With the middling opinion surrounding Fallout 76 and the wide array of bugs plaguing the MMO, it’s clear that Fallout 4 is the best Fallout experience made for the current generation of video game hardware. Unlike many of the previous games in the long-running franchise, Fallout 4 places a heavy emphasis on combat and a player can expect to face all manner of wasteland denizens.
Many of these foes can hit just as hard as some of the strongest weapons in the game, so it’s important to equip the sole survivor with the best armor for any given situation. These are the 10 best armor sets that a player can use to defend themselves from the scourges of the wasteland.
10 Army Fatigues And A Fedora
Once a player joins and completes a few quests for the secretive Railroad organization, they unlock the ability to boost the defensive stats of some clothing items. As outfits, jumpsuits, and other fashion statuses are worn under more conventional armor in Fallout 4, this essentially lets a player wear two sets of armor at once.
The best clothing items to boost with the ballistic weave ability are the army fatigues and a fedora, as the items enhance a player’s strength, agility, and luck by one point each. By wearing enhanced army fatigues and a fedora under more conventional armor, a player will essentially become a walking tank up until they reach Fallout 4’s late-game challenges.
9 Combat Armor
The combat armor set is one of the best standard sets of armor in the game and will serve as adequate protection for the player for the bulk of their adventure. This armor provides balanced protection from both standard damage and energy based damage, is also extremely customizable with a wide variety of modifications.
Additionally, it’s pretty easy for a player to get a full set of combat armor, as enemies that belong to The Gunners mercenary organization have an affinity for this form of protection. This armor is by no means the best in any given situation, but its versatility and well-rounded stats make it ideal for when a player just wants to explore and take on challenges as they come.
8 Synth Armor
Synth armor is rather similar to combat armor, but with an increased focus on energy defense and a much gaudier appearance. It can also be a bit more difficult to find a full set of synth armor than combat armor. Synth armor generally only appears on synth soldiers, which become increasingly rare if a player decides to destroy the institute.
Ironically, this armor is ideal for taking on synth type enemies, as the increased energy resistance counters their use of laser weapons. While it may be some of the silliest looking armor in the game, synth armor definitely has its advantages and is very useful against robotic enemies.
7 Marine Armor
The marine armor set is one of the strongest normal armor sets in the game, and only available to players who downloaded the Far Harbor DLC. While this armor set is rather heavy, it boasts almost unrivaled defenses, especially if a player takes the time to upgrade the set to the assault marine armor variant.
With these high stats comes rarity, but a full set of marine armor will spawn in the DLC’s island if a player solves additional puzzles inside of DiMA’s memory. These additional puzzles can be pretty tedious but are well worth it when the reward is some of the best armor in the entirety of Fallout 4.
6 Destroyer’s Armor
The destroyer’s armor is a unique set of combat armor with some particularly useful bonus effects. Not only does the armor decrease damage from human enemies by 10 percent, but it also increases a character’s speed, blocking effectiveness, and raises sole survivor's charisma and intelligence by one point each.
Uniquely, the various parts that make up this armor cannot be found on defeated enemies, and instead, a player needs to buy the various components from merchants found across the wasteland. Beyond being useful in battles against humans, this armor is a kind of reward to players who explore Fallout 4’s world and go out of their way to interact with NPCs in various settlements.
5 Grognak Costume
The Grognak costume is a goofier piece of armor in Fallout 4, but extremely useful when playing characters in a specific way. Based on a popular comic book character in the Fallout series, the Grognak costume boosts a character’s strength stat by two points and increases the damage they inflict with melee weapons by 20 percent.
This makes the Grognak costume a must have for character builds that focus on dealing damage with melee weapons. Moreover, some pieces of armor can be worn over the costume, which mitigates the costume’s weak defense. Although, adding too much armor might take away from that sweet barbarian look.
4 T-60 Power Armor
The iconic T-60 power armor is so good in Fallout 4 that they put it on the box the game came in! Even if it isn’t the strongest power armor in the game, the T-60 power armor has some incredible defensive stats and is much easier to find. Additionally, the T-60 power armor is much easier to repair than its bulkier counterpart and also the most customizable power armor sets in the game.
While walking around in T-60 power armor can burn through fusion cores pretty quickly, it is one of the best things to wear when challenging bosses or large hordes of enemies.
3 Silver Shroud Costume
The Silver Shroud costume is easily one of the most fun outfits in the game. Dawning the attire of the Silver Shroud will grant the sole survivor some unique dialogue options and even have certain NPCs interact with them differently. This costume is also upgradable and has some of the best damage and energy resistance in the game when it comes to regular outfits.
The Silver Shroud missions are some of the most fun activities in Fallout 4, and wearing the costume literally adds a greater variety of dialogue options. This is one of the best armor sets in the game because it shows that the Fallout universe can be as fun and goofy as it is dark and dreary.
2 Freefall Legs
The freefall legs are a weird armor set in Fallout 4, in that the only consist of leg armor. However, the set makes up for its limited coverage by having one of the best effects in the entire game. Wearing the freefall legs completely negates any and all fall damage that a player would otherwise suffer when jumping from high places.
This makes exploring the wasteland a lot more fun and convenient, as a player can now completely ignore a major environmental hazard. To find these legs a player needs to go to the Mass Fusion building while wearing power armor with a jetpack, and this armor set is well worth the trip.
1 X-01 Power Armor
X-01 power armor is a rare and experimental kind of power armor that provides nothing short of the best defenses in Fallout 4. On top of nullifying radiation damage, this armor also greatly reduces physical damage and lessens energy damage. The X-01 power armor is also extremely customizable, and a player can modify it to boost their base states, reduce action point consumption, automatically heal the player, and a host of other effects.
The only downside to this armor set is that it requires more resources to repair than any other armor in the game, and that it’s impossible to obtain until the player advances to the middle of the game. Even with this scarcity, it’s still far and away the best defense against the wasteland's many threats.