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Ghost of Tsushima best armor: What Jin should wear to defeat the Mongols

Ghost of Tsushima best armour
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There are 11 different outfits Jin Sakai can wear, but what is the best Ghost of Tsushima armor? We've got a guide with four choices for the best armor in Ghost of Tsushima depending on the situation you're in, along with all 11 armor sets listed below. We've also got the details on how you get them, and the benefits they provide when fully upgraded. This Ghost of Tsushima best armor guide is your one-stop-shop for everything to do with armor in Ghost of Tsushima.

Best Ghost of Tsushima armor

Of course, depending on your playstyle, your mileage may vary with some of the Ghost of Tsushima armor. Every one has a different specialty, so we've aimed for choices that benefit different aspects of the game. Here are the four of the best Ghost of Tsushima armors, along with their stats when fully upgraded. Note that you can switch out between armor sets whenever you like in Ghost of Tsushima, so pick and choose depending on the situation you're in.

Sakai Clan Armor

Best armor for combat: Sakai Clan Armor

Ghost of Tsushima best armour: Sakai Clan Armour

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  • Major increase to melee damage
  • Massive increase to health
  • Increase the Standoff streak by two. Winning a Standoff has a 25% chance to Terrify nearby enemies.

How to get: Complete the main story tale "Ghosts from the Past" during Act 2.

Along with looking utterly badass when decked out in the all-black version of the Sakai Clan Armor, it's also the best to wear when you want to simply obliterate your enemies. If you upgrade the standoff ability to face three enemies, the final version of the Sakai Clan Armour increases that by another two, meaning you can take down five enemies at the start of each fight. Not to mention the huge buffs to both melee damage and health.

Ronin Attire

Best armor for stealth: Ronin Attire

Ghost of Tsushima best armour: Ronin Attire

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  • 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

How to get: Complete the main story tale "Blood on the Grass" in Act 1.

You may think the Ghost Armor is the optimal choice for stealth players and while it does offer slower enemy detection speed, it's much more of an all-round armor set. The Ronin Attire offers 30% increase to melee damage which means that even if you do get spotted, you can dispose of your enemies more effectively. Plus any areas with pampas grass mean you're essentially invisible even when leaving it.

Tadayori's Armor

Best armor for ranged: Tadayori's Armor

Ghost of Tsushima best armour: Tadayori's Armour

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  • Increases nocking and reload speeds by 30%
  • Increases total concentration time by two seconds
  • Headshots restore 50% of the concentration meter

How to get: Complete the "Legend of Tadayori" mythic tale in Act 1.

Get your bow and arrow out because with the Tadayori Armor, you're going to be a sharpshooter. These buffs all focus on ranged combat, allowing you to slow down time more frequently and for longer, along with faster reload speeds. Combine these with charms like the one that has a 40% chance to return an arrow after a headshot and you'll be unstoppable.

Traveller's Attire

Best armour for exploration: Traveller's Attire

Ghost of Tsushima best armour: Traveller's Attire

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  • Track Artefacts with the Guiding Wind
  • Travelling clears 30% more fog of war on the map
  • Controller will vibrate within 60m of an Artefact

How to get: Speak to the merchant by the side of the road near Hiyoshi Springs at the start of Act 1.

Want to reveal as much of the map as possible while hunting down collectibles? Stick the Traveller's Attire on, because you'll clear considerably more fog from the map and your controller will let you know whenever you're near a collectible. You can also use the Guiding Wind skills to search for specific things like Shinto Shrines or Fox Dens, perfect for completionists.

Fundoshi

Honourable mention: Fundoshi

Ghost of Tsushima best armour: Fundoshi

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  • Running and sprinting no longer create noise

How to get: Visit every Hot Spring on Tsushima Island.

"'A true samurai needs no clothes' - Jin Sakai after too much sake." That's actually what the flavor text for this cheeky outfit is, obtained by visiting every Hot Spring on Tsushima Island. It's not just for show though, because you can be a nimble ninja with no footstep sounds whatsoever, even when sprinting. Just don't get caught or you'll have some explaining to do.

Rest of the Ghost of Tsushima armor sets

Samurai Clan Armor

Samurai Clan Armor

Ghost of Tsushima best armour: Samurai Clan Armour

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  • Reduces all damage by a major amount
  • Massive increase to health
  • Taking damage grants 30% resolve

How to get: Speak to the armorer at the Golden Temple during the first part of Lady Masako's tale.

Gosaku's Armor

Gosaku's Armor

Ghost of Tsushima best armour: Gosaku's Armour

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  • Massive increase to health
  • Major increase to stagger damage
  • Killing a staggered enemy restores 20% health

How to get: Complete "The Unbreakable Gosaku" mythic tale during Act 2.

Kensei Armor

Kensei Armor

Ghost of Tsushima best armour: Kensei Armour

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  • 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

How to get: Complete the "Six Blades of Kojiro" mythic tale in Act 2.

Ghost Armor

Ghost Armor

Ghost of Tsushima best armour: Ghost Armour

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  • 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

How to get: Complete the "From the Darkness" main story tale at the end of Act 2.

Mongol Commander's Armor

Mongol Commander's Armor

Ghost of Tsushima best armour: Mongol Commander's Armour

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

How to get: Complete the "Fit for the Khan" tale in Act 3.

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