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The Excavator power armor is a set of power armor in Fallout 76. The armor requires the player character to be level 25 to equip or craft.

BackgroundEdit

Developed by Garrahan Mining Co., the "Excavator" class of Power Armor never saw full production, despite being heavily advertised in Appalachia as the future of mining.[1] Formally named the EX-17 Excavator, the power armor project was headed by Harold Frost, siphoned off directly from the United States Army Research Corps in early 2075. Frost welcomed the private sector job, with little oversight and reporting required as long as he showed results. The project made headway at first and Frost was confident he could deliver a prototype within months.[2]

However, the optimism was unfounded. As the Excavator was intended for mining, not combat, durability issues manifested quickly. The extra punishment the arm units took when boring into bedrock caused micro-stress fractures and sheared gear assemblies. By September 2075, the research team settled on using black titanium, native to Appalachia. The material had the necessary tensile strength to keep the arm components from tearing themselves apart. Although too expensive for the T-45 power armor due to the expense of the mining process, it was considered an acceptable choice for a corporate design.[3] Although using titanium solved the durability issues, the suit's extra weight made a more efficient reactor necessary. Although the team continued to experiment with new solutions as late as May 2076, they were already way past specifications on the repurposed T-45 reactor, causing overheating and stability issues. After two months of fruitless experiments, Frost's team had to go for broke.[4]

The solution was to go with an ultracite reactor. Although it took trial and error - including slagged reactors and a near-meltdown - Garrahan Mining Co. believed it necessary, as it had the power output and radiation signature necessary for the project. In exchange, they had to make a decade-long commitment to AMS technology. It wasn't the kind of gift the company wanted to receive on Christmas 2076.[5] However, the choice proved prudent, as it allowed the team to complete the project in February 2077, three months ahead of schedule, hastened by AMS' reveal of Watoga and Hornwright Mining Co. launching the auto-miner industrial robot line. The crunch time was almost unbearable, with the research team lead going by on coffee, cigarettes, and stale donuts.[6]

By April 3, three complete Excavator units were operational and proved to be a terrific tool. Not only did they have a spotless maintenance record, with nary a single breakdown over two months of constant use, they were already breaking records for the amounts of ore extracted in a single day. CEO Vivian Garrahan decided to play va banque, challenging Hornwright Mining to a duel where the Excavators and auto-miners would compete to mine the most ore in a pre-set amount of time. The challenge was a calculated risk, aiming to raise the profile of the company and the project, while securing lucrative contracts in the increasingly automation-obsessed Appalachia.[7] She had every reason to believe they could win: The Excavators were already distinguishing themselves with revolutionary mineral sensors, on top of other cutting-edge proprietary solutions.[8]

It was the decisive battle of the Hornwright/Garrahan war: 24 hours of non-stop mining.[9] The challenge started on October 18 and lasted the whole day, with auto-miners and Excavators effortlessly chewing through the rock at their designated sites. They were a match for one another and by the end of the day, Hornwright won by a thin margin, just 1.85 tons - less than a single truckload - and stood supreme. Hornwright Mining seized on this tenuous victory as an example of machine's superiority to man.[10] What they did not mention is the fact that Hornwright's executives did not play fairly and intervened to ensure that Garrahan would fail. In the end, they succeeded, making auto-miners the talk of the region and sending Garrahan's stock into free-fall, making them ripe for a takeover... And folding the groundbreaking Excavator project into the auto-miners, creating a fleet of indestructible, autonomous miners capable of pin-pointing mineral deposits with no oversight from human operators.

The Great War ended such ambitions, leaving the Excavator Power Armor for various wasteland parties to recover and put to use,[8] namely the Responders' Fire Breathers Unit[11] and the dwellers of Vault 76.

DesignEdit

The EXC-17 Excavator suit,[12] more commonly known as the Excavator power armor, was developed by Garrahan Mining p in collaboration with West Tek.[13] It was designed to protect miners from rockfalls and airborne contaminants while increasing the speed at which they could work. Despite Garrahan's heavy advertising, the unit never entered full production[14] and only five suits were known to have been made.[15]

Created under the EX-17 Excavator Project,[16] the suit not only borrowed elements of the T-45 power armor[17] but was also spearheaded by a member of the T-45 development team, Harold Frost.[18] The suit's parts were cast in black titanium to increase durability, as the extra punishment the arm units took when boring into bedrock caused damage to the suit. Atomic Mining Services were contracted to obtain their patented ultracite ore to power the armor, as the previous reactor caused overheating and stability issues. Excavator power armor technology increased mining yields,[19] and the helmet also prevents damage and disease from airborne and waterborne hazards.[20] bolstered by Garrahan's patented "Ore Sniffing" technology used in the helmet sensors. Helmet sensor calibration protocols were a jealously guarded proprietary information and required registration interface with Garrahan's Mainframe at their headquarters.[21]

