Since the trend for Battle Royales started, game developers popularized mechanics that not only made players have to focus on their weapons and skills with them, but also additional survival elements came into play. With games such as PUBG and Escape From Tarkov, players now have to consider other factors, such as the protection they wear and their inventory.
Furthermore, in games like this, it is essential to be mindful of the armor the enemy might be wearing and the caliber to know if the player can deal enough damage.
For obvious reasons, Marauders is a tactical extraction shooter that has implemented mechanics like this, where players will have to find and grind for better pieces of armor that will allow them to get protected from higher calibers. Moreover, the game pushes players to obtain the best weapons in Marauders that can penetrate heavy armor or helmets an enemy could be wearing.
Overview of Marauders’ Basic Combat
Marauder’s combat can be compared to other extraction looters where skill and the gear the player uses are significant factors that contribute to whether a player will survive a mission or not. The game’s mechanics can be very daunting for some new players, especially those new to extraction shooter games like Hunt: Showdown.
For those players just getting started, we’ve created a useful beginner’s guide to Marauders combat to help get you started out on the right foot. For the purposes of this article, we will be digging very deeply into the armor and protection a player can bring to help them survive in Marauders combat. A player in this game must identify what armor and helmets will protect them against what kind of calibers and vice versa.
A player using a Leather Jerkin with an MP40 as their gun will have an awful time against a player wearing a Panzer Armour and a BAR rifle, as the player will the heavy armor will be able to tear their enemy apart. In contrast, the pirate with weak armor will have to put in a lot more bullets to do some damage.
Players will also have to carry healing items to replenish HP during or after a fight.
Ammo Type and Caliber Basics
The damage a pirate receives will vary depending on the ammo type, and caliber the player gets shot with based on their protective gear. Weak armor will barely protect the player from medium or heavy calibers. Because this is important, the player is always aware of his capabilities based on what armor and helmet they are wearing and what weapons he has equipped.
Armor in Marauders
The Armour in Marauders can vary depending on their protection level and hit points.
Players can wear vests or rights for damage resistance, depending on the caliber. Some armor can also provide the player with some inventory slots.
To wear armor, players must place it in the Armour Slot on the Gear Menu or by pressing TAB inside a match.
Weak Chest Protection
It offers almost no protection to any caliber.
- Pouch Rig – Level 5: Can be obtained in the Rustbucket
Require up to 4 to 5 body shots with a small to medium caliber to kill a player using this kind of armor.
Light Chest Protection
It can slightly protect players’ chests from small calibers.
- Leather Jerkin – Level 6: It can be crafted and found in raids
- M1-Flak Rig – Level 6: Only available through crafting
- M1 Flak Vest – Level 6: Can be purchased from the trader or found in raids
Require up to 5 to 6 body shots with a small to medium caliber to take out a player using this kind of armor. When you don’t want to really risk much, this is a great option. For instance, in an economy run where you are just trying to earn money and loot, this is a decent choice for armor that will not break the bank.
It will protect you against the most common enemies in Marauders, yet not the more elite NPCs nor more determined human players with high-caliber weapons. Thankfully, these are much rarer.
Sturdy Chest Armor in Marauders
Armor that can protect the player from light and medium calibers.
- M2 Flak Vest – Level 6: Can be purchased from the trader
- BA Flak Vest – Level 7: Can be found in raids at the Navy Outpost
- M3 Flak Vest – Level 7: Players can find it in raids
Require up to 6 to 7 body shots with a small to medium caliber to take out a player using this kind of armor. This armor provides decent protection for everyday runs. If you want to feel like you have decent chest armor and can freely engage many other human players, this is a good option to take. It’s not so expensive that losing it will be detrimental. Yet, it also will help you stay alive longer than man other options.
Heavy Chest Protection
This category can heavily protect the player from any caliber.
- Half Plate – Level 7: Players can find it in raids
- Full Plate – Level 8: Players can find it in raids
- Plate Rig – Level 8: It can be found in raids or crafted
- Panzer Armour – Level 9: Players can find it in raids
- Panzer Rig – Level 9: Players can find it in raids
- Full Pazner Armour – Level 10: Players can find it in raids and loot this armor from commandos in Marauders. You may also be able to find it in Vaults and other military loot locations. If you try this, though, you must be well prepared for the mission.
