How to get Power Armor in Fallout 76

Fallout 76 is a fresh take on Bethesda's role-playing series, abandoning its single-player roots for an all-online experience. The move brings significant changes to gameplay and progression, ushering a new focus on cooperative play across its biggest open-world to date. And while set for a November 14 release, the game's pre-release B.E.T.A. is already underway.

As with prior Fallout games, obtaining Power Armor is a key objective for daring wasteland explorers. Here's what we know about Fallout 76 Power Armor and how to find it fast.

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Where to find Power Armor in Fallout 76

Power Armor grants numerous player benefits, including heightened defense, radiation resistance, increased carry weight, and no fall damage. These colossal suits look to be essential during the game's later encounters, filled with high-level enemies and harsh conditions.

Like previous games, we expect players to receive Power Armor via the main questline at later levels. However, Bethesda has also littered dozens of abandoned rigs throughout its world, including sheds, warehouses, and more. These fixed locales make Power Armor considerably more accessible, provided you know where to look.

After locating Power Armor, approaching its rear and following on-screen prompts will allow you to enter the frame. Doing so will set the Power Armor into a "deployed" state, tying the suit exclusively to your player. To allow other players to enter the armor, it must be recalled to your inventory and dropped like other items. This will remove all player ties, opening the set to foes and allies.

Fusion Cores also return and are required for all armor variants. These keep your Power Armor functional and deplete over time, though drain has reportedly reduced over prior entries. These cores can be found across the map inside generators.

List of Fallout 76 Power Armor

Like standard armor, Fallout 76's Power armor is broken into several modular components. The main Power Armor chassis, mandatory for any suit, can be used by any player level. However, helmets and armor plating are level-gated, requiring occupants to hit a designed rank to use them. While entry-level Power Armor can start as low as Level 15, some superior sets may require heavy grinding.

We've wrapped up every Power Armor model discovered so far and the level requirement.

  • Raider Power Armor (Level 15)
  • T-45 Power Armor (Level 25)
  • T-51 Power Armor (Level 30)
  • T-60 Power Armor (Level 40)
  • X-01 Power Armor (Level ???)

As details on new Power Armor variants surface, we'll update this list.

List of Fallout 76 Power Armor locations

With the Fallout 76 B.E.T.A. currently underway, the first sightings of Power Armor are surfacing across the wasteland. Once you know where to look, finding your own set isn't a huge challenge, but low player levels currently make full sets hard to obtain. In the meantime, we wrapped up all confirmed Power Armor locations so far.

  • Aaronholdt Homestead
  • Ammo Dump
  • Black Mountain Ordinance Works
  • Burning Mine
  • Camp Venture
  • Charleston Fire Department
  • Clarksburg
  • Drop Site V9
  • Eastern Regional Penitentiary
  • Firebase Hancock
  • Firebase LT
  • Fort Defiance
  • Gorge Junkyard
  • Grafton Dam
  • Hornright Industrial Mining Company
  • Johnson's Acre
  • Kanawha Nuka-Cola Plant
  • Lewis & Sons Farming Supply
  • Mama Dolce's Food Processing
  • Morgantown Warehouse
  • Morgantown Trainyard
  • Moundsville Penitentiary
  • New Appalachian Central Trainyard
  • Point Pleasant
  • Ripper Alley
  • Silva Homestead
  • Solomon's Pond
  • Sons of Dane Compound
  • Wade Airport
  • Watoga
  • WV Lumber Co.

Have you found Power Armor across the regions of Appalachia? Drop your findings into the comments. In the meantime, Fallout 76 is now available for preorder on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC for $59.99, with a slated November 14 release.

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Matt Brown

Matt Brown was formerly a Windows Central's Senior Editor, Xbox & PC, at Future. Following over seven years of professional consumer technology and gaming coverage, he’s focused on the world of Microsoft's gaming efforts. You can follow him on Twitter @mattjbrown.