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The Excavator power armor, also known as the EXC-17 Excavator suit,[1] is a set of power armor in Fallout 76.

Background

Developed by Garrahan Mining Co., the EXC-17 Excavator suit was designed to protect miners from rockfalls and airborne contaminants while increasing the speed at which they could work.[1] Although it had never reached full commercial production, the unit garnered fame during an ad campaign in which it was marketed as the future of Appalachian mining, appealing to anti-automation mining teams and other prospective clients.[2] By April 2077, two months after its initial test, the third Excavator-class power armor had already rolled off of Garrahan's assembly line.[1]

Created under the EX-17 Excavator Project, the armor's development was headed by Harold Frost, a service member for the United States Army Research Corps hired into the company by Vivian Garrahan in early 2075. The project made considerable progress at first, convincing Frost that he could potentially deliver a prototype within months.[3]

The suit soon ran into durability issues, with the arm units taking extra stress when mining bedrock, causing micro-stress fractures and sheared gear assemblies. By September 2075, the research team settled on using black titanium as an alternative material, being a strong ore native to Appalachia and having the necessary tensile strength to keep the arm components from damaging themselves. 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.[4]

While using titanium solved the durability issues, the suit's extra weight made a more efficient reactor necessary. The team continued to experiment with new solutions as late as May 2076, but were already past specifications on the repurposed T-45 reactor, causing overheating and stability issues.[5]

The company eventually settled on developing an ultracite reactor, having the necessary power output and radiation signature for the project. In exchange for the patented ore's usage, Garrahan Mining Co. was required to make a decade-long commitment to Atomic Mining Services. After further experimentation and a near meltdown, the team managed to power the armor with the ore.[6] Pressured by AMS' reveal of Watoga and Hornwright Industrial Mining Company launching the auto-miner industrial robot line, the research team was forced to work around the clock for almost a month straight. By February 2077, the team was able to complete the project and unveil the suit to the press three months ahead of schedule.[7]

By April 3, three complete Excavator units were operational and proved the model to be a capable tool. A single suit operated by Bryce Garrahan was able to break the company's record for the amount of ore extracted in a single day, all without suffering maintenance issues. Much to the research team's surprise, Vivian challenged Hornwright Mining's auto-miners to a "man versus machine" ore-mining competition with the suits.[8] 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-oriented Appalachia. Vivian was convinced the Excavator suits distinguished themselves with revolutionary mineral sensors and the "human drive" to win, despite uncertainty from a majority of the company.[9][10]

The event started on October 18, lasting the next 24 hours.[11] Due to interference from Hornwright's vice president, Dutch Wharton,[9] the auto-miners won by a margin of 1.85 tons (less than a single truckload) and were declared winners by the media. Hornwright capitalized on this tenuous victory and claimed it as an example of machine's superiority to man.[12]

Hornwright Industry's Auto-miners quickly became popular in Appalachia as the "talk of the region." Meanwhile, Garrahan's stock price drastically declined, allowing for a hostile takeover by Hornwright. Although Penelope Hornwright saw the Excavator armor as a "black titanium coffin," the company planned to apply the suit's mineral detection technology to their own auto-miners.[9][13]

The Great War ended the company's ambitions, leaving the Excavator Power Armor for various wasteland factions to recover,[9] namely the Responders' Fire Breathers unit[14] and the Vault Dwellers of Vault 76.

Design

Led by a member of the T-45 development team, Harold Frost,[4] the Excavator armor borrowed elements of the T-45 power armor, such as repurposing the model's reactor.[5] The suit's parts were cast in black titanium to increase durability, as the extra punishment the arm units took when mining bedrock caused damage to the suit. The increased weight from the titanium caused overheating and stability issues with the suit's T-45 reactor.[5] To develop a more efficient power source, Atomic Mining Services were contracted to obtain their patented ultracite ore for use in an ultracite-based reactor.[6]

The Excavator power armor's technology increased mining yields,[15] while the helmet provided protection from hazardous mining conditions.[16] The helmet was also bolstered by Garrahan's patented "Ore Sniffing" technology used in the helmet sensors. Sensor calibration protocols were jealously guarded proprietary information and required registration interface with Garrahan's Mainframe at their headquarters.[1]

Characteristics

Metal Mining Bonus
Aluminum ore Yes
Black titanium ore Yes
Unrefined coal Yes
Copper ore Yes
Crystal ore Yes
Gold ore Yes
Iron ore Yes
Lead ore Yes
Silver ore Yes
Ultracite ore No
Uranium ore No

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.