Heavy armor in marauders requires an average of 7 to 10 body shots with a small to medium caliber to eliminate a player using this kind of armor. That provides fairly strong protection and should be enough time to return fire, especially if you are being careful. If, however, you get ambushed, this much protection may still not be enough to save you.
Helmets go in the Helmet slot and provide damage resistance to the player’s head.
No Head Armor in Marauders
- SAS Beret – Level 3
- BA Beret – Level 3
- Commando Cap – Level 3
One shot to the head is enough with almost any caliber to take out a pirate wearing just a level 3 helmet. Not sure this head gear is even worth being called helmet armor in Marauders. It’s practically just cloth. There’s almost no reason to take it except for cosmetic improvements.
Weak Head Protection
- SAS Cloth Cap- Level 3: Players can purchase it from the trader
- Leather Cap – Level 4: Players can find it in raids
- Civilian Helmet – Level 5: Players can buy it from the trader
- Pirate Helmet – Level 5: It can get crafted
Requires an average of up to 1 to 2 headshots with a small caliber to kill a player using these helmets. This will help you stay alive a bit longer from stray bullets or lucky shots unless the enemy is sporting a high-caliber rifle. That being said, it’s still not great, and we recommend you find your way into at least light head armor as soon as possible when you may face any human opponents in Marauders.
Light Head Protection
- Hard Hat – Level 5: Players can find it in raids
- Brodie Helmet – Level 6: Players can purchase it from the trader
Requires up to two headshots with a small caliber to kill a player using these helmets.
Sturdy Head Armor in Marauders
- BA Helmet – Level 6: Players can find it in raids
- Light Stahlhelm – Level 6: Can be purchased from the trader or found in raids
- M1 Helmet – Level 6: It can get crafted
- Riot Helmet – Level 7: Players can find it in raids
- Security Helmet – Level 7: Players can find it in raids
- Stahlhelm – Level 7: Players can find it in raids
- PSH Helmet – Level 8: Players can find it in raids
Requires an average of up to 2 to 3 headshots with most calibers to eliminate a player using these sets of headgear. Helmets like the M1 helmet are our go-to set of Marauders head armor. It can keep you in the battle much longer than the previous lighter armor can, yet it’s still easy enough to find or craft such that losing it in combat isn’t too big of a deal.
Unless you need to feel like a bulwark and want to take heavy head protection, we feel this is a great option for most situations.
Heavy Head Protection
- Welding Mask – Level 7: Players can find it in raids
- Heavy Stahlhelm – Level 9: Players can find it in raids or found at C.E. Supply Drops
- M5 Helmet – Level 10: Players can find it in raids or craft it
Requires up to three headshots with a medium to heavy caliber to take out a player using these sets of head armor in Marauders. This is the best protection for your head that you can find. It’s fairly expensive or hard to find, yet it can really do wonders for those who want to be a tank in combat.
How To Repair Helmets and Armor in Marauders
Armor and Helmets can get damaged during a raid, and players can repair them on the main menu by right-clicking on the piece of gear and hitting repair.
Remember that the repair cost will vary depending on the gear level and damage. We recommend repairing only the armor and helmets in Marauders that you expect to keep long-term. We all know which guns and gear we want to prize and cherish and which are just thrown away for casual runs.
Summarizing Our Helmets and Armour Guide for Marauders
Hopefully, this guide will help you better understand how protection works in Marauders to prepare yourself for your next Raid. In short, there are many different types of armor and helmets in Marauders. They can be broadly classified into different classes offering increasing levels of protection. Yet, the most complete armor is also the rarest to find.
Because you can stand to lose everything by a few missteps, it may not always be in your best interest to take your top-tier armor and helmet with you into every mission. Sometimes it’s best to take a lower quality set with less expensive weapons in order to reduce your risk of losing everything if you are not sure of success.
For the time being, we hope this has helped clarify how to protect yourself in-game. Don’t forget to check our other guides for Marauders. In particular, we’ve prepared a high-quality guide to help teach you some great tips and tricks to surviving a breaching assault in Marauders.
Good Luck, Space Pirate!