Body Armor encompasses any material that can be added to a soldier's uniform that provides extra protection against certain weapons. Though body armor can increase a soldier's durability, the extra weight can limit mobility and increase fatigue.
Battlefield 2142 allows all players to equip heavy body armor, which decreases a soldier's sprint capacity. Using heavy body armor causes the soldier to take less damage to the body and limbs. The player model also reflects the change, which allows observant enemies to determine if they need to spend extra effort in assailing the player.
The Zeller-H Advanced Sniper Rifle in particular can kill a soldier in one shot to any part of the body, unless he is wearing heavy armor.
Battlefield: Bad Company 2Edit
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Ceramic Body Armor is a specialization featured in Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and is unlocked at rank 14. Increasing health by 25 points, it protects players from what would be a fatal hits from weapons. However, it won't protect players from Knife strikes.
In Hardcore, it is much less effective due to the player's health already being 60 by default, and the fact that weapons remain unchanged in the mode, leading to only a slight increase of 15 health points rather than 25.
ARMOR is a specialization in Battlefield 4 and is the first specialization of the Defensive upgrade path. While not actually increasing a player's health, it does reduce any incoming damage taken to the torso area by 10%.
After the 2014-09-30 patch most of the automatic weapons had a damage nerf making the defensive perk less effective against these guns. Only sniper rifles and the Phantom with broadhead arrow will require one extra shot to the chest to kill an armored player. As of the 2014-01-30 patch, handguns now generally inflict enough damage to not require an extra chest hit.
As this is the first specialization available to new players, it is one of the most common specs carried.
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The Armored Insert is a gadget available in Battlefield Hardline for the Mechanic. It functions similarly to the ARMOR specialization in Battlefield 4, allowing to the player to take half as much damage from bullets to the torso. Unlike its predecessor, however, it is equipped as a gadget instead of functioning as a specialization, forcing the user to sacrifice another gadget for the extra armor.
- In Battlefield: Bad Company 2: Vietnam, this specialization is not displayed in the Weapons & Gadgets menu that displays all available specializations, but may still be used in the game.
- The Armored Insert in Battlefield Hardline was originally exclusive to the Enforcer class but this was later changed to become available to all classes. Since the game became less vehicle-focused than past installments, the Armored Insert was later made exclusive to the Mechanic class.