Considering how it functions under the weight of the unit's armor plating, the armor's lower chassis is a marvel of structural engineering.
Powered by a portable nuclear reactor, the LE-L1 power armor suit is the most powerful combat armor ever made, rivaling the Space Shuttle in technical complexity. It is a marvel of structural engineering, capable of functioning like an extension of one's body despite the amount of armor plating it carries. The helmet is fitted with indicators and displays requiring additional training and effort to utilize properly. Its only drawback is that it requires great physical strength to operate, due to the extreme demands it places on the users body. They also require calibration and experience in use, as the sheer power of the servomotors is enough to kill people outright.
LE-L1 power armor is also capable of integrating a number of additional peripherals, like remote drone control systems allowing the user to seamlessly command robotic allies (unless hacked). Protective shield emitters to defend against sudden assassination attempts can also be integrated, but are prone to fizzling out due to strenuous activity.
Considered an immense rarity in the wastelands, power armor has been generally limited only to the highest technology factions. In Arizona, it was exclusively used by the Guardians of the Old Order, renowned for painting their suits black. These have fallen into Desert Ranger hands after the fall of Guardian Citadel. Although they have proliferated somewhat in subsequent years, especially after contact was established with California, manufacture is almost unheard of. The only suits to have successfully manufactured after the Great War come from Steeltown. They are an incredibly important asset for the Patriarch's Marshals, and his elite guard is rarely seen without them. Arapaho convoys carrying these suits are commonly targeted for this reason.
- Peterson Air Force Base: Full set located in the high security vault. Access requires siding with La Perla in Slaver's Bounty quest.
- Cannibal Jamboree: Full set rewarded for Head Hunter quest. Killing the cannibals and picking the workshop's lock does not allow to retrieve the armor as it is revealed to be broken.
Power armor legs
- Department of Energy Site: Possible drop from armor crate behind the northern entrance door, behind the Lockpick 9 door/Nerd Stuff 7 computer lock and Explosives 7 trip wire.
- Toaster Repair Academy: In the top right chest.
- Found randomly in armor crates in high-level locations.
- Item descriptions in Wasteland 3.
- Marshal in power armor: "I used to bruise my knuckles beating folks into line. No longer! It's like the suit punches for me. Calibration was a bit off at first, though. You should have seen this one guy's head pop. Kerplow!"
- Interaction with Liberty Buchanan: "Use your radio to hack her power armor and disable her drone control."
- Power armor shielding buff: "Liberty's power armor generates a protective shield for a short duration, protecting her from assassination. The shield loses power, and eventually dissipates, with each of Liberty's attack."
- Ghost garage stolen crates: "Partial power armor, stripped SMGs, and broken-down batons. Looks like this place was built on material liberated from Steeltown."
- Heads or Tails