Registering the helmet is required to complete the Miner Miracles quest but has no effect on the use of the power armor or its special property: If the Excavator armor torso is worn, mining will produce four times the ore. The bonus is applied to the output and doesn't affect the number of times a vein can be mined, effectively quadrupling the output almost across the board.

The torso's bonus affects ore veins listed to the right. Ore deposits are not affected.

Armor parts

Image Name DR HP Weight Value Upgrade components Form ID
Physical Energy Radiation
FO76 Excavator helmet.png Excavator helmet 36 36 55 ??? 10 49 N/A 0032E180
FO76 Excavator torso.png Excavator torso 60 60 91 ??? 15 113 N/A 0032E18A
FO76 Excavator left arm.png Excavator left arm 36 36 55 ??? 11 61 N/A 0032E182
FO76 Excavator right arm.png Excavator right arm 36 36 55 ??? 11 61 N/A 0032E188
FO76 Excavator left and right leg.png Excavator left leg 36 36 55 ??? 12 81 N/A 0032E185
FO76 Excavator left and right leg.png Excavator right leg 36 36 55 ??? 12 81 N/A 0032E187
Total 240 240 366 ??? 71 446 N/A ???

Image Name DR HP Weight Value Upgrade components Form ID
Physical Energy Radiation
FO76 Excavator helmet.png Excavator helmet 30 30 45 ??? 10 49 N/A 0032E180
FO76 Excavator torso.png Excavator torso 51 51 75 ??? 15 113 N/A 0032E18A
FO76 Excavator left arm.png Excavator left arm 30 30 45 ??? 11 61 N/A 0032E182
FO76 Excavator right arm.png Excavator right arm 30 30 45 ??? 11 61 N/A 0032E188
FO76 Excavator left and right leg.png Excavator left leg 30 30 45 ??? 12 81 N/A 0032E185
FO76 Excavator left and right leg.png Excavator right leg 30 30 45 ??? 12 81 N/A 0032E187
Total 201 201 300 ??? 71 446 N/A ???

Image Name DR HP Weight Value Upgrade components Form ID
Physical Energy Radiation
FO76 Excavator helmet.png Excavator helmet 24 24 35 ??? 10 49 N/A 0032E180
FO76 Excavator torso.png Excavator torso 42 42 59 ??? 15 113 N/A 0032E18A
FO76 Excavator left arm.png Excavator left arm 24 24 35 ??? 11 61 N/A 0032E182
FO76 Excavator right arm.png Excavator right arm 24 24 35 ??? 11 61 N/A 0032E188
FO76 Excavator left and right leg.png Excavator left leg 24 24 35 ??? 12 81 N/A 0032E185
FO76 Excavator left and right leg.png Excavator right leg 24 24 35 ??? 12 81 N/A 0032E187
Total 163 163 234 ??? 71 446 N/A ???

* Damage resistance totals are for armor only, power armor chassis adds 60/60/60

Crafting

In addition to the raw materials, crafting power armor segments requires a power armor chassis affixed to a power armor station. The plans to craft each part are automatically learned during Miner Miracles.

