ByAshley Washington, writer at Creators.co
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Ashley Washington

There's a lot to love about Horizon Zero Dawn. Its vibrant (and very real) universe is teeming with all kinds of wildlife, both human and machine. One of the most incredible parts of the games is its detailed system of outfits and armor.

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A Guide To The Best Outfits In 'Horizon Zero Dawn'

Outfits are available for purchase when you visit merchants but they will require a combination of shards (in-game currency) and crafting items to complete the purchase.

The rarity of the outfits is based on the availability of the required crafting item. Light, medium and heavy variations have "uncommon", "rare" and "very rare" ratings respectively.

Nora Outfits

  • Nora Brave Outfit
[Credit: Sony Interactive Entertainment]
[Credit: Sony Interactive Entertainment]

Description: This outfit is given to you for free and is upgradeable.

Modification Slots: 1

Effects: Dependent upon modifications

  • Nora Lookout Outfit
'Horizon Zero Dawn' [Credit: Sony Interactive Entertainment]
'Horizon Zero Dawn' [Credit: Sony Interactive Entertainment]

Description: This outfit is an exclusive Collector's Edition pre-order bonus item. It comes with the Nora Machine Trapper Pack and the Nora Longshot Bow.

Effects: 40 Stealth

  • Nora Protector (Light/Medium/Heavy)
[Credit: Sony Interactive Entertainment]
[Credit: Sony Interactive Entertainment]

Description: A Nora brave’s armor, reinforced for the front of the War Party. The metal casing breastplate protects against melee attacks.

Modification Slots: 1/1/2

Where to buy?

  • Light - Hunting Goods Merchant (Cost: 65x Metal Shards, 5x Sparker)
  • Medium - Speak to Merchant near Main Embrace Gate after Corruptor battle (Cost: 190x Metal Shards, 1x Grazer Lens)
  • Heavy - Speak to Merchant near Main Embrace Gate after Corruptor battle (Cost: 1000x Metal Shards, 1x Shell-Walker Heart)

Effects: 10/20/30 Melee Defense

  • Nora Survivor (Light/Medium/Heavy)
[Credit: Sony Interactive Entertainment]
[Credit: Sony Interactive Entertainment]

Description: Rigged for endurance and protection against all the elements, this armor is well-tested against the extremes of the Sacred Land.

Modification Slots: 1/1/2

Where to buy?

  • Light - Hunting Goods Merchant (Cost: 45x Metal Shards, 5x Wire)
  • Medium - Speak to Merchant near Main Embrace Gate after Corruptor battle (Cost: 185x Metal Shards, 1x Broadhead Lens)
  • Heavy - Speak to Merchant near Main Embrace Gate after Corruptor battle (Cost: 900x Metal Shards, 2x Watcher Heart, 40x Blaze)

Effects: 5/10/15 Shock, Freeze, Burn and Corruption Defense

  • Nora Silent Hunter (Light/Medium/Heavy)
[Credit: Sony Interactive Entertainment]
[Credit: Sony Interactive Entertainment]

Description: Stitched for stealth, this makes the wearer harder to see and hear.

Modification Slots: 1/1/2

Where to buy?

  • Light - Hunting Goods Merchant (Cost: 50x Metal Shards, 3x Blaze)
  • Medium - Hunting Goods Merchant (Cost: 200x Metal Shards, 2x Watcher Lens)
  • Heavy - Speak to Merchant near Main Embrace Gate after Corruptor battle (Cost: 800x Metal Shards, 1x Bellowback Heart)

Effects: 25/40/50 Stealth


Banuk Outfits

  • Banuk Trailblazer Outfit
[Credit: Sony Interactive Entertainment]
[Credit: Sony Interactive Entertainment]

Description: This outfit is an exclusive Collector's Edition bonus item.

Effects: 5 Shock, Freeze, Burn and Corruption Resistance

  • Banuk Sickness Eater (Light/Medium/Heavy)
[Credit: Sony Interactive Entertainment]
[Credit: Sony Interactive Entertainment]

Description: Bound with cables and cloth steeped in ancient machine oils, this Banuk shaman’s outfit protects from Corruption damage.

Modification Slots: 0/1/2

Where to buy?

  • Light - Hunting Goods Merchant (Cost: 60x Metal Shards, 2x Fatty Meat)
  • Medium - Speak to Merchant near Main Embrace Gate after Corruptor battle (Cost: 150x Metal Shards, 1x Scrapper Lens)
  • Heavy - Speak to Merchant near Main Embrace Gate after Corruptor battle (Cost: 760x Metal Shards, 1x Grazer Heart)

Effects: 30/30/50 Corruption Defense

  • Banuk Ice Hunter (Light/Medium/Heavy)
[Credit: Sony Interactive Entertainment]
[Credit: Sony Interactive Entertainment]

Description: Cured hide and fur interwoven with machine plates protect the wearer from Freeze damage. Typical wear for the unforgiving north.

