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Combat armor is a multi-piece set of armor in Fallout 76. Combat armor provides balanced Damage Resistance and Energy Resistance but lacks Radiation Resistance and requires the player character to be at least level 20 to equip or craft.

BackgroundEdit

Main article: Combat armor
The success of the Army combat armor paved the way for superior models. The most important of these was the standard-issue[1] combat armor issued to military units nationwide,[2][3] with the first Army model relegated to domestic and garrison duties.[4]

The new combat armor was manufactured in three different variants, for wearing with the standard armed services uniform: Light, medium (sturdy), and heavy. The modular suit of armor was manufactured from alloys that offer balanced protection from conventional firearms and energy weapons[5] and provide load-bearing functionality in combat. A new combat helmet model was designed for all three variants, incorporating ear protection and a pair of attachment points for additional equipment, such as lamps (commonly found on surviving units) and targeting or imaging equipment.[6]

The basic, light model was most common, issued widely to troops on the battlefield.[7][2], it consisted of a pair of plates covering the chest and upper back, attached to standard load-bearing equipment, axillary protectors, and a pair of plates covering the thighs.[8] The superior, sturdy combat armor variant was the baseline model. The torso assembly is enhanced with the inclusion of soft body armor from ballistic fiber, overlaid with enlarged hard armor plates providing superior coverage and protection. A groin protector is included by default. Limbs incorporate the axillary and thigh protectors of the lighter model, with the addition of plating on forearms, knees, and lower legs. The entire assembly was intended for units engaged in heavy fighting on the most contested fronts.[9] The heaviest model of combat armor is a radical departure from the principle of balance that guided the design of combat armor. Emphasizing durability and protection, the heavy variant encloses the entire body in a layer of soft body armor enclosing it almost entirely, with the characteristic armored plates worn on top. The torso assembly incorporates the medium variant upgraded with armor plating enclosing the entire torso, including a characteristic hump that protects the upper back. Arms are sheathed in segmented armor that incorporates additional protection for hands, elbows, and shoulders (heavy axillary protectors include a pair of characteristic pauldrons). Legs are protected even more heavily, with armor plating enclosing the thighs, lower legs, and covering feet.[10]

The standard combat armor was designed to accept numerous modifications, allowing for it to be tailored for specific purposes. Common material included additional reinforcement, “shadowing” (reducing its profile and signature, with a characteristic black finish), and an optional polymer upgrade that replaced the standard combat armor alloy with advanced combat polymers. Functional upgrades were numerous, tailoring the armor's functionality to the mission profile and included special linings (fire-retardant asbestos, radiation-resistant lead, or the unique BioCommMesh enhancing combat drug duration), lightened construction, upgraded combat webbing, melee modifications, weapon stabilization, and various customizations of the armor profile and silhouette to improve performance in close combat.[11]

After the Great War, some factions developed their own modifications. For example, the Brotherhood of Steel armors incorporate a special coating that provides additional protection from background radiation.[11]

CharacteristicsEdit

Combat armorEdit

Combat armor consists of five different pieces, one for each limb, and a torso. They can be worn over clothing with ease and can be modified with standard combat armor mods. All in all, it's a highly modifiable suit of armor that offers a balanced level of protection. Combat armor is available in four grades: Level 20, 30, 40, and 50. It is available in standard (light), sturdy and heavy versions with each variant offering increased protection at the cost of added weight and increased crafting resources. As with all armor sets in Fallout 76, it can be worn under clothing.

Combat armor has two mod slots with, the first slot allowing the player character to alter the armor's appearance while improving DR and ER. While they do change the appearance, from a sheer resistance perspective, the Brotherhood of Steel variant is the most powerful.

The second mod slot allows several utility improvements, such as additional carry capacity or a lighter build. Mods may be learned from scrapping armor or by acquiring plans. Mods may also be purchased, found in the world or awarded for quests.

Combat armor may also be painted.

Combat armor helmetEdit

The combat armor helmet is a green helmet with leather padding. It offers no damage reduction properties and is only a cosmetic headpiece. It can have its paint color changed at a workbench. The paint types correspond with the ones available for standard combat armor, but are unlocked seperately to the body colors. You can unlock the different colors through scrapping various combat armor pieces.

