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A Ninja’s Guide to Non-Strength Armour

Lightweight and used by silent killers, non-strength based armour is one of the first types players come across. While not as durable as strength based armour, it has been proven that with the right build, going the non-strength armour route can result in players being able to take more total damage in the earlier levels.

This is done by taking the points you would have normally put into Strength, and instead putting them into Endurance as it is a more versatile stat. With that being said, non-strength armour does eventually fall off.

If players are looking for a more versatile build that allows for easier stat allocation, they should build their characters around non-strength armour up until they are a higher level (Around level 120+, depending on your starting profession). By the time a player is a high enough level to support both endurance and strength, most mesh armours become obsolete due to there being almost no benefits to using one once you already have 100 strength.

Most non-strength of armours will have “Mesh” in their name.

Requirements

There are no requirements to use non-strength armour, however, if players decide to not put points into endurance, then their character will be extremely weak and can possibly die within one hit (Depending on the zombie).

Combat

A lot of players seem to underestimate the power of non-strength armour due to their low absorption and durability, however, this is easily fixed with using high Endurance (Which is easily possible due to not having a strength requirement). This results in players having higher base health and allows them to take much more damage than a player with a strength armour with no endurance would be able to take. For example, At 101 endurance or higher, even if your armour breaks, you will survive two hits from a Flesh Hound if you are at full health.

Putting points into endurance also allows you to sprint much longer due to it allowing you to store more energy, which makes it much easier to dodge and avoid damage in the first place, along with being able to traverse through the city or kiting bosses easier due to not having to manage energy as efficiently.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Advantages

  • No equip requirements.
  • Generally cheaper relative to the strength armour of the same tier.
  • Allows you to spend your stats elsewhere.
  • Can give you a generally higher number of hit points relative to reactive armours if you have max endurance on the mesh while having base endurance on the reactive.
  • Lower absorption allows the armour to last longer.

Disadvantages

  • Due to their low absorption percentages, players usually need to carry medical supplies with them, and carrying multiple sets of armour doesn’t work well as strength based armour.
  • You eventually have to max out endurance to use them optimally.
  • Only high-end sets of armour are good for backups, and they can be costly.
  • Having no strength means that you will be barred from using a good amount of weapons like heavy machine guns, and shotguns.

List of Non-Strength Armour

Sports Armour
Sports Armour
20 Durability
20% Damage Absorption
Repair by Engineer Level 5+
Available colors: Black, Blue, Brown, Green, Grey, Red, White, Yellow

Scrap Value: $1,050 ($ 2,100)
Enhance Price: $22,000
Made for minor protection from the hazards of athletics, such as stray baseballs. In a "normal" outbreak, these lightweight pieces of plastic would have sufficed - of course, this incarnation of the undead came with mutations that could easily crush tanks and pierce metal, so sporting armour proves to be next to useless against the N4 strains. With that said, it is still cheap and commonly available for those that are just getting used to swarms of zombies assaulting the outposts.


Zylon Vest
Zylon Vest
40 Durability
25% Damage Absorption
Repair by Engineer Level 15+
Available colors: Blue, Green, Red, White, Yellow

Price:The amount of credits required to purchase the item in the Credit Shop, if available. The value in brackets, if added, is the discounted price for Gold Members. 10 (8) Credit(s)
Scrap Value: $3,450 ($ 6,900)
Enhance Price: $42,000
Zylon, a thermoset synthetic polymer, is used in products that require high strength and good thermal stability. With that said, Zylon Meshes were proven to be somewhat unreliable due to the material's eventual degradation from age. Fairview's engineers remedied this by removing the sections of Zylon that were most exposed to wear and tear and replacing them with a specialized weave of Twaron, Dyneema, and several other ballistic UHMW polyethylene fabrics. More recently, the engineers also began adding Nomex fiber into the Zylon vests, in order to make them more flame-resistant for survivors who should encounter any Burning Zombies.


Kevlar Vest
Kevlar Vest
60 Durability
30% Damage Absorption
Repair by Engineer Level 15+
Available colors: Black, Blue, Brown, Green, Grey, Red, White, Yellow

Price:The amount of credits required to purchase the item in the Credit Shop, if available. The value in brackets, if added, is the discounted price for Gold Members. 20 (15) Credit(s)
Scrap Value: $3,450 ($ 6,900)
Enhance Price: $56,000
Kevlar Vests are a lightweight and durable type of body armour, due to Kevlar fibers having a very high tensile strength. As such, they provide excellent protection against projectiles. While being very much bulletproof, protection against the brute strength or claws of a zombie or even the melee weapons of fellow survivors is rather limited.