CharacteristicsEdit

Metal Mining Bonus
Aluminum ore Icon check
Black titanium ore  ?
Copper ore Icon check
Gold ore  ?
Iron ore Icon check
Lead ore Icon check
Silver ore  ?
Ultracite ore Icon cross
Uranium ore  ?
Registering the helmet is required to complete the Miner Miracles quest but has no effect on the use of the power armor. Excavator power armor has good Radiation Resistance. It has the poorest Damage and Energy Resistances of any power armor model at the same level but wearing a full set of Excavator power armor increases carry weight by 100. Wearing a partial set has no carry bonus. If a piece wears completely out, it is removed from the chassis, removing the carry bonus. When mining ore veins of some metals while wearing a full set of Excavator armor, mining will produce four times the ore per attempt. This does not seem to alter the number of attempts made, so this seems to produce four times the ore per vein. The specific metals with this bonus are listed in the table to the right. This does not seem to work on ore deposits.

Armor partsEdit

Level 25
Image Name DR HP Weight Value Repair Upgrade components Base ID
Icon shield silver Icon electrical Icon radiation
FO76 Excavator helmet Excavator helmet 24 24 35  ??? 10 49  ??? N/A 0032e180
FO76 Excavator torso Excavator torso 42 42 59  ??? 15 113  ??? N/A 0032e18a
FO76 Excavator left arm Excavator left arm 24 24 35  ??? 11 61  ??? N/A 0032e182
FO76 Excavator right arm Excavator right arm 24 24 35  ??? 11 61  ??? N/A 0032e188
FO76 Excavator left and right leg Excavator left leg 24 24 35  ??? 12 81  ??? N/A 0032e185
FO76 Excavator left and right leg Excavator right leg 24 24 35  ??? 12 81  ??? N/A 0032e187
Total 163 163 234  ??? 71 446  ??? N/A  ???
Level 35
Image Name DR HP Weight Value Repair Upgrade components Base ID
Icon shield silver Icon electrical Icon radiation
FO76 Excavator helmet Excavator helmet 30 30 45  ??? 10 49  ??? N/A 0032e180
FO76 Excavator torso Excavator torso 51 51 75  ??? 15 113  ??? N/A 0032e18a
FO76 Excavator left arm Excavator left arm 30 30 45  ??? 11 61  ??? N/A 0032e182
FO76 Excavator right arm Excavator right arm 30 30 45  ??? 11 61  ??? N/A 0032e188
FO76 Excavator left and right leg Excavator left leg 30 30 45  ??? 12 81  ??? N/A 0032e185
FO76 Excavator left and right leg Excavator right leg 30 30 45  ??? 12 81  ??? N/A 0032e187
Total 201 201 300  ??? 71 446  ??? N/A  ???
Level 45
Image Name DR HP Weight Value Repair Upgrade components Base ID
Icon shield silver Icon electrical Icon radiation
FO76 Excavator helmet Excavator helmet 36 36 55  ??? 10 49  ??? N/A 0032e180
FO76 Excavator torso Excavator torso 60 60 91  ??? 15 113  ??? N/A 0032e18a
FO76 Excavator left arm Excavator left arm 36 36 55  ??? 11 61  ??? N/A 0032e182
FO76 Excavator right arm Excavator right arm 36 36 55  ??? 11 61  ??? N/A 0032e188
FO76 Excavator left and right leg Excavator left leg 36 36 55  ??? 12 81  ??? N/A 0032e185
FO76 Excavator left and right leg Excavator right leg 36 36 55  ??? 12 81  ??? N/A 0032e187
Total 240 240 366  ??? 71 446  ??? N/A  ???

LocationsEdit

There were supposed to be five suits made, there are no locations with existing Excavator power armor. The Excavator power armor can be crafted during the quest Miner Miracles after downloading its schematics from a terminal in Garrahan Mining HQ in the R&D section, which is on the left after coming through the main door. The terminal is located in a large room on a center table, where there are two power armor stations. Once crafted, pieces cannot be upgraded to a higher level. To obtain a higher level set, the player character must craft it. This can be done at any power armor station.

Plans for crafting mods can be purchased from vendor bot Greg in Grafton, vendor bot Chad in Camden Park, or the Responders vendor in The Whitespring Resort.

