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All armor sets, locations, and set bonuses in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

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The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom boasts the most stylish armor sets and wardrobe flourishes in any Zelda game yet. While Link’s list of accomplishments is long — savior of Hyrule, vanquisher of Ganon, torturer of Koroks — one item on the résumé often goes overlooked: those fashionista bona fides. Nowhere is it more on display than in Tears of the Kingdom.

You’ll start Tears of the Kingdom with next to nothing. Over time, you’ll build a wardrobe to rival the fashion closet of GQ Hyrule (all due respect to the muckrakers of the Lucky Clover Gazette, but there’s no way that paper has the ad dollars to support a style section). But how do you find all the armor sets? Here’s a list of the armor sets you can get in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.


All armor sets and set bonuses list

Wearing one piece of an armor set usually grants an effect, but by upgrading all three pieces to level 2 at a Great Fairy and wearing all three upgraded pieces at once, you’ll get an additional set bonus — often of the sort that makes the whole armor set worth finding in the first place. Here’s a list of all armor sets in Tears of the Kingdom and their respective set bonuses.

TOTK Armor Sets, Set Bonuses, and Locations

Armor Set Effect Set Bonus Location
Armor Set Effect Set Bonus Location
Awakening None Boosts attack Find around Hyrule
Barbarian Boosts attack Reduces charged attack stamina cost Find around Hyrule
Charged Boosts attack (during storms only) Improves charged attacks (during storms only) Find in Dracozu Lake
Climbing Increases climbing speed Reduces stamina cost of climbing jump Find around Hyrule
Dark None Boosts movement speed at night Buy from bargainer statues
Depths Gloom resistance Gloom attack resistance Buy from bargainer statues
Desert Voe Heat resistance Shock resistance Buy in Gerudo Town
Ember Boosts attack (during hot weather only) Improves charged attacks (during hot weather only) Find around Hyrule
Evil Spirit Increases stealth Stal enemies don't attack you Find in labyrinths
Fierce Deity Boosts attack Reduces stamina cost of charged attacks One of Misko's Treasures
Flamebreaker Fire resistance Fireproof Buy in Goron City
Froggy Slip resistance (when climbing) Slip-proof Complete Lucky Clover Gazette quests
Frostbite Boosts attack (during cold weather only) Improves charged attacks (during cold weather only) Find around Hyrule
Glide Improves aerial control No fall damage, boo-yah Find in the Sky Islands
Hero None Boosts attack Find in the Depths
Hylian None None Buy in Lookout Landing
Miner's You glow Your footsteps glow too Find in the Depths
Mystic Rupee padding None Trade Bubbul gems to Koltin
Phantom Boosts attack None Find around Hyrule
Radiant None Stal enemies don't attack you Buy in Kakariko Village
Royal Guard None None Find in Hyrule Castle
Rubber Shock resistance Lightning-proof Find around Hyrule
Sky None Boosts attack Find in the Depths
Snowquill Cold resistance Freeze-proof Buy in Rito Village
Soldier's None None Find in Hyrule Castle
Stealth Increases stealth Boosts movement speed at night Buy in Kakariko Village
Time None None Find in the Depths
Tingle None None One of Misko's Treasures
Twilight None Boosts attack Find in the Depths
Wind None Boosts attack Find in the Depths
Yiga Increases stealth Yiga Clan disguise Find around Hyrule
Zonaite Reduces Zonai device energy consumption Faster Zonai battery recharge Find in the Sky Islands
Zora Increases swim speed Reduces swim dash stamina cost Find in Zora's Domain

Tears of the Kingdom features pieces of armor that aren’t part of any set — like the straight-out-of-2017 Champion’s Leathers — but we’re focusing solely on complete armor sets here. You can also get some sets through the use of amiibo in addition to the traditional method of Actually Finding It. Check out our guide on Tears of the Kingdom amiibo rewards to see which sets you can get by skipping the busywork.


