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I am still a bit confused about power armor in Fallout 4, especially since you can have several and do all the upgrades and such.

I recently came across my second power armor, but it was missing the legs and an arm. I searched all around the armor, but I did not come across the extra pieces. I still took the unit back to Sanctuary, and just set it to the side.

Where do I get the parts for my second armor? I can not find an option to make them; Is that possible, or do I have to find other units and scavenge parts off them to make a second fully loaded chassis? And if that is the case, what am I suppose to do with the old frames?

I was really slow on the uptake of damage and repair on my first suit, and I was worried that I lost all the pieces, but then noticed that they had been automatically added to my inventory. This allows me to repair them and equip them back on my armor. Is this a correct observation?

  • Please notte that we do not use excess tagging, here. There is no power-armor tag, nor a repair tag, for a reason – user106385 Nov 23 '15 at 2:25
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    @Timelord64 well there is now haha – Aequitas Nov 23 '15 at 2:53
  • If only it were a good reason. – DCShannon Mar 3 '16 at 19:27
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There are several ways to get armour pieces and/or frames.

From Exploration

Many of the power armour frames you will find will have randomly spawned pieces on them, and many will be incomplete. According to Fallout wiki, random spawns will be based on level: T-45 power armor pieces at level 1-17, T-51 power armor pieces at 18-30, T-60 power armor pieces at 24, and X-01 power armor pieces at level 26 or more.

There are a number of maps online (IGN, Fallout4map.com) which show the location of all the power armour frames in the game (both random and pre-set) among other things.

From Enemies

You will also find enemies wearing power armour (many of whom are pre-set). These enemies will not drop an armour frame but you can take the pieces off their corpse.

As mentioned in another answer you can take the frame if you make them exit the armour by getting behind them and targetting the fusion core in combat (or reportedly pickpocketing the fusion core before combat). Though apparently if you make an NPC get out of it's frame it will count as "stealing" every time you use it.

From Vendors

If you join the Brotherhood of Steel you will be able to buy T-60 pieces and a frame from Proctor Teagan on The Prydwen (not sure if or how often he re-stocks, but he does restock).

Rowdy at Atom Cats garage will also sell individual pieces of T-45, T-51 and T-60 power armour and a frame (they also have some frames of T-60 standing around you could steal).

You can also buy an empty power armour frame from Commonwealth Weaponry in Diamond City and KL-E-0 in Goodneighbor (if you buy a frame it spawns on the nearby Power Armour service frame).

So Many Frames...

What to do with the spare frames is up to you, they appear to be indestructible, some people have suggested leaving them in lakes or something if you don't want to see them.

Repairing

Yes, broken pieces will be placed in your inventory, and can be repaired and placed back on a frame.

  • So, to take an incomplete frame, the only way to complete it is to salvage off other frames, or to get parts from enemies? And enemies would be completely random as well? – jmlumpkin Nov 29 '15 at 15:07
  • @jmlumpkin In my experience, most pieces you get will be from incomplete frames and enemies. Unless it is T-60 and you join the Brotherhood, then you can buy some pieces from Teagan. – Michael Campbell Nov 29 '15 at 21:05
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Others have already addressed most of the questions posed. Frames often spawn with random armor sections, and are often incomplete, the spawning is based on player level (T-45s up to level 17, T-51s at 18-30, T-60s at 24 and up, and X-01 at 26 and up.) and frames may not even have a fusion core to power them readily available nearby.

Another answerer has noted that enemies sometimes spawn in power armor, in particular Raider bosses, and when you kill them you can take the armor pieces but not the frame. This is a half-truth. If you kill them while they're wearing the frame, it is true you can't recover it, however if you can get them to eject the frame can be stolen.

Shooting out the fusion core of their armor, which is targetable in VATS and does very little HP damage to the NPC (but takes 'limb' damage easily) can destroy it. The core will enter melt down, and if the person has the time and the room, they'll jettison the core and try to move away from it, before it goes off like a nuke.

If they get out of range quickly enough, or simply survive the explosion, they'll climb out of their depowered suit to continue the fight, and leave the frame available for theft.

As for what to do with spare frames, I've been collecting them. At time of writing, there's 14 of them parked, lined up in neat rows, on the front lawn of my house in Sanctuary. If you leave fusion cores in the frames, NPCs will take them if a fight breaks out. Verified when (spoilers) the townspeople of Covenant turned against me, and stole the power armor I left parked out front of the gate.

Take the cores out to prevent NPCs from taking them, or leave them in advantageous places so settlers in towns you control can use them against raiders. I've heard that after a fight in a town, if you talk to the settlers you can tell them to get out of the armor but have not verified myself.

You can also arrange for humanoid companions to use power armor. Just order them to enter it, and talk to them again to tell them to get out. Best of all, while NPCs need fusion cores, followers do not.

All in all though, you yourself only ever need one frame, so it isn't necessarily advantageous to have more than two frames (one for you and one for your follower) recovered, and armor pieces are easier to store neatly, by sticking them in containers.

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    Um, you know "half-truth" implies deliberate deception right? Rather than say, forgetting something. It reads like you feel I was deliberatly misinforming people by forgetting to add that you can shoot out fusion cores. – Michael Campbell Nov 27 '15 at 13:29
  • @MichaelCampbell Halft-truth has that connotation, but it can also simply mean something that's partially true, but misleading. This accurately describes the statement he's referring to. – DCShannon Dec 2 '15 at 23:42
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Where do I get the parts for my second armor? Various merchants will occasionally pieces of power armor. Rowdy at atom cats always has T-60 pieces in stock and usually has T-51 pieces and the occasional T-45 Piece as well (once found an X01 left leg there...if only I could find a left arm!)

I can not find an option to make them; Is that possible, or do I have to find other units and scavenge parts off them to make a second fully loaded chassis? If you scavenge parts from defeated opponents you have the option of repairing them and equipping them to ANY power armor frame you own at any power armor crafting site. (Yes, you can mix and match pieces from different suits on the same frame.) I can vouch for the "shoot out the power core and then seal the armor after the fight" option (lol, see below). Just be careful, I ran into a bandit leader once who had 5 fraking fusion cores! I had to shoot out the core from the suit twice to win that one!

And if that is the case, what am I suppose to do with the old frames? I build myself a lovely 2 story garage in Sanctuary that houses the Power Armor spoils I've claimed thus far (something like 8 full raider suits, 3 partial X01s, 12-13 T-60s, 5 T-45s, and I think 8 T-51s). I don't know if they can be sold or not...never thought to try.

I was really slow on the uptake of damage and repair on my first suit, and I was worried that I lost all the pieces, but then noticed that they had been automatically added to my inventory. This allows me to repair them and equip them back on my armor. Is this a correct observation? When a piece of the power armor is damaged, it turns red in the HUD. Its still functional and providing protection at this stage.

When a piece of armor is damaged and reduced to zero hit points is it automatically unequipped from the frame and placed into your inventory.

At any time you can exit your armor at a power armor crafting site (I prefer walking straight up to it, doing a 180, taking a couple of (tiny) steps forward until I can exit the armor. Then just look straight down and select the option to CRAFT not transfer!) Once in crafting mode, you can check the "health" of each piece and repair/upgrade as necessary.

Hope this helps!

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If you have an item that sells for decent amount of caps, you can drop it and have dogmeat pick it up, right before he grabs it, take it. It will duplicate the item. Timing is everything. Rinse and repeat. Once you have enough, go to Atom Cat Garage and let the bartering begin. Unlimited money yo

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