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Armor Mods Guide

Armor mods can dramatically improve your protective gear. Covert operators can benefit from mods that reduce armor weight and improve stealth; front-line combatants can reinforce armor for maximum protection. No matter how you engage your enemies, the right armor mods can greatly increase your chances of survival.

Pieces belonging to the major armor sets offer far more customization options than simpler garments. Each piece of armor that belongs to one of the major armor sets contains two mod slots—one for material mods and one for miscellaneous mods. However, for those with the proper skills, the Commonwealth contains a wide variety of customizable apparel.

If you plan to craft your own advanced armor mods, consider investing in all available ranks of the Armorer and Science! perks. Of course, the mods you build will also determine the components you need, but nearly all armor mods require some amount of adhesive.

BROTHERHOOD OF STEEL COMBAT ARMOR MODS ARE ESSENTIALLY CUSTOM PAINT JOBS—REMOVING ONE FROM EXISTING ARMOR DOESN’T PRODUCE A LOOSE MOD. THESE SPECIAL MATERIAL MODS CAN ONLY BE APPLIED BY ACTIVE MEMBERS OF THE BROTHERHOOD.

MATERIAL MODS

Most armor material mods affect Damage Resistance and Energy Resistance. However, there are a few material mods that include special features. Shadowed mods—which are available for combat, leather, and metal armor pieces—improve stealth in dark areas. The Brotherhood of Steel material mod even improves the Radiation Resistance offered by a piece of combat armor. The headgear associated with major armor sets can accommodate similar material mods.

MISCELLANEOUS MODS

Miscellaneous mods are linings that further improve armor pieces. BioCommMesh mods increase the duration of chems; pocketed mods increase carrying capacity. Leg armor can be modified to improve sprinting or reduce falling damage. Arm mods can improve blocking or melee damage. Of course, every armor piece can be modified to improve resistances, but you’ll find many more useful effects as you craft or collect new mods. Similar mods are available for miscellaneous armor pieces like DC umpire’s pads and Vault-Tec security armor.

HEADLAMPS

You can attach various headlamps to mining helmets. These handy little mods work similarly to your Pip-Boy’s onboard flashlight.

BALLISTIC WEAVE MODS

Ballistic weave mods reinforce lightweight garments that wouldn’t otherwise offer much protection. You’ll find clothing, outfits, and headgear that can accommodate these special linings. Unlike most mods, ballistic weaves aren’t limited to a single item type. A ballistic weave mod that attaches to a battered fedora can also be placed in a set of farmhand clothes.

BEFORE YOU CAN CRAFT BALLISTIC WEAVE MODS, YOU MUST PROVE YOUR LOYALTY TO THE RAILROAD. COMPLETE THE “JACKPOT” RADIANT QUEST; THEN SPEAK TO TINKER TOM TO LEARN ABOUT THESE VALUABLE UPGRADES. YOU CAN ALSO COMPLETE THE RAILROAD QUEST: RANDOLPH SAFEHOUSE 6 TO EARN THE INSTITUTE KILLER WEAVE MOD.

SAMPLE ARMOR MODIFICATIONS

MODIFIED LEATHER ARMOR
 am1 THE RIGHT MODS CAN MAKE IT MUCH EASIER TO STAY OUT OF SIGHT. EACH PIECE OF THIS LEATHER ARMOR SET IS EQUIPPED WITH A SHADOWED MATERIAL MOD, IMPROVING STEALTH IN DARK AREAS. THE CHEST PIECE’S ULTRALIGHT BUILD REDUCES WEIGHT AND GRANTS BONUS ACTION POINTS. SLEEK LEG MODS ALLOW YOU TO MOVE FASTER WHILE SNEAKING, AND THE ARMS’ STABILIZER MODS MAKE SCOPED AIMING MORE STEADY.
MODIFIED HEAVY COMBAT ARMOR
 am2 THIS COLLECTION OF HEAVY COMBAT ARMOR HAS BEEN MODIFIED TO GRANT EXTRA PROTECTION. EVERY PIECE IS EQUIPPED WITH A POLYMER MATERIAL MOD, RESULTING IN SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASED DAMAGE RESISTANCE AND ENERGY RESISTANCE. THE CHEST PIECE’S ASBESTOS LINING FURTHER IMPROVES ENERGY RESISTANCE AND MAKES IT IMPOSSIBLE FOR YOU TO BE SET ON FIRE. BOTH ARM PIECES HAVE BEEN STRENGTHENED TO REDUCE LIMB DAMAGE, AND THE LEADLINED LEGS GRANT A BIT OF RADIATION RESISTANCE.
MODIFIED STURDY RAIDER ARMOR
 am3 THIS STURDY RAIDER ARMOR HAS BEEN CUSTOMIZED FOR CLOSE COMBAT. EVERY PIECE HAS BEEN BUTTRESSED TO PROVIDE EXTRA PROTECTION. THE CHEST PIECE’S PNEUMATIC MOD REDUCES THE MAGNITUDE OF INCOMING STAGGERS. WEIGHTED ARMS ALLOW PUNCHING ATTACKS AND MELEE ATTACKS TO IGNORE SOME OF YOUR TARGET’S ARMOR, AND CUSTOM-FITTED LEGS REDUCE THE ACTION POINT COST FOR SPRINTING.

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