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A Juggernaut's Guide to Strength Armour

Durable and made to protect users as much as possible, strength-based armour is praised by endgame players. With high Endurance and multiple sets of armor, you can take extended beatings from most of the enemies - even around Secronom Bunker.

Typically, this is the go-to armour for many higher-leveled players. Due to their ability to protect its user efficiently through their high durability and damage absorption, you will find them being worn more commonly at the higher outposts.

Most sets of armour that require strength have “Reactive” within its name, but this isn’t always true especially when dealing with the first few sets of armour or the Vengeance Guard for example.

Requirements

As the name suggests, the only requirement to use strength armour is the strength stat. Almost all of the higher-end strength armours require the "Max" of 100 Strength.

Combat

It is suggested that mainly people who want to use HMGs or shotguns use these sets of armour, as SMGs and other low strength weapons are much better off building around non-strength based armour. These armours are also suggested for players who are a much higher level regardless of what weapons you choose, due to the fact that you will eventually max out most, if not all of your stats.

One downside to using these sets of armour while not having higher endurance is that once they break, you are practically defenseless. For example, at base endurance and with a +24 endurance MC on your armour, a Flesh Hound can still kill you with one hit even while you are at full health. Players can combat this by carrying multiple sets of armour, but this will take up more inventory space.

Along with having lower health by substituting endurance with strength and the armour it offers, players are missing out on being able to sprint for longer durations making it much harder to dodge enemies and kite bosses.

Note: While the Corpse Carapace does require strength, it is considered more of a hybrid between strength and non-strength based armour. It works much better if you are running a build that is using a weapon that only requires 50 strength such as Shotguns like the Corpse Blaster, Ace Barrel GZ3, Buckblast 99A, or several Chainsaws. With that being said, players would still need to max endurance if they want to be able to survive multiple hits from zombies and other survivors.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Advantages

  • High damage absorption and durability, and can easily be swapped while losing little to no health
  • Better overall if you have a high endurance as well.
  • They are much easier to find God Crafted on the market or when trading.
  • The high strength requirement allows players to equip weapons that usually have more knockback (Such as shotguns).

Disadvantages

  • High strength is required, which only plays a role in a few build paths.
  • Usually break pretty quickly due to them absorbing most of the damage.
  • Higher end sets of armour can be extremely expensive.

List of Strength Armour

  • If an armour has "Default" marked under available colors it cannot be dyed.
  • If an armour has "All" marked under available colors, it can be dyed to any color in the game: White, Grey, Black, Brown, Green, Red, Blue, Yellow, Cyan, Orange, Pink, Purple.
  • The Apprentice Dye cost for an armour is equal to its Enhance cost
Wood Armour (Craft)This item can be acquired through the in-game crafting system.
Wood Armour
40 Durability
35% Damage Absorption
30 Strength Required
Repair by Engineer Level 5+
Non-Transferable

Available colors: All
Scrap Value: $1,050 (MC $2,100)
Dismantle: Wooden Planks
Enhance Price: $2,310

Release: Feburary 6th, 2024
  • Can be crafted by obtaining the materials from the Inner City
Requirements to craft:
  • 1x Wooden Planks

Crafting Cost: $100

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Flak Jacket
Flak Jacket
60 Durability
40% Damage Absorption
30 Strength Required
Repair by Engineer Level 25+

Available colors: All,Desert Camo, Forest Camo, Urban Camo
Credit Price: The amount of credits required to purchase the item in the Credit Shop, if available. The value in brackets, if added, is the discounted price for Gold Members.7c (GM 5c)
Scrap Value: $11,050 (MC $22,100)
Dismantle: Uncommon Metal Scrap
Enhance Price: $24,310
Flak Jackets were used as far back as World War II, to provide pilots with protection from Anti-Aircraft flak rounds. While rather weak on their own, manufacturers have used modern techniques to greatly augment the strength of these jackets, by adding mainly metal or ceramic plating into these vests. The plating makes the jackets substantially heavier, and users have to be physically fit to an extent, in order for it not to hinder movements. Strangely, there seems to have been a revival in these obsolete jackets.

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SN-42
SN-42
80 Durability
40% Damage Absorption
40 Strength Required
Repair by Engineer Level 25+

Available colors: All
Credit Price: The amount of credits required to purchase the item in the Credit Shop, if available. The value in brackets, if added, is the discounted price for Gold Members.15c (GM 10c)
Scrap Value: $11,050 (MC $22,100)
Dismantle: Uncommon Metal Scrap x 2
Enhance Price: $24,310
The SN-42 was created in 1942 by the Red Army. Consisting of two pressed steel plates weighing in at 7.7 pounds each, it provides decent protection from the slashing claws of zombies, while also providing protection from the force of impact. As expected, junkyard engineers and WWII fanatics have whipped up some modern replications for the good people of Fairview. The drawback to this very economical piece of armour is the weight, limiting its usage only to stronger survivors. Due to the unusual shape and color, it was quickly nicknamed the "Potato Sack".

