I've read that Preston has a carry weight of 165lbs. If I equip him with modified items (such as pocketed armour pieces), will it increase his carry capacity?

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According to this wiki page (toward the bottom of the page) companions are affected by pocketed armor.

It is possible to make companions wear pocketed armor to increase their max weight (+30 pounds with basic pockets). There is also a skill magazine perk that will increase the companion carry weight by 10.


A companion will profit from any equipment as well as you do. This includes carry weight, S.P.E.C.I.A.L Attributes or the effects of legendary gear.

  • This is actually not entirely accurate. I gave Nick a Legendary laser rifle with unlimited ammo, and he's using up the fusion cores I gave him, so at least some of them don't work properly
    – Taegost
    Commented Dec 7, 2015 at 18:14
  • @Taegost Hm didn't know that. I gave piper general chaos blade and she's totally wrecking any kind of robots Commented Dec 7, 2015 at 18:24
  • Yeah, I was pretty disappointed that it didn't work, but I don't use laser weapons at all and that one is pretty nice so it's not a big deal at the moment
    – Taegost
    Commented Dec 7, 2015 at 18:54
  • @Taegost / YUNOWORK - Here is a pic of Cait lighting up a Bloodbug with an Incendiary Pipe Pistol. Companions can definitely utilise legendary mods. (Feel free to use the image in your answer if you want YUNOWORK) :)
    – Robotnik
    Commented Dec 8, 2015 at 13:35
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    @Taegost There is no "unlimited ammo" legendary modifier. There is "unlimited magazine size". It means you never have to reload (ammo capacity is equal to ammo carried), it doesn't mean you never run out of ammo.
    – T.J.L.
    Commented Jan 26, 2016 at 16:04

Actually I think SPECIAL attributes remain unaffected. I equipped Cait with the Grognak costume, which is supposed to increase STRENGTH by 2. But her Carry weight did not increase. Don't know about pocketed armor, though.

Edit: As other have pointed out in the meantime, it actually does affect carry weight! But one has to get out of the trade-menu and re-enter for the effect to kick in. My bad!


Weapons with the Unlimited Ammo perk still consume ammo. The perk just means you never have to reload the magazine. Say you have a combat rifle with a large quick eject magazine that hold 40 rounds. With the unlimited ammo perk, you never have to reload the magazine after 40 rounds.

  • This doesn't really answer the question.
    – pinckerman
    Commented Jan 26, 2016 at 6:44

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