T-45d power armor (Fallout: New Vegas)
|For more background information about the T-45 and its appearances in other games, see T-45 power armor. For an overview of various models of power armor in the Fallout series of games, see power armor.|
T-45d 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]
T-45d power armor provides a damage threshold of 22 as well as a bonus of 10% to Radiation Resistance, +2 to Strength and a -2 penalty to Agility. It is not quite as protective as T-51b power armor or its variants, nor is it as protective as Remnants power armor, but it still provides protection superior to every other form of non-powered armor in the base game, the only exception being Desert Ranger combat armor that has the same amount of DT. The Elite riot gear armor also shares the same DT, and is obtained in the Lonesome Road.
Variants[edit | edit source]
- Brotherhood T-45d power armor, the less common version of T-45d power armor in the Mojave Wasteland and Capital Wasteland, used exclusively by the Brotherhood of Steel.
- Scorched Sierra power armor, an NCR variant used by Colonel Royez on Long 15.
- NCR salvaged power armor, a suit made with salvaged metal and does not require Training to wear.
Locations[edit | edit source]
- Abandoned Brotherhood of Steel Bunker - a T-45d helmet can be found inside, on Elijah's desk; the Dead Money add-on is required to access this area.
- Brotherhood of Steel safehouse - a complete suit can be found on a shelf.
- Great Khan armory, Red Rock Canyon - full suits of armor in poor condition may be sold by the Great Khan armorer.
- Hidden Valley bunker - several suits of non-Brotherhood T-45d power armor can be found inside.
- Hidden Valley bunker - Knight Torres will have at least three complete suits available, and may sell additional units depending on her merchant inventory. If you can loot her key through the wall, you can enter that room through the lower floor. You can grab the armor then hide it behind the crates, much like the Silver Rush glitch.
- Hoover Dam - Quartermaster Bardon often sells a couple.
- The armor can also be obtained after finishing either of the quests Still in the Dark or Eyesight to the Blind. At the end of those quests the Courier is invited to join the Brotherhood of Steel, and will receive a low-condition suit of armor, as well as Power Armor Training.
- May be sold by the Sink in Old World Blues.
Notes[edit | edit source]
- The armor given to you by Elder McNamara/Hardin after completing either Eyesight to the Blind or Tend to Your Business, is the normal T-45d power armor rather than the Brotherhood variant.
- If you have the Fallout: New Vegas add-on Honest Hearts, the Desert Ranger combat armor may be a better choice than this armor. It has the same DT and has a much lower weight, 30 pounds compared to 45 pounds, and does not require Power Armor Training. However, the T-45d does give a Strength bonus of 2, so it could be a better choice for heavy weapons based players.
- If a user wearing this is shot in the head without a helmet, blood will come out along with the metal "clank" sound made if shot while wearing power armor.
Bugs[edit | edit source]
- Brotherhood of Steel emblem on the left pauldron, despite not being Brotherhood armor. This can be fixed on PC with the following mod New Vegas Nexus This armor has a
- When you sit down the shoulder pads will rotate and clip inside the body. The same glitch also occurs with the T-51b.
- When running with most two handed weapons it will clip the middle section of the armor, making it look like it is going through to your stomach.
- When you swim the shoulder plates will not move and your arms will go through the plates.