Where to find all armor sets in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

Organized alphabetically, here’s every armor set in Tears of the Kingdom, alongside some details about what each armor set does and where you can find it. Where applicable, we’ve provided links to individual guides that will show you exactly how to get each set.


Awakening Armor

Link wears the Awakening Armor in a field in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom. Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

Don’t let this armor set go to your head. The Awakening Armor looks hilarious and is regarded as a late-game set, but it doesn’t have anything special in terms of stats or perks. Yes, you’re doing this one for the laughs.

You can get the full set by completing three quests related to Misko’s Treasures. Our guide on finding the Awakening Armor shows you the locations for each piece of the set.


Barbarian Armor

Link appears in a thinking stance while wearing the Barbarian Armor in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

Looking for an edge in combat? Wearing the Barbarian Armor will significantly boost your attack (by one point per piece equipped, even before you’ve upgraded it). You will, however, unfortunately mask Link’s glorious mane.

Finding the armor requires spelunking, as the head, chest, and legs of it are tucked away in three different caves around Hyrule. Our guide on finding the Barbarian Armor shows you the locations for each piece of the set.


Charged Armor

Link wears the Charged Armor while standing in a lit hallway in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom. Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

The Charged Armor is pretty much only applicable during one circumstance: storms. When it’s storming, your attack power is increased (helpful for when you can’t use stronger steel weapons and have to rely on typically weaker wooden ones).

You can’t get the Charged Armor until you’ve completed a solid chunk of the main story, but it’s found around Dracozu Lake. Our guide on how to get the Charged Armor shows you the locations for each piece of the set.


Climbing Gear Armor

Link stands lost in thought in front of the camera while wearing the Climbing Armor set in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

Few things are more frustrating in Tears of the Kingdom than scaling a cliff at a glacial pace, running out of stamina, falling to the base, and having to repeat the whole process. The Climbing Gear Armor gives you a chance to do your best Alex Honnold Free Solo impression. Each piece boosts your climbing speed, and comes with decent defensive stats by default. Cool headgear, too.

Like the Barbarian Armor, the Climbing Armor is also located in three different caves around Hyrule. Our guide on how to get the Climbing Armor shows you the locations for each piece of the set.


Dark Armor

Dark Link stands in the floral parts of the Depths in Tears of the Kingdom while wearing the dark armor. Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo

The Dark Armor is kind of a shame: It’s easily the coolest-looking armor set by a mile, but its perks are redundant (you can get its stealth bonus from the far better Stealth Armor) and you can’t upgrade its defense stats at Great Fairies.

We recommend skipping it, but if you want a full collection — or prioritize style over substance — you can buy the Dark Armor at bargainer statues.


Depths Armor

Link stands in the Depths armor, which is dark fabric with a pointed hood, in Tears of the Kingdom Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

The Depths Armor grants gloom resistance, mitigating one of the most annoying parts of Tears of the Kingdom. (That’d be gloom.) Rock the whole set, and you’ll gain resistance to gloom attacks as well.

Like the Dark Armor, you can buy the Depths Armor at bargainer statues. Unlike the Dark Armor, we do recommend this one.


Desert Voe Armor

Link wears the Desert Voe Armor while standing in a desert on a sunny day in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom. Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

The Desert Voe Armor sports the most versatile elemental resistance in Tears of the Kingdom. Each individual piece grants heat resistance. The Desert Voe Armor’s set bonus, meanwhile, reduces your shock damage. In other words, don’t wear it during your expeditions through the Hebra Mountains!

You can buy part of this armor set in Gerudo Town, and find the rest nearby. Our guide on how to get the Desert Voe Armor can show you where to buy (and find) the whole set.


Ember Armor

Link stands with a thinking pose wearing the full Ember Armor set in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. The headwear gives him curvy horns and long hair. Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

With its horns and flowy tunic, the Ember Armor is easily one of the most stylish armor sets in Tears of the Kingdom. Functionally, though, it’s circumstantial. When equipped, it adds a fire-spewing effect to your attacks — but only if you’re in a high-temperature environment.

