Plate armor

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Plate armor

Plate armor

Overlapping solid plates of armor covering the entire body from neck to feet.

Base Stats

Type
GearArmor
Tech Level
Medieval
Mass
15 kg
HP
290

Apparel

Insulation Factor - Cold
1.0×
Insulation Factor - Heat
0.0×
Armor Factor - Sharp
0.73
Armor Factor - Blunt
0.73
Armor Factor - Heat
0.73
Clothing For Nudity
True
Lifestage
Adult
Coverage
Torso, Neck, Left Shoulder, Left Arm, Right Shoulder, Right Arm, Left Leg, Right Leg
Layer
Middle, Outer

Creation

Crafted At
Fueled smithy / Electric smithy
Required Research
Plate armor
Skill Required
Crafting 7
Work To Make
38,000 ticks (10.56 mins)
Work Speed Stat
General Labor Speed
Stuff Tags
Metallic, Woody
Resources to make
Stuff 170
Technical
Has Quality
True
thingCategories
ApparelArmor
thingSetMakerTags
RewardStandardLowFreq, RewardStandardQualitySuper
defaultOutfitTags
Soldier
tags
MedievalMilitary
tradeTags
Clothing, Armor


Plate armor is a type of apparel (armor) that functions as low-tech full body armor. It can be crafted out of various materials and inflicts a move speed penalty when worn.

Acquisition[edit]

Plate armors can be crafted at a fueled smithy or electric smithy once the plate armor research project has been completed. Each requires Stuff 170 Stuff (Metallic/Woody), 38,000 ticks (10.56 mins) of work modified by the general labor speed of the crafter and the work to make factor of the material, and a crafting skill of 7.

It can also be found on the following raider kinds:

Raider Kind Chance Average Quality Health
Archer chief 100% Normal 100%
Berserker chief 100% Normal 100%
Champion Content added by the Royalty DLC 100% Normal 70-100%

Summary[edit]

When equipped, a set of plate armor reduces the pawn's base move speed by −0.80 c/s. As offsets such as these apply before multiplicative effects such as from Moving capacity, the actual impact on move speed can be larger or smaller than this value. For example, a pawn with 125% Moving would have their speed decreased by −1 c/s, while a pawn with only 50% Moving would only have their speed decreased by −0.4 c/s. See Move Speed for details.

Analysis[edit]

Overall, plate armor is rarely worth it. A non-wood set of plate is a large resource investment in the early game. Wood plate armor offers minimal protection, and still takes a lot of work to create. All sets of plate armor slow the user by -0.8c/s - the highest movement penalty in the game, tied with cataphract armorContent added by the Royalty DLC.

Usually, it is worth it to wait until the Flak armor research has completed, as flak vests are much cheaper, much more protective against arrows and bullets, and do not slow the wearer nearly as much. Flak research is not terribly hard to acquire once you've researched Plate armor already. Flak can also be obtained from raiders or through trade, meaning that even tribal colonies can replace plate armor relatively quickly.

Compared to flak[edit]

Flak vests cost Steel 60 Steel, Cloth 30 Cloth, Component 1 Component, cheaper than a set of steel plate armor, which costs Steel 170. The vest alone has 100% Sharp and 36% Blunt armor. This is slightly better Blunt and much better Sharp protection than steel plate. Sharp damage is the most common form of damage.

Vests protect the torso, neck, and vital organs. Unlike plate, vests do not cover the arms or legs. While the limbs are important to pawn function, plate offers much worse protection to the torso - the body part most likely to be hit. In addition, vests offer its superior protection to every vital body part except for the head and brain, which plate won't protect, either. The rare chance of losing a leg is worth the reduced chance of outright dying.

Flak vests can also be worn with flak jackets and flak pants, the full combination being a fair bit more expensive than steel plate (Steel 190 + Cloth 110 + Component 3). Jackets and pants protect the arms / legs, respectively, but are still worse than steel plate. The jacket also protects the torso and neck, for an even larger disparity in those areas. In addition, vests can be worn with dusters of a protective material like devilstrand or thrumbofur for even greater protection for the torso, neck, arms, and legs. In any case, plate still ends up better for limb protection, in part because you can wear regular pants with it.