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IOTV Hard Plate
IOTV Hard Plate
110 Durability
45% Damage Absorption
40 Strength Required
Repair by Engineer Level 25+

Available colors: All, Desert Camo, Forest Camo, Urban Camo
Scrap Value: $14,950 (MC $29,900)
Dismantle: Uncommon Metal Scrap x 3
Enhance Price: $32,890

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Reactive SLX
Reactive SLX
140 Durability
50% Damage Absorption
60 Strength Required
Repair by Engineer Level 35+

Available colors: All
Scrap Value: $19,450 (MC $38,900)
Dismantle: Uncommon Metal Bar
Enhance Price: $42,790
The Reactive SLX is the product of years of intensive research and development - a strange chemical gel that laughs off armor-piercing rounds and makes a .500 S&W round feel like a poke. Reinforced with super-hard alloys and a complex impact-reducing weave, it was only produced in small amounts for special forces units and the occasional presidential security detail due to extremely high cost.

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Reactive XT800
Reactive XT800
170 Durability
55% Damage Absorption
70 Strength Required
Repair by Engineer Level 35+

Available colors: All
Credit Price: The amount of credits required to purchase the item in the Credit Shop, if available. The value in brackets, if added, is the discounted price for Gold Members.20c (GM 15c)
Scrap Value: $19,450 (MC $38,900)
Dismantle: Uncommon Metal Bar +
Uncommon Metal Scrap

Enhance Price: $42,790
Created by the same group who pioneered the Reactive SLX and the Exterminator GT, the Reactive XT800 armour was rumored to be the most durable armour ever known to man upon its creation. A widely-circulated pre-outbreak video shows a prototype taking 30 seconds of continuous AK-47 fire, and still looking brand new after the test. Very little is known about this armour, thanks to the usual government classifications and the developers being tight-lipped about the project. Even if you are lucky enough to find one, keep in mind such a complex piece of armour can only be repaired by the most experienced and knowledgeable engineers.

  • List of event renames:
    • ZRX-H Reactive (24/24) - DF1 15th Anniversary
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Raider Reactive
Raider Reactive
200 Durability
65% Damage Absorption
80 Strength Required
Repair by Engineer Level 45+

Available colors: All
Scrap Value: $40,250 (MC $80,500)
Dismantle: Uncommon Metal Bar x 2
Enhance Price: $88,550
A modified variant of the Reactive XT800, popular among bandit gangs and scavengers in central Fairview. Large amounts of metal plates now cover the outer layer of the armor as well as provide support for the inner gel core, providing increased protection at the cost of weight. Despite all its faults, the Raider Reactive remains the most affordable and practical mediumweight armor available on the market.

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Exterminator Reactive
Exterminator Reactive
230 Durability
75% Damage Absorption
90 Strength Required
Repair by Engineer Level 45+

Available colors: All
Scrap Value: $40,250 (MC $80,500)
Dismantle: Uncommon Metal Bar x 3
Enhance Price: $88,550
The outposts' engineers have outdone themselves once again with another revamp of the Exterminator Mesh, by implementing very recently recovered blueprints for future armour designs from a nearby research facility. Reinforcing almost every part of the armour you can think of with the newest experimental alloys, it now covers almost the whole body with pure metal, providing excellent protection. Its effectiveness comes with two very high prices: One being the problem that its sheer weight requires almost super-human strength to wear it for extensive amounts of time, along with the extreme rarity of the necessary materials and the huge amount of time and painstaking effort required to create this armour.

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Exterminator Reactive XT
Exterminator Reactive XT
260 Durability
85% Damage Absorption
100 Strength Required
Repair by Engineer Level 45+

Available colors: All
Credit Price: The amount of credits required to purchase the item in the Credit Shop, if available. The value in brackets, if added, is the discounted price for Gold Members.30c (GM 25c)
Scrap Value: $40,250 (MC $80,500)
Dismantle: Uncommon Metal Bar x 4
Enhance Price: $88,550
Thinking about taking another try at improving existing Exterminator Reactive armours, the top engineering squad of Nastya's decided to abolish all thoughts of cash or comfort limits within armours and instead go to the limits of human tolerability and material stability, by modifying the Exterminator Reactive to the most extreme (XT) limits. No expense was spared - everything is covered and reinforced with heavy ceramic plates, barely managing to stay flexible by use of a chemical gel, the same used in some other armours to reduce kinetic impact forces. This armour has succeeded at being the heaviest and most expensive type of mobile protection for a single human being, which in exchange will save you from more harm than you can even think of.

