| ||For an overview of combat armor variants in all games, as well as background information, see combat armor.|
Modeled after the human silhouette, combat armors were designed to provide balanced protection without limiting user mobility. They are a diverse family of personal body armor with varying degrees of sophistication, ranging from the earliest iterations developed by the United States Army to the cutting-edge riot gears that came into use prior to the Great War.
The Ranger battle armor is a variant of combat armor. The matching Ranger battle helmet is used only by the group's engineer Donovan. Each suit has a serial number (41-90MPW) painted on the back, along with a US Army star.
Ranger battle armor is the strongest non-powered armor available in the game, and for players who value Agility over Strength, the Ranger armor is preferable to power armor as it grants nearly identical Damage Resistance (1-6 points lower in most cases, 11 points lower than the unique T-51b power armor and the Enclave Hellfire armor) without sacrificing Agility and movement speed or increasing the chance of detection while sneaking (the weight of equipped armor affects stealth; some forms of power armor also carry an explicit -1 or -2 penalty to Agility, which lowers Sneak). Further, unlike Power Armor, Combat Armor requires no special training to use.
The +5 AP boost, +1 Luck, and +10 Small Guns make this armor particularly useful for lower-level Small Gun characters. It remains useful for anyone up to level 30, thanks to the good DR, modest weight, and ease of repair.
- Combat armor
- Rivet City security uniform
- Talon combat armor
- Tenpenny security uniform
- Lag-Bolt's combat armor
- Winterized combat armor
- Winterized medic armor
- Combat helmet
- Rivet City security helmet
- Talon combat helmet
- Winterized combat helmet
- Winterized medic helmet
The armor can be acquired during the quest Reilly's Rangers by looting the Rangers' corpses in the Statesman Hotel or as a reward from Reilly upon completion of the quest. The armor can also be obtained by reverse-pickpocketing the Rangers at the Ranger compound. The helmet can only be obtained from Donovan, either by looting it from his corpse or reverse pickpocketing.
- If all three rangers die in the Statesman Hotel, the player cannot receive the battle armor as the reward or participate in the unmarked side quest Geomapping with Reilly.
- There is an unused texture for the Ranger battle helmet within the game's files.