What's the highest possible amount of free Carry Capacity?



  • This question occurred to me while researching an answer for this one:

    What's more efficient: lightened armor or pocketed armor?

    Obviously, for a given piece of armor, Deep Pocketed will give you the best gain - net or otherwise - in free Carry Capacity. But now I'm curious to know what's possible at the extreme end of the Sole Survivor's pack mule capabilities, and how that can be achieved.

    Here, I'm looking to solely address what's achievable on a (mostly) permanent basis. Temporary effects from drugs or food don't count here. Boosts from gear or mods only count as long as the equipment is permanently available to the player after it is acquired. (I haven't finished the game yet, so I don't know if there's any equipment relevant to this discussion that isn't.)

    Answers also need to account for the reduction in available Carry Capacity that is incurred from the weight of anything being used to boost the overall cap.



  • Below you'll find the best I've come up with. All the armor is from the basic tier. Heavier armors weigh more.

    Base Capacity
    150 lbs

    11 Strength
    +110 lbs

    Strong Back Perk Rank 2
    +50 lbs

    Lone Wanderer Perk Rank 2
    +100 lbs

    Army Fatigues
    Weighs 3 lbs, +1 to STR, for +7 to capacity

    Baseball Uniform or Dirty Army Fatigues would work just as well.

    Fortifying Synth Helmet
    Weighs 3 lbs, +1 to STR, for +7 to capacity

    Fortifying is a legendary effect that gives +1 to STR and END. SE user MeesterTeem reports having found exactly this helmet.

    Fortifying Deep-Pocketed Leather Chest
    Weighs 5.5 lbs, +1 to STR, +20 Capacity, for +24.5 to capacity

    Fortifying Deep-Pocketed Leather Left Arm
    Weighs 2.2 lbs, +1 to STR, +10 Capacity, for +17.8 to capacity

    Deep-Pocketed Combat Armor limbs also weigh only 2.2 lbs, and would work just as well.

    Fortifying Deep-Pocketed Leather Right Arm
    Weighs 2.2 lbs, +1 to STR, +10 Capacity, for +17.8 to capacity

    Fortifying Deep-Pocketed Leather Left Leg
    Weighs 4.2 lbs, +1 to STR, +10 Capacity, for +15.8 to capacity

    Fortifying Deep-Pocketed Leather Right Leg
    Weighs 2.2 lbs, +1 to STR, +10 Capacity, for +17.8 to capacity

    150 + 110 + 50 + 100 + 7 + 7 + 24.5 + 3(17.5) + 15.8 = 516.8 lbs


    Notes

    I got all my information for this answer from Nukapedia. The information there isn't complete, but I'm assuming patterns hold. I updated the answer with new information at a later date, and the capacity changed by 0.2 lbs.

    I'm not considering any kind of cheating or exploits, like using the You're Special book more than once. If you want to cheat, just use the console. According to the Carry Weight page on Nukapedia:

    Using the console command "player.modav" carry weight can be increased to a max of 20,106 lbs.

    Nukapedia lists legs as weighing the same, but I've found that one of the leather legs weighs 4 lbs, and the other 2 lbs. I think it was the left one that weighed more? Gotta check that.


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