Mesh SLX
Mesh SLX
80 Durability
40% Damage Absorption
Repair by Engineer Level 35+
Available colors: Black, Blue, Brown, Green, Grey, Red, White, Yellow

Scrap Value: $19,450 ($ 38,900)
Enhance Price: $108,000
The Mesh SLX Vest provides more protection than any other previous ballistic vest could, and has twice the durability. It is also much lighter than a flak jacket, owing to the lightweight synthetic fibers that easily absorb and dispel kinetic impacts and a new type of ceramic alloy that surpasses ballistic plates by far. Further research proved that the SLX system is repairable, unlike most other ballistic vests - though it requires an experienced engineer to repair the complex web of fibers and plating.


Mesh RX-2
Mesh RX-2
100 Durability
45% Damage Absorption
Repair by Engineer Level 35+
Available colors: Black, Blue, Brown, Green, Grey, Red, White, Yellow

Price:The amount of credits required to purchase the item in the Credit Shop, if available. The value in brackets, if added, is the discounted price for Gold Members. 150 (100) Credit(s)
Scrap Value: $19,450 ($ 38,900)
Enhance Price: $128,000
An improvement to the Mesh SLX, the Mesh RX-2 affords its wearer more protection with a re-design of the fiber weave and a new chemical composition of the plates while still remaining lightweight so that anyone could wear it. Due to the high-quality materials used in its construction, only expert engineers are able to repair it.


Exterminator Mesh
Exterminator Mesh
120 Durability
50% Damage Absorption
Repair by Engineer Level 45+
Available colors: Black, Blue, Brown, Green, Grey, Red, White, Yellow

Scrap Value: $40,250 ($ 80,500)
Enhance Price: $148,000
Its sleek design and light weight makes this piece of mesh armour very attractive to survivors. The Exterminator Mesh is a heavily upgraded version of the Mesh SLX radically re-designed, allowing even the weakest survivor to wear it. Using synthetic fiber and highly refined polymers during the production, the engineers who created this armour have been credited with creating one of the best mesh systems available.


Exterminator Mesh GT
Exterminator Mesh GT
140 Durability
55% Damage Absorption
Repair by Engineer Level 45+
Available colors: Black, Blue, Brown, Green, Grey, Red, White, Yellow

Price:The amount of credits required to purchase the item in the Credit Shop, if available. The value in brackets, if added, is the discounted price for Gold Members. 250 (200) Credit(s)
Scrap Value: $40,250 ($ 80,500)
Enhance Price: $158,000
The same engineers who built the Exterminator Mesh overworked it once again and managed to build a slightly more expensive, but superior mesh by patching up the few existing weaknesses of the previous model-- partly by using only the newest materials, but mostly by treating it with a specialized formula of ballistics gel. This gel treatment (denoted by its suffix, GT) has drastically increased the durability and protective ability of the mesh. More effective yet similar in weight efficiency to the original, the GT version replaces several core metal parts with harder and lighter materials, creating a worthy improvement over the previous version.


Nomad Mesh
Nomad Mesh
180 Durability
60% Damage Absorption
Repair by Engineer Level 75+
Available colors: Black, Blue, Brown, Green, Grey, Red, White, Yellow

Price:The amount of credits required to purchase the item in the Credit Shop, if available. The value in brackets, if added, is the discounted price for Gold Members. 1,000 (800) Credit(s)
Scrap Value: $128,250 ($ 256,500)
Enhance Price: $178,000
This new variety of mesh has started seeing use primarily among those survivors who tend to be frequent travelers in the Inner City. Nomadic survivors favor this mesh over others for several reasons; It is made from lightweight materials, allowing for its user to fight and move quickly without trouble. Another is the armor's ability to carry many items and tools on the various patches of webbing and straps that cover the survivor. Being one of the newer variants of armor appearing on those around the city, it is rarely seen among the inhabitants of the outposts. Though it is relatively weak compared to other armors, its usefulness in the city cannot be denied.


Dusk Mesh (Unique)This item is unique and as such it can only be obtained in special ways and/or is non-transferable. For a full list of one-of-a-kind items, visit the Special Gear page.
Dusk Mesh
200 Durability
60% Damage Absorption
Repair by Engineer Level 45+
Non-Transferable
Available colors: Black, Blue, Brown, Green, Grey, Red, White, Yellow

Scrap Value: $40,250 ($ 80,500)
Enhance Price: $102,000
The Dusk Mesh is a rarely seen armour, made almost purely out of synthetic black fibers of an unknown yet lightweight material, which provides a lot of security while obstructing its user not much more than air itself. Being unavailable on the normal market, forbidden to trade or sell and even more of a status symbol than a highly valued piece of armour, the Dusk Mesh is sold only by AdminPwn himself to those who prove themselves worthy of being called true elite survivors.

