Desert Ranger combat armor

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The Desert Ranger combat armor and the matching Desert Ranger combat helmet are pieces of armor in the Fallout: New Vegas add-on Honest Hearts.


A USMC-issued armor boasting a desert camouflage pattern from the same manufacturer as the L.A.P.D. riot armors, worn with a matching military helmet with built-in low light optics, a combination IR/white light lamp and gas mask, an olive green duster and a pair of worn-out khaki pants. The owner's data is printed on the collar and includes rank, name, service branch, and blood type, to facilitate easy identification and possibly treatment of wounded or dead soldiers.

This particular type of armor was issued to the U.S. Marines operating in China during the Yangtze Campaign and Gobi Campaign between 2066-2077 before the Great War. It was most principally used in Nanjing, Shanghai and Gobi Desert, which seemed to have been the sites of most of the combat between the U.S. and their rivals, China.

This particular ensemble belonged to Staff Sgt. R.B. Vickers,[1] a U.S. Marine involved in the Yangtze Campaign before the Great War. After his death, it eventually found its way into the hands of Randall Clark, also known as the Survivalist, who left it in Stone Bones cave while fleeing Vault 22 inhabitants in 2096.


The armor provides excellent protection, equal to a suit of T-45d power armor, but it is a medium armor. The armor weighs the same as NCR Ranger combat armor but it provides +2 DT more, and the helmet is weightless and provides +1 DT more.


  • NCR Ranger combat armor - armor of the NCR Veteran Rangers, whose creation is based on the Desert Ranger combat armor.
  • Lonesome Road (add-on)Gametitle-FNV LR Riot gear - an advanced version of the L.A.P.D. riot armor and the military helmet used by the pre-War riot control officers in the Divide.
  • Lonesome Road (add-on)Gametitle-FNV LR Advanced riot gear - an advanced model of the riot gear which was used by the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, was used by the NCR riot control officers in the Divide.
  • Lonesome Road (add-on)Gametitle-FNV LR Elite riot gear - a unique armor which was used by an important NCR riot control officer in the Divide.


Name DT WG Durability Value Armor class Effects
NCR Ranger combat armor 20 30 600 7500 Medium armor Disguise: NCR
Desert Ranger combat armor 22 30 600 8000 Medium armor None
Riot gear 20 30 500 7994 Medium armor Guns +5, Agl +1
Advanced riot gear 21 25 600 8494 Medium armor Explos. +10, End +1
Elite riot gear 22 23 750 12500 Medium armor Crit +5, Guns +10, Charis +1



  • Tycho, from the first Fallout game was described as wearing this armor, but no in-game model for it was made.
  • The eyes of this helmet are green, just like in early concept art for the NCR Ranger combat armor.
  • The tourniquet on the right leg could be the same one tied on by Randall Clark, after being wounded by a refugee from Vault 22. In his diary entry for 2096, he states that it was to prevent leaving a blood trail back to his hideout.
  • On the back of the helmet are the crudely-written names of two locations, Nanjing and Shanghai, and abbreviations of months for each place. Nanjing has JUN, JUL, AUG, and an SE which is crossed out. Shanghai has SEP, OCT, NOV, DEC, JAN, FEB, MAR, APL, and MAY. The words "FORGIVE ME MAMA" are scrawled across the front of the helmet.
  • There are multiple tally marks along the helmet, most likely representing how many people Vickers killed during his tour in China as a United States Marine.
  • Unlike NCR Ranger combat armor, Desert Ranger combat armor is not faction armor.
  • Repairing this armor when it's fully broken costs 16,000 caps.
  • It's possible that the weight of the helmet being 0 is an oversight, as the Ranger helmet originally had a weight of 3.
  • Despite being described as possessing "low light optics", neither the NCR Ranger combat armor's nor the Desert Ranger combat armor's helmets possess this trait. It is, however, found in all forms of riot gear.

Behind the scenesEdit

  • The Desert Rangers are originally from Wasteland, Fallout's predecessor.



  1. Sawyer about the armor's background on Formspring

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