Recon armor

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Recon armor

Recon armor

A suit of light partially-powered armor, designed to permit quick movement. Lightweight plasteel-weave plates block attacks without compromising mobility, and neuro-memetic assistors in the lower body allow a human to wear the armor and still move easily. Armor like this is often used by imperial scout troops and glitterworld police forces.

Base Stats

Tech Level
Market Value
1540 Silver
9 kg


Insulation - Cold
32 °C (57.6 °F)
Insulation - Heat
°C (16.2 °F)
Armor - Sharp
Armor - Blunt
Armor - Heat
Torso, Neck, Left Shoulder, Left Arm, Right Shoulder, Right Arm, Left Leg, Right Leg
Middle, Outer


Crafted At
Fabrication bench
Required Research
Recon armor
Skill Required
Crafting 6
Work To Make
45,000 ticks (12.5 mins)
Resources to make
Plasteel 80 + Uranium 10 + Advanced component 3

Recon armor is a set of power armor that forms a full set along with the Recon helmet.


Recon armor can be crafted at a Fabrication bench once the Recon armor research project has been completed. They require Plasteel 80 Plasteel, Uranium 10 Uranium, Advanced component 3 Advanced components, 45,000 ticks (12.5 mins) of work, and a Crafting skill of 6.

Alternatively, the armor can be received as a quest reward, purchased from traders, or found on Imperial Janissaries Content added by the Royalty DLC and other Raiders.[Which?]


Overall, recon armor tends to be overshadowed by the flak vest + over-garment combination. Thus, many players like to skip recon armor and just build the heavier power armors instead. But if move speed is of utmost importance, such as for kiting tactics, then recon is the best for the job.

Compared to flak vests

Flak vests are the primary competitor to recon armor. They are significantly cheaper, require less research and, unlike recon armor, can be worn with duster, jacket or flak jacket to provide similar, if not superior, protection. A flak vest alone is better at protecting the torso, vital organs, neck, and shoulders against Sharp attacks - the most common type of damage, and becomes significantly better when paired with dusters of strong materials such as devilstrand or thrumbofur. When worn with any duster better than cloth, the set also offers more protection for those body parts against Heat attacks. Flak and duster is slightly inferior against Blunt attacks, but due to the relatively low armor values for both armor sets and the AP of the blunt weapons likely to be faced, the qualitative and quantitative disparity between the armor sets is small.

Due to the vest not covering the limbs, recon will always protect the arms and legs more against Blunt and Sharp attacks, regardless of duster material. Dusters of any non-patchleather leather will provide roughly equivalent Heat armor to the limbs, while devilstrand or hyperweave will offer massively more Heat protection. Note however that limbs aren't "vital" to a pawn's life, unlike the heart, liver, or neck protected by the vest. If an arm or leg happens to be shot off, then it can be replaced for Plasteel 15 Plasteel, Advanced component 4 Advanced components, assuming there is a surgeon with decent Medical skill available. Additionally, due to their being attached at the shoulder, the installation of prosthetic, bionic, or archotech arms allows the vest to protect the full arm as well. Installation of two such arms limits the benefits of recon to only the legs.

Note that flak vests provide a −0.12 c/s move speed, while recon does not slow the user at all.

Thus, while not necessarily outright superior, flak vests and a suitable outer layer are often a better choice for their more focused protection and significant cost effectiveness.

Compared to other power armors

Recon armor is the lightest of the three power armors, the other two being marine armor and cataphract armor.Content added by the Royalty DLC Compared to the others, it is notably cheaper, requires less research, and doesn't slow move speed, but offers the least protection. The recon armor is roughly equivalent to marine armor one quality level below (e.g. a Normal Recon armor ~= Poor Marine armor), or cataphract armor two quality levels below.

Generally speaking, if the full body protection of recon is valuable enough to warrant its use despite its cost, upgrading to at least marine armor is also worth the extra cost. Exceptions exist however, such as when recon is all that can be acquired or when a set of particularly high quality is available.

Compared to locust armor

Locust armorContent added by the Royalty DLC is a sidegrade to recon armor. Locust armor has −5% Sharp and −5% Blunt armor, before quality. It also costs Plasteel 40 plasteel, Component 3 components, and Chemfuel 100 chemfuel more than regular recon. A jump pack,Content added by the Royalty DLC which gives a functionally equivalent jump, costs Plasteel 30 Plasteel, Component 3 Components, Chemfuel 100 Chemfuel, so this is only a 10 plasteel difference. However, a full set of locust armor must be replaced when destroyed, while a jump pack will never degrade when worn.

In exchange, locust armor allows for up to 5 jumps at once, each costing Chemfuel 20 chemfuel. You are invincible during the jump, but have a small warmup and cooldown, as mentioned in the locust armor page. Jump distance is variable by quality, but a normal quality locust armor can jump up to 23.9 tiles. Unlike the jump pack, locust armor does not take up the utility slot, meaning you can wear a shield belt or other item with it.

Overall, if you would be using recon armor for mobility, then you should use either jump packs or locust armor as soon as Jump packs have been researched. The jumps give more options for movement, which helps with mobility. If you have any other item you'd like to equip in the utility slot, then use locust armor; the net 10 plasteel cost and lost armor is negligible. If you have no other uses for the utility slot, then jump packs are slightly cheaper and are functionally the same.

Quality table

  • Quality Sharp Blunt Heat Item HP Insulation - Cold Insulation - Heat Market Value
    Awful Recon armor 55.2% 24% 27.6% 280 -25.6 °C (-46.1 °F) +7.2 °C (13 °F) 770 Silver
    Poor Recon armor 73.6% 32% 36.8% 280 -28.8 °C (-51.8 °F) +8.1 °C (14.6 °F) 1155 Silver
    Normal Recon armor 92% 40% 46% 280 -32 °C (-57.6 °F) +9 °C (16.2 °F) 1540 Silver
    Good Recon armor 105.8% 46% 52.9% 280 -35.2 °C (-63.4 °F) +9.9 °C (17.8 °F) 1925 Silver
    Excellent Recon armor 119.6% 52% 59.8% 280 -38.4 °C (-69.1 °F) +10.8 °C (19.4 °F) 2310 Silver
    Masterwork Recon armor 133.4% 58% 66.7% 280 -48 °C (-86.4 °F) +13.5 °C (24.3 °F) 3540 Silver
    Legendary Recon armor 165.6% 72% 82.8% 280 -57.6 °C (-103.7 °F) +16.2 °C (29.2 °F) 4540 Silver

    For the full effects of qualities, see Quality.

  • Protection charts

    Note: Lower on the graph is better.

    Sharp Armor
    Blunt Armor


    Every set of Recon armor found on an Imperial Janissary will be black.

    Version history

    See also

    • Locust armor - a slightly less protective variant of recon armor with an integrated jump pack.
    • Prestige recon armor - a variant of recon armor that both pleases nobles and improves psychic ability.