Name Black Titanium Gear Glass Nuclear Material Oil Rubber Screw Spring Steel
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

Name Black Titanium Gear Glass Nuclear Material Oil Rubber Screw Spring Steel
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

Name Black Titanium Gear Glass Nuclear Material Oil Rubber Screw Spring Steel
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

Repair

Name Black Titanium Gear Glass Nuclear Material Oil Rubber Screw Spring Steel
Excavator helmet ? - ? - - ? ? - ?
Excavator torso 4 6 - 4 - 7 6 - 9
Excavator left arm ? ? - - ? - ? - ?
Excavator right arm ? ? - - ? - ? - ?
Excavator left leg ? - - - ? - ? ? ?
Excavator right leg ? - - - ? - ? ? ?
Total ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

Name Black Titanium Gear Glass Nuclear Material Oil Rubber Screw Spring Steel
Excavator helmet ? - ? - - ? ? - ?
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

Name Black Titanium Gear Glass Nuclear Material Oil Rubber Screw Spring Steel
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

Modifications

Helmet

Miscellaneous
NameEffectDescriptionDurabilityWeightValueResourcesRequirementsForm ID
Excavator internal database+2 IntelligenceIncreases Intelligence.-4+10%+20%Adhesive x9
Aluminum x9
Crystal x6
Fiber optics x6
Plan: Excavator internal database0033865B
Sensor array+2 PerceptionIncreases Perception.-4+10%+20%Adhesive x9
Aluminum x9
Fiber optics x6
Fiberglass x9
Plan: Excavator sensor array0033865D
Targeting HUDHighlights living, hostile, non player NPCs.Visor highlights living targets.-15+20%+100%Adhesive x17
Aluminum x17
Circuitry x14
Stable crimson flux x5
Plan: Excavator targeting HUD0033865A
Rad Scrubbers-Removes radiation from water when drinking.-15+10%+25%-Unused0033865C
Headlamp
NameEffectDescriptionDurabilityWeightValueResourcesRequirementsForm ID
Excavator headlampAdds default, pale yellow-white headlamp.Default headlamp.Aluminum x1Known by default00338599

Arms

Miscellaneous
NameEffectDescriptionDurabilityWeightValueResourcesRequirementsForm ID
Hydraulic Bracers+15% unarmed damageIncreases unarmed damage.-6+12.5%+40%Adhesive x11
Aluminum x11
Oil x11
Steel x16
Plan: Excavator hydraulic bracers00338659
Optimized Bracers75% of power attack AP costReduces Action Point cost for Power Attacks.-4+10%+20%Adhesive x9
Aluminum x9
Ceramic x13
Rubber x12
Plan: Excavator optimized bracers00338658
Rusty KnucklesTwo mods give 6 damage over 3 seconds. If only one arm is modded it gives 24/30/36 damage over 3 seconds on level 25/35/45Unarmed attacks cause bleeding damage.-6+12.5%+40%Adhesive x11
Aluminum x11
Ceramic x16
Steel x16
Plan: Excavator rusty knuckles00338657

Torso

Miscellaneous
NameEffectDescriptionDurabilityWeightValueResourcesRequirementsForm ID
Blood Cleanser-50% addiction chanceReduces chance for addiction from drugs.-8+15%+60%Adhesive x13
Aluminum x13
Antiseptic x10
Rubber x16
Stable fluorescent flux x5
Plan: Excavator blood cleanser00338664
Core Assembly+6 AP regenerationIncreases Action Point refresh speed.-8+15%+60%Adhesive x13
Aluminum x13
Circuitry x10
Nuclear material x7
Stable yellowcake flux x5
Plan: Excavator core assembly00338663
Emergency Protocols-Below 20% health, speed increases 25% and incoming damage is reduced 50%.-10+17.5+80%Adhesive x15
Aluminum x15
Circuitry x12
Nuclear material x8
Stable violet flux x4
Plan: Excavator emergency protocols00338666
Kinetic Dynamo20% of damage taken is added to AP. Full damage is still taken.Taking damage recharges Action Points.-8+15%+60%Adhesive x13
Aluminum x13
Ceramic x19
Rubber x16
Stable cobalt flux x5
Plan: Excavator kinetic dynamo00338667
Medic PumpUses regular stimpak when health drops below 50%. [verification needed]Detects hits during combat and automatically uses a Stimpak when health is low.-6+12.5%+40%Adhesive x11
Aluminum x11
Antiseptic x8
Circuitry x8
Plan: Excavator medic pump00338668
Motion-assist servos+2 StrengthIncreases Strength.-4+10%+20%Adhesive x9
Aluminum x9
Rubber x12
Spring x9
Plan: Excavator motion-assist servos0033866A
Reactive plates-Reflects 50% of melee damage back on attacker.-15+20%+100%Adhesive x17
Aluminum x17
Asbestos x14
Nuclear material x9
Stable fluorescent flux x5
Plan: Excavator reactive plates00338669
Tesla coilsDeals 5 area damage.[verification needed]Deals Energy damage to nearby enemies.-15+20%+100%Adhesive x17
Aluminum x17
Copper x17
Fiber optics (Fallout 76) x14
Rubber (Fallout 76) x20
Stable yellowcake flux x5
Plan: Excavator Tesla coils0033866B
Welded rebar+50% melee damage [verification needed]Enemies take damage from successful melee attacks.-8+15%+60%Adhesive x13
Aluminum x13
Ballistic fiber x10
Steel x19
Plan: Excavator welded rebar00338665