Modification Slots: 0/1/2

Where to buy?

  • Light - Hunting Goods Merchant (Cost: 40x Metal Shards, 1x Metalburn)
  • Medium - Speak to Merchant near Main Embrace Gate after Corruptor battle (Cost: 150x Metal Shards, 1x Shell-Walker Lens)
  • Heavy - Speak to Merchant near Main Embrace Gate after Corruptor battle (Cost: 800x Metal Shards, 1x Strider Heart, 20x Metal Vessel)

Effects: 30/30/50 Freeze Defense


Carja Outfits

  • Carja Storm Ranger Outfit
[Credit: Sony Interactive Entertainment]
[Credit: Sony Interactive Entertainment]

Description: This outfit is an exclusive Collector's Edition bonus item.

Effects: 10 Projection Resistance, 10 Melee Resistance, 6 Burn Resistance

  • Carja Blazon (Light/Medium/Heavy)
[Credit: Sony Interactive Entertainment]
[Credit: Sony Interactive Entertainment]

Description: The showy armor of Carja nobles and Hunters Lodge elites. Leather strips cured in plant oil protect from fire damage.

Modification Slots: 0/1/2

Where to buy?

  • Light - Daytower Merchant (Cost: 65x Metal Shards, 10x Sparker)
  • Medium - Daytower Merchant (Cost: 220x Metal Shards, 1x Glinthawk Lens)
  • Heavy - Daytower Merchant (Cost: 780x Metal Shards, 1x Charger Heart)

Effects: 30/30/50

  • Carja Silks (Light/Medium/Heavy)
[Credit: Sony Interactive Entertainment]
[Credit: Sony Interactive Entertainment]

Description: Made from Meridian's finest silks, leathers and machine parts, this outfit offers little protection but is highly customizable.

Modification Slots: 1/2/3

Where to buy?

  • Light - Daytower Merchant (Cost: 35x Metal Shards, 6x Blaze)
  • Medium - Daytower Merchant (Cost: 220x Metal Shards, 1x Glinthawk Lens)
  • Heavy - Daytower Merchant (Cost: 770x Metal Shards, 1x Longleg Heart)

Effects: Dependent upon modifications.


Oseram Outfits

  • Oseram Sparkworker (Light/Medium/Heavy)
[Credit: Sony Interactive Entertainment]
[Credit: Sony Interactive Entertainment]

Description: The wire-threaded leather apron and guards of this outfit protect the wearer against Shock—a frequent hazard in the workshop.

Modification Slots: 0/1/2

Where to buy?

  • Light: Daytower Merchant (Cost: 50x Metal Shards, 1x Slagshine Glass)
  • Medium: Daytower Merchant (Cost: 230x Metal Shards, 1x Lancehorn Lens)
  • Heavy: Daytower Merchant (Cost: 800x Metal Shards, 1x Luminous Braiding)

Effects: 30/30/50 Shock Resistance

  • Oseram Arrow Breaker (Light/Medium/Heavy)
[Credit: Sony Interactive Entertainment]
[Credit: Sony Interactive Entertainment]

Description: Studded leather and hammered steel protect the wearer from projectile attacks. No true Oseram pulls out the arrowheads.

Modification Slots: 1/1/2

Where to buy?

  • Light - Daytower Merchant (Cost: 70x Metal Shards, 2x Desert Glass)
  • Medium - Daytower Merchant (Cost: 280x Metal Shards, 1x Ravager Lens)
  • Heavy - Daytower Merchant (Cost: 1,100x Metal Shards, 1x Crystal Braiding)

Effects: 10/20/30 Projectile Resistance


Shadow Outfits

  • Shadow Stalwart (Light/Medium/Heavy)
[Credit: Sony Interactive Entertainment]
[Credit: Sony Interactive Entertainment]

Description: This Kestrel armor will make for a good disguise, and steels its wearer against blinding effects. Highly customizable.

Modification Slots: 1/2/3

Where to buy?

  • Light - Given to Aloy during the story by Sylens
  • Medium - Merchants in the West after receiving Light version (Cost: 230x Metal Shards, 1x Trampler Lens)
  • Heavy - Merchants in the West after receiving Light version (Cost: 680x Metal Shards, 1x Stalker Heart)

Effects: Defense against blindness and sonic damage.

Be sure to check back for information about the rest of the outfits!

Sources: (Game Riot, BeardBear)

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