This Fallout New Vegas guide will cover the unique armor piece, the Explorer’s Gear. This item only exist in a single location in the game world of Fallout New Vegas, nor can it be reproduced or purchased from vendors in any way, unless a player with the PC version accesses the console commands. The Explorer’s Gear unique armor is found worn by the character Orion Moreno. This guide will aim to instruct you how to get the Explorer’s Gear in Fallout New Vegas while covering the various statistics of the piece.
Damage Threshold: 8
Item Effects: Melee Weapons +2, Guns +2
Armor Type: Light
Item Weight: 3.0
Item Health Points: 100
Repaired With: Merc Outfits
Caps Value: 50
Base ID: 000cb549
How to get the Explorer’s Gear in Fallout New Vegas
The Explorer’s Gear can be found worn on the ex-enclave soldier named Orion Moreno. An ex-soldier coming on in age, Orion Moreno lives within his simple ranch house right on the outskirts of the NCR Sharecropping Farms. On your pip-boy map this location is just north of the farms, south of Gun Runners. Orion’s House is the first in a row of houses that stretch along the gate of the farm. Click here for an image gallery with pictures showing where to find this item.
Orion typically hangs around inside of his house during the day, and since he wears this armor, the only way to get it from him is to see that Orion meets an untimely end. Orion is no pushover however, so make sure to bring a decent punch with you to bring him down. It should be noted, Orion plays a role in the Side Quest: For Auld Lang Syne. Killing him can lead to an adverse effect if done so before the mission is completed. It would seem that the best time to attack him is during the quest, when you get the opportunity to fight or convince him to help you. If you want this armor with least negative impact on quest progression, fight him at this point and take it.
Overall Opinion on the Explorer’s Gear
There’s nothing particularly special about the Explorer’s Gear, other than it was a variety of the Merc Outfits that was cut from Fallout 3, however was left within the game files. The Explorer’s Gear was probably given to Orion as a unique armor piece, instead of letting it go to waste or adding an additional variety of Merc Outfits to the already existing ones.
Statistically speaking, the Explorer’s Gear is vastly superior to the Merc Outfits, giving the same skill bonuses, but weighing 5 pounds less and with considerably higher DT (the Merc outfits range from 1-3 DT) making this an excellent choice for those ranged weapon characters looking for Light Armor.