As enticing as it is to play through “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” with Link wearing almost nothing, you’ll quickly find that enemies can kill you much more easily this way. Just like in other video games, armor is pretty helpful. A Bokoblin’s club won’t hurt as much if you’re protected by Hyrule’s finest steel plates.
So where can you get the best armor in “Breath of the Wild”? That’s a complicated question, as different high-end armor sets provide different bonuses. In practice, you’re going to switch to different outfits based on different situations instead of relying on one set for everything.
Here are a few of the best armor sets you should have in your inventory: the best I’ve found in “Breath of the Wild,” where to get them and when they should be equipped.
Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s best armor: Hylian set
The Hylian hood, tunic and trousers can be acquired very early in the game, from the clothing shops in Kakariko and Hateno Villages. Aside from looking pretty cool, they’re pretty easy to upgrade at Great Fairy Fountains and they provide decent armor for general combat situations. After you upgrade each piece of the set a couple of times, they offer a total of 28 armor, which got me through Hyrule Castle and the final boss fights with little trouble.
Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s best armor: Climbing set
If you’ve found yourself frustrated by the game’s slow, stamina-draining climbing, this is the set for you. Collecting all three pieces of the set will make Link climb incredibly fast and use less stamina in the process. It’s pretty invaluable for exploration.
VG247 has a helpful guide to finding the three pieces of the set, which are all in different shrines in the eastern portion of the map. You’ll need to brave the snowy peaks of Mount Lanayru to get two of them, so bring cold-resistance gear, food or elixirs for your journey. The only downside is that the set makes Link look like one of those jerks who do slacklining in the park.
Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s best armor: Snowquill gear for cold resistance
The best outfit for cold resistance is the Snowquill get-up that you can buy in Rito Village, located in the northwest section of the map. Simply put, you can survive in the game’s coldest environments by equipping this outfit. It’ll cost you a combined 2,150 rupees, which isn’t all that much money if you’ve done a dungeon or two before heading up there.
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