The Ember Armor is yet another set divided up in various caves. Our guide on how to get the Ember Armor shows you the locations for each piece of the set.


Evil Spirit Armor

Link wears the Evil Spirit Armor in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom. Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

Like the Radiant Armor, the Evil Spirit Armor prevents Skal — those are the skeleton dudes — from attacking you. That’s probably because you already look dead when you’re wearing this.

You can find every piece of this set in the trio of Lomei Labyrinths around (and above... and below...) Hyrule. Our guide on how to get the Evil Spirit Armor shows you the locations for each piece of the set.


Fierce Deity Armor

Link poses while wearing the Fierce Deity Armor set and wielding the Fierce Deity Sword in Misko’s Cave of Chests in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

The Fierce Deity Armor is more than just homage to The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask (though, yes, it is that). When equipped, it also increases your attack, boosts your defense by a not-too-shabby amount, and makes you look really, really scary.

Getting the Fierce Deity Armor is one of the more complicated armor hunts in Tears of the Kingdom, tied as it is to a side quest. Our guide on how to get the Fierce Deity Armor shows you the locations for each piece of the set, and the riotously powerful accompanying sword.


Flamebreaker Armor

Link wears the flamebreaker armor while standing under twinkle lights in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom. Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

The Flamebreaker Armor looks ridiculous (the explorers of Outer Wilds called and want their spacesuits back) but is key for exploring Hyrule’s hottest environments. Each piece of the armor improves your resistance to fire. The catch? It’s prohibitively expensive. Start saving now!

Our guide on how to get the Flamebreaker Armor shows you which stores you can buy it at, while our guide on what items to sell can help you afford it.


Froggy Armor

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Link wearing the Froggy Armor set and climbing a rock in the rain Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

Don’t call it the “frog armor” — no no, it’s the Froggy Armor. Wearing this hilariously named set will help you climb during rainstorms, since you can’t scale vertical surfaces when it’s raining. Improve it, and you won’t slip at all. For the impatient, the Froggy Armor is key.

You can get the Froggy Armor by completing the “Potential Princess Sightings!” side quests. Our guide on getting the Froggy Armor shows you what you’ll need to win each piece.


Frostbite Armor

Link poses pointing up with a smile on his face wearing the full Frostbite Armor set in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

The Frostbite Armor is the cooler cousin of the the Ember Armor, not a game engine. It imbues your attacks with a frost effect — but only when you’re in a low-temperature environment. One thing that doesn’t make sense about this look: If it’s meant to be worn in sub-zero climates, where are the sleeves?

The Frostbite Armor shares another thing in common with the Ember Armor: It’s also found in a bunch of caves in various corners of Hyrule. Our guide on how to get the Frostbite Armor shows you the locations for each piece of the set.


Glide Armor

Link skydives wearing the Glide Armor set in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

The Glide Armor is probably the single most helpful armor set as you’re getting acclimated to Tears of the Kingdom. Each piece improves your maneuverability in the air. Wearing the whole set, meanwhile, completely eradicates any fall damage. For those of you who mess up the dive-into-a-lake move by one inch every time (I am personally guilty as charged), it’s essential.

Befitting its perks, the Glide Armor is found in the Sky Islands, and requires you to complete a series of mid-air traversal challenges to get the whole kit. Our guide on how to get the Glide Armor shows you the locations for each piece of the set.


Hero Armor

Link wears the Hero Armor in a cave in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom. Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

The Hero Armor doesn’t do much beyond making Link look more like Link from previous games. If you wear all three pieces, though, you’ll get a set bonus that increases your attack.

Finding the Hero Armor also requires a slog through the Depths. Our guide on how to get the Hero Armor shows you the locations for each piece of the set.


Hylian Armor

Link wearing the Hylian Armor set in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. The set layers a tunic that has red and green accents, and leather belts. He wears basic beige pants with it. He looks cute! Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

The Hylian Armor is one of the more basic sets in Tears of the Kingdom (it has no special perks and not much in the way of defense). But that fact you can get it extremely early on makes it worth your time.

