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Stealth Suit Mk II

We're okay on Med-X. Until we have to numb the pain.

The Stealth Suit Mk II, also known as Aural Stealth Suit and referred to by Dr. Borous as the psychoanalytic cardiac-dampening sneaky stealth suit, is a unique piece of medium armor in the Fallout: New Vegas add-on Old World Blues.[1][2]

Background

Created by Big MT researchers in the X-13 Research Facility after the Assassin Suit was completed. A researcher named Kael developed the firmware, which auto-updates and provides real-time feedback on battlefield conditions, automatically fitting itself to the user's shape and frame.[3][4][5] These upgrades are necessary for the user to benefit from the more advanced subsystems.[6][7] The entire initiative was referred to as Project: Blue Blood.[8]

The suit has an artificial personality central control system, which controls the built-in medical dispenser, capable of injecting Med-X and Stimpaks automatically when needed, controlling the heartbeat of the wearer through a specialized cardiac regulator.[9][10] The suit reminds the wearer of an active Pip-Boy light and should the user be poisoned by a Cazador, the suit will dispense a stimpak if available and cure the poison. When the user is crippled while wearing the suit, it will dispense Med-X.

The suit, X-2 Transmitter Antenna Array, and Sonic Emitter, were given by the Think Tank to the Courier to take back control of Big MT for themselves from Dr. Mobius.[11][12]

Upgrades

The suit can be upgraded in the course of four stealth tests in the X-13 facility. Bonuses from upgrades are cumulative.

  • Firmware version 1.1 - Adds a bonus of +10 to Sneak (Stacks with the +15 Sneak already on the armor, giving +25 to Sneak).
  • Firmware version 1.2 - Adds a bonus of +1 Perception.
  • Firmware version 1.3 - Adds a bonus of +1 Agility.
  • Firmware version 1.4 - Adds a bonus of +20% to Stealth movement speed. (Non functional see Bugs)

Comparison

Name DT WG Durability Value Armor class Effects
Combat Armor 15 25 400 6500 Medium armor None
Chinese Stealth Armor 12 20 100 500 Light armor +5 Sneak
Assassin Suit 14 20 500 7500 Light armor +10 Sneak
Stealth Suit Mk II 14 25 500 7500 Medium armor All of the effects stack:
Sneak +15 (Firmware v1.0)
Sneak +10 (Firmware v1.1)
Perception +1 (Firmware v1.2)
Agility +1 (Firmware v1.3)
Movement-speed while crouched +20% (Firmware v1.4)

Locations

It is found in three pieces in the X-13 Research Facility. One part in each of the three labs in the first hallway after entering the facility.

Notes

  • As the Stealth Suit Mk II is classified as medium armor, it suffers penalties to sneaking.
  • Stimpaks used by the suit are not affected by Medicine level.
  • In Normal mode, if the wearer's health is low, the suit will continuously administer Stimpaks until their health reaches an adequate level. In Hardcore Mode, the suit checks to see if there are any restore health effects first and if not, it will administer a Stimpak.
  • Sometimes if the wearer dies, the suit can be heard desperately trying to pump Stimpaks in order to keep the user alive, to no avail.
  • If the Courier kills the Robobrains within the facility, the suit may comment on this, stating, "That's a shame. Normally, those units would help defend the facility in case of an attack."
  • Sometimes, the computer will ask the wearer, "Do you like me?"
  • When unequipping the suit from a companion, it still plays an audio comment as if the person was wearing it.

Quotes

Behind the scenes

  • The on-board computer is voiced by Qore hostess Veronica Belmont, who also voices Light Switch 01 and 02, and the original unaltered voice of Christine Royce.
  • According to Chris Avellone, the suit is meant to make its users "emotionally and physically co-dependent."[Dev 1]
  • Opening the NVDLC03AuralStealthSuitQuest entry that governs the suit's unique features and dialogue in the GECK includes an "Advanced Optics" upgrade, after the v1.4 upgrade run. The Stage check for the v1.4 upgrade bark from the suit is set to 50, and the dialogue line for Advanced Optics is at 100, an invalid entry. Delving into the script file in the Quest data tab also shows that this would have been done in a VR test.
  • There is another unused script "NVDLC03StealthSuitISFXSCRIPT," which contains "Vision Firmware Upgrade." When the player crouched, it was going to apply 2 ImageSpaceModifiers and play the UIRadioSignalFound sound. Then when the player stands up, it would remove the effects and play the UIRadioSignalLost sound.

