Combat armor (Fallout 76)
Background[edit | edit source]
The success of the Army combat armor paved the way for superior models. The most important of these was the general purpose combat armor issued to military units nationwide, with the first Army model relegated to domestic and garrison duties. to the cutting-edge riot gears that came into use prior to the Great War.
The new combat armor was manufactured in three different variants, for wearing with the standard armed services uniform: Light, medium (sturdy), and heavy. The modular suit of armor was manufactured from alloys that offer balanced protection from conventional firearms and energy weapons and provide load-bearing functionality in combat. A new combat helmet model was designed for all three variants, incorporating ear protection and a pair of attachment points for additional equipment, such as lamps (commonly found on surviving units) and targeting or imaging equipment.
The basic, light model was most common, issued widely to troops on the battlefield., it consisted of a pair of plates covering the chest and upper back, attached to standard load-bearing equipment, axillary protectors, and a pair of plates covering the thighs.
The standard combat armor was designed to accept numerous modifications, allowing for it to be tailored for specific purposes. Common material included additional reinforcement, “shadowing” (reducing its profile and signature, with a characteristic black finish), and an optional polymer upgrade that replaced the standard combat armor alloy with advanced combat polymers. Functional upgrades were numerous, tailoring the armor's functionality to the mission profile and included special linings (fire-retardant asbestos, radiation-resistant lead, or the unique BioCommMesh enhancing combat drug duration), lightened construction, upgraded combat webbing, melee modifications, weapon stabilization, and various customizations of the armor profile and silhouette to improve performance in close combat.
After the Great War, some factions developed their own modifications. For example, the Brotherhood of Steel armors incorporate a special coating that provides additional protection from background radiation.
Characteristics[edit | edit source]
^ All the above are from non-modified pieces. Combat armor consists of five different pieces, one for each limb, and a torso. They can be worn over clothing with ease and can be modified with standard combat armor mods. All in all, it's a highly modifiable suit of armor that offers a balanced level of protection. Combat armor is available in four grades: Level 20, 30, 40, and 50.
All combat armor types are intended to be worn with the combat armor helmet.
Crafting[edit | edit source]
1 Combat Armor Chest Piece
1 Combat Armor Arm
1 Combat Armor Leg
Modifications[edit | edit source]
Locations[edit | edit source]
- Random pieces are sold by Free States vendors.
- Frontline troops in Alaska wear this type of combat armor. As seen in the Fallout 4 intro.
- The Army helmet is presented in the game as an older type of helmet, issued to uniformed troops who do not use the standard set of combat armor: Clearly visible in the tutorial segment and later on countless dead bodies throughout the Commonwealth.
- Riot gear variants available in Lonesome Road.
- Fallout 4 loading screen hints: "Combat Armor offers balanced protection against both energy and ballistic damage."
- Concept art for the helmet shows the heavy model as having a special targeting unit attached, with an ocular over the right eye.
- Combat armor in Fallout Shelter: "The preferred battlefield armor of pre-war grunts."
- Combat armor appearance in Fallout 4.
- Fallout 4 armor upgrades.