If you've spent any significant amount of time playing Horizon Zero Dawn, then you will be familiar with the various types of outfits and armor you can get in the game. They're very important, if not equally as important, as the weapons.
It's hard to fight against a group of machines with a weapon when your body isn't being protected from the stray attacks. The great thing about the armor in the game is there are different varieties depending on what you're fighting against, the conditions, and if you prefer melee attacks or stealth. We're taking a look at the ten best outfits in the game.
10 Banuk Ice Hunter
The Banuk Ice Hunter outfits were created and perfected by the Banuk tribe. It's best to wear this style when you need resistance to freeze damage from machines that are most prone to issuing projectile freeze attacks such as Freeze Bellowbacks, Frostclaws, Snapmaws, and Glinthawks.
They can be obtained in light, medium, or heavy in the main game and an additional master version of the outfit becomes available in the DLC. It's made from cured hide and fur woven together around various machine plates. Appearance-wise, the heavy variety looks the coolest with the horned headpiece being a special attribute.
9 Banuk Sickness Eater
The Banuk Sickness Eater outfits are another Banuk specialty. They are a little bit similar in appearance to the Banuk Ice Hunter outfits, particularly in the headpiece variety. But they are more modeled after the Banuk Shaman clothing choice. The cloth is steeped in machine oils to help protect the wearer against Corruption.
You'll need one in the main game as you will frequently come up against corrupted machines, especially when you want to go clear out Corruption Zones. The varieties for this outfit include the standard light, medium, and heavy. In New Game+ mode there is also an adept version. Each upgrade has more modification slots than the one preceding it to make it even stronger.
8 Banuk Werak
You'll be able to get the Banuk Werak outfit in the Frozen Wilds DLC. The initial version of the outfit is the runner, but you can also unlock the werak chieftain costume. This is fitting since there is a pivotal question in the DLC where Aloy actually does become a werak chieftain for a while.
It's fun to wear the costume during that period to truly immerse yourself in the role! Like other Banuk armor, this one has been treated with special oils. The chieftain outfit even helps you recover your health over a period of time. There is also an adept version in the New Game+ which has an extra modification slot on it.
7 Carja Blazon
Let's be honest, some of the armor in Horizon Zero Dawn isn't all that aesthetically pleasing. The Carja Blazon outfits are some of the most fashionable and pleasing to look at in the game. They're definitely a fan favorite as many of the edits you'll see of Aloy in the fandom and online are of her wearing this outfit or one of its varieties. The heavy version is most popular with the master version coming in after.
You won't be able to get the master one until you reach the cut and begin the DLC. You'll then have to trade a certain amount of Bluegleam to get it from a merchant. However, it will protect you against fire damage.
6 Nora Protector
The Nora outfits in the game are the ones available to you the earliest. You will probably be able to get an upgraded version of the Nora protector fairly early on. It comes in light, medium, and heavy. But when you start the New Game+ the heavy version is replaced with the adept version, which has an extra modification slot.
This armor is best at protecting Aloy from melee damage. It has metal attributes to help protect her from brunt force attacks. Early on in the game when you're facing a lot of Striders and Watchers, this is good armor to wear for when you are swarmed or fighting in close quarters.
5 Nora Silent Hunter
Another outfit that you'll be able to get early on in the game is the Nora Silent Hunter outfit which, as usual, comes in light, medium, heavy, and then the best version, master, in the DLC. There is also an adept version in New Game+. The Nora Silent Hunter is an excellent addition to the game if you are a fan of stealth hunting and kills.
It will help you run and hide without being detected by nearby machines. The stronger version of this armor you have the more silent you can be, especially when coupled with some of the stealth skills.
4 Oseram Arrow Breaker
For as hardcore as the Oseram is, you can anticipate that their armor is going to be particularly heavy and reinforced. Their armor is best to wear for when you're fighting against any machines with strong projectile attacks, as it will be a great asset in protecting Aloy against anything that comes from a long-range.
The Oseram is known for being brutal, tough, warrior fighters. They don't remove arrowheads from their armor as a way to show the fight they've gone through and won. Obviously, in-game, that won't occur but you can tell by how the armor appears, it looks incredibly sturdy.
3 Oseram Sparkworker
The Oseram Sparkworker outfit is designed to make you look like you're a member of the Oseram tribe, perhaps the right-hand woman of Petra Forgewoman herself! The outfit is especially good to wear while you're facing off against Shell-Walkers and Stormbirds because of their penchant towards using shock-heavy attacks.
The Sparkworker armor will keep you protected by shock attacks and damage inflicted. The outfit can also be helpful to wear when yielding the Stormslinger, although there are better outfits to wear in that case. Oseram Sparkworker is made with hard leather to protect Aloy.
2 Shadow Stalwart
This is another one of the appealing outfits in the game. Wearing it actually makes Aloy look a bit like a superhero or a masked vigilante. It is Kestrel armor so she can blend in at the Shadow Carja base of Sunfall during a section of the main game.
But the armor is more than just for aesthetics, it makes Aloy immune to certain status effects too. It comes in the same varieties as other outfits in the game and it is very customizable and can be modified. It will defend you against sonic effects which is helpful against machines such as the Watchers.
The Shield-Weaver armor is easily the best in the entire game. You won't be able to get it until close to the end of the main game due to the fact it is the reward for a pretty long and involved side quest.
You'll have to find five Power Cells which are spread out across the entire land and are only available in specific areas that will be found as you progress through the main storyline.
However, the Shield-Weaver armor makes Aloy virtually invincible. It essentially covers her health bar up and even if you are attacked, the armor recharges to keep you protected. Wearing it her only weakness is the Control Towers in the DLC which will lessen its power until you destroy them.