Legs

Miscellaneous
NameEffectDescriptionDurabilityWeightValueResourcesRequirementsForm ID
Calibrated Shocks+50 Carry WeightIncreases Carry Weight capacity.-15+20%+100%Adhesive x17
Aluminum x17
Fiberglass x17
Stable violet flux x5
Plan: Excavator calibrated shocks0033865F
Cooling Vent-Fusion Cores drain 5% slower.-4+10%+20%Adhesive x9
Aluminum x9
Asbestos x6
Nuclear material x5
Plan: Excavator cooling vent00338660
Kinetic Servos+1 AP regeneration when movingIncreases Action Point refresh speed while moving.-8+15%+60%Adhesive x13
Aluminum x13
Nuclear material x7
Stable fluorescent flux x5
Plan: Excavator kinetic servos0033865E
Optimized ServosSprinting takes 20% less AP costReduces Action Point cost for sprinting.-10+17.5%+80%Adhesive x15
Aluminum x15
Fiberglass x15
Spring x15
Stable cobalt flux x4
Plan: Excavator optimized servos00338661
Overdrive Servos+25% sprint AP cost, 10% faster sprint speedIncreases Sprint speed at additional Action Point cost.-10+17.5%+80%Adhesive x15
Aluminum x15
Fiberglass x15
Nuclear material x8
Stable crimson flux x4
Plan: Excavator overdrive servos00338662