This specific XT set of armour is used as a crafting material for the X-Terminator Reactive.
If you happen to find a Mastercrafted set 23/23 stats or above, it may have a significantly higher market value than usual.
  • List of event renames:
    • Combat Shell, Sanguine Shield, Legionnaire, Apocalyptic Defense System, Dawn Breaker Guard, Death Squad Jumpsuit, Warrior's Warplate, Doom Trooper (24/24) - DF1 16th Anniversary
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Bio Reactive
Bio Reactive
320 Durability
85% Damage Absorption
100 Strength Required
Repair by Engineer Level 75+

Available colors: All
Credit Price: The amount of credits required to purchase the item in the Credit Shop, if available. The value in brackets, if added, is the discounted price for Gold Members.300c (GM 200c)
Scrap Value: $128,250 (MC $256,500)
Dismantle: Rare Metal Scrap
Enhance Price: $282,150
The Bio Reactive is one of the newer, stronger armour seen on survivors as protection against the dangers of the inner city. Being more durable than the pre-outbreak Exterminator Reactive XT, it’s becoming ever more popular among those who fight both the undead and their fellow survivors. Due to its heavy steel plating, it is able to withstand the raw power of mutants and heavy weapons alike. It also possesses an ability unlike any other armor; thanks to a matrix of N-2 gel pads and vibration-therapy nodes embedded inside the lining, the Bio Reactive has the ability to minimize the damage and physical pain caused by any zombie-inflicted injury. This, along with its surprising flexibility, allows survivors to take hits and flee quickly when needed, saving the skins of many lucky enough to be wearing it at the time.

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Vitalcore Reactive
Vitalcore Reactive
400 Durability
90% Damage Absorption
100 Strength Required
Repair by Engineer Level 75+
+10% Movement Speed


Available colors: All
Scrap Value: $128,250 (MC $256,500)
Dismantle: Rare Metal Bar
Enhance Price: $282,150

Release: February 16th, 2024

A rare variant of the Bio Reactive only found in South Eastern Zone. Provides a +10% Movement Speed bonus.

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Dusk Reactive (Dusk)This item belongs to the Dusk/X-Dusk set and can only be purchased from the Dusk Shops.
Dusk Reactive
400 Durability
95% Damage Absorption
100 Strength Required
Repair by Engineer Level 45+
Ability: 35% Extra Damage Reduction On Breaking Hit Applies to HP damage taken for the hit that reduces armor durability to 0.
Non-Transferable

Available colors: All
Scrap Value: $40,250 (MC $80,500)
Enhance Price: $88,550
A suit of armour even rarer than the Dusk Mesh was never expected to exist, but apparently a new type of armour called "Dusk Reactive" recently appeared as the main defense of some of the most experienced survivors known in Fairview, carrying the trademark black of armours crafted by AdminPwn's master engineers. Nothing is confirmed, but the few survivors who have heard of this armour babble on about powered suits, nanotechnology, and secret government alloys, which AdminPwn's engineers snicker about. It is suspected that this armour is only available at the Elite Shop, akin to the Dusk Mesh.

  • Can be bought from the Dusk Shop for $1,000,000.
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Steelcase Reactive (LE)This item could only be purchased for a limited amount of time from the Credit Shop.
Steelcase Reactive
340 Durability
85% Damage Absorption
100 Strength Required
Repair by Engineer Level 75+

Available colors: All
Credit Price: The amount of credits required to purchase the item in the Credit Shop, if available. The value in brackets, if added, is the discounted price for Gold Members.2,500c (GM 2,000c)
Scrap Value: $128,250 (MC $256,500)
Dismantle: Rare Metal Bar
Enhance Price: $282,150
Outpost engineers have created a new prototype armor that put most Reactive series armors to shame. The Steelcase Reactive was designed for one purpose in mind; To take one hell of a beating, and that’s what it can do. Using similar metals used for the creation of various powerful guns such as the Hammerhead 47, the Streetdog 99, and the XLGunner-8, the armor is rated to be able to withstand fire from a GAU-19, and similar guns of its type for almost a few minutes, and most common infected could hardly put a dent in it. No two Steelcases are alike, as their design, which some survivors dubbed as “walking tin cans” could not be easily replicated. Despite this, however, they all are just as effective. Due to time constraints to develop even more efficient, less ugly looking suits of armor, the Steelcase was only produced in limited quantities.

