Equipment: Powered Armor
Unlike light and heavy armor, powered armor requires its own battery, and comes with a fully charged battery at purchase. Powered armor uses the same type of batteries as other items, including charged weapons, and the battery for a suit of powered armor can be recharged as normal using a generator or recharging station, or it can be replaced with a new battery when spent.
Using Powered Armor
Powered armor augments the wearer’s Strength and has weapon mounts on which ranged weapons can be installed. More about using powered armor is below.
Entering and Exiting
Getting into or exiting a suit of powered armor requires a full action. Unless noted otherwise, a suit of powered armor has an electronic lock preventing anyone from opening it without knowing the passcode. The passcode can be determined with a successful Computers check (DC = 15 + double the armor’s level).
Powered Armor Proficiency
Characters can gain proficiency with powered armor by taking the Powered Armor Proficiency feat or at 5th level through the soldier’s guard fighting style. Lacking proficiency in powered armor comes with more significant drawbacks than with other types of armor. If you are wearing powered armor with which you are not proficient, you take a –4 penalty to both EAC and KAC, you are always flat-footed and off-target, and you move at half speed. If the armor has a special form of movement (such as a fly speed), you cannot use that movement.
Powered Armor Description
The following explains powered armor’s statistics entries.
EAC and KAC Bonuses
These are the bonuses the powered armor adds to your Energy Armor Class, which protects against attacks from laser weapons and the like, and to your Kinetic Armor Class, which protects against projectiles and other solid objects.
The cockpit of powered armor is too small to fit a person wearing heavy armor. If you’re wearing light armor while in powered armor, you gain the higher of the EAC bonuses and the higher of the KAC bonuses between the two suits of armor, and you take the worse maximum Dexterity bonus and armor check penalty. Powered armor is normally designed to be operated by any roughly humanoid creature of Small or Medium size—only creatures not matching those criteria must have the armor tailored to fit them.
Maximum Dexterity Bonus
You normally add your Dexterity modifier to your EAC and KAC, but it’s limited by your powered armor. A suit of powered armor’s maximum Dexterity bonus indicates how much of your Dexterity modifier you can add to your AC. Any excess Dexterity bonus doesn’t raise your AC further.
Armor Check Penalty
You take a penalty to most Strength-based and Dexterity-based skill checks equal to this number.
Rather than using your normal speed, the powered armor has a maximum land speed of its own. In some cases, powered armor has additional movement types as well.
When wearing powered armor, the armor determines your effective Strength. You use it for all Strength-based rolls. Even if your Strength is higher, you’re limited to the armor’s Strength.
When you make an unarmed melee attack with the powered armor, it deals damage equal to the armor’s listed damage value plus its Strength modifier.
A suit of powered armor has the listed size, so you may take up more space when you’re wearing it.Some suits of powered armor list a reach in parentheses after size. Powered armor with a reach greater than 5 feet allows you to attack creatures within that range in melee even if they aren’t adjacent to you. Add the reach of the powered armor to the reach of any weapons you wield using the powered armor.
Capacity and Usage
Powered armor requires a great deal of electricity to function, and it has a battery capacity and usage value.
A suit of powered armor’s battery capacity indicates the number of charges its battery holds. This battery can be recharged as normal using a generator or a recharging station, or it can be replaced with a new battery. You can put a battery with a smaller charge capacity into powered armor, but you can’t recharge one to hold more than its maximum number of charges.
Powered armor’s usage indicates how long a single battery charge runs the armor. For example, a character in a battle harness with a fully charged battery can use that powered armor for 20 hours before its battery needs to be replaced or recharged. Once you have entered a suit of powered armor, you can tell how many battery charges it has remaining, if any. You can turn a suit of powered armor on or off as a standard action, and you do not need to use all charges for a suit of powered armor consecutively, but you must use them in 1-charge increments.
If you’re in armor that’s out of power, you are flat-footed and off-target, you don’t benefit from the armor’s Strength or damage, and you can’t attack with it or cause it to move. None of its mounted weapons (see below) or upgrades (see Armor Upgrades below) function, even if they have their own power sources. You can’t attempt any Strength- or Dexterity-based skill checks, and the armor’s maximum Dexterity bonus is +0 (or the armor’s regular maximum Dexterity bonus, if lower). You can still exit the armor.
Ranged weapons can be installed in most powered armor. The maximum number is equal to the powered armor’s weapon slots.
You can improve your powered armor with technological and magical upgrades (see below). This entry shows how many total upgrades your powered armor can accommodate. Some larger or more complicated upgrades take up multiple upgrade slots.
A powered armor’s listed bulk refers to its bulk when it is picked up or carried as cargo, and it does not count toward your own normal carrying capacity. When you’re wearing powered armor, you use that armor’s Strength to determine your carrying capacity. Count everything you’re wearing, everything the powered armor is holding, and any armor upgrades and weapons mounted to the powered armor against this bulk limit.
|Model||Level||Price||EAC Bonus||KAC Bonus||Max Dex Bonus||Armor Check Penalty||Speed||Upgrade Slots||Weapon Slots||Strength||Damage||Size||Capacity||Usage||Bulk|
|Cargo Lifter||4||2,150||0||7||0||-10||15||0||0||20||1d10 bludgeoning||Large||40||1 / min||34|
|Battle Harness||5||3,450||9||12||2||-4||30||1||1||18||1d10 bludgeoning||Medium||20||1 / hr||20|
|Spider Harness||10||19,500||10||13||5||-4||25||2||1||18||1d10 piercing||Large||40||1 / min||28|
|Flight Frame||11||27,100||12||19||3||-5||30||4||3||22||2d6 bludgeoning||Huge||100||1 / min||40|
|Jarlslayer||15||125,500||18||24||4||-6||20||2||2||29||2d8 bludgeoning||Large||100||1 / min||43|