Steel / plasteel plate armor always has higher Heat armor than the flak combination. However, a devilstrand duster beats any set of plate against Heat. Each piece of flak armor has 200 HP, while the entire set of steel plate has 290 HP. Plate armor also has -0.8c/s movement speed, while each piece of flak armor only gives -0.12c/s.

Compared to power armor[edit]

A set of plasteel plate armor is more expensive in value than recon armor; it protects the same body parts, is worse against Sharp damage, and very slightly better against Blunt / Heat. Its movement penalty is heavier at -0.8c/s, compared to no penalty for recon armor.

Plasteel plate has 2 advantages: one is that it doesn't require advanced components. The second, is that with 810 hp, it lasts much longer than the recon and marine armor, which have 280 HP or 340 HP respectively. However, these are not usually worth it, unless you have a large surplus on plasteel and are unable to create power armor.

A legendary steel plate armor is equivalent to normal cataphract armorContent added by the Royalty DLC at 1/3 of the market value, while legendary plasteel plate armor is equivalent to excellent cataphract while costing 40 less plasteel to produce. With a Production SpecialistContent added by the Ideology DLC and a GenieContent added by the Biotech DLC (or anyone with the Great Crafting gene), masterwork and legendary quality armors can be created from the beginning of the game.

Stats table

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  • Plate armor Plate armor Sharp Blunt Heat HP Insulation - Cold Insulation - Heat Market Value
    Quality
    Material
    Awful Gold Gold 31.54% 15.77% 15.77% 174 -2.4 °C (-4.3 °F) +0 °C (0 °F) 8560 Silver
    Awful Plasteel Plasteel 49.93% 24.09% 28.47% 812 -2.4 °C (-4.3 °F) +0 °C (0 °F) 915 Silver
    Awful Silver Silver 31.54% 15.77% 15.77% 203 -2.4 °C (-4.3 °F) +0 °C (0 °F) 920 Silver
    Awful Steel Steel 39.42% 19.71% 26.28% 290 -2.4 °C (-4.3 °F) +0 °C (0 °F) 230 Silver
    Awful Uranium Uranium 47.3% 23.65% 28.47% 725 -2.4 °C (-4.3 °F) +0 °C (0 °F) 640 Silver
    Awful Wood Wood 23.65% 23.65% 17.52% 188.5 -6.4 °C (-11.5 °F) +0 °C (0 °F) 150 Silver
    Poor Gold Gold 42.05% 21.02% 21.02% 174 -2.7 °C (-4.9 °F) +0 °C (0 °F) 12840 Silver
    Poor Plasteel Plasteel 66.58% 32.12% 37.96% 812 -2.7 °C (-4.9 °F) +0 °C (0 °F) 1375 Silver
    Poor Silver Silver 42.05% 21.02% 21.02% 203 -2.7 °C (-4.9 °F) +0 °C (0 °F) 1380 Silver
    Poor Steel Steel 52.56% 26.28% 35.04% 290 -2.7 °C (-4.9 °F) +0 °C (0 °F) 345 Silver
    Poor Uranium Uranium 63.07% 31.54% 37.96% 725 -2.7 °C (-4.9 °F) +0 °C (0 °F) 960 Silver
    Poor Wood Wood 31.54% 31.54% 23.36% 188.5 -7.2 °C (-13 °F) +0 °C (0 °F) 225 Silver
    Normal Gold Gold 52.56% 26.28% 26.28% 174 -3 °C (-5.4 °F) +0 °C (0 °F) 17125 Silver
    Normal Plasteel Plasteel 83.22% 40.15% 47.45% 812 -3 °C (-5.4 °F) +0 °C (0 °F) 1830 Silver
