Body armor is used by soldiers to protect themselves against alien weapons and environmental hazards during combat missions. All soldiers are capable of equipping themselves with body armor, except MEC Troopers who equip MEC suits instead.
All body armors provide additional HP to soldiers. Damage taken against this "armor HP" does not count towards a soldier being wounded; soldiers will only require recovery time if they lose some of their base health (the green number displayed in their stats screen) during a mission. Additionally, soldiers can supplement their "armor HP" by equipping a Nano-fiber Vest, Chitin Plating, or Respirator Implant in their item slot.
The following is a list of all the body armors available in XCOM: Enemy Unknown.
Light Armor. This is the default set of body armor for all XCOM troops. Adds +1 HP.
Medium Armor. Adds +4 HP but doesn't have any special bonuses.
Heavy Armor. Gives +8 HP and allows 6 total moves of flight. Can be upgraded to allow for 12 fuel per mission. XCOM: Enemy Within adds fire, poison, and strangulation immunity.
Medium Armor. Allows the wearer to become invisible four times per mission for one full turn (XCOM's and the enemy's). Also contains a grappling hook, increases movement speed by 3, adds +20 Defense and +6 HP. XCOM: Enemy Within adds fire, poison, and strangulation immunity.
Medium Armor. Psi Armor is the last armor available in the game and can only be equipped by soldiers who have Psi-Abilities. Grants +6 HP. Contrary to the in-game description, it increases Will by 20 instead of 30. Additionally, the armor has a hidden +10 Defense bonus and adds +2 movement.
Armor Comparison Table
|Body Armor (default)||Light||01||-||0||0||-|
|Skeleton Suit||Medium||03||10||050||15.2||+3 Movement, Grappling hook|
|Titan Armor||Heavy||10||-||250||25.0||Poison Immunity, Flame Resistance.1|
|Archangel Armor||Heavy||08||-||378||47.3||Flight ability.2|
|Ghost Armor||Medium||06||20||480||66.7||+3 Movement, Grappling hook, Ghost ability.2|
|Psi Armor||Medium||06||10||560||84.8||+2 Movement, +20 Will|
|Respirator Implant EW||Item||02||-||035||17.5||Poison Immunity, Strangulation Immunity|
|Chitin Plating||Item||04||-||135||33.8||Reduces melee damage by 50%.1|
- Cost is determined by including Gray Market price of materials and excluding discounts
- Cost Ratio represents the cost effectiveness of the item and is calculated by: Cost ÷ (HP × (DEF % + 1))
- 1 XCOM: Enemy Within adds Strangulation Immunity.
- 2 XCOM: Enemy Within adds Poison Immunity, Flame Resistance, and Strangulation Immunity to certain late game armor types.
|XCOM: Enemy Unknown Armor|
|Body Armor||Archangel Armor • Body Armor • Carapace Armor • Ghost Armor • Psi Armor • Skeleton Suit • Titan Armor|
|Other||Chitin Plating • Nano-Fiber Vest • Respirator Implant|