Release: June 14th, 2014 - July 10th, 2014 ItemCategoryIcon-LE
Tatakau Reactive
Tatakau Reactive
400 Durability
85% Damage Absorption
100 Strength Required
Repair by Engineer Level 75+

Available colors: All
Credit Price: The amount of credits required to purchase the item in the Credit Shop, if available. The value in brackets, if added, is the discounted price for Gold Members.500c (GM 400c)
Scrap Value: $128,250 (MC $256,500)
Dismantle: Rare Metal Bar
Enhance Price: $282,150
Tatakau Reactives were originally conceived by a powerful warrior caste of survivors, whose access to resources and material had been the prime factor of their place of power among other factions within Fairview. Combining blueprints from experimental armors with the skills of experienced and creative artificers, the end design was a masterfully crafted armor capable of absorbing terrible damage and keeping the wearer safe from harm. The armor itself, though rare and in no short abundance, is the perfect choice for those who prefer hunting larger targets or finding themselves in protracted engagements with well-equipped adversaries.

Release: November 6th, 2014

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Corpse Carapace (LE)This item could only be purchased for a limited amount of time from the Credit Shop.
Corpse Carapace
400 Durability
50% Damage Absorption
50 Strength Required
Repair by Engineer Level 45+

Available colors: Default
Credit Price: The amount of credits required to purchase the item in the Credit Shop, if available. The value in brackets, if added, is the discounted price for Gold Members.1,200c (GM 1,000c)
Scrap Value: $40,250 (MC $80,500)
Enhance Price: $88,550
A strange, powerful suit of armour. Crafted from the bones and flesh of the infected themselves, this armour is the protective complement to the various Corpse Weapons. Those who own this armour have claimed to feel a strange, animal-like ferocity when fighting the undead-- almost as if they were zombies themselves. Whether it is the influence of the undead's fury and hatred towards the living, or simply the feeling of sheer power experienced by donning this highly durable armour, no one can say for certain. One thing is for sure, though-- even they exhibit an instant of hesitation when confronted with an attacking survivor wearing this unnerving shell of bones.

Release: October 15th, 2011 - November 10th, 2011 ItemCategoryIcon-LE
X-Dusk Reactive (Dusk)This item belongs to the Dusk/X-Dusk set and can only be purchased from the Dusk Shops.
X-Dusk Reactive
500 Durability
95% Damage Absorption
100 Strength Required
Repair by Engineer Level 75+
Ability: 50% Extra Damage Reduction On Breaking Hit Applies to HP damage taken for the hit that reduces armor durability to 0.
Non-Transferable

Available colors: All
Scrap Value: $128,250 (MC $256,500)
Enhance Price: $282,150
Following up the legendary status of the Dusk Reactive, the X-Dusk Reactive takes it up a level offering even greater defenses in terms of durability that competes with a Scarab Reactive and still has one of the highest damage absorptions the game has to offer. This heavy hard-plated armor will always remain a status symbol and is only available through the Elite Shop.

Release: October 8th, 2015
  • Can be bought from the X-Dusk Shop for $5,000,000.
  • Can also be upgraded from an existing Dusk Reactive:
Requirements to craft:
  • Player Level: 120
  • 1x Dusk Reactive
  • 1x X-Dusk Parts
  • 1x Rare Metal Scrap

Crafting Cost: $3,500,000

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Scarab Reactive (LE)This item could only be purchased for a limited amount of time from the Credit Shop.
Scarab Reactive
500 Durability
90% Damage Absorption
100 Strength Required
Repair by Engineer Level 75+

Available colors: All
Credit Price: The amount of credits required to purchase the item in the Credit Shop, if available. The value in brackets, if added, is the discounted price for Gold Members.3,000c (GM 2,500c)
Scrap Value: $128,250 (MC $256,500)
Dismantle: Rare Metal Bar
Enhance Price: $282,150
The Scarab Reactives existence was completely unknown until recently when a looting party raided a secret United States military installation miles outside of Fairview, that was rumored to have ties to Secronom. Inside, the looting party found many weapons, supplies, and more. However, when the lowest level of the facility was breached into, a large manufacturing plant was discovered. What the party had found, shocked them in awe. The party found experimental, military prototype armor, supposedly classified as the “9X Power Armor” based on eyewitness accounts, was quickly nicknamed the “Scarab Reactive.” However, unlike a Reactive series armor, the Scarab seems to uses body heat as an energy source, and is outfitted with various lights that can be turned on to illuminate the user’s surroundings.

