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Power Armor Training
Fallout 3
requirements: none
ranks: 1
benefit: Ability to wear all Power Armor variants
quest: Picking up the Trail
Operation: Anchorage
given by: Paladin Gunny
Operation: Anchorage training simulation
base id: 58FDF

Power Armor Training is a Fallout 3 perk. You must have this perk before you can operate or wear a suit of Power Armor or a Power Helmet. The perk can be gained in two ways: at the Brotherhood of Steel Citadel by Paladin Gunny (which you may access at the beginning of the main quest Picking up the Trail), or by finishing the Anchorage quest in the Operation: Anchorage add-on.


Obtaining the perk


Through the main storyline

After gaining permission from Elder Lyons, speak to Paladin Gunny in the courtyard of the Citadel. (Brotherhood members refer to it as the "bailey", which means the same thing.) There is no charge or other requirement for training - the screen simply fades to black as Gunny begins teaching you. Once that's done, you may use any kind of Power Armor, including the Enclaves' and the Outcasts' varieties.

If you do not ask for training on your own, you will get it automatically at the end of The American Dream when you become an honorary member of Lyons' Pride.

Through Operation: Anchorage

You automatically gain this perk when you finish the Anchorage Reclamation simulation in the Operation: Anchorage add-on.

Console command

Through normal gameplay, training is required to wear power armor of any variety. However, the skill can be unlocked via the console in the PC version by typing player.addperk 00058FDF. An alternate way to do this is to type SetPCCanUsePowerArmor 1 in the console.


  • The easiest legitimate way to acquire the perk early on is to go through the Operation: Anchorage simulation directly after leaving Vault 101. The distress call will appear within 3-5 minutes of leaving the vault. In both cases, it allows you to bypass having to speak with Paladin Gunny in the Citadel.
  • All humanoids except the player can use Power Armor without the need of special training, even children.
  • It is possible to obtain the perk without completing any quests past Escape!. There is a mapping bug NW of the entrance to the Citadel on the Arlington Bridge (The only bridge that fully crosses the Potomac R.). There are a few mounds of rubble that you need to get to the top of. The "bald" mound of rubble allows you to fall in, once under the map, work your way to the Citadel by going left when you can. See it in action here.
Perks of Fallout 3

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