There are many suits of armor in Horizon Zero Dawn. As you progress through the game, you’ll tend to look for the best ones to suit your needs. Each tribe has its own kind of outfit, meant for different approaches to hunting and survival. Combined with the many tiers and rarieties, choosing which one to get can be hard. In this guide, we’re going to show you the best armor in Horizon Zero Dawn, how to get it, its look and stats.
UltraWeave Armor – Shield-Weaver Outfit
Shield-Weaver armor is arguably the best protective outfit in the game. What sets it apart from the others is a rechargeable force field. It absorbs all incoming damage before it gets overloaded. You’ll need to give it some time to recharge, but once it’s full again, you’re golden. It also has a unique glow which makes it stand out from the others, a remnant of the high-tech past. You can get it by collecting the five power cells and completing the Ancient Armory quest.
Shadow Stalward Heavy
This is probably one of the last armor sets you’ll unlock. It’s a Kestrel armor which protects against blinding and sonic attacks, like the ones the bird-bots have. It has three modification slots, so you can fine tune it however you want. You’ll need to set aside 680 metal shards and a stalker heart if you want it.
Nora Silent Hunter Heavy armor
As the name implies, this outfit was made for sneaking. It gives +50 stealth, making Alloy harder to hear or see. It comes with two modification slots. You can buy it from most merchants for 800 metal shards and a bellowback heart.
Nora Survivor Heavy armor
The survivor outfit offers decent protection against all elements. It doesn’t excell in any one, but you won’t be left wanting in most situations. It gives +15 to frost, fire, electric and corruption protection, and comes with two modification slots. You can buy it from most vendors. It costs 900 metal shards, 2 watcher hearts and 40 blaze.
Nora Protector Heavy outfit
This one is made for the Nora warriors. It has steel plate enhancements, which help it withstand physical damage. It offers +30 melee protection, and can be upgraded with a couple of mods. You can buy it for 1000 metal shards and a shell-walker heart.
Banuk Sickness Eater Heavy armor
The Banuk shaman outfit looks amazing – it comes with a robot skull helmet. It provides a lot of resistance to corruption, so it’s great for clearing out corrupted zones. It can be upgraded with two modifications, furthering its capacity to save your hide. It starts off with +50 corruption protection. You can purchase it for 760 metal shards and a grazer heart.
Banuk Ice Hunter Heavy armor
Proving the Banuk are masters of fashion once again, the ice hunter garb looks great. A lot of turquoise cloth, steel shoulder plates and a great headband/helmet make it a great choice for anyone wishing to stand out from the crowd. It grants +50 frost protection, and has two modification slots. You can buy it for 800 metal shards, a strider heart and 20 metal vessels.
Carja Silks Heavy
There’s not much here in terms of protection, but what it does offer is customization options. It comes with three modifications slots, letting you tailor it specifically for your needs. It looks sofisticated, with a golden sash, turquoise blazer and shiny steel plates. You can buy it for 770 metal shards and a longleg heart.
Carja Blazon Heavy
The blazon is said to be the outfit of nobles and elite hunters. It looks pretty nice, but makes no sense whatsoever, leaving an open abdomen. It does provide +50 fire protection, so it’s not too bad. You can install two mods on it, and it costs 780 metal shards and a charger heart.
Oseram Sparkworker Heavy
This one doesn’t look like much – it’s a welder’s apron, basically, all brown with a lot of padding. On the other hand, it’s a great choice if you’re going for a blue collar look. It offers +50 electric protection, and can be modified twice. You can buy it from traders for 800 metal shards and 2 luminous braiding.
Oseram Arrow Breaker Heavy
Studded leather and a bunch of padding make this armor great against projectiles, but a ridiculous hat takes away from the overall look. It gives +30 ranged defense and can be ehnanced twice. It costs 1100 metal shards and a crystal braiding.