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Fallout 3Numbered Vault jumpsuit
Vault 77 jumpsuit
Child's Vault jumpsuit
Vault utility jumpsuit
Dad's wasteland outfit
Modified utility jumpsuit
Armored Vault jumpsuit
Vault lab uniform
The Surgeon's lab coat
Vault security armor
FO: New VegasNumbered Vault jumpsuit
Vault utility jumpsuit
Armored Vault jumpsuit
Armored Vault 21 jumpsuit Cut contentIcon cut.png
Boomer jumpsuit
Janet's Boomer outfit
Boomer flightsuit
Vault lab uniform
Vault security armor
Fallout 4Vault 75 jumpsuit
Vault 81 jumpsuit
Vault 95 jumpsuit
Vault 101 jumpsuit
Vault 101 jumpsuit (new)
Vault 111 jumpsuit
Vault 114 jumpsuit
Fallout 4: VWVault 88 jumpsuit
Fallout ShelterVault suit
Sturdy Vault suit
Armored Vault suit
Heavy Vault suit
Van BurenVault jumpsuit
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Vault jumpsuits are clothing that appear in all Fallout games. However, in Fallout and Fallout 2 they are worn by the player character by default and in Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas, Fallout 4, and Van Buren, they appear as actual in-game items. In Fallout Tactics and Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel, they are not usable by the player.

Background[edit | edit source]

Vault jumpsuits are the regulation clothing carried by the vault dwellers of Vault-Tec Industries vaults. The overall aesthetic remains the same across all the incarnations: blue with yellow accents, dark brown or black vambraces and boots, and the number of the Vault is on the back of the suit and on the outside of the collar.

The Secret Vault jumpsuits have no number on the back, nor do the Vault 0 jumpsuits which are a grey color instead of blue. Sometimes, vault dwellers who left a vault tend to be attached to their vault jumpsuit and don't hesitate to reinforce it with shoulder pads and some kind of defensive means, instead of selling it for other clothing.

The Vault City jumpsuit is identical to other jumpsuits, but lacks a number of any sort on the back. It is possible that these were included in the vault for when the citizens emerged, or that the citizens simply removed the number themselves after they left Vault 8. Interestingly enough, First Citizen Joanne Lynette wears a jumpsuit that appears to be hooded. Also, the Enclave citizens in 2241 appear to be wearing vault jumpsuits, also without a number.

The Vault Dweller emerges from Vault 13 clad in one of these. In Fallout 2, the Chosen One must earn the right to wear the jumpsuit of his ancestor, the Vault Dweller, by completing the Temple of Trials. Once this quest is completed the player's default clothing changes from tribal apparel to the vault jumpsuit, permanently. The Vault Dweller's jumpsuit is regarded as a holy item by the people of Arroyo.

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Variants[edit | edit source]

Numbered Vault jumpsuit[edit | edit source]

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The standard Vault jumpsuit is designed for general usage. The top section is zipped to the collar, the vambraces are worn over the sleeves. It has a radio sash on the left shoulder and breast. Its belt appears to be metal with a large clamp. The outfit features shiny black all purpose boots, the jumpsuits pants legs are buttoned above its boots.

Vault jumpsuits from Fallout, Fallout 2, Fallout Tactics, Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel, Van Buren, and Fallout 4 are depicted as skin tight, whereas the jumpsuits in Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas are roomier and resemble boilersuits, possibly indicating a standardized "one size fits all" method of production. The exact material that the suits are made of is unknown, but both designs can give a general idea: the more formfitting jumpsuits appear to be made of cotton lycra, while the boilersuit design is made of denim, although a side quest in New Vegas claims that they're made of leather.

Child's Vault jumpsuit[edit | edit source]

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A smaller variant of the standard jumpsuit. Designed specifically for children, the top section is zipped to the collar, vambraces are completely absent. It lacks the radio sash, standard on the adult jumpsuit. The belt is a simple black leather belt. The outfit features black shoes, the jumpsuits pants legs have no buttons.

Vault Utility Jumpsuit[edit | edit source]

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The Vault utility jumpsuit is a modified version of the standard Vault Jumpsuit, designed for manual labor and routine repair. The top section is unzipped a little, the vambraces are absent and the sleeves are rolled up. It has no radio sash on the left shoulder and breast. The outfit features high-top, converse-like, red shoes which is a contrast to its generally grubby appearance.