Our guide on how to get the Hylian Armor shows you how to get all pieces of the set.


Miner’s Armor

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Link wearing the full Miner’s Armor set Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

If you’re set on exploring the Depths, the Miner’s Armor — which causes you to glow, illuminating your surroundings — is your best friend.

Unfortunately, to get the Miner’s Armor, you need to venture into and explore the Depths — every piece of is down there. Our guide on how to get the Miner’s Armor shows you the locations for each piece of the set.


Mystic Armor

Link in the Mystic Armor, which looks like a blue satori deer, next to Koltin in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

The Mystic Armor is a gamble — literally. By wearing this set, you’re betting on your combat skills. Instead of losing health, every time you get hit, you’ll lose rupees. You can’t upgrade it, and it doesn’t have a set bonus.

You can buy the Mystic Armor from Koltin in exchange for Bubbul gems. Our guide on how to get the Mystic Armor can detail how much you’ll spend on the whole armor set.


Phantom Armor

Link stands on a sky island wearing the Phantom Armor at night, with the moon right next to him in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

The Phantom Armor is arguably the strongest armor in the game. Each piece comes with a base stat of +8 defense (compared to the standard +3 defense you’d find on most sets). And it boosts your attack, and makes you look like a scary devil nightmare monster.

You can find the Phantom Armor in caves around Hyrule. Our guide on how to get the Phantom Armor shows you the locations for each piece of the set.


Radiant Armor

Link wearing the Radiant armor set in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

Like the Evil Spirit Armor, the Radiant Armor protects you from Skal. Also, you can actually upgrade this one.

You can buy the Radiant Armor in Kakariko Village, but it comes with a staggeringly steep sticker price. Our guide on how to get the Radiant Armor shows you how to reduce its cost significantly.


Royal Guard Armor

Link wears the Royal Guard Armor set in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom. Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

The Royal Guard Armor might seem boring (it offers no special effects), but it’s stylish! And as it’s accessible fairly early on in Tears of the Kingdom, there’s no good reason for it not to be among the first armor sets you find.

The Royal Guard Armor is conveniently located entirely within Hyrule Castle, just north of Lookout Landing. Our guide on how to get the Royal Guard Armor shows you the locations for each piece of the set.


Rubber Armor

Link rocks the Rubber Armor set in front of a skyview tower in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom. Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

The Rubber Armor does just one thing but does it shockingly well. Each piece increases your resistance to lighting elemental attacks — pretty much mandatory for battling beasts that fight with electricity, like the intimidating Thunder Gleeok. You will, however, look like you’re about to go scuba diving.

The Rubber Armor is yet another armor set for which the pieces have been stashed in various caves around Hyrule. Our guide on how to get the Rubber Armor shows you where to find each piece of the set.


Sky Armor

Link wears the Sky Armor while standing in grass in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom. Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

The Sky Armor is another armor set that gives Link a classic look — in this case, the threads from Skyward Sword.

You can find all three pieces of this set by trawling the Depths. Our guide on getting the Sky Armor shows you the locations for each piece of the set.


Snowquill Armor

Link thinks strongly about buying the Snowquill Armor in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom. Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

The Snowquill Armor is unbeatable in terms of battling back the cold, but it’ll cost you a cool 2,150 rupees. You can buy the Snowquill Armor in Rito Village. Or our guide on how to get cold resistance can save you a ton of coin.


Soldier’s Armor

Link wears the Soldier’s Armor while standing near a tree on a sunny day. Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

Sure, the Solider’s Armor set makes you look just like any member of Hyrule’s rank-and-file (boring...), but its defensive capabilities are nothing to sneeze at — especially in the early game. It does not come with any special perks, however.

The Soldier’s Armor set is found entirely under Hyrule Castle, so can get it on the same trek as your hunt for the Royal Guard Armor. Our guide on how to get the Soldier’s Armor shows you the locations for each piece of the set.


