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For this power armor in the Fallout series, see Power armor.
For for an overview of power armor in Fallout 76, see Power armor (Fallout 76).

The T-45 power armor is a set of power armor in Fallout 76.


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The T-45 powered combat infantry armor was the first design pressed into service in the Sino-American War,[1] with its first deployments taking place on the Alaskan Front to counter the Chinese offensive. The speed at which it had to be deployed, less than two years after the development of power armor began at West Tek, resulted in the creation of a stop-gap model utilizing existing technologies and manufacturing techniques. This temporary solution would eventually become the mainstay of American power armor units, especially as subsequent upgrades reduced the impact of the mobility problems that plagued the early production runs.[2][3] Gametitle-VB The most important was the implementation of back-mounted fusion packs, rather than relying on the limited supply of small energy cells, consumed by the armor at an alarming rate.[4]

The T-45 model D (its most popular variant) is designed for a single operator and is patterned closely after the human silhouette. It consists of three layers. The first is a black body suit worn by the operator for comfort, insulation, and protection from injuries that may be sustained during the armor's operation. The second layer of the armor is part of the power armor proper. Commonly referred to as recon armor when used on its own, it is a full body suit made of thick, processed fabric with integrated metal plating that serves as a platform for attaching the armor and on-board hardware.[5] The recon armor is, in effect, the underlying chassis of the T-45d power armor model. Its attachment points and power cell plug at the nape of the neck are essential for the operation of the full T-45d power armor, as the third layer consists of the armor, the fusion power cell, as well as the hydraulics and servomotors that allow the operator to carry heavy ordnance into combat and bear the weight of the armor. The helmet completes the third layer and includes an air filtration system, a bullet-proof vision slit,[6] an electric lamp, and external ports that allow the operator to listen to his surroundings and double as attachments points for extensions. The standard upgrade is a drop-down ocular.[7][8]

The ability to operate crew-served weapons and heavy ordnance alone is one of the key advantages offered by the T-45d power armor. Although the T-45d (and indeed, no power armor to date) had no built-in weapons, the operator could use any kind of weapon that could be fired by an infantryman.[3] Protection came in second. The use of steel plating offered a considerable advantage against most small arms and used existing technologies and materials, allowing the U.S. to quickly manufacture and deploy T-45d suits.[7] However, the armor had its limits and as the war with China dragged on, it became insufficient in both the ability to deploy firepower and protect the operator. However, as the T-51 power armor model did not arrive until 2076, the T-45d became the workhorse of the American military and a test-bed for related technologies.[3]

Following the Great War, the T-45d power armor became a rare sight and a powerful asset for anyone who can procure such a suit. The principal operator of the armor is the Brotherhood of Steel and its children chapters, with the largest known numbers being utilized by the rogue Lyons' Brotherhood of Steel and the loyalist Outcasts. In general, off-duty troops and trainees prefer to wear the armor without the armored layer, allowing them to quickly deploy when needed, but without the encumbrance of full power armor.


The base level that T-45 pieces can be used at is 25. They can appear with higher use levels such as level 35 and 45.


Level Name Aluminum Circuitry Gear Glass Nuclear Material Oil Plastic Rubber Screw Spring Steel
Level 25 T-45 helmet 3 - - 3 - - 4 4 3 - 5
T-45 torso 3 3 3 - 2 - 4 4 3 - 5
T-45 left arm 3 - 3 - - 3 4 - 3 - 5
T-45 right arm 3 - 3 - - 3 4 - 3 - 5
T-45 left leg 3 - - - - 3 4 - 3 3 5
T-45 right leg 3 - - - - 3 4 - 3 3 5
Total 18 3 9 3 2 12 24 8 18 6 30
Level Name Aluminum Circuitry Gear Glass Nuclear Material Oil Plastic Rubber Screw Spring Steel
Level 35 T-45 helmet 5 - - 5 - - 5 5 5 - 7
T-45 torso 5 5 5 - 3 - 5 5 5 - 7
T-45 left arm 5 - 5 - - 5 5 - 5 - 7
T-45 right arm 5 - 5 - - 5 5 - 5 - 7
T-45 left leg 5 - - - - 5 5 - 5 5 7
T-45 right leg 5 - - - - 5 5 - 5 5 7
Total 30 5 15 5 3 20 30 10 30 10 42
Level Name Aluminum Circuitry Gear Glass Nuclear Material Oil Plastic Rubber Screw Spring Steel
Level 45 T-45 helmet 6 - - 6 - - 7 7 6 - 9
T-45 torso 6 6 6 - 4 - 7 7 6 - 9
T-45 left arm 6 - 6 - - 6 7 - 6 - 9
T-45 right arm 6 - 6 - - 6 7 - 6 - 9
T-45 left leg 6 - - - - 6 7 - 6 6 9
T-45 right leg 6 - - - - 6 7 - 6 6 9
Total 36 6 18 6 4 24 42 14 36 12 54

