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Ghost of Tsushima armor guide

Find and learn the effects of each piece of armor

Ghost of Tsushima’s main character draws his sword Image: Sucker Punch Productions/Sony Interactive Entertainment via Polygon

In Ghost of Tsushima, Jin can find and equip several armor sets. Each outfit offers different bonuses, like increasing his melee damage, decreasing the damage he takes, and even making him a better archer.

In Polygon’s Ghost of Tsushima armor guide, we’ll show you where to find all 11 armor sets and explain what each set does and when you’ll want to equip them.

[Warning: This guide contains potential spoilers for Ghost of Tsushima, because some armor sets only appear late in the game and mention secret abilities.]


Table of contents


Broken Armor

The Broken Armor Jin starts the game in
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Where do you get it?

After the game’s opening battle, Jin wakes up in this armor. You can’t miss it.

What does it do for you?

The Broken Armor offers no bonuses and is purely cosmetic.


Samurai Clan Armor

The fully upgraded Samurai Clan Armor
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Where do you get it?

You’ll get the Samurai Clan Armor during the main story mission “The Tale of Lady Masako” in Act 1.

What does it do for you?

The Samurai Clan Armor is designed for fighting because it reduces damage and increases health. It also offers the following effects at max level:

  • Reduces all damage by a Major amount
  • Massive increase to health
  • Taking damage grants 30% Resolve

Traveler’s Attire

The fully upgraded Traveler’s Attire
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Where do you get it?

You’ll pick up the Traveler’s Attire from the first merchant you speak to, early in Act 1.

What does it do for you?

The Traveler’s Attire doesn’t offer any combat bonuses. Instead, its traits help you clear the fog of war and reveal more of the map and find collectibles. It offers the following effects at max level:

  • Track Artifacts with the Guiding Wind
  • Traveling clears 30% more fog of war on the map
  • Controller will vibrate when within 60m of an Artifact

Tadayori’s Armor

The fully upgraded Tadayori’s Armor
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Where do you get it?

You get Tadayori’s armor from “The Legend of Tadayori Mythic Tale” in Act 1.

What does it do for you?

Tadayori’s Armor is best for bow users, because it increases Jin’s nocking and reload speed, increases Concentration, and offers the following effects at max level:

  • Increases nocking and reload speed by 30%
  • Increases total Concentration time by 2 seconds
  • Headshots restore 50% of the Concentration meter

Ronin Attire

The fully upgraded Ronin Attire
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Where do you get it?

You’ll get the Ronin Armor during the “Blood on the Grass” mission near the start of Act 1.

What does it do for you?

The Ronin Attire is an all-purpose armor set for damage and stealth, sacrificing defense. Think of it as Jin’s stealth armor. It offers the following effects at max level:

  • Reduces enemy detection speed by 20%
  • 30% increase to Melee damage
  • After leaving pampas grass while crouched, enemies will be significantly slower to detect you

Gosaku’s Armor

The fully upgraded Gosaku’s Armor
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Where do you get it?

You’ll earn Gosaku’s Armor by completing “The Unbreakable Gosaku Mythic Tale” in Act 2.

What does it do for you?

Gosaku’s Armor is great for fighting large groups of tough enemies because of its bonuses to health and the Stagger Damage that Jin inflicts. It offers the following effects at max level:

  • Massive increase to health
  • Major increase to Stagger Damage
  • Killing a Staggered enemy restores 20% of health

Sakai Clan Armor

The fully upgraded Sakai Clan Armor
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Where do you get it?

You’ll pick up the Sakai Clan Armor during the “Ghosts from the Past” story mission in Act 2.

What does it do for you?

The Sakai Clan Armor offers both offensive and defensive traits for melee battles, and its upgrades increase the number of enemies that Jin can kill during Standoffs. It offers the following effects at max level:

  • Major increase to Melee damage
  • Massive increase to health
  • Increase the Standoff Streak by 2. Winning a Standoff has a 25% chance to Terrify nearby enemies.

Kensei Armor

The fully upgraded Kensei armor
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Where do you get it?

You’ll get the Kensei Armor when you complete “The Six Blades of Kojiro Mythic Tale” in Act 2.

What does it do for you?

The Kensei Armor is best for Ghost Weapon users, and it offers the following effects at max level:

  • 30% increase to Resolve gains
  • Ghost Weapons deal 30% more damage
  • Striking an enemy with a Ghost Weapon causes that enemy to deal 50% less damage and receive 50% more damage

Ghost Armor

The fully upgraded Ghost Armor, using a red tint you get for finishing the game
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Where do you get it?

You’ll get the Ghost Armor during the “From the Darkness” story mission in Act 2.

What does it do for you?

The Ghost Armor is all about stealth and terrifying enemies. It offers the following effects at max level:

  • Reduces enemy detection speed by 40%
  • Reduces the number of kills needed to enter the Ghost Stance by 2
  • Kills have a 30% chance to Terrify a nearby enemy

Mongol Commander’s Armor

The Mongol Commander’s Armor comes fully upgraded
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Where do you get it?

You’ll get the Mongol Commander’s Armor from the “Fit for a Khan” side quest in Act 3.

What does it do for you?

The Mongol Commander’s Armor is best for defensive players, and it offers the following effects at max level:

  • Major increase to health
  • Reduces all damage by a Major amount
  • Disguises you while out of combat, massively reducing Mongol detection speed

Fundoshi

Is this armor?
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Where do you get it?

You’ll automatically unlock the Fundoshi after visiting all 18 Hot Springs in Ghost of Tsushima.

What does it do for you?

The Fundoshi offers only one bonus effect:

  • Running and sprinting no longer create noise

Outside of the Fundoshi, all of these armor sets come from a single mission or source.