Appearance

Paint
AppearanceNameDescriptionResourcesRequirementsForm ID
Atx skin powerarmor paint excavator basicaqua l.png
Aqua paintChosen because this was the color that Corvega had an excess of after completing their cruiser fleet. This color is not only in abundance, it complements well with the blood of your enemies.Unlocked via Atomic Shop
Atom
FO76 Atomic Shop - Arktos Excavator Skin.png
Arktos Pharma paintThis power armor was designed to meet the stringent requirements of the Arktos Pharma Lab techs. Explore the wasteland in this Arktos Pharma Excavator paint.Unlocked via Atomic Shop
Atom
AAExc.png
Armor Ace paintShow your enemies how technology is power in this unique paint for the Excavator Power Armor.Rank 38 reward in Armor Ace season
S.C.O.R.E.
FO76LR Atomic Onslaught Excavator.png
Atomic Onslaught paintSlaughter the Wasteland with the Atomic Onslaught Power Armor Paint.Rank 38 reward in The Legendary Run season
S.C.O.R.E.
FO76 Atomic Shop - Blood raider power armor skin.png
Blood Raider power armor skinPillage the wasteland adorned in the blood of your enemies with the Blood Raider Excavator power armor skin.Unlocked via Atomic Shop
Atom
Atx skin powerarmor paint excavator basicblue l.png
Blue paintWhen you need to blend in with the sky, water, or perhaps some sort of blue mutated plant, only one paint will suffice.Unlocked via Atomic Shop
Atom
Blue camo paintNuclear winter reward
FO76 Atomic Shop - Bone raider power armor.png
Bone Raider power armor skinPillage the wasteland adorned in the bones of your enemies with the Bone Raider Excavator power armor skin.Unlocked via Atomic Shop
Atom
FO76 Atomic Shop - Coal dust excavator power armor paint.png
Coal Dust Excavator power armor paintGive your Excavator power armor that authentic mining look with this Coal Dust Excavator power armor paint!Unlocked via Atomic Shop
Atom
FO76 Atomic Shop - Fire fighter excavator paint.png
Fire fighter paintWhen Appalachia heats up, repel the flames with this Fire Fighter Excavator paint.Unlocked via Atomic Shop
Atom
FO76 Garrahan extractor power armor paint.png
Garrahan Extractor paintDon't be fooled by imposters, invest in the best. The Garrahan Extractor smashes the competition.Unlocked via Atomic Shop
Atom
FO76 score s3 skin powerarmor paint excavator kdinkwell l.webp
Guild of Antiquities paintRank 38 reward in The Scribe of Avalon season
S.C.O.R.E.
Atx skin powerarmor paint excavator basicgray l.png
Grey paintThe Gray Power Armor Paint is perfect for when you want to achieve that minimal, understated look. Or if you want something that matches the color of your gun.Unused
Outcast paintNuclear winter reward
Pink sprinkles paintNuclear winter reward
Atx skin powerarmor paint excavator basicred l.png
Red paintPaint your Power Armor with this Red Paint and you won't need to worry about washing your armor every time you kill something.Unlocked via Atomic Shop
Atom
FO76 Silver excavator power armor paint.png
Silver paintSometimes your EXC-17 Excavator armor just needs a new coat of paint. Get shiny with the silver Excavator armor.Unlocked via Atomic Shop
Atom
Slocum's Joe paintNuclear winter reward
Atx skin powerarmor paint excavator basicyellow l.png
Yellow paintBe sure to stand out in a crowd with the Yellow Power Armor Paint.Unused
Score s4 skin powerarmor paint excavator yukonfive l.webp
Yukon Five paintFreeze those who stand in the way of your freedom with this Yukon Five Excavator Power Armor.Rank 38 reward in Cold Steel season
S.C.O.R.E.

Locations

Notes

  • There were supposedly five suits made by Garrahan Mining, but none may be found.
  • There are no headlamp or jet pack mods for the Excavator suit.
  • By equipping the Excavator torso, collecting ore veins will have x4 yield.

Gallery

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Garrahan Mining Headquarters terminal entries; project manager's terminal, Excavation Armor Registration
  2. Fallout 76 loading screens: "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."
  3. Garrahan Mining Headquarters terminal entries; Project manager's terminal, GMC06122075-HF
  4. 4.0 4.1 Garrahan Mining Headquarters terminal entries; Project manager's terminal, GMC09222075-HF
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Garrahan Mining Headquarters terminal entries; Project manager's terminal, GMC05182076-HF
  6. 6.0 6.1 Garrahan Mining Headquarters terminal entries; Project manager's terminal, GMC12242076-HF
  7. Garrahan Mining Headquarters terminal entries; Project manager's terminal, GMC02032077-HF
  8. Garrahan Mining Headquarters terminal entries; Project manager's terminal, GMC04302077-HF
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 "Excavator suit" - Final steps
  10. Garrahan Mining Headquarters terminal entries; Vivian Garrahan's terminal, Personal Diary - Entry 02
  11. Charleston Herald - Man vs. Machine
  12. Charleston Herald - Hornwright Wins!
  13. Hornwright Industrial Headquarters terminal entries; Penny Hornwright's lab terminal, Log Notes 6.10.77
  14. Charleston Fire Department terminal entries; Fire Breathers master terminal, Excavator Armor
  15. Inventory description: "Increased mining yield when left and right arms are used in tandem."
  16. Inventory description: "Prevents damage and disease from airborne and waterborne hazards."
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