How to get the Desert Ranger Combat Armor in Fallout: New Vegas
How to get the Desert Ranger Combat Armor in Fallout: New Vegas

The Desert Ranger Combat Armor is a unique armor set that can be found in the Stone Bones Cave (one of the caves located in the Sorrows camp), in the Honest Hearts DLC.

Quick tips before you head off to get the armor:

  • Honest Hearts DLC required. The Armor can only be acquired if you have the Honest Hearts DLC installed.
  • Not faction armor. Despite being very similar to the NCR Ranger Armor in appearance and stats, it is not considered to be NCR faction armor.
  • Does not provide the wearer with Sneak Sight. Unlike the Riot Gear from the Lonesome Road DLC, this armor’s helmet does not provide the wearer with Sneak Sight, making it far less useful in dark areas.
  • The cave is trapped. The entirety of the Stone Bones cave is full of traps. This includes trip wires, mines, and rigged shotguns. The Light Step perk will help you a lot in this area.

Acquisition of the armor

To acquire the armor, make your way to the Stone Bones Cave, located within the Sorrows camp. It’s located very high up, meaning that you may need to platform or walk through several other caves to get up to it.

Location of the stone bones cave on the world map | Fallout: New Vegas
Location of the stone bones cave on the world map

Once you’re outside the cave, go inside. Watch out for traps.

Entrance to the cave | Fallout: New Vegas
Entrance to the cave

Once you’re inside the cave, you should see a path leading up to your left. Go there.

The path where to go. The entrance is on the right side of the image | Fallout: New Vegas
The path where to go. The entrance is on the right side of the image

The path will lead up through a wooden archway. Continue going straight until you reach a fork in the cave.

The archway you’ll pass through | Fallout: New Vegas
The archway you’ll pass through

Once you reach a fork in the cave, take the left path. There, you’ll enter a campsite. Go up to the wooden platform.

The fork in the cave | Fallout: New Vegas
The fork in the cave
Image of the campsite. The wooden platform is marked out by an arrow | Fallout: New Vegas
Image of the campsite. The wooden platform is marked out by an arrow

The armor and helmet will be sitting on the edge of the wooden platform.

Amor and helmet on the platform | Fallout: New Vegas
Amor and helmet on the platform

Comparison of the armor to the NCR Ranger Combat Armor

  • The Desert Ranger Combat Armor has 2 more DT, and its helmet has 1 more DT than the NCR Ranger Combat Armor
  • The Desert Ranger Combat Helmet is completely weightless.