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Crimson Dragoons are China's elite troops and played a major role in defending Chinese territory in the Anchorage Reclamation. According to rumor, they begin military training from birth. They use the Hēi Guǐ stealth armor, an armor that cloaks their movement and makes them nearly invisible. Favoring swords instead of firearms, the using their stealth capability coupled with their armor to go undetected and kill their target rapidly and discretely.
Interactions with the player character
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- Although somewhat difficult, it is possible to Reverse Pickpocket their assault rifles, pistols, and even their stealth suits. This is done by knocking him over with a critical hit from the Gauss rifle (preferably by targeting their current weapon in VATS as to not accidentally kill them in the process) then replacing their ammo and weapon or giving them armor with higher DR. The pistol is perhaps the easiest to acquire as they never use it. It's also worth noting that although their armor can be taken it lacks the stealth field of the wasteland variant, there by making it's value questionable. It still retains the other effects such as high item HP and bonuses to sneak however. It is also possible to glitch these items (as with others) outside the simulation using the Gary 23 glitch.
|Chinese stealth armor|
|Chinese officer's sword|
Chinese assault rifle
Drops on death
* When their bodies are searched via the console, Crimson Dragoons yield Brotherhood of Steel holotags.
- Crimson Dragoons level with the player and are generally on par with a Brotherhood of Steel knight or paladin in terms of skill and durability. Their cloaking-field generating stealth armor allows them to pose a unique threat. With a few exceptions, most Crimson Dragoons will idle in sneak mode until the player passes them, making them very difficult to detect at a glance. Once the player's back is turned, they will attack.
- Even if the player spots one before they get ready to attack, V.A.T.S. is completely useless, because as long as they remain in stealth, all parts of the body show 0%, meaning the only way to attack them while in stealth is to fire the gun without V.A.T.S.
- Crimson Dragoons armed with Chinese officer's swords have enhanced speed, and move significantly faster than normal human non-player characters, most likely due to their unique training.
- The Crimson Dragoons will never use their Chinese pistol against you.
Behind the scenes
- Historically, a dragoon is a type of infantry trained to fight on foot as well as on horseback, but eventually came to refer to a kind of medium cavalry. In modern parlance, the term is usually applied to armored regiments.
- Sometimes when using V.A.T.S on the Crimson Dragoons while they are in stealth mode you may not be able to exit V.A.T.S in addition to the fact that you can not attack, leaving you stuck there. (on the PC version this can be solved using the killall console command.)
- Crimson Dragoons armed with assault rifles do not level properly and are extremely weak compared to the ones armed with swords, or Chinese Snipers. It is unclear whether this is deliberate, or due to an error in their non-player character data.
- There is a chance that after killing a Crimson Dragoon, his corpse will not disappear. The corpse cannot be looted, and any allies will continue shooting at the corpse as if it were still alive. (This has happened on the PC version, with the Bloody Mess perk, but it is unsure whether the bug was caused by Bloody Mess.)