| ||For an overview of combat armor variants in all games, as well as background information, see combat armor.|
First created in 2051, the military-grade combat armor was designed to protect key sections of the human body from ballistic trauma with hard armored plates made from complex polymers and ceramics, with a flexible body suit interwoven with thermal-dissipative membranes and bulletproof material. The earliest models of the combat armor were manufactured as specific plates mounted on combat webbing, although as the technology improved, body-enclosing suits of armor were created and entered active combat duty, though in limited quantities. The armor came with a matte-finish olive drab coloring by default, making it suitable for woodland and/or urban camouflage. Prior to the Great War, combat armor was nearly exclusively the property of military forces and special police units. Currently-available historical documentation shows users only in the North American continent, but allied nations were likely to possess identical or similar systems. Combat armor was the de facto armor of the United States military, issued to all combat soldiers not in the powered armor units. Additionally, at least one Canadian partisan was caught on camera wearing a suit of combat armor.
Civilian ownership of combat armor was highly restricted. A special permit was required from the Bureau of Alcohol, Drugs, Tobacco, Firearms and Lasers for private ownership of the combat armor (though it was marketed to US citizens without mentioning this fact).
Combat armor is among the best forms of protection in the post-War Capital Wasteland. It has the fifth highest DR for non-power armors, only lower than Ranger battle armor, Lag-Bolt's combat armor (only available with Broken Steel), metal armor, and Metal Master armor. It is fairly useful for early to mid-level characters, as it can probably be acquired before the Ranger armor, and doesn't have the penalty to Agility that metal armor has.
Unlike the reinforced variants common on the West Coast, all the combat armor available in the Capital Wasteland is short-sleeved, having only the shoulder pads and chestplates covering the torso, as well as the forearm guards. The combat helmet's shaded visor is also absent. The winterized combat armor variant used in the DLC looks the most like combat armor present in earlier Fallout titles, except for the snow-appropriate camouflage pattern and face-covering balaclava.
The helmet is olive drab colored and its shape resembles the current day PASGT kevlar helmets. The picture shown in the Pip-Boy is also very similar to the German Stahlhelm. Unlike its predecessor from Fallout and Fallout 2, the helmet does not have the glass cover over the eyes, so it can be worn with normal eyewear, like eyeglasses.
- Ranger battle armor
- Rivet City security uniform
- Talon combat armor
- Tenpenny security uniform
- Lag-Bolt's combat armor Broken Steel
- Winterized combat armor Operation: Anchorage (add-on)
- Winterized medic armor Mothership Zeta (add-on)
- Ranger battle helmet
- Rivet City security helmet
- Talon combat helmet
- Winterized combat helmet Operation: Anchorage (add-on)
- Winterized medic helmet Mothership Zeta (add-on)
|The following is based on Fallout 3 cut content and has not been confirmed by canon sources.|
- Sim regen armor
- Shellshocked combat armor: Identical to standard combat armor. Base id: 000cb5ef, (helmet: 000cb5f0).
|End of information based on Fallout 3 cut content.|
|Lag-Bolt's combat armor Broken Steel||38||30||500||+10 AP, +10 Big Guns||400||1||00b95f|
|Ranger battle armor||39||27||1100||+5 AP, +1 LK, +10 Small Guns||430||5||00023030|
|Rivet City security uniform||24||20||100||+5 Small Guns||330||∞||000239cc|
|Sim regen armor Operation: Anchorage (add-on) cut||32||25||400||Health regen, limb repair||390||—||002969|
|Talon combat armor||28||25||300||—||390||∞||000a6f76|
|Tenpenny security uniform||24||20||100||+5 Small Guns||180||4+||00034119|
|Shellshocked combat armor cut||32||25||400||—||390||—||000cb5ef|
|Winterized combat armor Operation: Anchorage (add-on)||32||25||999,400||—||390||3||003af9|
|Winterized medic armor Mothership Zeta (add-on)||32||25||400||+10 Medicine||390||3||00a9a1|
- Unique apparel are highlighted with a darker background
|Anchorage Memorial||1||Inside the memorial|
|Bridge tower inside Rivet City||4||Found in the armory on the bridge tower|
|Bought from Crow||Varies||Found on the caravan stops: outside Agatha's house, Arefu, Canterbury Commons, Evergreen Mills, Megaton, Paradise Falls, Rivet City, and Temple of the Union|
|Dickerson Tabernacle Chapel||1||Found on the dead Drifter in poor condition|
|Bought from Michael Masters||Varies||At Michael's store inside Tenpenny Tower|
|Bought from Moira Brown||Varies||At her store, Craterside Supply in Megaton|
|National Guard depot||2||Found in poor condition inside the depot|
|Bought from Seagrave Holmes||Varies||Inside the market at Rivet City, normally in low condition|
|Bought from Tulip||Varies||Found at her store on left after entering Underworld|
|Mothership Zeta||Several||Found throughout the ship|