Images

Standard Sturdy Heavy
LightCombatArmor SturdyCombatArmor HeavyCombatArmor

ComparisonEdit

StandardEdit

Image Name Level Weight Damage Resistance Icon shield silver Energy Resistance Icon electrical Value Base ID
Combat armor chest piece 20 7.0 16 16 49 ????????
30 7.0 25 25 49
40 7.0 30 30 49
50 7.0 36 36 49
Combat armor left arm
Combat armor right arm
20 2.75 6 6 49 ????????
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30 2.75 8 8 49
40 2.75 10 10 49
50 2.75 12 12 49
Combat armor left leg
Combat armor right leg
20 3.0 6 6 20 ????????
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30 3.0 8 8 20
40 3.0 10 10 20
50 3.0 12 12 20

SturdyEdit

Image Name Level Weight Damage Resistance Icon shield silver Energy Resistance Icon electrical Value Base ID
Sturdy combat armor chest piece 20 9.8 21 21 61 ????????
30 9.8 33 33 61
40 9.8 40 40 61
50 9.8 47 47 61
Sturdy combat armor left arm
Sturdy combat armor right arm
20 3.85 8 8 61 ????????
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30 3.85 11 11 61
40 3.85 13 13 61
50 3.85 15 15 61
Sturdy combat armor left leg
Sturdy combat armor right leg
20 4.2 8 8 25 ????????
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30 4.2 11 11 25
40 4.2 13 13 25
50 4.2 15 15 25

HeavyEdit

Image Name Level Weight Damage Resistance Icon shield silver Energy Resistance Icon electrical Value Base ID
Heavy combat armor chest piece 20 12.6 27 27 73 ????????
30 12.6 43 43 73
40 12.6 52 52 73
50 12.6 61 61 73
Heavy combat armor left arm
Heavy combat armor right arm
20 4.95 11 11 73 ????????
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30 4.95 14 14 73
40 4.95 17 17 73
50 4.95 20 20 73
Heavy combat armor left leg
Heavy combat armor right leg
20 5.4 11 11 30 ????????
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30 5.4 14 14 30
40 5.4 17 17 30
50 5.4 20 20 30

VariantsEdit

CraftingEdit

Combat armor can be crafted at an armor workbench.

StandardEdit

Name Level Ballistic Fiber Leather Plastic Rubber Steel
Combat armor chest piece 20 0 7 11 7 15
30 4 9 13 9 18
40 6 12 16 12 22
50 8 15 19 15 26
Combat armor left arm
Combat armor right arm
20 0 6 8 6 11
30 4 8 10 8 14
40 6 11 13 11 18
50 8 14 16 14 22
Combat armor left leg
Combat armor right leg
20 0 6 9 6 12
30 4 8 11 8 15
40 6 11 14 11 19
50 8 14 17 14 23

SturdyEdit

Name Level Ballistic Fiber Leather Plastic Rubber Steel
Sturdy combat armor chest piece 20 0 8 14 9 19
30 4 10 16 11 22
40 6 13 19 14 26
50 8 16 22 17 30
Sturdy combat armor left arm
Sturdy combat armor right arm
20 0 7 10 7 13
30 4 9 12 9 16
40 6 12 15 12 20
50 8 15 18 15 24
Sturdy combat armor left leg
Sturdy combat armor right leg
20 0 7 11 7 16
30 4 9 13 9 19
40 6 12 16 12 23
50 8 15 19 15 27

HeavyEdit

Name Level Ballistic Fiber Leather Plastic Rubber Steel
Heavy combat armor chest piece 20 0 9 18 10 23
30 4 11 20 12 26
40 6 14 23 15 30
50 8 17 26 18 34
Heavy combat armor left arm
Heavy combat armor right arm
20 0 7 11 7 16
30 4 9 13 9 19
40 6 12 16 12 23
50 8 15 19 15 27
Heavy combat armor left leg
Heavy combat armor right leg
20 0 7 13 7 18
30 4 9 15 9 21
40 6 12 18 12 25
50 8 15 21 15 29
  • Equipping the Armorer perk at level 2 or higher can significantly reduce the amount of crafting materials required.

