Unlike the pre-War Tesla armor, constructed from plans drawn up by the famed scientist Nikola Tesla and stolen by the American government upon his death in 1943, which was designed a lot like post-war metal armor, it is a variant of the Enclave's advanced power armor Mk II jury-rigged with a Tesla device that is capable of dispersing a large percentage of the damage done by directed-energy attacks.
The armor makes the operation of energy weapons by the wearer easier, boosting the Energy Weapons skill of the operator, although it does not provide the same level of radiation resistance as other power armors. Enclave soldiers using this armor tend to use rarer, more powerful energy weapons such as plasma rifles.
Tesla armor has tesla coils on the shoulder pads and some lights running down the legs. It looks a bit bulkier than other power armors. If viewed closely, it appears to have remnants of yellow paint on some areas.
Although this is powerful armor and a great addition to the Lone Wanderer's wardrobe, the only way to get it (and spare suits for repairs) is by fighting Enclave soldiers or finding at least one on the Mothership Zetaadd-on. The Enclave soldiers' armor is usually acquired in rather poor condition. Despite this drawback, the armor is still one of the best you can find by the end of the game, bested only by the T-51b and the Enclave Hellfire armor, which have superior damage resistance and rad resistance statistics.
This version of Tesla armor appears as legacy content in Fallout: New Vegas, along with the Enclave tesla soldiers, although they can only be accessed with console commands. It has a DT of 20 for the armor and 6 for the helmet, giving it 1 DT less than a full suit of T-45d power armor. This is in contrast to the standard Fallout 3 Enclave power armor, which also appears as legacy content in New Vegas and provides even greater DT protection than Remnants power armor.
ps3xbox360pc If a fully repaired suit of Tesla armor is equipped and another suit (not necessarily at 100% condition) is in the player's inventory, the equipped suit will not degrade no matter how many times the player is hit. The unequipped armor will take the damage instead.