Fallout Vault Dweller Costume Guide

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Discover how to make the best Vault Dweller costume at home with our step-by-step guide. We have sourced the best Fallout accessories and items for you to easily create a personalized outfit for your next Halloween or Cosplay event.

Whether you want a Male or Female Vault Dweller costume, from Fallout 3, 4, New Vegas, or even Fallout 76, this is everything you need to know.

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Buy Vault Dweller costume items:

  1. Fallout 4 Vault Dweller outfit
  2. Tactical army boots
  3. Replica wearable PIPBOY 3000 (From Etsy)
  4. Cosplay ammo shoulder and waist belt
  5. Thigh holster
  6. Shoulder armor
  7. Single-shot toy rifle
  8. Western toy revolver
  9. Pre-war America patch
  10. California Republic patch
  11. Nuka-Cola caps

If you’re wondering how to make a Vault Dweller costume from Fallout 4 then look no further, we have everything you need.

The Vault Dweller costume (Vault 111) from miccocostumes is the best place to start. The outfit is exceptionally well reviewed on Amazon and comes with a lycra jacket and pants, alongside two faux leather wristguards. Some reviewers recommend ordering a size down if you want to recreate the same skintight look as the Vault Dweller outfits worn in the video games. Miccocostumes also offer an equally well-received female vault dweller costume too.

Next, you will want a pair of rugged-looking combat boots, suitable for harsh treks across the post-war American wasteland. There are many options out there but we recommend the tactical combat boots from Wideway. These boots are lightweight and breathable without sacrificing that apocalyptic survivor aesthetic.

The Pipboy

Of course, no Vault Dweller costume would be complete without one quintessential accessory: The Pipboy. Unfortunately, though official Pipboy replicas have been produced by Bethesda in the past, they are typically available in extremely limited runs (circa. 1500 units). This makes them costly and difficult to obtain collector items. So, instead, we turned to the talented creatives on Etsy to guide the way.

Again, there are many great options to choose from. However, we found the completed Pipboy kit from Dakiverse3DLAB to be one of the best-reviewed and reasonably priced. This set comes fully assembled with a customizable LED screen, depending on whether you are making a Vault Dweller costume from Fallout 3, 4, or New Vegas. Alternatively, the static screen can be removed entirely and replaced with your mobile phone.

If you prefer, you can also opt for a Raw DIY assembly kit. This would allow you to save some money, as well as put your own stamp on your Pipboy in regards to painting and finishing details.

Vault Dweller costume accessories

When it comes to finding quality accessories for your Fallout Vault Dweller cosplay, the sky is the limit. We have selected a few of our favorites here but it is really down to you how exactly you want to customize your costume.

One of our favorite accessories is the Survivors cosplay belt, complete with a body and belt utility strap. There are a total of four generous compartments for you to hold your ammunition (or Halloween treats in), as well as some mock .50 cal bullets. This piece looks fantastic when worn over a Vault Dweller boilersuit.

If that isn’t enough, we also recommend the genuine gun drop thigh holsters for your smaller ordinance. Because the wasteland is a dangerous place, you can never go wrong with a little extra protection. A leather single-shoulder piece of armor works great with the overall aesthetic while being lightweight and small enough to not overshadow the wider Vault Dweller costume.

As Fallout is a unique blend of futuristic and vintage weaponry, we have opted for two Western-era-inspired weapons for our Fallout cosplay: a toy engraved navy revolver and a single-shot Kentucky rifle.

To really make your Fallout costume feel authentic, we also found two game-inspired patches: a 1:1 replica of Fallout’s pre-war flag and a California Republic Flag from Fallout: New Vegas. One or both would look great sewed onto a Vault Dweller costume, though neither is a prerequisite.

Finally, because inflation has hit the value of Nuka Cola bottle caps like everything else, you are going to need a good amount of money. 50 authentic Nuka Cola caps should still be enough for a Vault Dweller to buy an irradiated beverage or two this Halloween.

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