Stealth Armor

Stealth Armor in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

The Stealth Armor is one of the best early game armor sets for one good reason: It keeps you alive. With its stealth boost perk, you’re better suited to sneak by any fights that would otherwise squash you. And that mask appears in accordance with COVID recommendations.

You can buy the Stealth Armor in Kakariko Village, but it’s laughably expensive. Our guide on how to get the Stealth Armor shows you how to make it slightly less expensive.


Time Armor

Link poses, lifting his left hand and smiling in the Korok Forest while wearing the Time Armor set in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

Nothing beats a classic. The Time Armor, which bears a strong resemblance to Link’s iconic green tunic from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Super Smash Bros., is little more than an in-game collector’s item. Comparable in armor rating to other early-set armor sets, it has no special perks. But man, what a looker.

You can find the Time Armor set by exploring the Depths. Our guide on how to get the Time Armor shows you the locations for each piece of the set.


Tingle’s Armor

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Link looking dashing in the Tingle’s outfit standing at a Great Fairy fountain. Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

We have no words because we need no words. If you want the Tingle Armor, our guide on how to get Tingle’s Outfit shows you the locations for each piece of the set.


Twilight Armor

Link wears the Twilight Armor while standing in a field in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom. Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

The Twilight Armor is another armor set that gives Link a classic look — in this case, reminiscent of Twilight Princess. It does not grant any special effects, unless you wear the whole set, in which case you’ll boost your attack.

You can find the Twilight Armor by scouring the Depths (and fighting a King Gleeok). Our guide on how to get the Twilight Armor shows you the locations for each piece of the set.


Wild Armor

Link in the Wild Armor green tunic from Breath of the Wild walking in the Korok Forest, but in Tears of the Kingdom Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

The prize for completing every shrine in Breath of the Wild is back in Tears of the Kingdom, and it blissfully doesn’t require you to complete dozens of bite-sized puzzle chambers. Yes, the Wild Armor makes a return, debatably a bit too soon to get the “classic” treatment (no effects, an attack boost set bonus).

You can find the Wild Armor by scouring the Depths. Our guide on how to get the Wild Armor shows you the locations for each piece of the set.


Wind Armor

Link wears the Wind Armor in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom. Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

Of the “classic look” sets, the Wind Armor is the most inspired: It draws from Wind Waker, the pinnacle of The Legend of Zelda series. (The Wind Waker itself is not included.) Like its sartorial cousins, it has no effect but grants an attack-boosting set bonus.

You can find the Wind Armor in various caves around Hyrule. Our guide on how to get the Wind Armor shows you the locations for each piece of the set.


Yiga Armor

Link poses alongside a head bust wearing the Yiga Armor set in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

Wait... Where’d Link go?! The Yiga Clan Armor increases your stealth. More crucially, it also allows you to blend in, unnoticed, when sneaking into Yiga Clan hideouts. Plus it’s got a sweet mask.

To get this set, you’ll need to find and defeat a series of Yiga Clan members across Hyrule. Our guide on how to get the Yiga Armor shows you the locations for each piece of the set.


Zonaite Armor

Link stands proudly wearing the Zonaite armor while pointing upwards in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

The Zonaite Armor is among the toughest to find in the game, but the resulting perk is well worth it: It reduces how much energy cell is consumed by the use of Zonai devices. Bring on the most devious Ultrahand death machines.

You can find the Zonaite Armor in the Sky Islands. Our guide on how to get the Zonaite Armor walks you through the various associated puzzles associated with finding this set.


Link wearing the full Zora Armor set and looking very happy about it in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

Zora Armor

Somehow, the Zora Armor — which increases your swim speed and lets you swim up waterfalls — looks less like a swimsuit than the Rubber Armor.

You’ll get it (or at least start the hunt to get it) during the “Sidon of the Zora” quest of the main story in Tears of the Kingdom. Our guide on how to get the Zora Armor shows you the locations for each piece of the set.

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