Fallout 76 combat armor

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Fallout 76Combat armor
Sturdy combat armor
Heavy combat armor
This page lists all combat armors in Fallout 76.
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  • For combat armors in other Fallout games, please see "Combat armor".
  • For an overview of Fallout 76 content, please refer to "Fallout 76".

Background[edit | edit source]

Main article: Combat armor

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,[1] with the first Army model relegated to domestic and garrison duties.[2]

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[3] 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.[4]

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.[5]

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.[5]

Models[edit | edit source]

Combat armor[edit | edit source]

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Main article: Combat armor

The basic, light model was most common, issued widely to troops on the battlefield.[6][1], 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.[7]

Sturdy combat armor[edit | edit source]

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Main article: Combat armor

The superior, sturdy combat armor variant was the baseline model. The torso assembly is enhanced with the inclusion of soft body armor from ballistic fiber, overlaid with enlarged hard armor plates providing superior coverage and protection. A groin protector is included by default. Limbs incorporate the axillary and thigh protectors of the lighter model, with the addition of plating on forearms, knees, and lower legs. The entire assembly was intended for units engaged in heavy fighting on the most contested fronts.[8]

Heavy combat armor[edit | edit source]

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Main article: Combat armor

The heaviest model of combat armor is a radical departure from the principle of balance that guided the design of combat armor. Emphasizing durability and protection, the heavy variant encloses the entire body in a layer of soft body armor enclosing it almost entirely, with the characteristic armored plates worn on top. The torso assembly incorporates the medium variant upgraded with armor plating enclosing the entire torso, including a characteristic hump that protects the upper back. Arms are sheathed in segmented armor that incorporates additional protection for hands, elbows, and shoulders (heavy axillary protectors include a pair of characteristic pauldrons). Legs are protected even more heavily, with armor plating enclosing the thighs, lower legs, and covering feet.[9]


Comparison[edit | edit source]

Type Piece Level Protection Weight Value
Ballistic

Damage

Energy

Damage

Radiation
Regular Chest 20 16 0 7 60
30 25
40 30
50 36
Arm 20 6 0 2.75 60
30 8
40 10
50 12
Leg 20 6 0 3 25
30 8
40 10
50 12
Sturdy Chest 20 21 0
30 33
40 40
50 47
Arm 20 8 0
30 11
40 13
50 15
Leg 20 8 0
30 11
40 13
50 15
Heavy Chest 20 27 0
30 43
40 52
50 61
Arm 20 11 0
30 14
40 17
50 20
Leg 20 11 0
30 14
40 17
50 20

^ All the above are from non-modified pieces.


Modifications[edit | edit source]

This item has the following modification slots: Material, Misc.

  • All numbers are relative to the base stats.

Material (Torso)[edit | edit source]

Name Ballistic
Resistance
Energy
Resistance
Value Weight Resources
Standard None 2 Adhesive

6 Leather

6 Steel

4 Cloth

Reinforced +1-10 +1-10 +10% +10% 2 Adhesive

6 Leather

6 Steel

4 Cloth

Shadowed +1-10 +1-10 +10% +10% 2 Adhesive

6 Leather

4 Oil

6 Steel

4 Cloth

Fiberglass +2-15 +2-15 +30% +15% 4 Adhesive

12 Leather

12 Steel

8 Cloth

Polymer +3-20 +3-20 +50% +20% 8 Adhesive

24 Leather

24 Steel

16 Cloth

Brotherhood of Steel +4-25 +4-25 +75% +30% 2 Adhesive

6 Leather

4 Oil

2 Steel

4 Cloth

Material (Limbs)[edit | edit source]

Name Ballistic
Resistance
Energy
Resistance
Value Weight Resources
Standard None 1 Adhesive

2 Steel

2 Cloth

Reinforced +1-7 +1-7 +10% +10% 1 Adhesive

2 Leather

2 Steel

2 Cloth

Shadowed +1-7 +1-7 +10% +10% 1 Adhesive

2 Leather

2 Oil

2 Steel

2 Cloth

Fiberglass +2-10 +2-10 +30% +15% 2 Adhesive

4 Leather

4 Steel

4 Cloth

Polymer +3-13 +3-13 +50% +20% 4 Adhesive

8 Leather

8 Steel

8 Cloth

Brotherhood of Steel +4-15 +4-15 +75% +30% 1 Adhesive

2 Leather

2 Oil

2 Steel

2 Cloth

Misc (Torso)[edit | edit source]

Weight modifiers apply to the base weight of the item modified by the material
Type Effect Value Weight Resources
Lighter Build +5 AP +20% -10% 4 Cork

