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How to get the Snowquill Armor in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

Put a hole in your wallet for a cold resistance perk

Link stands in a house wearing the Snowquill Armor, which is made of fluffy down and warm layers, in Tears of the Kingdom. Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

The Snowquill Armor makes exploring The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom’s frigid northern regions safer and easier, and unlike with some armor sets, you can even find every piece in the same place. The problem is that you have to pay for it. The Snowquill Armor is expensive, especially early in the game.

Snowquill Armor location

All three pieces of Snowquill armor are available for purchase from the general store in Rito Village. Rito Village is situated between Tabantha Frontier and the Hebra region, and it’s where Tears of the Kingdom encourages you to go first.

A map shows the location of the Rito Village shop that sells the Snowquill Armor in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom. Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

You can use the Gatakis Shrine as a fast travel point to return quickly. However, the armor’s price is prohibitively expensive, even more so if you do visit Rito Village first.

Here’s what you can expect to pay in total:

  • Snowquill Tunic – 500 Rupees
  • Snowquill Headdress – 650 Rupees
  • Snowquill Trousers – 1,000 Rupees
Link stares at the Snowquill Armor in Rito Village Armor Shop in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom. Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

Yes, that’s a grand total of 2,150 Rupees. Each piece grants +3 defense as a base and grants you cold resistance, reducing the damage you take when the weather drops.

The full set keeps you warm in the coldest areas — essential for exploring Hebra — and it also makes you unfreezable, when upgraded. That’s a pretty useful perk in this part of Hyrule, and if you want that for yourself, we have some tips for making a lot of money fast.

Can you get Snowquill Armor without paying for it?

Sorry, the only way to get the Snowquill Armor is purchasing it at the Rito store. Unlike some other special armor sets, you can’t find it in the sky or by completing challenges in the Depths.

If you don’t want to shell out, there are other ways to survive the cold while keeping your wallet intact, though. Our guide on gaining cold resistance — which covers the recipes and other armor pieces that prevent you from taking damage in inclement weather — can show you how to explore Hebra without taking damage from the environment.

Snowquill armor upgrade costs, set bonus, and effect

As mentioned above, the Snowquill Armor gives you stacking cold resistance for each piece you have equipped. When each piece is upgraded to two-star or higher and equipped, you’ll also become unfreezable, which is nice for fighting ice enemies.

To upgrade the Snowquill Armor, head over to a Great Fairy Fountain with the following:

  • 1-star (5 defense): 3 Red Chuchu jelly, 10 rupees
  • 2-star (8 defense): 5 Red Chuchu jelly, 3 warm safflina, 50 rupees
  • 3-star (12 defense): 5 Fire Keese wings, 3 Fire-Breath Lizalfos tails, 5 sunshrooms, 200 rupees
  • 4-star (20 defense): 5 Fire-Breath Lizalfos horns, 10 Fire-Breath Lizalfos tails, 5 rubies, 500 rupees

To upgrade everything to the max, you’ll need 24 Red Chuchu jelly, 15 Fire KEese Wings, 33 Fire-Breath Lizalfos tails, 15 Fire-Breath Lizalfos horns, 9 warm safflina, 15 sunshrooms, 15 rubies, and 2,280 rupees.

Once you’ve found all splurged (or decided not to splurge) on all three pieces of the Snowquill Armor, consult our list of all armor sets and set bonuses to see what to find next, or check out our recommendations for the best armor.

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