Decking out Jin in a slick set of Samurai armour or a ninja’s gi will add a lot of style to your Mongol slaying. But besides being fashionable in feudal Japan, the best armour in Ghost of Tsushima provides special bonuses too. From increased damage and defence to improving Jin’s stealth abilities, selecting your armour based on your next opponent will go a long way to turning the tide of battle.
But which is the best armour in Ghost of Tsushima? Let’s find out!👇
Best Armour Ghost of Tsushima
If you’re going to stand any chance of fending off the Mongols in Ghost of Tsushima, kitting yourself out with armour is essential. With each set of armour packing various bonuses, we have rounded up the top 6 armour sets in Ghost of Tsushima for every type of encounter in both the early and late game.
How To Unlock: Defeat Kashira and his men on Iki Island.
The Sarugami Set is the best armour in Ghost of Tsushima overall. But there’s a catch, you’re going to need to know the art of perfect parrying Mongols. A Sarugami is a monkey demon, and while wearing this possessed armour, Jin is too reckless to perform standard parries. Instead, your perfect parries will be upgraded into double (and later triple) attacks.
For the dextrous gamer, this is the most powerful armour in all of Tsushima. Plus, even if you are unskilled in the way of the parry, you can also upgrade the set to improve both parrying and dodging timing windows to cut you some slack.
Sarugami Armour Perks:
Regular Parry is disabled
Perfect Parry becomes a chain of 2 attacks
Perfect Dodge also damages nearby enemies.
All Resolve gains are increased.
Perfect Parry and Perfect Dodge windows are increased.
The Sarugami set is found on Iki Island, at the end of the Legend of Black Hand Riku. The mythic tale is started after Iki Island’s main tale, A Raider’s Return, and begins at Fune’s Refuge. Talk with the man there, find Minato, duel the cruel Black Hand Riku, and defeat Kashira and his men to claim the Sarugami armour set.
Best Early Game Armour Set
How To Unlock: Complete the ‘Blood on the Grass’ storyline quest
The Ronin attire armour set is not much to write home about. However, at the start of Ghost of Tsushima, this armour set will save your butt in more ways than one. Strap on this outfit before any stealth mission and conquer.
As an ideal selection for sneaking into locations that have been overtaken by the Mongols, enemies will have a much harder time detecting Jin. This will definitely be needed as you get to grips with the game mechanics of Ghost of Tsushima and there’s a healthy melee damage boost with the Ronin armour too.
Ronin Attire Perks:
Jin is more difficult to detect.
Slight melee damage boost.
The Ronin attire armour set is unlockable by completing the ‘Blood on the Grass’ main storyline quest. At the end of the quest, Ryuzo will give you the Ronin Attire armour in preparation to raid a Mongol base. This will be your first real challenging encounter with a Mongol base so be ready.
Mongol Commander Armour
Best Armour For Stealth
How To Unlock: Complete the ‘Fit for the Khan’ side tale
Has Jin betrayed the island and joined the Mongols? No, but he has forgone his honour to disguise himself from the Mongols. With their commander’s armour on, the Mongols will detect you much slower– even if you’re suspiciously sneaking around the camp– and you can explore Tsushima without fear of ambush.
Besides that, there’s a major health and defence boost too.
Mongol Commander Armour Perks:
A huge bonus to the health bar.
Increased stealth ability.
To find the armour of the Mongol commander, follow the main story until its third act. Here, you will find the side tale ‘Fit for the Khan’ will be available at Jogaku Temple in Kamiagata. Speak to the apprentice, liberate two pieces from nearby Mongol camps, find the remaining pieces in captured villages, and the apprentice will reward you with the Mongol Commander set.
The Ghost Armour
Most Realistic Armour Set
How To Unlock: Complete Act 2 (From The Darkness mission)
Though the other Ghost of Tsushima armour sets on this list are impressive and fearsome, the Ghost armour set is what Jin would really wear while fighting tooth and nail to take back Tsushima. I mean, look at it. It just screams Samurai hero.
Adding some cool perks to Jin’s mythic status as a one-man army, the Ghost armour set will provide you with reduced enemy detection and a 15% chance to terrify nearby enemies. You will need this to stop enemies from attacking simultaneously.
Ghost Armour Perks:
Reduces enemy detection speed by up to 50%
Reduces the number of kills needed to enter the Ghost Stance by 1
Kills have a 15% chance to terrify a nearby enemy.
To unlock the Ghost Armour Set, simply complete the ‘From The Darkness’ main storyline mission in Act 2 and the armour will be added to your inventory. The stealth perks will be useful while you sneak into a Mongol camp to poison their supplies, and the tale ends with a boss battle, so be prepared.
