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Van Graff combat armor
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 posses 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).
The Van Graff combat armor has a Damage Threshold rating of 16 - one point more than standard combat armor and one less than its reinforced variant. It is colored matte black for "brand recognition purposes", but has no matching black helmet. It can be repaired with other combat armor, but it can not be repaired with other black-colored combat armor (e.g., Van Graff guards' combat armor).
The armor is given to the character at the Silver Rush during the quest Birds of a Feather. Once the first part of the quest is finished, the armor is returned. However, you can still acquire the armor with the methods below and it will not be marked as a quest item.
- You can get it at anytime in the trunk on the entrance of the Silver Rush (The trunk might be empty with patch 188.8.131.52x).
- At the end of the Birds of a Feather quest.
- In Durable Dunn's sacked caravan, there will be a couple of dead Van Graff Thugs. You might find the armor on them.
- If you let the Silver Rush explode in the quest Birds of a Feather, the armor you received during this part of the quest will be yours.
- This armor is also obtainable by killing the Van Graffs during the Birds of a Feather quest.
- While the Birds of a Feather quest is active, the armor is a marked as a quest item and cannot be dropped if stolen from the crate outside of the Silver Rush. Upon completion or failure of the quest (by killing the Van Graffs during Heartache by the Number, for example) the armor will be available to drop or sell.
- The armor is weightless while it is a quest item (despite being marked as weighing 25 in your Pip-Boy), and is therefore a useful item for any character, as it offers good protection and leaves ample space for carrying loot.
- Players simply looking for black-colored combat armor can find it on a Van Graff Guard's corpse at Durable Dunn's Sacked Caravan. The suit is simply labeled "combat armor" (without the Van Graff identifier), and is statistically identical to standard combat armor.
- This armor is identical to the Rivet City security uniform in Fallout 3.
- This armor has a script attached to it in the GECK; however, the script is blank aside from the name.
- Before Dead Money is installed, the crate containing the armor is locked under a Very Easy lock, but when Dead Money is installed, a patch is uploaded that raises the difficulty of the lock from Very Easy to Hard.
- If you have not completed Birds of a Feather, you can take this armor with you into Dead Money.
- If you need to get rid of this armor without killing Cass or blowing up the Silver Rush, you can do the first part of the Birds of a Feather quest (the part where you guard the door) and complete it normally. You will be able to go inside with all your weapons. Use a silenced sniper rifle and a Stealth Boy to shoot Jean in the head to fail the quest. None of the people in the Silver Rush should become aggressive. You can now drop the armor and still use Gloria as a reliable vendor.
- Should Simon be hostile to you while guarding the door, if you loot him after his death, his Van Graff combat armor will be labeled as regular combat armor, but will be painted black.