Crafting suppliesEdit

Values as of patch 1.0.6.0. No changes as of patch 1.1.1.2.

Model Level Req. Name Black Titanium Gear Glass Nuclear Material Oil Rubber Screw Spring Steel
Excavator power armor Level 25 Excavator helmet 6 - 12 - - 13 10 - 17
Excavator torso 6 10 - 6 - 13 10 - 17
Excavator left arm 6 10 - - 9 - 10 - 17
Excavator right arm 6 10 - - 9 - 10 - 17
Excavator left leg 6 - - - 9 - 10 10 17
Excavator right leg 6 - - - 9 - 10 10 17
Total 36 30 12 6 36 26 60 20 102
Model Level Req. Name Black Titanium Gear Glass Nuclear Material Oil Rubber Screw Spring Steel
Excavator power armor Level 35 Excavator helmet 7 - 14 - - 15 12 - 20
Excavator torso 7 12 - 7 - 15 12 - 20
Excavator left arm 7 12 - - 11 - 12 - 20
Excavator right arm 7 12 - - 11 - 12 - 20
Excavator left leg 7 - - - 11 - 12 12 20
Excavator right leg 7 - - - 11 - 12 12 20
Total 42 36 14 7 44 30 72 24 120
Model Level Req. Name Black Titanium Gear Glass Nuclear Material Oil Rubber Screw Spring Steel
Excavator power armor Level 45 Excavator helmet 9 - 16 - - 18 14 - 24
Excavator torso 9 14 - 9 - 18 14 - 24
Excavator left arm 9 14 - - 13 - 14 - 24
Excavator right arm 9 14 - - 13 - 14 - 24
Excavator left leg 9 - - - 13 - 14 14 24
Excavator right leg 9 - - - 13 - 14 14 24
Total 54 42 16 9 52 36 84 28 144

Repair suppliesEdit

Values as of patch 1.1.1.2. Values that are available suggest that others will be about 1/3rd of crafting values.

Model Level Req. Name Black Titanium Gear Glass Nuclear Material Oil Rubber Screw Spring Steel
Excavator power armor Level 25 Excavator helmet 2 - 3 - - 4 3 - 5
Excavator torso 2 3 - 2 - 4 3 - 5
Excavator left arm 2 3 - - 3 - 3 - 5
Excavator right arm 2 3 - - 3 - 3 - 5
Excavator left leg 2 - - - 3 - 3 3 5
Excavator right leg 2 - - - 3 - 3 3 5
Total 12 9 3 2 12 8 18 6 30
Model Level Req. Name Black Titanium Gear Glass Nuclear Material Oil Rubber Screw Spring Steel
Excavator power armor Level 35 Excavator helmet 3* - 5* - - 6* 5* - 7*
Excavator torso 3 5 - 3 - 5 5 - 7
Excavator left arm 3 5 - - 5 - 5 - 7
Excavator right arm 3 5 - - 5 - 5 - 7
Excavator left leg 3 - - - 5 - 5 5 7
Excavator right leg 3 - - - 5 - 5 5 7
Total 18 15 5 3 20 11 30 10 42
Model Level Req. Name Black Titanium Gear Glass Nuclear Material Oil Rubber Screw Spring Steel
Excavator power armor Level 45 Excavator helmet  ? -  ? - -  ?  ? -  ?
Excavator torso 4 6 - 4 - 7 6 - 9
Excavator left arm  ?  ? - -  ? -  ? -  ?
Excavator right arm  ?  ? - -  ? -  ? -  ?
Excavator left leg  ? - - -  ? -  ?  ?  ?
Excavator right leg  ? - - -  ? -  ?  ?  ?
Total  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?

*Estimated

Armor modificationsEdit

Materials listed are accurate for the PC version (patch 1.1.3.11) as of May 4, 2019.

