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Appalachia is filled with plenty of treacherous obstacles and enemies in Fallout 76, so you’ll want to head into the wastes fully prepared. While weapons will certainly be a must, armor is going to be vital to staying alive in this post-apocalyptic West Virginia. Here is everything you need to know about the best armor and power armor in Fallout 76.
Fallout 76 offers an array of different armor and power armor to make sure you defeat the powerful beasts that roam the land. Below, we’ve laid out the best pieces of each that we have found in the game, along with more information as to why they are the best.
This medium armor set is the perfect combination of light and efficient. Unlockable at level 45, the Urban Scout armor only adds up to 17.5 weight with each piece equipped.
Resistance wise, this armor provides 121 damage and 115 energy. These stats rival most heavy pieces of armor, bringing along the added benefits of not adding a lot to encumberment.
Forest Scout Armor
Forest Scout Armor can be found and fully upgraded after purchasing the pieces at Whitesprings Vendors.
Become one with the forest with this heavy armor set, stacking formidable damage resistance once you reach level 45. In total, it’ll net 145 damage and 108 energy.
The few. The proud. The Marine Armor. This combat armor is easily the most badass looking in the game, carrying over from Fallout 4.
Working as a smaller form of power armor, this US military suit has 121 damage resistance and 88 energy resistance. The chest piece even throws in some radiation resistance as well, adding 18 in total.
To find this level 45 and up armor, you can shop around at multiple vendors in order to gather all the parts. High-level enemies, like scorchbeasts, also drop this gear if you’re lucky.
Ultracite Power Armor
Ultracite Power Armor is one of the easier pieces of power armor to get on this list, all the while still bringing a pretty substantial damage resistance to the table.
In order to get it, all you have to do is complete the Brotherhood of Steel quest. Plans for Ultracite Power Armor are also dropped during the Scorchbeast Queen raid boss.
Once you do get it, 450 damage resistance and 393 energy and radiation resistance will now be available to your character.
Prototype X-01 Power Armor
A Fallout classic, the X-01 Power Armor had to be on this list! While it may not have been created by scientists at Nuka-World, this prototype still brings 450 damage resistance, 453 energy and radiation resistance once upgraded all the way to level 50.
These stats offer the best combination of high damage and energy, making fights against Scorchbeasts a lot easier, as well as allowing you to explore high radiation areas, like ones that have been nuked.
Excavator Power Armor
The newest piece of armor introduced to the Fallout universe is also the coolest one. Created by Garrahan Miners in the Ash Heap region, Excavator Power Armor can be crafted after completing the “Miner Miracles Quest” side quest.
Note that you’ll still have to gather the necessary materials and be at least Level 25 to even craft this set.
Once you do everything above, a fully upgraded piece of Excavator Power Armor grants around 286 physical resistance, 260 energy resistance, and 400 radiation resistance. While those stats aren’t as great as the others, it comes with the perks of increased max weight by 100, increased mining speed, and improved damage and disease resistance from airborne and waterborne hazards.
That is everything you need to know about the best armor and power armor in Fallout 76. For more tips, tricks, and guides, be sure to check out our ever-expanding Fallout 76 guide wiki.
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