under-liner to the torso plates, along with adding elbow and knee pads, shin guards and forearm guards. While heavy armor adds a large collar, additional plating (now resembling a cuirass-style breastplate), large pauldrons to the shoulder guards and utilizes larger thigh and shin guards.

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 unfortunately 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 currently appear to have a sturdy or heavy variant.

The combat armor helmet only occupies the hat slot, allowing eyewear and masks to be worn.



Name Weight DMG Resist - Ballistic DMG Resist - Energy Value Base ID
Combat armor chest piece 8 15 15 60 0011d3c3
Combat armor right leg 4 8 8 25 0011d3c4
Combat armor left leg 2 8 8 25 0011d3c5
Combat armor right arm 2 9 9 25 0011d3c6
Combat armor left arm 2 9 9 25 0011d3c7
Combat armor helmet 4 10 10 25 0011e2c8
Total 22 59 59 180


Name Weight DMG Resist - Ballistic DMG Resist - Energy Value Base ID
Sturdy combat armor chest piece 11.7 25 25 140 0011d3c3
Sturdy combat armor right leg 6.5 12 12 105 0011d3c4
Sturdy combat armor left leg 4.5 12 12 105 0011d3c5
Sturdy combat armor right arm 4.5 13 13 85 0011d3c6
Sturdy combat armor left arm 4.5 13 13 85 0011d3c7
Total 31.7 75 75 520


Name Weight DMG Resist - Ballistic DMG Resist - Energy Value Base ID
Heavy combat armor chest piece 15.5 35 35 220 0011d3c3
Heavy combat armor right leg 9 16 16 185 0011d3c4
Heavy combat armor left leg 7 16 16 185 0011d3c5
Heavy combat armor right arm 7 17 17 145 0011d3c6
Heavy combat armor left arm 7 17 17 145 0011d3c7
Total 45.5 101 101 880

Multiple variants of combat armor can be found, including sturdy and heavy armor. However, the combat armor helmet does not seem to exist as either of these variants (although the similar army helmet can be found separately) and all variants seem to share the same base 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).



  • One full set of unmodified combat armor can be found on a hostile character by the name of Absalom. He can be found at several random locations throughout The Commonwealth.
  • Left arm, left leg, right leg and chest piece of heavy combat armor can be found within the Quincy ruins on a named character or, if the character has already been killed, a Gunner sergeant found on the church roof. A right arm heavy muffled combat armor may be found on the character Cruz, after killing him, inside the Gunners plaza building. It is not guaranteed to be hardened though. Alternatively, one can buy the heavy combat armor right arm and the left arm in Vault 81.
  • A partial set of heavy or sturdy combat armor, minus the right arm and helmet, can be found on Captain Bridget on the highway above Hub City Auto Wreckers, close to Saugus Ironworks.
  • A full set of unmodified armor, minus the helmet, can be found on a dead Sal, in Jamaica Plain, on the second floor city hall, where the 2076 World Series baseball bat is in the basement.
  • A varying number of pieces of combat armor can be found worn by higher ranked Gunners (often Private or higher).
  • Helmet found on dead raider in The Secret of Cabot House.
  • Several mercenaries at Parsons State Insane Asylum are wearing different armor parts including helmets.
  • A combat armor helmet found as a placed item, in the central building of Hub City Auto Wreckers, on a desk adjacent to the crane control terminal. Respawns every 3 days.
  • Various pieces can be looted from Gunners.
  • Proctor Teagan sells full sets of BoS combat armor aboard the Prydwen, including the legendary Commando armor.
  • BoS variant found on dead BoS soldiers.


  • 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 Wasteland or the Mojave.
  • 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, replaces 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.
  • 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.


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