    Normal Silver Silver 52.56% 26.28% 26.28% 203 -3 °C (-5.4 °F) +0 °C (0 °F) 1835 Silver
    Normal Steel Steel 65.7% 32.85% 43.8% 290 -3 °C (-5.4 °F) +0 °C (0 °F) 460 Silver
    Normal Uranium Uranium 78.84% 39.42% 47.45% 725 -3 °C (-5.4 °F) +0 °C (0 °F) 1280 Silver
    Normal Wood Wood 39.42% 39.42% 29.2% 188.5 -8 °C (-14.4 °F) +0 °C (0 °F) 300 Silver
    Good Gold Gold 60.44% 30.22% 30.22% 174 -3.3 °C (-5.9 °F) +0 °C (0 °F) 17625 Silver
    Good Plasteel Plasteel 95.7% 46.17% 54.57% 812 -3.3 °C (-5.9 °F) +0 °C (0 °F) 2290 Silver
    Good Silver Silver 60.44% 30.22% 30.22% 203 -3.3 °C (-5.9 °F) +0 °C (0 °F) 2295 Silver
    Good Steel Steel 75.56% 37.78% 50.37% 290 -3.3 °C (-5.9 °F) +0 °C (0 °F) 575 Silver
    Good Uranium Uranium 90.67% 45.33% 54.57% 725 -3.3 °C (-5.9 °F) +0 °C (0 °F) 1600 Silver
    Good Wood Wood 45.33% 45.33% 33.58% 188.5 -8.8 °C (-15.8 °F) +0 °C (0 °F) 375 Silver
    Excellent Gold Gold 68.33% 34.16% 34.16% 174 -3.6 °C (-6.5 °F) +0 °C (0 °F) 18125 Silver
    Excellent Plasteel Plasteel 108.19% 52.2% 61.69% 812 -3.6 °C (-6.5 °F) +0 °C (0 °F) 2745 Silver
    Excellent Silver Silver 68.33% 34.16% 34.16% 203 -3.6 °C (-6.5 °F) +0 °C (0 °F) 2755 Silver
    Excellent Steel Steel 85.41% 42.71% 56.94% 290 -3.6 °C (-6.5 °F) +0 °C (0 °F) 690 Silver
    Excellent Uranium Uranium 102.49% 51.25% 61.69% 725 -3.6 °C (-6.5 °F) +0 °C (0 °F) 1920 Silver
    Excellent Wood Wood 51.25% 51.25% 37.96% 188.5 -9.6 °C (-17.3 °F) +0 °C (0 °F) 450 Silver
    Masterwork Gold Gold 76.21% 38.11% 38.11% 174 -4.5 °C (-8.1 °F) +0 °C (0 °F) 19125 Silver
    Masterwork Plasteel Plasteel 120.67% 58.22% 68.8% 812 -4.5 °C (-8.1 °F) +0 °C (0 °F) 3830 Silver
    Masterwork Silver Silver 76.21% 38.11% 38.11% 203 -4.5 °C (-8.1 °F) +0 °C (0 °F) 3835 Silver
    Masterwork Steel Steel 95.27% 47.63% 63.51% 290 -4.5 °C (-8.1 °F) +0 °C (0 °F) 1150 Silver
    Masterwork Uranium Uranium 114.32% 57.16% 68.8% 725 -4.5 °C (-8.1 °F) +0 °C (0 °F) 3200 Silver
    Masterwork Wood Wood 57.16% 57.16% 42.34% 188.5 -12 °C (-21.6 °F) +0 °C (0 °F) 750 Silver
    Legendary Gold Gold 94.61% 47.3% 47.3% 174 -5.4 °C (-9.7 °F) +0 °C (0 °F) 20125 Silver
    Legendary Plasteel Plasteel 149.8% 72.27% 85.41% 812 -5.4 °C (-9.7 °F) +0 °C (0 °F) 4830 Silver
    Legendary Silver Silver 94.61% 47.3% 47.3% 203 -5.4 °C (-9.7 °F) +0 °C (0 °F) 4835 Silver
    Legendary Steel Steel 118.26% 59.13% 78.84% 290 -5.4 °C (-9.7 °F) +0 °C (0 °F) 2300 Silver
    Legendary Uranium Uranium 141.91% 70.96% 85.41% 725 -5.4 °C (-9.7 °F) +0 °C (0 °F) 4280 Silver
    Legendary Wood Wood 70.96% 70.96% 52.56% 188.5 -14.4 °C (-25.9 °F) +0 °C (0 °F) 1500 Silver

    For the full effects of qualities, see Quality.

  • Protection Charts[edit]

    Sharp Armor Blunt Armor
    Sharp Armor Blunt Armor

    Trivia[edit]

    Every set of plate armor found on an Imperial Champion will be white.

    Version history[edit]