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The riot gear and the matching riot gear helmet are pieces of armor in the Fallout: New Vegas add-on Lonesome Road.


An advanced design fielded in limited quantities before the Great War, riot gear was a specialized model of combat armor used by the United States Marine Corps,[1] Army units in the American West,[2] and select law enforcement agencies, such as the Los Angeles Police Department.[3]

The most characteristic element of this model is the helmet. A rounded shell protects the head from incoming gunfire, while the lamps on the right side of the helmet (including infrared and visible light projectors) provide illumination.[4] The armored mask designed to be worn with the helmet is necessary to use the IR lamp, due to the low-light optics integrated into the lenses.[5][6] The mask also incorporates a locking mechanism to properly join it together with the helmet shell, ear covers with membranes that do not inhibit hearing while maintaining its protective qualities, and air filters. Some upgraded models also include communications gear and upgraded filtering apparatus.[7]

The torso assembly is a flexible vest of rigid impact plates, worn with adjustable straps on the sides and shoulders. One of its most notable additions is a prominent throat protector mounted on the vest, used by military operators to display tactical numbers[8] or the owner's identifying information, such as the name, rank, and blood group, allowing for easy casualty management.[9] Later models of riot gears may include heavier protection, including armored plating on shoulders and forearms. Military coats designed for use with the armor will also typically include some form of bullet-resistant reinforcement.


The helmet gives the "Red Eye" effect, which gives low visibility sight while in sneaking between 6:00 PM to 6:00 AM or while indoors. This will toggle from on to off upon leaving sneak mode.



Name DT WG Durability Value Armor class Effects
Riot gear 20 30 500 7994 Medium armor +5 Guns
+1 Agility
Advanced riot gear 21 25 600 8494 Medium armor +10 Explosives
+1 Endurance
Elite riot gear 22 23 750 12500 Medium armor +10 Guns
+1 Charisma
5 Critical Chance


  • The Divide - Can be purchased from any commissary terminal.
  • Hopeville armory - There are two sets of the armor; one in poor condition found inside a normal locker and another in near perfect condition in an adjacent locker, requiring a Lockpick skill of 100 to unlock.
  • Ashton missile silo - Behind a locked door requiring a Lockpick skill of 50 in a locker on the right.


  • This set's helmet lens have a stronger glow in the dark than the other riot gear helmets.
  • Unlike other unique non-faction ranger armor, this gear is unlimited and can be bought from any commissary terminal in the Divide.
  • The female version of the riot gear set has no significant differences from the male version, except for the waist's more defined hourglass shape.
  • Playing Caravan while the sneak sight is activated may make it difficult to see the cards.
  • The riot gear helmet, like its improved variants, is considered "Heavy" apparel. All other helmets, even power armor helmets, are classified as "light," thus it can only be repaired with other copies of itself or heavy armor, even with the Jury Rigging perk.
  • The Sneak Sight will turn the walls of the Camp Guardian caves blue instead of sepia.
  • Although this armor bears extreme resemblance to NCR Ranger combat armor and is worn by NCR riot control officers, this armor does not affiliate one with the NCR.
  • The helmet can be worn over the 1st Recon beret; the red of the beret will be slightly visible.
  • The riot gear's effect is named "Riot Geared" and the helmet's "Red Eye."
  • A faint "forgive" can be seen on the helmet.


  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 All versions of riot gear helmets and their variants are flagged specifically as "hair," so you can still wear hats or berets with them.[verified]
  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3 Occasionally, when wearing the riot gear, the shoulder coverings may become tinted red. No other part of the armor is affected.[verified]



  1. Desert Ranger combat armor was used by a Marine in China.
  2. Riot gear availability in Lonesome Road.
  3. Fallout: New Vegas loading screens: "The distinctive black ranger combat armor consists of the Desert Rangers' traditional trench coat worn with Pre-War riot armor. Ranger patrol armor is hand-manufactured in the NCR."
  4. Massive Black concept art.
  5. The Courier: "What do the new rangers mean for NCR?"
    Hanlon: "The Baja rangers can do more advance night scouting and sharpshooting to assist the troopers. Ranger combat helmets are old Pre-War gear. They have built in low-light optics. Makes a big difference."
    (Hanlon's dialogue)
  6. As seen in the Fallout: New Vegas intro.
  7. Appearance of NCR Ranger combat armor, Desert Ranger combat armor, and riot gears.
  8. Riot gear textures.
  9. Desert Ranger combat armor