A USMC-issued armor boasting a desert camouflage pattern from the same manufacturer as the L.A.P.D. riot armor, worn with a matching military helmet with built-in low light optics, a combination infrared/white light lamp and gas mask, an olive green duster and a pair of worn-out khaki pants. The owner's data is printed on the collar and includes rank, name, service branch, and blood type, to facilitate easy identification of deceased or treatment of wounded soldiers.
This particular type of armor was issued to the U.S. Marines operating in China during the Yangtze Campaign. It was most principally used in Nanjing, and Shanghai. This particular ensemble belonged to Staff Sgt. R.B. Vickers, a U.S. Marine involved in the Yangtze Campaign before the Great War. After his death, it found its way into the hands of Randall Clark, also known as the Survivalist, who left it in Stone Bones cave while fleeing from Vault 22 inhabitants in 2096. The normal NCR Veteran Ranger armor has a red visor glow, but the Desert Ranger eyes are green, making them more akin to the ghost people's mask lenses.
The armor set provides excellent protection, with 22 Damage Threshold. This makes it one of the best medium armor sets in the game.
NCR Ranger combat armor - Armor of the NCR Veteran Rangers, whose creation is based on the Desert Ranger combat armor.
Riot gear - An advanced version of the L.A.P.D. riot armor and the military helmet used by the pre-War riot control officers in the Divide.
Advanced riot gear - An advanced model of the riot gear which was created for the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, used by the NCR riot control officers in the Divide.
Elite riot gear - A unique set of armor which was used by an NCR riot control officer in the Divide.
NCR Ranger combat armor
Desert Ranger combat armor
Guns +5, Agl +1
Advanced riot gear
Explos. +10, End +1
Elite riot gear
Crit +5, Guns +10, Charis +1
Stone Bones cave, at the end near a footlocker in front of the Survivalist's terminal.
This armor is equal to a suit of T-45d power armor in terms of Damage Resistance but is classified as medium armor. The armor weighs the same as NCR Ranger combat armor but provides +2 more Damage Threshold. The helmet is weightless and boasts a +1 DT bonus over its NCR counterpart.
Tycho, from the first Fallout game, was described as wearing a similar armor, but no in-game model for it was made. His version is different from this one, as it lacked any mention of a helmet and was made of leather.
The eyes of this helmet are green, just like in early concept art for the NCR Ranger combat armor.
On the back of the helmet are the crudely-written names of two locations, Nanjing and Shanghai, and abbreviations of months for each place. Nanjing has JUN, JUL, AUG, and an SE which is crossed out. Shanghai has SEP, OCT, NOV, DEC, JAN, FEB, MAR, APL, and MAY. The words "FORGIVE ME MAMA" are scrawled across the front of the helmet.
There are multiple tally marks on the helmet. It is unknown if they were created by Vickers, representing how many individuals he killed during his tour in China as a United States Marine, or by Clark, representing the same concerning Vault 22 dwellers, or by a different individual.
Unlike NCR Ranger combat armor, the Desert Ranger combat armor is not considered faction armor.
Repairing this armor when it's fully broken costs 16,000 caps.
It's possible that the weight of the helmet being 0 is an oversight, as the Ranger helmet originally had a weight of 3.
Despite being described as possessing "low light optics," neither the NCR Ranger combat armor nor the Desert Ranger combat armor helmets possess this trait. It is found on all forms of riot gear.
Sometimes while wearing this armor, NCR troopers will comment on being in the presence of a Ranger when you talk to them, even though this is not a faction armor.
The armor plate on the neck of the armor right under the helmet shows the name and rank of the original owner of the armor.
The back of the helmet, with places it's been
NCR Ranger combat helmet concept art, that was eventually used for the Desert Ranger combat helmet