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I heard those Enclave soldiers are equipped with Plasma weapons. Lucky bastards.Brotherhood of Steel initiate

Enclave soldiers are the fighting force of the Enclave in the Capital Wasteland in 2277.

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This character drops a finger upon death (Lawbringer).
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Enclave officer[]

Main article: Enclave officer

Enclave officers wear standard Enclave officer uniforms and hats. They are armed with plasma pistols, and carry plasma grenades as backup.

Enclave trainee (Rank 0)[]

Enclave trainees can be found at certain Enclave outposts after The Waters of Life, doing push-ups under the supervision of an Enclave officer. Trainees are equipped only with laser pistols; they do not wear helmets, and their power armor is in poor condition.

Enclave soldier (Ranks 1 and 2)[]

Regular Enclave soldiers wear Enclave power armor, and are usually armed with laser rifles and laser pistols. On rare occasions, they can also be equipped with flamers or rippers and sometimes can carry a plasma rifle. They also carry a random chem, like Psycho or Buffout. After downloading Broken Steel, these particular soldiers become rarer (especially at higher difficulty levels and after completing the main questline) compared to Enclave soldiers with Tesla armor or Enclave Hellfire armor.

Enclave Tesla soldier[]

As their name suggests, these Enclave soldiers wear Tesla armor and are usually equipped with plasma rifles. They may also carry miniguns, Gatling lasers, or missile launchers.

They become more common at higher levels, and can replace regular soldiers in Vertibird drops. They also appear in fixed locations (such as in front of Alexandria Arms), or as Colonel Autumn's bodyguards. They are considerably tougher compared to regular soldiers, thanks to their superior armor (which is usually at near-top condition) and their tendency to carry heavy weapons more often than other classes of Enclave soldiers.

Enclave Hellfire troopers (Broken Steel)[]

Enclave Hellfire troopers are a new variant of soldier added by the Broken Steel add-on. They wear Enclave Hellfire armor and are equipped with heavy incinerators. They also carry a plasma pistol as a sidearm.

Enclave soldier (Hellfire armor, Broken Steel)[]

The Broken Steel add-on also adds regular Enclave soldiers armored in Enclave Hellfire armor. They wield plasma rifles and have the same stats as the Hellfire troopers, but are just called "Enclave soldier" in-game. At the Very Hard difficulty level, they are tied with their Tesla armored comrades in being the most common Enclave soldiers (it is equally likely to encounter both varieties).

Whether the main quest has been completed or not has no effect on whether this type of soldier appears, nor does it affect how frequently they appear. This type of soldier will always appear in level-scaled frequencies in specific Enclave locations.


Enclave soldier[]

Enclave soldier (Tesla armor)[]

Enclave Hellfire troopers (Broken Steel)[]

Apparel Weapon Other items On death
Enclave Hellfire armor Heavy incinerator and Enclave plasma pistol Finger

Enclave soldier (Hellfire armor, Broken Steel)[]


  • Enclave soldiers are almost never seen without their helmets. The only exceptions are the trainees that can be found at certain Enclave outposts, and (at low levels) outside of Raven Rock if destroyed.
  • Every Enclave soldier has the same voice.
  • Enclave soldiers do not normally appear until after the Waters of Life quest. However, with Broken Steel installed they will appear at Enclave camp locations prior to the quest (even when the camp was not set up). A soldier appears the second time a player visits a site where a camp will eventually be, if the player reaches high level the Hellfire variant will spawn as well.
  • An Enclave soldier might also be encountered fighting Brotherhood Outcasts as a random encounter before the Waters of Life quest, appearing as early as Following in His Footsteps.


Enclave soldiers appear in Fallout 3 and Fallout: Wasteland Warfare.


  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 Occasionally Enclave soldiers and Enclave officers found randomly in the wasteland will appear as friendly to the player. If you speak to them they will only say generic greetings, and the only dialog option is "See you later". [verified]
  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 Tesla armor-wearing Enclave soldiers carrying missile launchers are always initially friendly towards the player. They will only turn hostile if they see the player fighting against other Enclave forces. [verified]
  • PCPC Sometimes the shield across the bridge which allows access to Project Purity to the north will not be active and the player can cross right over it and the previous bug will happen. [verified]
  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 It is possible to see Enclave soldiers way before they are supposed to appear in the Wasteland, even at the very beginning of the game. This seems to trigger much more commonly if a player were to play a game where the Enclave is present, and then load or start an early or new game. Often still, the Enclave soldiers will respawn in certain locations as if it were an Enclave checkpoint, minus the proper Enclave structures and gear. [verified]
  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 An Enclave soldier and/or Enclave Eyebot might appear upon exiting through the back door of Dukov's house. They appear hostile and attack the player on sight. [verified]
  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 Another Enclave soldier might appear near the abandoned house with a Chinese Army: Special Ops Training Manual west of Super-Duper Mart and east of Megaton. [verified]


Fallout 3[]

Fallout: Wasteland Warfare[]

Magic: The Gathering[]

Enclave Symbol (FO3)