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Power armor (Fallout 3)
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|For an overview of T-45 power armor in the Fallout series of games, see T-45 power armor. For an overview of various models of power armor in the Fallout series of games, see power armor.|
Brotherhood of Steel power armor.
Background[edit | edit source]
The T-45 powered combat infantry armor was the first design pressed into service in the Sino-American War, 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, 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. 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.
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. 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, 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.
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. 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. 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.
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.
Characteristics[edit | edit source]
Wearing power armor requires the player to receive the Power Armor Training perk by either talking to Paladin Gunny in the Citadel, by starting the Take it Back! quest, or by completing the Anchorage Reclamation simulation (Operation: Anchorage).
T-45d power armor can be repaired using components from the T-51b power armor, but the reverse cannot be done. All non-unique variants of T-45d power armor have identical properties and effects, and only differ with regards to their appearance as well as their use in certain quests.
Variants[edit | edit source]
- Power armor and power helmet, a standard variant of power armor.
- Brotherhood power armor and Brotherhood power helmet, it has the same appearance and attributes as regular power armor. There are no differences other than the name, the insignia on the shoulder pauldrons, that it will not appear in a merchant's stock, and Protector Casdin will not accept it as part of The Outcast Collection Agent unmarked quest.
- Outcast power armor and Outcast power helmet, a variant worn by Brotherhood Outcasts. Visually it is a standard suit of Brotherhood of Steel power armor, but repainted (somewhat haphazardly) to be black and red. Having Outcast variants in your inventory (equipped or not) when speaking to Protector Casdin will cause him to confiscate the armor unless you have gained the Outcasts' trust. Wearing a full suit of Outcast power armor will cause the Outcasts stationed at the Outcast Outpost to treat you as though you are an Outcast member, rather than a "local".
- Lyons' Pride power armor, it is the same as regular power armor, except that the Lyons' Pride insignia is on the shoulder instead of the standard Brotherhood of Steel insignia. There is no specific Lyon's Pride power helmet; Pride members wear either standard power helmets or the Brotherhood variants.
- Linden's Outcast power armor, a unique Outcast power armor obtained as a quest reward for completing the quest Oasis in Leaf Mother Laurel's favor.
- Prototype medic power armor, this is a variation of the Army power armor equipped with a Mister Gutsy-like onboard artificial intelligence. The armor's primary function is to administer Med-X when the wearer receives significant damage. Because the artificial intelligence is capable of speech it will also alert the wearer to the presence of nearby enemies and vice versa.
- Ashur's power armor, a unique version of the standard power armor which has been painted and adorned with various tribal emblems and is only found with The Pitt add-on.
- Tribal power armor, a damaged suit of Brotherhood power armor, patched and altered by unnamed denizens of The Pitt to resemble Ashur's power armor; it is only found with The Pitt add-on.
|The following is based on Fallout 3 cut content and has not been confirmed by canon sources.|
- Army power armor, it has a US Army band on each shoulder. There is no matching helmet for the Army power armor.
|End of information based on Fallout 3 cut content.|
Locations[edit | edit source]
Power armor and power helmet[edit | edit source]
Regular power armor can be acquired from the Capital Wasteland's merchants, although they rarely appear in stock. Friday, a vendor in the Downtown section of The Pitt, also sells them. You also receive a complete suit of power armor in 100% condition from Sarah Lyons at the beginning of the game's final quest, Take it Back! It can also be acquired from a small number of fallen Brotherhood of Steel members, particularly those encountered in Chevy Chase when attempting to clear the GNR building plaza of super mutants. Power helmets are more plentiful, and can be found from merchants and numerous fallen Brotherhood of Steel members.
Brotherhood power armor and Brotherhood power helmet[edit | edit source]
This variant is found on most fallen Brotherhood of Steel members.
Outcast power armor and Outcast power helmet[edit | edit source]
Outcast power armor and Outcast power helmet can be acquired from the corpses of fallen Outcasts and from Fort Independence.
Lyons' Pride power armor[edit | edit source]
It can be acquired from the corpses of dead Lyons' Pride members during Take it Back, or reverse-pickpocketing: Sentinel Lyons, Knight Captain Gallows, Paladin Vargas, Paladin Glade, Paladin Kodiak and Knight Captain Dusk.
Notes[edit | edit source]
- Though not included as a complete object, Fallout 3's Textures.bsa file contains a complete mesh for a pink power armor, and appears as a pink-painted armor with a white outline of a heart painted on the breastplate.
Bugs[edit | edit source]
- The Brotherhood of Steel insignia is present on the left pauldron of all "plain" power armor.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
Brotherhood of Steel Soldier in front of the Capitol Building
Fallout 3 power armor.
The power armor in the Fallout 3 teaser.
Brotherhood Paladin with a laser rifle.
A dead paladin in power armor in the Paradise Falls concept art.
Ashur's power armor/Tribal power armor