Armored Vault jumpsuit[edit | edit source]

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This otherwise normal Vault-Tec Vault jumpsuit is covered with a specially attached leather pads, pauldrons and a thigh holster, intended to provide some protection as well as extend the amount of wear and tear a standard suit could withstand.

This specialized suit contains a strapped on knee pad, a thigh holster on the right leg, a new belt with easy to reach pouches, a small bandoleer, a dedicated right shoulder pad, a leather pad on the right vambrace, and dedicated left pauldron. It also lacks the radio sash.

Vault lab uniform[edit | edit source]

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The Vault lab uniform is a simpler Vault jumpsuit with black gloves and a waste length lab coat worn over it. The jumpsuit is simpler in that the belt and Vault number on the collar are both absent, and the suit itself is considerably less rumpled.

The waste length buttoned lab coat has two very large covered pockets on the hips, the radio is attached to the right chest, the left chest has a covered pocket, and a large collar. The black boots are of different make than those pared with the standard Vault jumpsuit, its pats legs are thickly folded.

Vault security armor[edit | edit source]

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Utilizing the same simple Vault jumpsuit as the Vault lab uniform, the security armor instead uitilizes a riot helmet, full body cuirass strapped to the user, fortified vambraces, gloves, and boots. Like the Vault lab uniform the Vault security armor's radio is attached to the right chest, specifically of the cuirass.

Boomer jumpsuit[edit | edit source]

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A Vault 34 jumpsuit with a brown flight jacket, which bears the number 34 on the back. The suit is decorated with a number of patches and medals, and a necklace made of bullet casings.

Boomer flightsuit[edit | edit source]

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A Vault 34 jumpsuit with a black flight jacket. The suit is decorated with a number of patches, medals and .50 MG bullet casings.

Civilian jumpsuit[edit | edit source]

Used by Vault City and Enclave citizens, these non-numbered jumpsuits are the mainstay of Vault City and Control station Enclave respectively.

While the suits worn by Enclave citizens are only described as "a vault suit."[3] The Vault jumpsuits of Vault City are a little more varied. The Vault City uniform[4], appears to be described only as "a bright blue jumpsuit. It looks like the Vault Dweller's suit, but there is no number on the back."[5] Vault City jumpsuit[6] that Joanne Lynette is referenced wearing appears to have a very large neckline and a hood.[7]

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Concept art[edit | edit source]

Designing, or redesigning the vault suit meant adhering to canon, and updating the textures and tactile feel for the detail we can achieve now in games. I opted for a more durable denim like material, something quintessentially American and, suited to carrying out vault tasks involving heavy machinery and crawling through metal pipes.

Overall, the vault suit seems to represent an Everyman/Everywoman uniform of conformity, and a blank canvas for accessorizing once the wearer had escaped into the harsh environment of the wasteland. Preserving the retro 50’s flavor seemed to support this, and I wanted the suit to feel at home in a classic 50’s sci-fi film like Forbidden Planet. The reinforced elbows and knees seemed to introduce a bit of that flair to the otherwise oppressively Orwellian environment.

Adam Adamowicz


  1. The Art of Fallout 4 p.15: "VAULT SUIT
    Creating a skintight costume in bright blue and yellow and not having it come across as goofy looking was a considerable design challenge. We achieved this by focusing on an interesting mix of patterns and textures for the high-tech materials and adding details that grounded the design."
  2. The Art of Fallout 4 p.16: "VAULT SUIT
    For the iconic yellow stripe, we went with a metallic gold foil that serves as a heat-dissipation strip and works with the biometric sensors integrated in the suit."
  3. Enclave citizen's character description: "{100}{}{You see a person in a vault suit.}"
  4. Kohl's character description: "{100}{}{You see Chief Librarian Kohl.}"
    "{101}{}{You see a gentle-looking man in a Vault City uniform.}"
    "{102}{}{You see Chief Librarian Kohl.}"
    "{103}{}{You see a gentle-looking man in a Vault City uniform.}"
  6. Joanne Lynette's character description: "{100}{}{You see a stern-looking woman with thick glasses, wearing a Vault City jumpsuit. Judging from her bearing, she seems important.}"
  7. Joanne Lynette as she appears in Fallout 2.