So, I'm a kleptomaniac when it comes to playing games like Fallout 4, which includes Power Armour suits. Usually if I find a suit with better stuff than the one I have back at my base I take it home with me so I can strip it down and upgrade my main suit of armour... only... one problem...

I have too many of the suckers

So... What can I do to get rid of them? Is there a vendor that buys Power Armour Frames?

  • What do you mean what can you do with them? Like how to get rid of them? I mean, you can do anything with them you could do with any other frame, wear it, don't wear it, give it to a companion, put stuff on it...
    – DCShannon
    Commented Nov 19, 2015 at 4:17
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    So I can't sell them? I mean, the only companion I have with me is Dogmeat... and I don't think he's licensed to operate Power Armour...
    – Steve
    Commented Nov 19, 2015 at 4:20
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    Here's hoping for an expansion that lets you craft dog-shaped power armor.
    – DCShannon
    Commented Nov 20, 2015 at 23:59

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I don't believe there's a way to sell your frames. I certainly haven't encountered any, and the fact that the frame doesn't show up in your inventory makes me pretty confident that I won't find any.

You can get out of power armor underwater, so you can just walk the frames into a river if you want to get rid of them. Alternatively just leave them somewhere. Fast traveling does not drain fusion cores. They'll eventually disappear if you leave them outside of a settlement.

If someone puts them on and you kill them, the frame is not lootable from the corpse, so I guess that would get rid of them.

If you decide not to get rid of them, they aren't completely useless. You can save one for any human or synth companion you take with you.

Settlers will get into a vacant frame if they're being attacked and it has a core, so you could leave equipped frames at your settlements to help your settlers with defense. It's plausible you could order specific settlers to enter them from the workshop menu, but comments indicate that this has not worked out in tests.

You could also outfit different ones for different scenarios, but that's probably not a great use of your time, as it's easy enough to just swap the parts on the frame you normally use.

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    If you're running the game from a PC and really just don't want the power armor frame around, you can open up the console (~ key for most keyboard layouts), click on the extra frame while the console is still open to select it's reference ID, and then type DISABLE. This can also be used to get rid of bodies that don't seem to ever disappear in settlements, too.
    – psouza4
    Commented Nov 19, 2015 at 5:19
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    I've not done extensive testing, but I have not had success commanding settlers into power armor frames.
    – Courtny
    Commented Nov 19, 2015 at 15:39
  • According to gaming.stackexchange.com/a/244296/73069, if you leave them outside a settlement for awhile, they will despawn.
    – zpletan
    Commented Nov 23, 2015 at 7:46

Build up a large collection of different Power Armors? Think of them like cars. Having 1969 GTO doesn't mean you have no use for a 1962 Corvette (or whatever).

Why not try to have a full suit of Power Armor in every style and mod combination? (Or maybe just the loadouts/mods you find useful.) Or different colors? (And so on.) Hell, why not build a Power Armor "show room"/gallery at one of your settlements so you can admire your awesome collection of military hardware?

Seems better than scrapping or selling the old pieces and trying to make the frames disappear.


The simplest thing you can do with Power Armor Frames is to add a Fusion Core to them, and fast travel to an area. Fast travel does not drain Fusion Cores, which allows for a few things.

If you are encumbered, Power Armor adds Strength which in turn grants a higher carry limit. This can be enough to take you out of encumbered state, allowing travel to an area where you can dump all the looted items.

Placing a Power Armor Frame in each of your settlements that have Power Armor Stations, means you can remove a Core from one set of Armor, and travel to the next area with an armor waiting, and power that armor up with the same core. having specialized armors in each area might be a nice idea for some people.

Power Armor resists radiation by a high amount, making underwater travel safer. While not completely safe, it's a good option to have a specialized set just for underwater exploration.

Having Power Armors in each area means you can use the station to craft. without an armor nearby, you do not get the option to craft, even if you have power armor parts on you or in storage.

There's not much you can do with multiple frames, but even a coreless frame makes for a nice stand for the armor. Having a whole line up of robot suits just as decoration and collection purposes is pretty cool.

Edit: As pointed out earlier, settlers might be able enter frames to defend the settlement.

  • While most of this answer is a good idea, I'd like to point out that putting a single Level Up point into 'Aqua Boy/Girl' (Perk unlocked with 5 Endurance) removes all radiation from swimming and gives you the ability to breathe underwater.
    – Robotnik
    Commented Apr 8, 2018 at 23:47

I just built a big shack at sanctuary, put them in a 5x5 array, and gave them all one fusion core, and when ever I find a piece of power armor I just put it on a frame, and so when anyone attacks they have 20 power armor wielding settlers fighting back


If you're playing on PC and aren't afraid of modding, Yukichigai of the Nexus community has created this mod: Move Store and Assign Settlers to Power Armor, which gives greater control over the frames themselves. It allows you to:

  • Move or Store Power Armour Frames in the Workshop
  • Assign settlers to Power Armour Frames

At the very least, 'storing' them in the workshop gets them out of the way, and that way they're still around later if you ever want to pick up a human companion.


If you pacify a enemy human, command him/her to get in the frame, and then kill them, it should disappear eventually with the body


You can deck out most of your companions in them.

I do this for missions I think will be difficult - I know they can't die but it definitely helps when 5 Deathclaws surround you.

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