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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Best Armor Sets

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Seren Morgan-Roberts

This page offers a list of the 4 best armor sets found in Breath of the Wild. The armor sets listed below will offer different advantages, with some sets offering less armor but giving the player useful buffs.

Climbing Armor Set

Armor Piece Base Defense Location
Climber_bandanna_icon.png Climber’s Bandanna 3 Ree Dahee Shrine
Climbing_gear_icon.png Climbing Gear 3 Chaas Qeta Shrine
Climbing_boots_icon.png Climbing Boots 3 Tahno O’ah Shrine

This armor is unique because it offers increased speed during climbing. With the full set you’ll be able to scale huge mountains quickly and without taking up all your stamina. Whilst the base armor is a little low, you could easily swap into this armor before departing on a big climb or you can upgrade it to increase its defense. Upgrading the armor will also upgrade the climbing buff.

Climbing Armor Upgrades

The Armor can be upgraded by the Fairies at Great Fairy Fountains with the following materials and monster parts. Each part can be upgraded with the same amount of materials. The more Fairies you’ve found, the higher tiers you’ll be able unlock.

Tier Defense Required Materials
5 3 x Keese Wing, 3 x Rushroom
★★ 8 5 x Electric Keese Wing, 5 x Hightail Lizard
★★★ 12 5 x Ice Keese Wing, 10 x Hot-Footed Frog
★★★★ 20 5 x Fire Keese Wing, 15 x Swift Violet

Stealth Armor Set

Armor Piece Base Defense Location
Stealth_mask_icon.pngStealth Mask 2 Armor Shop in Kakariko Village - 500 Rupees
Stealth_chest_guard_icon.pngStealth Chest Guard 2 Armor Shop in Kakariko Village - 700 Rupees
Stealth_tights_icon.pngStealth Tights 2 Armor Shop in Kakariko Village - 600 Rupees

The Stealth Armor set is bought in the Armor Shop ‘Enchanted’, run by Claree in Kakariko Village. The armor offers increased stealth as well as increased speed at night. This is a great set for the stealthy player, but the set is the weakest enhanceable armor set so you’ll be sacrificing on defense stats. But that is quite typical for stealthy armor in RPGs anyway!

Stealth Armor Upgrades

The Armor can be upgraded by the Fairies at Great Fairy Fountains with the following materials and monster parts. Each part can be upgraded with the same amount of materials. The more Fairies you’ve found, the higher tiers you’ll be able unlock.

Tier Defense Required Materials
4 3 x Blue Nightshade
★★ 6 5 x Blue Nightshade, 5 x Sunset Firefly
★★★ 9 8 x Silent Shroom, 5 x Sneaky River Snail
★★★★ 16 10 x Stealthfin Trout, 5 x Silent Princess

Barbarian Armor Set

Armor Piece Base Defense Location
Barbarian_helm_icon.png Barbarian Helm 3 Tu Ka’loh Shrine
Barbarian_armor_icon.png Barbarian Armor 3 Dila Maag Shrine
Barbarian_leg_wraps_icon.png Barbarian Leg Wraps 3 Qaza Tokki Shrine

This armor set is for the players who value damage, since this set offers increased attack damage and reduced stamina on spin attacks. It also has a decent armor rating and can be found in Shrines meaning you won’t have to save up rupees if you’re looking to get good armor quickly.

Barbarian Armor Upgrades

The Armor can be upgraded by the Fairies at Great Fairy Fountains with the following materials and monster parts. Each part can be upgraded with the same amount of materials. The more Fairies you’ve found, the higher tiers you’ll be able unlock.

Tier Defense Required Materials
5 1 x Lynel Horn
★★ 8 3 x Lynel Horn, 2 x Lynel Hoof
★★★ 12 4 x Lynel Hoof, 1 x Lynel Guts
★★★★ 20 2 x Lynel Guts, 1 x Dragon Horn

Ancient Armor Set

Armor Piece Base Defense Location
Ancient_helm_icon.png Ancient Helm 4 Akkala Ancient Lab
Ancient_cuirass_icon.png Ancient Cuirass 4 Akkala Ancient Lab
Ancient_greaves_icon.png Ancient Greaves 4 Akkala Ancient Lab

This armor set, especially when fully upgraded, offers the highest defense stats out of all base game armor. It will also offer increased protection from Guardian-type enemies and when you upgrade the armor above ★★, you’ll earn the Ancient Proficiency buff, which increases damage with ancient weapons by 80%. However, each armor piece will set you back 2000 Rupees, 20 x Ancient Gear, 5 x Ancient Shaft and 3 x Ancient Core.

Ancient Armor Upgrades

Tier Defense Required Materials
7 5 x Ancient Screw, 5 x Ancient Spring
★★ 12 15 x Ancient Spring, 10 x Ancient Gear
★★★ 18 15 x Ancient Shaft, 5 x Ancient Core
★★★★ 28 2 x Giant Ancient Core, 1 x Star Fragment

Honorable Mentions

Champion’s Tunic

Armor Piece Base Defense Location
Champion_tunic_icon.png Champion’s Tunic 8 Given by Impa in Kakariko Village after one of Link’s memories is recovered.

The iconic Champion’s Tunic is not a part of a set therefore it doesn’t give any set bonuses, but that doesn’t mean that the tunic on its own isn’t great! It offers high defense, especially after being upgraded, and it also offers the unique bonus of displaying the HP of enemies when worn.

Champion’s Tunic Upgrade

Tier Defense Required Materials
8 3 x Silent Princess
★★ 14 3 x Silent Princess, 2 x Shard of Farosh’s Horn
★★★ 22 3 x Silent Princess, 2 x Shard of Naydra’s Horn
★★★★ 32 10 x Silent Princess, 2 x Shard of Dinraal’s Horn

Thunder Helm

Armor Piece Base Defense Location
BotW_Thunder_Helm.png Thunder Helm 3 Reward for completing The Thunder Helm

The Thunder Helm is gifted to you when you defeat the Divine Beast Vah Naboris and then complete the quest The Thunder Helm, which requires that you help all the inhabitants of Gerudo. The Helm is a unique head piece that offers immunity to lightning. The downside to it is that it cannot be upgraded.

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  • Publisher
    Nintendo
  • Platforms
    Switch, Wii U
  • Genre
    Action Adventure
  • Guide Release
    6 April 2018
  • Last Updated
    17 September 2021
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  • Guide Author
    Cassie Sun

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