Armor partsEdit

Level 25
Image Name DR HP Weight Value Upgrade components Base ID
Icon shield silver Icon electrical Icon radiation
FO76 T-45 helmet T-45 helmet 34 34 34  ??? 11 40 N/A  ???
FO76 T-45 torso T-45 torso 58 58 58  ??? 16 76 N/A  ???
FO76 T-45 arm T-45 left arm 34 34 34  ??? 12 67 N/A  ???
FO76 T-45 arm T-45 right arm 34 34 34  ??? 12 67 N/A  ???
FO76 T-45 leg T-45 left leg 34 34 34  ??? 14 55 N/A  ???
FO76 T-45 leg T-45 right leg 34 34 34  ??? 14 55 N/A  ???
Total* 228 228 228  ??? 79  ??? N/A
Level 35
Image Name DR HP Weight Value Upgrade components Base ID
Icon shield silver Icon electrical Icon radiation
FO76 T-45 helmet T-45 helmet 44 44 44  ??? 11 N/A  ???
FO76 T-45 torso T-45 torso 74 74 74  ??? 16 N/A  ???
FO76 T-45 arm T-45 left arm 44 44 44  ??? 12 N/A  ???
FO76 T-45 arm T-45 right arm 44 44 44  ??? 12 N/A  ???
FO76 T-45 leg T-45 left leg 44 44 44  ??? 14 41 N/A  ???
FO76 T-45 leg T-45 right leg 44 44 44  ??? 14 41 N/A  ???
Total* 294 294 294  ??? 79  ??? N/A
Level 45
Image Name DR HP Weight Value Upgrade components Base ID
Icon shield silver Icon electrical Icon radiation
FO76 T-45 helmet T-45 helmet 54 54 54  ??? 11 37 N/A  ???
FO76 T-45 torso T-45 torso 90 90 90  ??? 16 56 N/A  ???
FO76 T-45 arm T-45 left arm 54 54 54  ??? 12 N/A  ???
FO76 T-45 arm T-45 right arm 54 54 54  ??? 12 N/A  ???
FO76 T-45 leg T-45 left leg 54 54 54  ??? 14 40 N/A  ???
FO76 T-45 leg T-45 right leg 54 54 54  ??? 14 40 N/A  ???
Total* 360 360 360  ??? 79  ??? N/A


  • Material modifications are available after purchasing the necessary entitlement in the Atomic Shop. All paints require 2 oil, 2 plastic, and 2 steel per element.
  • Any exceptions to this rule are noted in the description field. The list does not include cosmetic transformations, which are covered separately. These include:
Name Appearance Description

(carbon coating)

Soar across the Wasteland with this sleek Blackbird Paint Set for your Power Armor.

Camouflage Become one with Appalachia with these Camouflage Paints for your Power Armor.
Hot Rod

What's hotter than a hot rod? This Hotter Rod Paint Set for your Power Armor!

Inferno Mark I The Inferno Mark 1/2/3 Power Armor Paint Set.
Inferno Mark II
Inferno Mark III

Hide in the night, and stalk your enemies with the Mothman Power Armor Paints and a Mothman Red Headlamp.

Nukashine Speak easy and carry a big Power Armor! Who knows where you will end up with this blacked out Nukashine paint set.
Outcast paint ? Feel like you don't belong with these Outcast Paints for your Power Armor.

Nuclear Winter reward.

American Patriot

Show Appalachia that democracy will never be defeated by sporting this American Patriot Power Armor Paint Set!


For the times you want to unleash your inner child - as a force of destruction! It's Playtime!

Tricentennial A set of Power Armor Paints celebrating 300 years of American freedom!

Remind everyone who's really rebuilding America with this Vault-Tec Paint Set for your Power Armor.

Vault-Tec 2
Wasteland Walker Hide in plain sight with these Wasteland Walker Paints for your Power Armor.
West Virginia

Continue the Mountaineer spirit with this set of West Virginia-themed paints for your Power Armor.

Winter Wanderland Blend in with the ashes of Nuclear Winter with the Winter Wanderland Paints for your Power Armor.
Woodland Warrior Blend into the bush with these Woodland Warrior Paints for your Power Armor. Includes a unique paint for each of the T-45, T-51, T-60 and X-01 Power Armors.




