How to Get and Use Armor in Zelda: BOTW

Get the maximum benefits from your outfits

As any Legend of Zelda player knows, it's dangerous to go alone through Hyrule. You need to protect yourself with armor, masks, and other items. In Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild armor—and matching armor sets—can provide all kinds of special effects and bonuses to help you survive challenges.

Screenshot of the classic armor in Zelda: BOTW
The classic Zelda outfit.

How to Get and Use Armor in Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Pieces of armor are found all throughout Hyrule in Zelda: Breath of the Wild. You can buy some armor pieces in shops in villages. Other armor is discovered in Shrines. Some of the coolest armors are rewards for completing adventures within the main story quest or for finishing side quests. Basically, it pays to be curious: Open chests when you find them, go into stores, do side quests, and you'll find great armor sets.

Once you've got a piece of armor in your inventory, put it on by selecting it, pressing A, and then selecting Equip and pressing A again.

Each individual piece of armor delivers specific kinds of protection. When you wear all three pieces of an armor set in BOTW, though, you'll get a special bonus. This isn't true of every armor set—check the tables later in this article for full details—but it's a good idea to wear the full armor set. That way, you get all the benefits of each individual piece and an extra upgraded skill or protection.

Screenshot of the Radiant Armor in Zelda: BOTW
Radiant Armor makes you invisible to skeletons.

How to Get Armor Upgrades in Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Each piece of armor offers unique protection and effects. You can enhance the power and effectiveness of the protection and effects by upgrading your armor. Each piece of armor in BOTW is upgraded using different ingredients, so it pays to collect as many monster parts, precious stones, Guardian parts, and animals as you can.

Screenshot of the Desert Doe Armor in Zelda: BOTW
The Desert Voe Armor set helps in hot temperatures.

To upgrade your armor, go to a Fairy Fountain. You can find the Fairy Fountains here:

Fairy Name  Fairy Fountain Location  
Great Fairy Cotera  On the hill above Kakariko Village, past the Tal'noh Naeg Shrine 
Great Fairy Mija In the forest northeast Akkala Tower, past Lake Akkala
Great Fairy Kayasa Near a lake on a plateau near Tabantha Tower
Great Fairy Tera  Under a large skeleton in the Gerudo Desert, southwest of Dragon’s Exile 

At first, the fairies are sleeping and you need rupees to wake them. It costs more to wake each successive fairy (100 rupees at first and up to 10,000 rupees for the final one), so save your cash.

Fairies take your current armor and the items in your inventory to upgrade your armor sets to be even more effective. When you have awoken one fairy, you can upgrade armor by one level. With two fairies awake, you can upgrade armor two levels, and so on.

Screenshot of the Barbarian Armor in Zelda: BOTW
The Barbarian Armor set increases attack.

An Overview of All Armor Sets in Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Ready to start hunting for the armor set you need for that tough fight or tricky mission? Here's all the available armor in Zelda: BOTW, what it does, and where to find it.

Screenshot of the Ancient Armor in Zelda: BOTW
The Ancient Armor set provides protection against Guardians.

Armor Sets

These are the main armor sets available in BOTW. Some of them you buy, some you earn in side quests and on missions, some you find.

Armor Set Name Armor Pieces  Location  Effects Full Set Bonus
Ancient  Helm

Cuirass

Greaves 
Akkala Ancient Tech Lab  Guardian Resistance Ancient Proficiency
Armor of the Wild Cap

Tunic

Trousers
A Gift from the Monks side quest Master Sword Beam Up
Barbarian Helm

Armor

Leg Wraps
Tu Ka'loh Shrine

Dila Maag Shrine

Qaza Tokki Shrine
Attack Up Charge Attack Stamina Up
Dark Hood

Tunic

Trousers
Kilton's Monster Shop Night Speed Up
Desert Voe Headband

Spaulder

Trousers
Gerudo Secret Club; Rhondson's Shop; Tarrey Town Heat Resistance Shock Resistance
Flamebreaker Helm

Armor

Boots
Goron City Flame Guard Fireproof
Gerudo Veil

Top

Sirwal
Forbidden City Entry main quest Heat Resistance
Hylian Hood

Tunic

Trousers
Hateno Village
Radiant Mask

Shirt

Tights
Gerudo Secret Club Stal Lure Disguise
Bone Attack Up
Rubber Helm

Armor

Tights
Thunder Magnet side quest

Toh Yahsa Shrine

Qukah Nata Shrine
Shock Resistance Unshockable
Snowquil Headdress

Tunic

Trousers
Rito Village Cold Resistance Unfreezable
Soldier Helm

Armor

Greaves
Hateno Village
Stealth Mask

Chest Guard

Tights
Kakariko Village Stealth Up Night Speed Up
Worn Old Shirt

Well-Worn Trousers
Shrine of Resurrection
Zora  Helm

Armor

Greaves
Toto Lake

Divine Beast Vah Ruta

Lynel Safari side quest
Swim Speed Up; Swim Up Waterfalls Swim Dash Stamina Up
Screenshot of the Soldier's Armor in Zelda: BOTW
Soldier's Armor provides a lot of protection for tough enemies.