PlansEdit

Plans to craft combat armor are given as a reward for completing the Free States quests. These quests begin with Early Warnings.

ModificationsEdit

This item has the following modification slots: Material, Misc.

  • All numbers are relative to the base stats. If a range is shown, the value scales with the level of the item modified.
  • Weight modifiers for misc. mods apply to the base weight of the item modified by the material.

TorsoEdit

Material
ModDescriptionIcon shield silverIcon electricalIcon radiationIcon weightIcon merchantPerk(s) requiredComponentsBase ID
StandardStandard.Adhesive x2
Leather x6
Steel x6
Cloth x4
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ReinforcedImproves damage and energy resistance.+1-10+1-10+10%+10%Adhesive x2
Leather x6
Steel x6
Cloth x4
????????
ShadowedImproves stealth in dark areas.+1-10+1-10+10%+10%Adhesive x2
Leather x6
Oil x4
Steel x6
Cloth x4
????????
FiberglassImproves damage and energy resistance.+2-15+2-15+30%+15%Adhesive x4
Leather x12
Steel x12
Cloth x8
????????
PolymerImproves damage and energy resistance.+3-20+3-20+50%+20%Adhesive x8
Leather x24
Steel x24
Cloth x16
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Brotherhood of Steel+4-25+4-25+75%+30%Adhesive x2
Leather x6
Oil x4
Steel x2
Cloth x4
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Misc
ModDescriptionIcon shield silverIcon electricalIcon radiationIcon weightIcon merchantPerk(s) requiredComponentsBase ID
None????????
Lighter build+5 AP.+20%-10%Cork x4
Fiberglass x5
Adhesive x3
Rubber x3
????????
Padded-25% damage taken from explosions.+30%+15%Ballistic fiber x3
Adhesive x3
Rubber x3
????????
PocketedImproved carrying capacity (+10).+30%+10%Adhesive x3
Leather x4
Cloth x4
????????
Asbestos lining+15 Energy resistance and immunity to being set on fire.+15+30%+30%Ballistic fiber x6
Asbestos x6
Adhesive x5
Rubber x3
????????
Deep pocketedImproved carrying capacity (+20).+50%+15%Black titanium x7
Gold x7
Screw x6
Cloth x5
????????
Lead lined+15 Radiation resistance.+15+70%+30%Adhesive x6
Lead x8
Screw x4
????????
Dense-50% damage taken from explosions.+60%+30%Black titanium x7
Ballistic fiber x6
Fiberglass x3
Rubber x4
Screw x3
????????
Ultra-light build+10 AP.+40%-20%Black titanium x7
Cork x6
Fiberglass x8
Rubber x5
Screw x6
????????
PneumaticReduces the magnitude of incoming staggers.+50%+20%Aluminum x5
Ballistic fiber x7
Adhesive x8
Lead x10
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BioCommMeshIncreases duration of chems by 50%.+50%+30%Aluminum x12
Circuitry x8
Adhesive x8
Cloth x6
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LimbsEdit

