Horizon Zero Dawn Best Armor - How to get Rare Outfits

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.

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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.

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Best armor in Horizon Zero Dawn

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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  1. E

    I’m hoping future dlc lets us use the grat armour

  2. J

    is there only one set(look) of armor that the stealth armor weave can be applied to? I have many outfits but the only one that takes is a crappy looking outfit and jingles the whole time while running.its dumb…..why not be able to apply shield weave to all?

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