Amiibo Armor

These armor sets are only available when you buy the related Amiibo and use it with your Switch.

 Armor Set Name Armor Pieces Location Effects Full Set Bonus
Hero Cap

Tunic

Trousers
Unlocked by matching Amiibo Master Sword Beam Up
Sheik's Mask mask only Unlocked by matching Amiibo Stealth Up
Time Cap

Tunic

Trousers
Unlocked by matching Amiibo Master Sword Beam Up
Twilight Cap

Tunic

Trousers
Unlocked by matching Amiibo Master Sword Beam Up
Van Medoh Divine Helm helm only Unlocked by Rito Champion Revali Amiibo Cold Resistance
Van Naboris Divine Helm helm only Unlocked by Gerudo Champion Urbosa Amiibo Electric Resistance
Van Rudania Divine Helm helm only Unlocked by Goron Champion Daruk Amiibo Flame Resistance
Van Ruta Divine Helm helm only Unlocked by Zora Champion Mipha Amiibo Swim Speed up
Wind  Cap

Tunic

Trousers
Unlocked by matching Amiibo Master Sword Beam Up
Screenshot of the Zora's Armor in Zelda: BOTW
Swim up waterfalls wearing Zora's Armor.

Other Armors, Jewelry, and Masks

This grab bag of Zelda: Breath of the Wild armor, masks, and jewelry can be found or purchased in the game, while some pieces are only available when you purchase the DLC expansion packs (which we recommend. They're fun!).

Item Name Set Pieces  Location Effect Full Set Bonus
Amber Earrings earrings only Gerudo Town Heat Resistance
Bokoblin Mask mask only Kilton's Monster Shop Hide from Bokoblins
Champion's Tunic tunic only Captured Memories main quest See Enemy Health
Diamond Circlet circlet only Gerudo Town; Tu Ka'loh Shrine Guardian Resistance
Island Lobster Shirt shirt only The Champions' Ballad DLC, near Cora Lake Heat Resistance
Korok Mask mask only The Master Trials DLC; follow the torches in the Lost Woods Detects Koroks
Lizalfos Mask mask only Kilton's Monster Shop Hide from Lizalfos
Lynel Mask mask only Kilton's Monster Shop Hide from Lynel
Majora's Mask The Master Trials DLC, Ancient Mask side quest Hide from enemies
Midna's Helmet helmet only The Master Trials DLC, Twilight Relic side quest Guardian Resistance
Moblin Mask mask only Kilton's Monster Shop Hide from Moblins
Opal Earrings earrings only Gerudo Town Swim Speed Up
Phantom Helmet

Armor

Greaves
The Master Trials DLC, as part of the Phantasma side quest Attack Power Up
Ravio's Hood hood only The Champions' Ballad DLC, at the Spring of Courage Climb Speed Up
Royal Guard Cap

Uniform

Boots
The Master Trials DLC, as part of the Royal Guard Rumors side quest Charge Attack Stamina Up
Ruby Circlet circlet only Gerudo Town Cold Resistance
Salvager Headwear

Vest

Trousers
The Master Trials DLC, as part of the Xenoblase Chronicles 2 side quest Swim Dash Speed Up
Sand Boots boots only The Eight Heroine side quest Sand Speed Up
Sapphire Circlet circlet only Gerudo Town  Heat Resistance
Snow Boots boots only  The Forgotten Sword side quest  Snow Speed Up
Thunder Helm helm only Thunder Helm side quest Lightning Proof
Tingle's Outfit Hood

Shirt

Tights
The Master Trials DLC

Exchange Ruins

Castle Town Prison

Mabe Village Ruins
Night Speed Up
Topaz Earrings earrings only Gerudo Town Shock Resistance
Warm Doublet shirt only Prologue of main quest; Hateno Village Cold Resistance
Zant's Helmet helmet only The Champions' Ballad DLC, in Tobio's Hollow Unfreezable
Screenshot of the Snowquill Armor in Zelda: BOTW
Snowquill Armor warms you in the cold.
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