The Fallout 4 modding community has done a bang-up job cranking out thousands of mods that change everything about the game; sometimes for the better, and sometimes for the outrageous!

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One thing you can't leave home without, however, is a decent set of armor. Here are 15 of the best Fallout 4 armor mods that you can download and drop into your load order for your next playthrough. Every mod injects more pizzazz and style into an otherwise dreary and run-down excuse for a post-war fashion industry.

Updated on November 24th, 2020 by Derek Draven: We've updated this list with five more very immersive armor mods designed to cater to the wasteland warrior. This takes a lot of the ho-hum out of the vanilla game's armor sets by injecting some cool new outfits, features and functions to the mix. Be sure to include them in your next playthrough.

15 Concealed Armors

Concealed armor Fallout 4 mod

Some players want the benefits of a kicking armor set without the, shall we say, inferior aesthetics. The ability to hide armors behind trench coats and other clothing would surely be a plus.

Concealed Armors has the remedy. It creates a category in the crafting process called "visibility" which allows players to tinker with their armor and hide it underneath the outer outfit. This opens up a lot of new doors when it comes to mixing and matching armor sets with fashionable clothing options.

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14 Wasteland Fashion - Clothing For Vanilla And CBBE Bodies

Wasteland clothing Fallout 4 mod

For players who want to look cool and edgy walking through the Commonwealth, Wasteland Fashion is the right mod to choose. It introduces several cowboy-themed outfits into the game that give players that lone drifter feel.

Guys and gals can look lore-friendly rugged or post-apocalyptic mysterious stranger. There's plenty to mix and match to create the perfect intimidating, yet suave look.

13 Armored General By Hothtrooper44

Armored General Fallout 4 mod

A Minuteman General had better look the part instead of running around the Commonwealth looking like a homeless scavenger, but it needs to offer solid defense as well. That's where the Armored General mod comes into play.

This outfit sums up everything the Minutemen stand for, while making the character stand out in garb that befits his or her esteemed position. This is a scalable armor set that allows players to craft their own version with higher defense stats that can take them to the end of the game.

12 Dread Headgear Pack V1D

Dread Headgear Fallout 4 mod

Helmets are one of the weak points in vanilla FO4's armor range, and there's a shortage of content strewn across the modding landscape, but the Dread Headgear Pack seeks to change that.

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This relatively straightforward mod features four funky helmets done up in different styles for players to mix up and play around with. One can find them in the dangerous Glowing Sea area locked in a safe, so keep those eyes peeled.

11 Gloves Of The Commonwealth - Equippable Gloves

Equippable Gloves Fallout 4 mod

The Commonwealth is filthy, dusty and cold, so why do so many walk around without a good set of gloves on? Gloves of the Commonwealth seeks to fix this by offering 16 pairs of equippable gloves in different styles.

The idea behind the mod was for players to be able to wear gloves normally included with vanilla game outfits separately with other clothing. There are some limitations to the mod, so be sure to read the description on the main page.

10 Armorsmith Extended

One of Fallout 4's most popular armor mods is undoubtedly Armorsmith Extended. It's a whopper of a mod that grabs Fallout 4's armor system by the ankles, turns it upside down, shakes it out, and reassembles it into something brand new.

The mod allows normal clothing to be worn underneath armor pieces without squabbling for a slot, including hats and helmets. It also adds a bevy of workbench options allowing you to customize clothing and armor with protective weaves, linings and a host of other items. That's just scratching the surface! There's far too much to list here, so head on over to the mod page and read up!

9 Atomic Warlords

The Children Of Atom are the Commonwealth's most notorious fanatical nutters, but they do have a sense of style all their own. Atomic Warlords adds a collection of Mad Max-meets-mysticism armor sets into the game that you can steal and wear for yourself.

These lore-friendly armors sport Church of Atom decals and signature stylings that not only look badass on them, but fit in perfectly with the hostile nuclear landscape of Fallout 4. Definitely a must-have.

8 Classic Combat Armor

The narrative lens of the Fallout 4 universe is tinted with a 1950s-era feel, and one of the most memorable aspects of the decade was the romanticized, traditional look and feel of the U.S. military. Classic Combat Armor takes its cues from that notion, and tweaks its approach to fit the alternate history of Fallout 4.