Release: June 15th, 2015 - July 10th, 2015 ItemCategoryIcon-LE
X-Terminator Reactive (Craft)This item can be acquired through the in-game crafting system.
X-Terminator Reactive
535 Durability
90% Damage Absorption
100 Strength Required
Repair by Engineer Level 75+

Available colors: All
Scrap Value: $128,250 (MC $256,500)
Dismantle: Rare Metal Bar
Enhance Price: $282,150
In the early years of the outbreak the Exterminator Reactive XT remained as one of the best armor available to the general population. Naturally the Reactive XT was left behind after each new incarnation of the N-4 virus (which makes its host stronger as it adapts and mutates) until it was out of commission. This changed with the expeditions to the Wastelands and the discovery of the compound N-10/2026 (synthesized from the skin of the Volatile Leaper) and thanks to this discovery Fairview engineers were able to return the XT to its former glory. Modifying the plates of the previous armor and coating them with X-gel treatment, reinforcing the old openings with the hide of the elusive Volatile Leaper, and adapting post-outbreak technology, they were able to improve this authentic suit of a Juggernaut, now capable of withstanding the harshest of beatings -including the ferocious bite of the Devil Hound- with minor damage to the wearer. The small detail is that a master engineer is now required to repair this beautiful armor, worthy of anyone who dares to venture into the dangerous Wastelands.

Release: June 26th, 2020 Requirements to craft:
  • Player Level: 50
  • 1x Exterminator Reactive XT
  • 1x Tatakau Reactive
  • 1x X-Reactive Blueprints
  • 15x Volatile Hide
  • 2x Devils Heart
  • 3x Rare Metal Bar

Crafting Cost: $8,000,000

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Hazard Reactive (LE)This item could only be purchased for a limited amount of time from the Credit Shop.
Hazard Reactive
620 Durability
90% Damage Absorption
100 Strength Required
Repair by Engineer Level 75+

Available colors: All
Credit Price: The amount of credits required to purchase the item in the Credit Shop, if available. The value in brackets, if added, is the discounted price for Gold Members.2,500c (GM 2,250c)
Scrap Value: $128,250 (MC $256,500)
Dismantle: Rare Metal Scrap
Enhance Price: $282,150
A companion to the Hazard Mesh, this reactive armor is said to have been issued to Secronom's security detail in the early days of the outbreak. Thanks to recent discoveries of a warehouse deep in the South Eastern region, a small batch of these armors were recovered and are now available to anyone who would be willing to pay for it. Peculiarly, the suit is designed to function in arctic conditions with its internal temperature regulatory system, making it a particularly comfortable wear in the winter days of Fairview.

Release: December 18th, 2020 - January 3rd, 2021 ItemCategoryIcon-LE
Dawn Reactive (Dusk)This item belongs to the Dusk/X-Dusk set and can only be purchased from the Dusk Shops.(Craft)This item can be acquired through the in-game crafting system.
Dawn Reactive
600 Durability
100% Damage Absorption
100 Strength Required
Repair by Engineer Level 75+
Ability: 99% Extra Damage Reduction On Breaking Hit Applies to HP damage taken for the hit that reduces armor durability to 0.
Non-Transferable

Available colors: All
Scrap Value: $128,250 (MC $256,500)
Dismantle: Experimental Parts
Enhance Price: $282,150

Release: October 13th, 2020 Requirements to craft:
  • Player Level: 120
  • 1x X-Dusk Reactive
  • 1x Dawn Reactive Blueprints
  • 5x Experimental Parts
  • 5x Volatile Hides
  • 2x Rare Metal Bar

Crafting Cost: $8,000,000

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Vengeance Guard
Vengeance Guard
1000 Durability
99% Damage Absorption
100 Strength Required
Repair by Engineer Level 75+
Non-Transferable

Available colors: All
Credit Price: The amount of credits required to purchase the item in the Credit Shop, if available. The value in brackets, if added, is the discounted price for Gold Members.6,000c (GM 5,000c)
Scrap Value: $128,250 (MC $256,500)
Dismantle: Rare Metal Scrap
Enhance Price: $282,150
The Vengeance Guard was conceived after years of design, blood, sweat, and trial and error. The most powerful armor known to man was finalized, thought to be impossible to create. Adminpwn’s personal brilliant engineers, along with a collaborative effort of other engineers across the city, created the perfect armor. The Vengeance guard is sleek, beautiful, and guards anyone who wore it from virtually anything. Even a Wraith’s powerful striking tentacles couldn’t do hardly anything to the armor, however, as wonderful and strong as the armor is, it is not cheap to produce. It’s unknown how many will be made before materials will have to be conserved for other projects.

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