  1. Fallout 4 loading screens: "The T-45 series was the first version of Power Armor ever employed on the battlefield by the U.S. military. Many suits remain active in the Wasteland today, and provide their wearers with substantial protection."
  2. Fallout Shelter item description: "Deployed pre-War against Chinese tanks. That's right – tanks."
    (T-45d power armor (Fallout Shelter))
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Fallout Bible 0:
    "2055 The West Tek Research Facility starts working on a new virus to kill the New Plague. Their viral research and close ties to the federal government eventually lead to them being chosen for the Pan-Immunity Virion Project twenty years later as well as Power Infantry Armor and laser research.
    2065 August Increasing need for mobility in the United States mechanized cavalry leads the military to focus the efforts on creating a man-based tank - essentially, a two-legged walking armored unit: Power Armor.
    2065-2067 Power Armor research grows and several prototypes are developed, many of which prove to be unworkable in the field. These prototypes pave the way for future advances in military, construction, and fusion technology.
    2066 Summer Adding further insult to the Chinese-American relations, the first crude fusion cell is unveiled, one of the results of the Power Armor project. Devices designed for the fusion cell begin to be manufactured. Incorporating fusion power into the general US infrastructure begins, but the process is too slow to supply power to the regions that need it. Nearly eleven years later, few sections of the United States were supplied with fusion power.
    2067 The first suit of Power Armor is deployed in Alaska. While lacking the full mobility of future versions, this Power Armor is incredibly effective against Chinese tanks and infantry. Its ability to carry heavy ordinance becomes key in various localized conflicts, and it has the power to destroy entire towns without endangering the wearer. China rushes to create its own versions, but they are many years behind the United States.
    2074 Contrary to their claims of seeking only to retake Alaska from the Reds, American Power Armor units, infantry, and mechanized divisions are deployed to China, but they become bogged down on the mainland, putting a further drain on American resources and supply lines.
    2076 June Power Armor prototype completed, resulting in the Power Armor players find in Fallout 1. This is the pinnacle of Power Armor technology before the Great War. Many of these units are sent to China, and they begin to carve a swath through the Chinese forces. The Chinese resources are strained to the breaking point, and the supply lines from the nations China has annexed begin to break down.
    2077 January 22 The first domestic use of Power Armor within the United States for crowd and quarantine control. Units originally serving in China and the Anchorage Front Line find themselves fighting Americans at home. Food riots increase, and many civilians are killed. Several soldiers defect from the military both in Canada and the United States. They are captured, and are sent to military prisons.
    2198 Enclave works on various new technologies, including Power Armor variations. None of these are much of an improvement over the conventional old school Power Armor, and some are actually worse.
    2215 Under Presidential Order, Enclave scientists begin to work on an upgraded version of Power Armor. Many prototypes are developed and tested.
    2220 October Enclave scientists develop a reliable version of the Mark II Power Armor. The prototype results (and accidents... and explosions... and deaths) are classified by order of the President Richardson for the sake of morale."
  4. Gametitle-VB The Prisoner: "{c16711680}Do you know how to use all that gear or is it just for show?"
    Armstrong: "{c255}I am trained in the use of light and heavy assault weapons and have fifty three hours of field experience in the T-45d Power Armor, citizen. Most of those were during the Anchorage Reclamation."
    Armstrong: "{c255}Well, here's the entrance to the vault, citizen. I have to head back to the City now. This T-45d eats up small energy cells like Chans at a rice buffet! Ha, ha, ha! Don't worry, though. We'll send those godless reds packing within the month!"
    The Prisoner: "{c16711680}Thanks, Corporal Armstrong! Goodbye."
    (Armstrong dialogue file)
  5. Owyn Lyons: "Scribe Bowditch, I trust you are well. I'm here for your progress report on the modified Recon Armor."
    Bowditch: "Ah... you're a bit early today, sir. Regardless, I'm happy to report that the development of the Mark II Recon Armor unit is proceeding as planned."
    Owyn Lyons: "I'm pleased to hear that. Do you anticipate any setbacks? Last month's progress was, well... let's call it "underwhelming.""
    Bowditch: "There may be a slight delay in the enhancement of the ambulatory gyroscope. A few of the parts I need were lost in the recent... inventory reduction."
    Owyn Lyons: "You'll make do, Bowditch. You always do."
    Bowditch: "Thank you, sir. I appreciate it."
    (Owyn Lyons' and Bowditch's dialogue)
  6. Ricky: "I was walking along, minding my own, and up pops one of them Brotherhoods. He yells "Hand over that laser rifle, asshole!" So I hand it over, just to make him think I'm scared! But really I'm not! I never am! Before he knows what hit him, I draw my 11mm machinegun and BAM! BAM! Right through the eyeslit in his helmet! D.O.A.!"
    The Courier: "What a load of crap. The eyeslits of T-series power armor are bullet-proof!"
    Ricky: "Then I guess this dumb fucker's armor musta been... D-series or something! All I know is, he died up real dead when I killed him, okay?"
    (Ricky's dialogue)
  7. 7.0 7.1 Armor appearance in the games.
  8. Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition p. 200: "Which Power Armor will you choose?
    The full suit of Power Armor has more damage absorption, but less mobility.
    The Recon Power Armor is light armor, with extra speed and agility."
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