Horizon Zero Dawn Armor Guide

Your choice of Armor in Horizon Zero Dawn might mean the difference between life and death when facing an especially tough enemy. In this guide, we will help you outfit Aloy with the best armor possible for any given situation, or just help you collect all the armor available in game.

Apart from this, these armor sets have the built-in defense against certain damage types. For instance, Nora Protector Outfit increases physical damage defense by +30. Due to this, I recommend collecting all these armor sets and using them in appropriate situations.

For more help on Horizon Zero Dawn, read out our Cauldron Dungeons Guide, Freeze Trial Guide, and Fish Bone and Skin Farming Guide.

Horizon Zero Dawn Armor

Shadow Stalward Heavy
This Kestrel armor provides excellent defense against blinding and sonic attacks. It has three modification slots and requires 680 Metal Shards along with a Stalker Heart.

Nora Silent Hunter Heavy Armor
This is one of the best armors in the game if you prefer stealth above anything else. When equipped, this armor should grant additional +50 stealth which is huge. It has two modification slots and requires 800 Metal Shards along with a Bellowback Heart.

Nora Survivor Heavy Armor
This armor basically increases your resistance against all the elemental damage types by +15. It has two modification slots and requires 900 Metal Shards along with two Watcher Hearts and 40 Blaze.

Nora Protector Heavy Outfit
This armor basically increases your defense against physical damage by +30. Unlike Nora Survivor Heavy Armor, there are no resistances against elemental damage types. It has two modification slots and requires 1,000 Metal Shards along with a Shell-Walker Heart.

Banuk Sickness Eater Heavy Armor
This is one of the best armors in the game when it comes to resistance against corruption. It has two modification slots and requires 760 Metal Shards along with a Grazer Heart. As for resistance against corruption, it provides +50 corruption resistance.

Banuk Ice Hunter Heavy Armor
As the name suggests, this is one of the best armors in the game for defense against Frost elemental damage, thanks to its +50 Frost resistance. It has two modification slots and requires 800 Metal Shards along with a Strider Heart and 20 Metal Vessels.

Carja Silks Heavy Armor
There isn’t a lot of unique features in this armor except its three modification slots which allow you to customize it according to your needs. It requires 770 Metal Shards along with a Longleg Heart.

Carja Blazon Heavy Armor
As the name suggests, this is one of the best armors in the game for defense against Burn elemental damage, thanks to its +50 Burn resistance. It has two modification slots and requires 780 Metal Shards along with a Charger Heart.

Oseram Sparkworker Heavy Armor
This is one of the best armors in the game when it comes to resistance against Electric elemental damage. It has two modification slots and requires 800 Metal Shards along with two Luminous Braiding. As for resistance against electric elemental damage, it increases it by +50.

Oseram Arrow Breaker Heavy Armor
As the name suggests, this armor increases defense against ranged attacked by +30. It has two modification slots and requires 1,100 Metal Shards along with a Crystal Braiding.

Shield-Weaver Outfit
This is easily one of the best armor in Horizon Zero Dawn which makes you immune to all damage for a short duration of time. The armor has a strong energy shield which absorbs all the incoming damage for a short duration of time. The armor needs a little recharging time but it’s nothing when compared to its benefits.

In order to get the Shield-Weaver Outfit, you need to find 5 Power Cells and complete a quest called the Ancient Armory. You can find all the 5 Power Cells using our Power Cells Locations Guide and complete the quest using our Side Quests Guide.

Banuk Trailblazer (Only available in Pre Order/Complete Edition)
This armor outfit is rare and provides resistance to fire, freeze, shock and corruption damage. It has 2 modifications slots to further upgrade it.

Carja Storm Ranger (Only available in Pre Order/Complete Edition)
This armor was initially obtainable only by pre-ordering the game or buying a digital deluxe DLC pack, but later released as part of the Complete Edition.

Nora Brave
This outfit is the standard outfit at the start of the game. It does not have any special benefits and has only 1 upgrade slot. It is obtained during ‘Mother’s Heart’ quest.

Nora Lookout (Pre Order bonus)
Nora Lookout is a rare outfit which was only obtainable by pre ordering the game. It boosts stealth stat and has 1 modification slot.

Outcast
The outcast outfit is the default outfit in which Aloy starts the game. It has no bonuses and modification slots.

Undergarments (Quest specific only)
Undergarments Outfit is occasionally worn during mandatory segments of the Main Quest. While in her undergarments, Aloy cannot access her weapons, inventory, or Focus.

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