This armour cannot be found in the city but is available in the Dusk Shop for $700,000.


Scavenger Mesh (Unique)This item is unique and as such it can only be obtained in special ways and/or is non-transferable. For a full list of one-of-a-kind items, visit the Special Gear page.
Scavenger Mesh
210 Durability
65% Damage Absorption
Repair by Engineer Level 75+
Available colors: Black, Blue, Brown, Green, Grey, Red, White, Yellow

Price:The amount of credits required to purchase the item in the Credit Shop, if available. The value in brackets, if added, is the discounted price for Gold Members. 2,000 (1,500) Credit(s)
Scrap Value: $128,250 ($ 256,500)
Enhance Price: $132,000
Engineers have designed this armor to meet the needs of looters and scavengers while out finding supplies in the city. Made from heavy, dense fabric and Kevlar bands instead of steel and metal components, it allows for free, unimpeded body movement--ideal for rummaging through wreckage and debris for anything useful, and for making quick escapes should any infected draw near. Being a relatively new armor among survivors, it is an uncommon sight among those who rarely stick around the outposts in the first place.

This armour could only be bought from the Credit Shop for 2,000 credits (1,500 for Gold Members). It was on sale from November 16th, 2013 until December 10th, 2013.


Shinobu Mesh
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260 Durability
70% Damage Absorption
Repair by Engineer Level 75+
Available colors: Black, Blue, Brown, Green, Grey, Red, White, Yellow

Price:The amount of credits required to purchase the item in the Credit Shop, if available. The value in brackets, if added, is the discounted price for Gold Members. 3,000 (2,500) Credit(s)
Scrap Value: $128,250 ($256,500)
Enhance Price: $200,000
Composed primarily of thick layers of lacquered leather in the ancient Japanese style, the Shinobu mesh has been reinforced with various materials cannibalized from the many light armoured vehicles scattered throughout Fairview. This gives it an amazing strength-to-weight ratio, making it suitable for survivors of small stature or otherwise unable to use the heavier armours found throughout the city. The only downside to this seemingly bizarre combination of materials is that it takes an engineer of exceedingly great skill to reassemble the complex linkages should the Shinobu become damaged.

Added November 6th, 2014.


X-Dusk Mesh (Unique)This item is unique and as such it can only be obtained in special ways and/or is non-transferable. For a full list of one-of-a-kind items, visit the Special Gear page.
X-Dusk Mesh
300 Durability
85% Damage Absorption
Repair by Engineer Level 75+
Non-Transferable

Scrap Value: $128,250 ($ 256,500)
Enhance Price: $220,000
The X-Dusk Mesh keeps the same classy visual aesthetic the original Dusk Mesh, but offers more durability and damage absorption as forging this piece over a great length of time has led to fewer imperfections within the material.

This armour cannot be found in the city but is available in the X-Dusk Shop for $3,500,000.
This Armor is skinned after the Exterminator Mesh series. Added October 8th, 2015.


Hazard Mesh (Unique)This item is unique and as such it can only be obtained in special ways and/or is non-transferable. For a full list of one-of-a-kind items, visit the Special Gear page.
Hazardmale zps5bf17f3e
350 Durability
80% Damage Absorption
Repair by Engineer Level 75+
Available colors: Black, Blue, Brown, Green, Grey, Red, White, Yellow

Price:The amount of credits required to purchase the item in the Credit Shop, if available. The value in brackets, if added, is the discounted price for Gold Members. 2,500 (2,100) Credit(s)
Scrap Value: $128,250 ($256,500)
Enhance Price: $152,000
The Hazard Mesh is a rubberised, steel plated suit used predominantly for the protection of Secronom scientists studying the effects of the N4 Virus. Speculation has it that each suit was equipped with a Narthecium to safely inject and withdraw fluids without compromising the wearer's safety. Recently, these meshes have been seen appearing among survivors who have discovered them in Secronom areas, though it is unclear how many of these functioning meshes are left in circulation.

This armour could only be bought from the Credit Shop for 2,500 credits (2,100 for Gold Members). It was on sale from April 16th, 2015 until May 10th, 2015.

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