Bugs

  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 There is a bug where, after the suit auto-applies a Stimpak, your health will not increase, keeping your health at the minimum threshold for the damage script. This causes the suit to use a Stimpak every time you're injured, as you drop below the scripted HP, burning through Stimpaks extremely quickly.
  • PCPC Before starting the stealth research in X-13, make sure all armor pieces are in your inventory. Starting the run before the pieces are taken may bug the script and result in not getting the armor.
  • Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 The suit can administer Med-X anytime the user enters combat or anytime the stealth status changes from [HIDDEN] to [CAUTION], even if no damage has been taken by the player.
  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3 When fully upgraded, it doesn't boost your sneak speed by the said 20%.
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 In third-person view, rotating to the front side of your character can sometimes cause the head and arms of the player character to disappear, immediately reappearing once the camera returns to the rear.

Gallery

References

  1. Doctor Mobius: "You think that Aural Stealth Suit will keep you hidden from me? Think again!"
    (Mobius' dialogue)
  2. Courier: "What are these technologies?"
    Doctor Klein: "THE TECHNOLOGIES ARE THE X-2 Transmitter Antenna Array, USED TO FOCUS COHERENT THOUGHT AT EXCESSIVELY HIGH FREQUENCIES."
    Doctor Borous: "-The psycho-analytic cardiac-dampening sneaky stealth suit, a suit like NOTHING this world has ever heard, seen, or could EVER see!-"
    Doctor 8: "AUDIO: Dr. 8 is saying, "hey, what about my item! I made something, too!""
    Doctor Dala: "...and 8's Sonic-Soundwave-Emitter-Projecto-Gun, able to broadcast sound at lethal frequencies. {Beat, quieter}It also gives a great biogel massage."
    Klein: "THERE. WE HAVE INFORMED YOU OF ALL WE NEED. WE ESTIMATE IF YOU ARE FOCUSED, YOUR TIME INVESTMENT WILL BE MINIMAL. EH, BY OUR STANDARDS. IF YOU WORK QUICKLY, YOU WILL BE THE RECIPIENT OF A GESTURE OF GRATITUDE FROM US. WE DO NOT BESTOW THESE OLD WORLD GESTURES LIGHTLY. FINE. SO... YES. GET THESE THINGS FOR US. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO COMPREHEND THEIR COMPLICATED SCHEMATICS. THAT IS FOR US TO DO."
    (Klein's dialogue, 8's dialogue and Dala's dialogue)
  3. Stealth Suit Mk II: "Test data processed... Firmware updated to version 1.2. Aural Subnet online."
    (Stealth Suit Mk II/Dialogue)
  4. X-13 Research Facility terminal entries#Mk II Torso Research
  5. X-13 Research Facility terminal entries#Test Area A - Review
  6. X-13 Research Facility terminal entries#Mk II Boot Research
  7. X-13 Research Facility terminal entries#Mk II Glove Research
  8. X-13 Research Facility terminal entries; security terminals, foyer terminal
  9. Fallout: New Vegas message box transcriptions: "You have obtained the Aural Stealth Suit! Not only can it be upgraded through testing in X-13, it also has Med-X and Stimpak reserves for all your pain-dampening needs! (Med-X and Stimpacks not included.)"
  10. Courier: "And the suit's a cardiac regulator, and the sonic frequency is a spinal vibrator?"
    Doctor Klein: "I'VE GOT IT. THE CARDIAC REGULATOR IN THE SUIT, THE ANTENNA FOR BRAINWAVES, AND THE SONIC FREQUENCY FOR THE VERTEBRAL NERVES..."
    Klein's dialogue)
  11. Courier: "The cardiac, spinal, and brainwave aspects of this tech... couldn't they heal me?"
    Doctor Klein: "[SUCCEEDED] HEAL YOU? WHAT, PUT YOU BACK TOGETHER LIKE SOME GIANT HARD-BOILED YUMYUM DEVILED EGG?"
    Klein's dialogue)
  12. Courier: "What is the purpose of the technologies?"
    Doctor Mobius: "The X-2 Antenna can be used to focus your alpha wave frequency thought patterns. The Sneaky Suit? Why, it houses a cardiac regulator. And the sonic soundwave projecto-emitter was never intended as a weapon. It was a medicinal vertebrae-pulse-de-sensitizer. In short: Brains, a heart, and courage... spine. I think there was a story once where a band of murderous thugs sought these things. They had them all the time in the story. Didn't stop them from murdering to get them, and it won't stop the Think Tank, either."
    (Mobius' dialogue)

Developer Statements

  1. Chris Avellone on Twitter: "It tries to make you emotionally AND physically co-dependent. It's not Veronica Belmont's fault. It's... just the suit. Really."