The I3a Tactical Heavy Armor reduces all damage taken by 20%. It is always active as long as you have it in your inventory. It is the first item unlocked, at level 2.
- Increases the resilience of any marine who elects to wear it
- Passive effect that requires no management
- Does no damage
Wearing additional layered graphene armor plates improves resistance to all forms of damage.
- Heavy Armor can help characters with low health, such as Medics and Techs, who already have enough to manage, want to avoid on-use items, and could use some extra survivability.
- It's also a decent choice for a character on point, who's bound to bear the brunt of the enemy's attacks.
- It has great synergy with Sarge's health bonus.