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These armor sets look and feel like they belonged in Fallout right from the start. The mod was designed to mimic the look and feel of the armor set designs seen in Fallout 3 and the quirky New Vegas, and they affect all the major factions in the game, from the Minutemen to the Brotherhood of Steel.

7 Black Widow Armor & Pipboy

As far as single armor sets go, the Black Widow Armor and Pipboy still remains one of the most popular ever conceived for Fallout 4. This is one intimidating looking outfit from top to bottom, sporting a glowing three-eyed mask, hood and trench coat motif ripped straight out of an assassin's handbook.

There's even a backstory to drive the narrative of the armor, plus the ability to switch to another plane of existence to detect the souls of nearby enemies. Lore-friendly? Perhaps not, but it's an excellent excuse to venture off the beaten path and experience a different kind of side quest.

6 The Mercenary Pack

Fallout 4 Armor Mods - Mercenary

L0rd0fWar has cranked out quite a few armor mods for Fallout 4, and The Mercenary Pack is an all-in-one compendium that also includes new outfits made specifically for this particular release.

The looks are subtle enough to remain lore-friendly, while distinguished enough to stand apart from the vanilla assets. The mod represents an excellent level of balance which blends style and functionality with the ability to upgrade each armor at a workbench. This is great work.

5 K-9 Harness - Tactical Body Armor & Backpack For Dogmeat

It's important to doll yourself up with the right armor, but what about poor Dogmeat? After all, man's best friend deserves a little padding as well. Thankfully, K-9 Harness brings tactical armor to your favorite pup, and it's fully customizable to your liking.

Side pouches and a backpack can increase Dogmeat's carrying capacity, while a ballistic weave can be added to make him more lethal in a fight. Better still, the mod works in conjunction with the Armorsmith Extended mod to provide more options. No more letting your poor pooch soak up bullets without a little support!

4 Eli's Armor Compendium

If you're looking for a large pack of armors, but you're worried about quality, compatibility, and lore-friendliness, then fret no more. Eli's Armor Compendium is the mod for you. In addition to 50 new armors, the mod sports a ton of accessories and colors to craft the perfect look.

You can purchase armors and recipe designs from Ellie, a custom-voiced NPC vendor. This adds a little bit more immersion into the game, instead of simply littering items throughout the world space. Everything from Vault armors to Wastelander outfits is here, and ready for tinkering.

3 The Casual Wanderer - Standalone Armors

Sometimes you're just not in the mood to don a bulky suit of armor that clangs around and makes you sound like a walking Cuisinart. Nay, there are times when you want to go casual, and with The Casual Wanderer - Standalone Armors, you shall have your wish.

The premise of the mod is fairly simple, drawing on existing game assets with a little bit of custom work to create more laid-back and lighter armor designs. Ditch the tetanus-inflicting raider armor in favor of a pop culture T-shirt. Sure, you'll make yourself a bigger target, but at least you'll ride out a firefight in comfort.

2 Hellfire X-03 Power Armor

There are a lot of Power Armor mods for Fallout 4, but only a few stand a cut above the rest. The Hellfire X-03 Armor Mod takes its cues from Fallout 3's Broken Steel DLC pack, and boy does it look fantastic!

It's a far more intimidating Power Armor in comparison to the regulars, with reinforced plating, glowing eyes and a compact gas mask design that looks like the latest iteration in advanced suit-based warfare. Strap a jet pack onto this armor and live up to your namesake as you rain down hellfire on that mole rat nest.

1 West Tek Tactical Optics - Night Vision Thermal Vision Goggles And More

Bethesda thought of many things when they created the outfits and armors for Fallout 4, but they seem to have forgotten about the peepers! Thankfully, West Tek Tactical Optics is there to shower you with some optical goodies.

The mod injects a series of night and thermal vision goggles into the game, plus targeting HUD goggles and singular eyepieces. Every single one has been hand-crafted with excellent attention to detail and functionality. A toggle switch mechanism lets you cycle through various vision modes to deal with any situation. Even Dogmeat gets his own pair of night vision goggles! Perfect for finding that Frisbee in the dead of the night.

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