Material
ModDescriptionIcon shield silverIcon electricalIcon radiationIcon weightIcon merchantPerk(s) requiredComponentsBase ID
StandardStandard.Adhesive x1
Steel x2
Cloth x2
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ReinforcedImproves damage and energy resistance.+1-7+1-7+10%+10%Adhesive x1
Leather x2
Steel x2
Cloth x2
????????
ShadowedImproves stealth in dark areas.+1-7+1-7+10%+10%Adhesive x1
Leather x2
Oil x2
Steel x2
Cloth x2
????????
FiberglassImproves damage and energy resistance.+2-10+2-10+30%+15%Adhesive x2
Leather x4
Steel x4
Cloth x4
????????
PolymerImproves damage and energy resistance.+3-13+3-13+50%+20%Adhesive x4
Leather x8
Steel x8
Cloth x8
????????
Brotherhood of Steel+4-15+4-15+75%+30%Adhesive x1
Leather x2
Oil x2
Steel x2
Cloth x2
????????
Misc
ModDescriptionIcon shield silverIcon electricalIcon radiationIcon weightIcon merchantPerk(s) requiredComponentsBase ID
None????????
Lighter build+2 AP.+20%-10%Cork x4
Fiberglass x4
Adhesive x3
Rubber x3
????????
PocketedImproved carrying capacity (+5).+30%+10%Adhesive x3
Leather x4
Cloth x4
????????
Strengthened-15% limb damage.+50%+30%Adhesive x5
Plastic x5
Steel x5
Screw x5
????????
Deep pocketedImproved carrying capacity (+10).+50%+15%Black titanium x7
Gold x7
Screw x6
Cloth x5
????????
Lead lined+10 Radiation resistance.+10+70%+30%Adhesive x6
Lead x8
Screw x4
????????
Ultra-light buildGreatly reduces weight. +5 AP.+40%-20%Black titanium x7
Aluminum x7
Cork x6
Fiberglass x8
Rubber x5
Screw x6
????????
Misc (arms only)
ModDescriptionIcon shield silverIcon electricalIcon radiationIcon weightIcon merchantPerk(s) requiredComponentsBase ID
Braced+25% damage blocked.+20%+25%Bone x6
Adhesive x5
Steel x4
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Brawling+10% Unarmed damage.+20%+25%Bone x3
Adhesive x5
Lead x4
Screw x2
????????
Stabilized+5% scope stability.+30%+25%Aluminum x7
Fiber optics x3
Adhesive x6
Spring x4
????????
Aerodynamic-5% power attack AP cost.+30%+15%Aluminum x7
Fiberglass x6
Adhesive x7
Spring x5
????????
Weighted+10% armor penetration for melee and unarmed attacks.+60%+40%Aluminum x10
Bone x4
Fiberglass x4
Adhesive x8
????????
Misc (legs only)
ModDescriptionIcon shield silverIcon electricalIcon radiationIcon weightIcon merchantPerk(s) requiredComponentsBase ID
Cushioned-50% falling damage.+30%+15%Cork x7
Adhesive x5
Rubber x7
Cloth x6
????????
Muffled+10% harder detection for enemies.+40%+15%Adhesive x6
Rubber x7
Cloth x5
????????
Custom fitted-5% sprint AP cost.+40%+15%Adhesive x7
Leather x8
Rubber x4
Spring x5
????????
Sleek+5% movement speed while sneaking.+50%+10%Fiberglass x5
Adhesive x8
Oil x4
Rubber x10
????????

CosmeticEdit

All cosmetic skins are available exclusively through the Atomic Shop.

Name Image Description
Blood-Washed Make enemies think otherwise before trying to fight you with the Blood-Washed Paint for Combat Armor.
Camouflage Be ready for war with this Camouflage Paint for your Combat Armor.
Patriot Just because America is gone doesn't mean patriotism is! Show your love with the Patriot Paint for your Combat Armor.
Vault-Tec From your friends at Vault-Tec, an officially branded paint for your trusty Combat Armor.
Free States You have the right to be well armored with this Free States Combat Armor Paint.

LocationsEdit

  • A helmet can be found at the Charleston Capitol Building in the Charleston Capitol Courthouse, on a table with a lamp and folder under the collapsed floor. Another can be found on the front desk of the DMV.
  • A helmet may be found at Morgantown, at the street camp, inside the large tent, on a table.
  • A helmet can be found on a cabinet shelf in a shed to the south of the North Kanawha lookout, to the left of the fridge.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Bethesda UK Official Twitter
  2. 2.0 2.1 Frontline troops in Alaska wear this type of combat armor. As seen in the Fallout 4 intro.
  3. Fallout 76 intro also clearly shows this type of armor as the standard issue armor for all United States soldiers.
  4. 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.
  5. Fallout 4 loading screen hints: "Combat Armor offers balanced protection against both energy and ballistic damage."
  6. Concept art for the helmet shows the heavy model as having a special targeting unit attached, with an ocular over the right eye.
  7. Combat armor in Fallout Shelter: "The preferred battlefield armor of pre-war grunts."
  8. Combat armor appearance in Fallout 4.
  9. Sturdy combat armor in Fallout Shelter: "Worn by the toughest ground pounders in the toughest battles."
  10. Heavy combat armor in Fallout Shelter]]: "They used to send in an army. Now they only need you."
  11. 11.0 11.1 Fallout 4 armor upgrades.
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