5 Fiberglass

3 Adhesive

3 Rubber

Padded -25% damage taken from explosions +30% +15% 3 Ballistic Fiber

3 Adhesive

3 Rubber

Pocketed Improved carrying capacity (+10). +30% +10% 3 Adhesive

4 Leather

4 Cloth

Asbestos Lining +15 Energy resistance and immunity to being set on fire +30% +30% 6 Ballistic Fiber

6 Asbestos

5 Adhesive

3 Rubber

Deep Pocketed Improved carrying capacity (+20). +50% +15% 7 Black Titanium

7 Gold

6 Screw

5 Cloth

Lead Lined +15 Radiation resistance +70% +30% 6 Adhesive

8 Lead

4 Screw

Dense -50% damage taken from explosions +60% +30% 7 Black Titanium

6 Ballistic Fiber

3 Fiberglass

4 Rubber

6 Screw

Ultra-Light Build + 10 AP +40% -20% 7 Black Titanium

6 Cork

8 Fiberglass

5 Rubber

6 Screw

Pneumatic Reduces the magnitude of incoming staggers. +50% +20% 5 Aluminum

7 Ballistic Fiber

8 Adhesive

10 Lead

BioCommMesh Increases duration of chems by 50%. +50% +30% 12 Aluminum

8 Circuitry

8 Adhesive

6 Cloth

Misc (Limbs)[edit | edit source]

Type Effect Value Weight Resources
Lighter Build +2 AP +20% -10% 4 Cork

4 Fiberglass

3 Adhesive

3 Rubber

Pocketed +5 carrying capacity +30% +10% 3 Adhesive

4 Leather

4 Cloth

Braced

(Arms only)

+25% damage blocked +20% +25% 6 Bone

5 Adhesive

4 Steel

Brawling

(Arms only)

+10% Unarmed damage +20% +25% 3 Bone

5 Adhesive

4 Lead

2 Screw

Cushioned

(Legs only)

-50% falling damage +30% +15% 7 Cork

5 Adhesive

7 Rubber

6 Cloth

Strengthened -15% limb damage +50% +30% 5 Adhesive

5 Plastic

5 Steel

5 Screw

Deep Pocketed +10 carrying capacity +50% +15% 7 Black Titanium

7 Gold

6 Screw

5 Cloth

Lead Lined +10 Radiation resistance +70% +30% 6 Adhesive

8 Lead

4 Screw

Stabilized

(Arms only)

+5% scope stability +30% +25% 7 Aluminum

3 Fiber Optics

6 Adhesive

4 Spring

Muffled

(Legs only)

+10% harder detection for enemies +40% +15% 6 Adhesive

7 Rubber

5 Cloth

Aerodynamic

(Arms only)

-5% power attack AP cost +30% +15% 7 Aluminum

6 Fiberglass

7 Adhesive

5 Spring

Custom Fitted

(Legs only)

-5% sprint AP cost +40% +15% 7 Adhesive

8 Leather

4 Rubber

5 Spring

Ultra-Light Build Greatly reduces weight. Adds 5 AP. +40% -20% 7 Black Titanium

7 Aluminum

6 Cork

8 Fiberglass

5 Rubber

6 Screw

Weighted

(Arms only)

+10% armor penetration for melee and unarmed attacks +60% +40% 10 Aluminum

4 Bone

4 Fiberglass

8 Adhesive

Sleek

(Legs only)

+5% movement speed while sneaking +50% +10% 5 Fiberglass

8 Adhesive

4 Oil

10 Rubber

Cosmetic[edit | edit source]

All cosmetic skins are available exclusively through the Atomic Shop.

Name Image Description
Blood-Washed Make enemies think otherwise before trying to fight you with the Blood-Washed Paint for Combat Armor.
Camouflage Be ready for war with this Camouflage Paint for your Combat Armor.
Patriot Just because America is gone doesn't mean patriotism is! Show your love with the Patriot Paint for your Combat Armor.
Vault-Tec From your friends at Vault-Tec, an officially branded paint for your trusty Combat Armor.
Free States You have the right to be well armored with this Free States Combat Armor Paint.

Crafting[edit | edit source]

See respective articles for details

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Frontline troops in Alaska wear this type of combat armor. As seen in the Fallout 4 intro.
  2. 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.
  3. Fallout 4 loading screen hints: "Combat Armor offers balanced protection against both energy and ballistic damage."
  4. Concept art for the helmet shows the heavy model as having a special targeting unit attached, with an ocular over the right eye.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Fallout 4 armor upgrades.
  6. Combat armor in Fallout Shelter: "The preferred battlefield armor of pre-war grunts."
  7. Combat armor appearance in Fallout 4.
  8. Sturdy combat armor in Fallout Shelter: "Worn by the toughest ground pounders in the toughest battles."
  9. Heavy combat armor in Fallout Shelter: "They used to send in an army. Now they only need you."
Apparel in Fallout 76