HelmetEdit

Headlamp
ModDescriptionIcon shield silverIcon electricalIcon radiationIcon weightIcon merchantPerk(s) requiredComponentsBase ID
Excavator headlampAdds default, pale yellow-white headlamp.+0+0Aluminum x1
Fiber optics x1
????????
Excavator headlamp blueAdds pale blue headlamp.+0+0Aluminum x1
Fiber optics x1
????????
Excavator headlamp brightAdds a brighter standard headlamp.+0+0Aluminum x1
Fiber optics x1
????????
Excavator headlamp purpleAdds a vibrant violet headlamp.+0+0Aluminum x1
Fiber optics x1
????????
Excavator headlamp red tacticalAdds a bright crimson headlamp.+0+0Aluminum x1
Fiber optics x1
????????
Excavator headlamp Vault BoyAdds a yellow headlamp that casts a Vault Boy silhouette.+0+0Aluminum x1
Fiber optics x1
????????
Misc
ModDescriptionIcon shield silverIcon electricalIcon radiationIcon weightIcon merchantPerk(s) requiredComponentsBase ID
Excavator internal databaseAdds +2 Intelligence.+?+??????????
Excavator rad scrubbersRemoves radiation from consumed food and water.+?+??????????
Excavator recon sensorsSighted aiming marks enemies with a compass pip.+?+??????????
Excavator sensor arrayAdds +2 Perception+?+??????????
Excavator targeting HUDVisor highlights living targets.+?+?Adhesive x17
Aluminum x17
Circuitry x14
Crimson flux x5
????????
Excavator VATS matrix overlayIncreases VATS hit chance.+?+??????????

TorsoEdit

Misc
ModDescriptionIcon shield silverIcon electricalIcon radiationIcon weightIcon merchantPerk(s) requiredComponentsBase ID
Excavator blood cleanserReduces chance for addiction from drugs.+?+?Adhesive x13
Aluminum x13
Circuitry x10
Nuclear material x7
Yellowcake flux x5
????????
Excavator emergency protocolsWhen below 20% health, speed increases by 25% and incoming damage reduced by 50%.+?+??????????
Excavator jet packEnables jet-assisted boost while jumping.+?+??????????
Excavator kinetic dynamoTaking damage recharges Action Points.+?+?Adhesive x13
Aluminum x13
Ceramic x19
Cobalt flux x5
Rubber x16
????????
Excavator medic pumpDetects hits during combat and automatically uses a stimpak when health is low.+?+??????????
Excavator motion-assist servosIncreases Strength (+2 STR).+?+?Adhesive x9
Aluminum x9
Rubber x12
Spring x9
????????
Excavator reactive platesReflects 50% of melee damage back on the attacker.+?+?Adhesive x17
Aluminum x17
Asbestos x14
Fluorescent flux x5
Nuclear material x9
????????
Excavator stealth boyActivates stealth field when crouched.+?+??????????
Excavator tesla coilsDeals Energy damage to nearby enemies.+?+??????????
Excavator welded rebarReflects 10% of melee damage back to the attacker.+?+??????????

ArmsEdit

Misc
ModDescriptionIcon shield silverIcon electricalIcon radiationIcon weightIcon merchantPerk(s) requiredComponentsBase ID
Excavator hydraulic bracersIncreased unarmed damage.+?+??????????
Excavator optimized bracersReduces Action Point cost for Power Attacks.+?+??????????
Excavator rusty knucklesUnarmed attacks cause bleeding damage.+?+??????????
Excavator tesla bracersAdds Energy damage to unarmed attacks.+?+??????????

LegsEdit

Misc
ModDescriptionIcon shield silverIcon electricalIcon radiationIcon weightIcon merchantPerk(s) requiredComponentsBase ID
Excavator calibrated shocksIncreases Carry Weight capacity (+50 weight).+?+?Adhesive x17
Aluminum x17
Fiberglass x17
Violet flux x5
????????
Excavator explosive ventIncreases damage radius for impact landing.+?+?Adhesive x9
Aluminum x9
Asbestos x6
Nuclear material x5
????????
Excavator kinetic servosIncreases Action Point refresh speed while moving.+?+??????????
Excavator optimized servosReduces Action Point cost for sprinting.+?+?Adhesive x15
Aluminum x15
Cobalt flux x4
Fiberglass x15
Spring x15
????????
Excavator overdrive servosIncreases sprint speed at additional Action Point cost.+?+?Adhesive x15
Aluminum x15
Cobalt flux x4
Fiberglass x15
Spring x15
????????

