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Enclave Hellfire armor is a type of armor in the Fallout 3 add-on Broken Steel. It is a heat-resistant power armor worn by high level Enclave soldiers and the specialized, elite Enclave Hellfire troopers.


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Hellfire powered combat infantry armor is a heat-resistant variant, developed based on regular power armor designs. A prototype version was developed and produced by the the Enclave within a few years following the Great War. In October 2080, one of the prototype suits was sent to Vault 51 at the order of ZAX 1.3c, impersonating Stanislaus Braun through his writing style.[1] The armor's development was not completed until 2277, at the Enclave's facility at Adams Air Force Base, after reallocating resources from other projects into the Hellfire project.[2]


This armor is equal to the T-51b power armor (but not the winterized version included in the Operation: Anchorage add-on) in terms of DR, item HP, and weight. It does, however, offer inferior radiation resistance, as well as -1 Charisma for the Hellfire helmet as opposed to the T-51b power helmet which has +1 Charisma. The armor has an advantage of +35 Fire Resistance, +15 Radiation Resistance and +1 Strength. The helmet offers +5 Fire and Radiation Resistance, but at the aforementioned cost of -1 Charisma.

In contrast to the T-51b which is limited to merchant repair, the Enclave Hellfire armor can be repaired with other sets of Hellfire armor. This advantage alone may make it a better choice among the game's several power armors. That should not be taken for granted, however, as Hellfire troopers are still an uncommon enemy.

Armor comparison

Armor Damage Resistance Rad Resistance Other Resistances
and Bonuses
Stat Bonuses Item HP
T-45d power armor +40/ Helmet: +8 +10/ Helmet: +3 None +2 ST, -2 AG 1000/ Helmet: 75
T-51b power armor +50/ Helmet: +10 +25/ Helmet: +8 None Helmet: +1 CH 2000/ Helmet: 100
Winterized T-51b power armor Operation: Anchorage (add-on) +45/ Helmet: +10 +25/ Helmet: +8 None Helmet: +1 CH 10,000,000/ Helmet: 1,000,000
Tesla armor +43/ Helmet: +9 +20/ Helmet: +5 +10 Energy Weapons Helmet: -1 CH 1500/ Helmet: 100
Advanced power armor Mk II +40/ Helmet: +9 +15/ Helmet: +5 None +1 ST, -1 AG/
Helmet: -1 CH
1200/ Helmet: 75

Enclave Hellfire armor

+50/ Helmet: +10 +15/ Helmet: +5 +30 Fire/ Helmet: +5 Fire +1 ST/ Helmet: -1 CH 2000/ Helmet: 100



  • In Fallout: New Vegas, ED-E, a robotic eyebot companion originally moving from Enclave forces in Chicago to Navarro, has a data log that references the Hellfire armor and how the eyebot improvement program that ED-E was in was ditched in favor of developing the Hellfire Armor.
  • It cannot be given to Protector Casdin as part of his unmarked quest.
  • Sometimes Enclave members can be found wearing this armor before activating the Project Purity.
  • Power armor can only be worn if the player character has gained the Power Armor Training perk, either by talking to Paladin Gunny in the Citadel, by starting the Take it Back! quest, or by completing the Anchorage Reclamation simulation.


  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 If you have a set of Hellfire armor equipped at 100% condition, and another set of Hellfire armor at any condition is in your inventory, the inventory armor will degrade instead of the equipped armor. This effect also applies to the Hellfire helmet, although as it is considerably weaker you may need more spare helmets to keep a good DR. There is a similar effect with the Tesla armor. [verified]
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 If one drops a stack of the Hellfire armor, or Hellfire helmet (meaning 6+ sets with the same damage taken), and leaves it on the ground with no other dropped items, and leaves for an (in-game) day or two, then comes back, all of the armor/helmet pieces will be at 100% durability.



  1. Vault 51 terminal entries; Re: Hellfire Prototype Requisition Request
  2. Whitley: "All due respect sir, I think you're making a mistake. We're close to a breakthrough with the Duraframe Eyebots, I can feel it! Yes, sir. Yes sir, I understand that we need the Duraframe assets for Hellfire armor, but-No, sir. Yes, sir. I understand, sir. I'll tell the team to start disassembling the ED series prototypes right away. ED-E, you little rascal. Were you eavesdropping again? I think those videos you watch are a bad influence on you. How much of that did you hear?"
    ED-E: "<Sad beeping>"
    Whitley: "Hmm... didn't Dr. Grant say she'd upgraded your navigational systems? I think I have an idea.... How'd you like to be just like RALPHIE?"
    (Whitley's dialogue)