I am building a settlement and I want to know if settlers can wear power armor. If so, can they take the power armor if the power armor is on display on a power armor rack?

  • They can; see Vemonus' answer. Generally speaking, you want to prevent them from using your power armor at all costs. In addition to them wandering off with the power armor, if they get into a fight, the pieces of the power armor (e.g. the helm) break MUCH faster when they're being used by an NPC as opposed to you using it normally. One raider invasion can scrap an entire suit of armor if you're unlucky.
    – nasukkin
    Oct 13, 2016 at 21:53
  • Since the Settlers are invulnerable, there is no point of giving them power armor access.
    – Nelson
    Oct 14, 2016 at 5:59
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    @Nelson settlers are most definitely not invulnerable. See here. If you are not there to defend the settlement with them when it is attacked, they can be killed offscreen.
    – Vemonus
    Oct 14, 2016 at 12:54
  • @Vemonus technically true, but this is an additional reason to make sure they are not in power armor. If you're far away, they'll die and disappear with your armor. If you're close, they're invulnerable. My main point is don't stick settlers in PA unless you don't care about it.
    – Nelson
    Oct 14, 2016 at 13:55
  • @Nelson, I haven't left a fusion core outside of my inventory since I lost the T-45 pieces at the beginning of my first playthrough. Also, just because the settlers can't die doesn't mean the power armor pieces won't get broken. They just can't die.
    – Vemonus
    Oct 14, 2016 at 13:57

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Yes. They tend to do it without your consent if you happen to leave fusion cores in your power armor. If you've never had this happen, you are unbelievably lucky.

To answer your question: "Can they take the power armor if they are on the power armor racks/stands?"

Based on this thread:

As topic says, we were invaded and a settler stole my suit of power armor off the rack it was on

Based on later posts by OP, he had left a fusion core in the suit:

the settler left the suit there with about 5 charge left in the core

So, as implied earlier, unless you want to lose your power armor with no warning, take the fusion cores out of your power armor.

  • After a settler wandered off with my best set of power armor (at the time anyway), I started removing all fusion cores. It's just easier, and they don't take up inventory weight! Oct 13, 2016 at 17:34
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    You can also command settlers to get into power armor if you so desire. Companions too (human ones).
    – Timmy Jim
    Oct 13, 2016 at 17:48
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    @Robert__garnet I edited my answer as well as your question to accommodate for the question you asked in your comment.
    – Vemonus
    Oct 13, 2016 at 18:54
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    I use to take the fusion cores out when I first started playing for fear of this, but after a while I stopped caring, and yet, in over 200 hours of playtime I haven't ever had a settler hop into a power armor. Oct 13, 2016 at 23:02
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    @TaylorAllred within my first 10 hours of playing, I found out the hard way when that T-45 from the rooftop of the museum was suddenly gone from Red Rocket and the frame was empty a ways away.
    – Vemonus
    Oct 13, 2016 at 23:05

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