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Fallout 76 loading screen hints
  2. Garrahan Mining Headquarters terminals: "It's only been a few weeks since Vivian pulled me out of the U.S. Army's Research Corps and I'm settling in well at Garrahan. One thing's for certain, working in the private sector has its advantages. Nobody constantly looking over my shoulder, no daily reports submitted in triplicate, no accounting for every last penny. As long as I show results, I'm left alone to do what I do best. Component testing for the EX-17 Excavator Project are proceeding ahead of schedule and hopefully the team will have a prototype up and running within a few months."
  3. Garrahan Mining Headquarters terminals: "We're running into durability issues with the Excavator's chassis. The extra punishment the arm units take when boring into bedrock is causing micro-stress fractures and sheared gear assemblies. Bryce suggested we look into black titanium as an alternative, since it's native to the area and might provide the tensile strength needed to keep the arm components from tearing themselves apart. I wish we had access to the ore when we were designing the T-45, but I don't think the Army would have wanted to foot the bill for the refinement process. As soon as Vivian gives us her stamp of approval, we'll cast new dies and get the parts molded."
  4. Garrahan Mining Headquarters terminals: "We're two months in the hole, and have nothing to show for it. Vivian's breathing down my neck for results and we keep hitting roadblocks. Right after we casted all the parts in black titanium, we realized the suit's extra weight would require a more efficient reactor. We're already way passed spec with the repurposed T-45 reactor, and we keep suffering overheating and stability issues. We're going to need something else to give the power plant more punch. I think I may have found a solution, but I'm hesitant to log my results until I'm sure the Garrahans will go along with the plan."
  5. Garrahan Mining Headquarters terminals: "After a few slagged reactors and a near meltdown, we finally have Ultracite powering the Excavator. Vivian wasn't exactly thrilled making the ten-year commitment AMS was demanding for their patented ore, but it had exactly the power output and radiation signature we needed. All that remains now is mounting the Ultracite-fired reactor into the chassis and see if we can get this beast to move some rock."
  6. Garrahan Mining Headquarters terminals: "Show and tell day is here, and I'm nervous as hell. We're unveiling the Excavator to the press almost three months ahead of schedule. Between AMS unveiling Watoga and Hornwright stepping up their game with their auto-miners, the pressure's been on to get the unit field ready. I've had my team working around the clock for almost a month straight. As for myself, I've barely been getting by on a steady diet of coffee, cigarettes and stale donuts. If the Excavator performs even close to our expectations, we're guaranteed to give both AMS and Hornwright a run for their money. Fingers crossed."
  7. Garrahan Mining Headquarters terminals: "The third Excavator just rolled off of our assembly line, and I couldn't be happier. The first two units have been up and running for almost a month now and we haven't had a single serious breakdown or maintenance issue. Everyone on the mining team wants to get their hands on these suits. Bryce has been continually piloting one of the Excavators... he's already shattered Garrahan's record for amount of ore extracted in a single day. Vivian surprised us all by rolling out a huge ad campaign, pitching our suits taking on Hornwright's auto-miners like a friday night boxing match. To say that this project has been a success is an understatement. I think it might be time to take that vacation before things heat up again around here."
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Excavator Suit" - Final Steps
  9. Charleston Herald - Man vs. Machine
  10. Charleston Herald - Hornwright Wins!
  11. Charleston Fire Department terminals: "Check-in from Madigan's latest ""field trip"" yielded a tip on some new gear. Rumor is that Garrahan Mining's ""Excavator Armor,"" while maybe not the mining method of the future, was actually a seriously rugged hunk of machinery. Smoke/fire/gas-resistant. And apparently the Garrahans kept all the tech to make them in their very own basement. Any Fire Breathers that find themselves in the vicinity of Bramwell should pop into the old Garrahan HQ, see if they can find any old suits lying around."
  12. Garrahan Mining Headquarters terminal entries#Excavation Armor Registration: "The EXC-17 Excavator suit..."
  13. Garrahan Mining Headquarters terminal entries#Excavation Armor Registration: "The EXC-17 Excavator suit used patented "Ore Sniffing" technology developed in conjunction with the West Tek Corporation."
  14. Fallout 76 loading screens
  15. Garrahan Mining Headquarters terminal entries#Excavation Armor Registration
  16. Garrahan Mining Headquarters terminal entries#GMC06122075-HF: "Component testing for the EX-17 Excavator Project are proceeding ahead of schedule and hopefully the team will have a prototype up and running within a few months. "
  17. Garrahan Mining Headquarters terminal entries#GMC05182076-HF: "We're already way passed spec with the repurposed T-45 reactor, and we keep suffering overheating and stability issues."
  18. Garrahan Mining Headquarters terminal entries#GMC09222075-HF: "I wish we had access to the ore when we were designing the T-45, but I don't think the Army would have wanted to foot the bill for the refinement process."
  19. Inventory description: "Increased mining yield when left and right arms are used in tandem."
  20. Inventory description: "Prevents damage and disease from airborne and waterborne hazards."
  21. Garrahan Mining Headquarters terminal entries#Excavation Armor Registration: "The EXC-17 Excavator suit used patented "Ore Sniffing" technology developed in conjunction with the West Tek Corporation. Helmet sensor calibration protocols are proprietary information and require registration interface with Garrahan's Mainframe."
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