Best For Health Regeneration
How To Unlock: Complete Unbreakable Gosaku tale.
To earn the Gosaku Armour, a glorious set of Shogun attire, you will need to channel the spirit of the dead samurai Gosaku and save six villages from ruin. The mythical tale, Unbreakable Gosaku, begins in act two at Akashima Village, Toyotama.
Long ago, bandits terrorised these villages, and a farmer used the armour to save each one. Now, each village holds a key to the locked armour, and for clearing out the Mongols, they will give each key to you.
The 6 keys for Gosaku armour can be found here:
Key 1 – Liberate Koshimizu Farmstead.
Key 2 – Liberate Iijima Farmstead.
Key 3 – Liberate Kuta Farmstead.
Key 4 – Liberate the Aoi Village.
Key 5 – Liberate the Ohama Farmstead.
Key 6 – Liberate the Yagata Farmstead.
So is Gosaku’s armour worth the sword-swinging? Just look at it, it’s easily the most ornate armour set in the game, and the perks are a great help in battle.
When wearing the Gosaku Armour in Ghost of Tsushima, you will earn a slight health boost and increased stagger damage. In addition, when you kill a staggered enemy, you will gain 10% health back. It’s not a stealth set, but if you’re going loud, then you will be a formidable force.
The Sakai Clan Armour
Most Balanced Armour Perks
How To Unlock: Complete the ‘Ghosts from the Past’ main storyline quest.
Unlike the Ghost armour set, Jin’s family heirloom is designed for the battlefield. The Sakai Clan armour boosts melee damage, health, and your standoff skill. Plus, when it’s upgraded to rank three, it looks legendary.
The most balanced armour set in Ghost of Tsushima by a long distance.
Sakai Clan Armour Perks:
Increase to melee damage (Massive at level 5)
Increase to Health (Colossal at level 5)
Increases Standoff Streak by 1.
Winning standoffs has a chance to terrify nearby enemies.
The Sakai Clan armour set can be unlocked midway through the storyline in act two during a quest called Ghosts from the Past. During this quest, you will return home to Omi Village, and visit your father’s grave. Afterwards, three ronin will challenge Jin and he can put his father’s armour to the test– The quest really adds sentimental value to the armour, and it’s worth wearing for that reason alone.
How To Upgrade Armour In Ghost of Tsushima?
Once you have decided upon which is the best armour in Ghost of Tsushima, upgrading this armour will add devastating bonuses for Jin to put to use. To upgrade your armour in Ghost of Tsushima, you will first need to collect crafting materials from Mongol campsites and throughout the world. Then, visit an armourer at a local village and start upgrading.
To upgrade armour in Ghost of Tsushima, follow these 3 simple steps:
Step 2: Visit an armourer at the nearest town or village
Step 3: Interact with the armourer to upgrade your armour.
While you might be tempted to sell spare materials at a merchant, I would recommend keeping hold of as much as possible as each armour set requires different materials to upgrade with. The last thing you want to do is sell the materials you need later!
Besides the broken armour, there are no truly useless or ugly armour sets in Ghost of Tsushima– even the naked Fundoshi set is great for stealth. And the sets are all so cool that you might just spend more time collecting them than following the main quest. Beyond that, you can dye your favourites gold or crimson, or a purple named Monkey’s Eye so that you can slay Mongols and look great while doing it.
What’s your favourite armour in Ghost of Tsushima?
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Questions about the Ghost of Tsushima Armour? No sweat! Here are the most commonly asked questions we receive about armour, dyes and upgrades.
How to get armour dyes Ghost of Tsushima?
To get more armour dyes in Ghost of Tsushima, purchase them from any merchant found throughout Tsushima. You will need to collect flowers that can be found growing all over the island as this is the currency for purchasing dyes. Using the guiding wind will help you to find flowers.
How to get Kensei armour in Ghost of Tsushima?
To unlock the Kensei armour in Ghost of Tsushima, you will need to clear the ‘Six blades of Kojiro Mythic’ tale which is unlocked after completing ‘A New Horizon’ during the main storyline. Once you have cleared the ‘Six Blased of Kojiro Mythic’ tale, the Kensei armour will be available.
How to get God of War armour in Ghost of Tsushima?
To unlock the God of War armour in Ghost of Tsushima, you will need to complete the riddle at the Shrine of Ash on Iki Island. This shrine can be found in the western portion of Iki Island and once the riddle is complete, the God of War armour will be available.
How to get Bloodborne armour in Ghost of Tsushima?
To unlock the Bloodborne armour in Ghost of Tsushima, you will need to complete the puzzle at the Blood-Stained Shrine. This Shrine can be found at Gonoura Cape on the west side of Iki Island. As soon as the puzzle has been solved, the Bloodborne armour will become available.
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