Armor Guide – Armor Locations and Upgrades – Ghost of Tsushima Wiki GuideJuly 25, 2020
There are two unique merchants hiding in the island of Tsushima who have entirely unique armor and bow dyes from any other merchant you will encounter – and can be hard to track down.
The White Dye Merchant is located in upper Kashine prefecture of the Izuhara region, found along a mountain called Wanderer’s Pass on the map, north of Kashine Forest. Take the roads west along the peak to find his home nestled in the back.
|White Dye Merchant Selections|
|Traveler’s Attire||Graceful Pathfinder|
|Ronin Attire||Moonlight Slayer|
|Kensei Armor||Pure Reckoning|
|Gosaku’s Armor||Island Bulkwark|
The Black Dye Merchant is located in the northeast section of the Kushi Prefecture of the Toyotama region, in a cave up in the hills just east of Kawamata Village along a dirt road.
|Black Dye Merchant Selections|
|Tayadori’s Armor||Hunter at Dusk|
|Traveler’s Attire||Journey Into Night|
|Sakai Clan Armor||Lord of Night|
|Gosaku’s Armor||Unwavering Mountain|
|Kensei Armor||Dark Promise|
The Broken Armor is the default armor that you start the game with after and during the events of the Prologue. Unlike all other armor you can obtain, this armor provides no bonuses, cannot be upgraded, nor can it be dyed any other color.
It’s highly recommended you swap out of this armor as early as possible, either by taking on main quests or by getting the Traveler’s Attire.
- Location: Given by any Merchant upon first encounter
The Traveler’s Attire is a special exploration-focused armor that you can find soon after completing the Prologue. Unlike other armor you find, the Traveler’s Attire is given as a gift by speaking to any Merchant in the game for the first time. This includes any Merchant found at any of the Survivor Camps, liberated mongol forts, or Hiyoshi Springs.
While it does not provide any combat bonuses, it does allow you to track certain collectibles you encounter, and can also track points of interest if you invest in Exploration Techniques. It’s base abilities include:
- Track Artifacts with the Guiding Wind
- Traveling clears 10% more fog of war on the map
- Controller will vibrate when within 10m of an Artifact
|Traveler’s Attire 2||Traveling clears 20% more fog of war on the map||250 Supplies|
|Traveler’s Attire 3||Traveling clears 30% more fog of war on the map||500 Supplies|
|Traveler’s Attire 4||Controller vibrates when within 60m of an Artifact||750 Supplies|
|Default Dyes||Indigo Explorer|
|Izuahara Merchant Dyes||Fiery Searcher||Adventurer’s Fortune|
|White Dye Merchant Dyes||Graceful Pathfinder|
|Black Dye Merchant Dyes||Journey Into Night|
Samurai Clan Armor
The Samurai Clan Armor is a melee combat-focused armor that you can obtain during Act 1‘s story. This armor cannot be missed as it is part of a main story quest, The Tale of Lady Masako. After exploring the Adachi estate and meeting with Lady Masako, she will send you into Golden Temple to talk to the armorer, where you will get the armor for free.
Once belonging to one of Lady Masako’s sons, the Samurai Clan Armor is a tried and true set of gear that is well suited to any combat situation, as it both increases health and decreases damage taken. It’s base abilities include:
- Reduces all damage by a moderate amount.
- Moderate increase to health
- Taking damage grants 15% Resolve
|Samurai Clan Armor 2||Reduces all damage by a major amount||250 Supplies|
|Samurai Clan Armor 3||Massive increase to health||500 Supplies|
|Samurai Clan Armor 4||Taking damage grants 30% resolve||750 Supplies|
|Default Dyes||Spring Lion|
|Masako Quest Reward Dyes||Warrior’s Bounty|
|Izuahara Merchant Dyes||Immaculate Warrior|
|Toyotama Merchant Dyes||Warrior’s Darkness|
The Ronin Attire is hybrid melee and stealth-focused armor that you can obtain during Act 1‘s story. This armor, like the Samurai Clan Armor, cannot be missed as it is given during one of the main story quests, Blood on the Grass. After meeting and fighting Mongols with Ryuzo, leader of the Straw Hat Ronin, follow him back to his base and open a chest to gain the armor.
Worn by those without masters, the Ronin Attire excels at offense and stealth, as it enhances your ability to sneak up on foes – especially in the white tall pampas grass, and dispatch those you are unable to assassinate with increased damage. It’s base abilities include:
- Reduces enemy detection speed by 10%
- Increases melee damage by 15%
- Enemies will detect you much slower after leaving pampas grass while crouched.
|Ronin Attire 2||Reduces enemy detection speed by 20%||250 Supplies|
|Ronin Attire 3||Increases melee damage by 30%||500 Supplies|
|Ronin Attire 4||Enemies will detect you significantly slower after leaving pampas grass||750 Supplies|
|Default Dyes||Storm Walker|
|Izuahara Merchant Dyes||Noble Wanderer||Shinano River Prowler|
|Dark Forest Hunter||True Seeker|
|Toyotama Merchant Dyes||Twilight Strider||Refined Predator|
|Amber Assassin||Lethal Aristocrat|
|White Dye Merchant Dyes||Moonlight Slayer|
- Location: Accept the Mythic Tale quest – The Legend of Tadayori, at a small camp below Rustling Bend in the Azamo prefecture, and locate Tadayori’s Rest to find his armor.
The Tadayori’s Armor is a ranged-focused armor that you can find via an optional Mythic Tale in the Izuhara region starting in Act 1. After hearing about a musician at a unmarked camp near Rustling Bend, follow the clues in The Legend of Tadayori quest to reach the “Violet Crown” in the Azamo prefecture, and find the armor stashed on the cliffs above the Azamo Bay village.
The armor of a legendary archer, Tadayori’s Armor is perfect for ranged fighting, as it will bolster your ability to shoot more arrows at enemy at a much more rapid pace, and will enhance your Concentration technique. It’s base abilities include:
- Increases nocking and reloading speed by 15%
- Increases total Concentration time by 1 second
- Headshots restore 25% of the Concentration meter
|Tadayori’s Armor 2||Increase nocking and reloading speeds by 30%||250 Supplies|
|Tadayori’s Armor 3||Increases Concentration by 2 seconds.||500 Supplies|
|Tadayori’s Armor 4||Headshots restore 50% of the Concentration meter||750 Supplies|
|Default Dyes||Noble Talon|
|Izuahara Merchant Dyes||Autumn Victory||Relentless Hawk|
|Black Dye Merchant Dyes||Hunter at Dusk|
Sakai Clan Armor
- Location: Complete the main quest Ghosts from the Past in the Kubara prefecture in the northwest area of the Toyotama Region.
The Sakai Clan Armor is the ancestral armor of Jin’s lineage, last worn by his late father, and has now passed down to him. It is as intimidating as it is powerful, and can be found early on in Act 2, as long as you decide to take on the furthest of the main quests early.
The armor is very melee-focused, with the added bonus of allowing you to challenge more enemies to a face-off, and increasing your streak bonus even further when upgraded. It’s base abilities include:
- Moderate increase to melee damage
- Moderate increase to health
- Increase Standoff streak by 1, and winning has a 10% chance to terrify nearby enemies.
|Sakai Clan Armor 2||Major increase to melee damage||250 Supplies|
|Sakai Clan Armor 3||Massive increase to health||500 Supplies|
|Sakai Clan Armor 4||Standoff Streak increases by 2, and winning has a 25% chance to terrify nearby enemies.||750 Supplies|
|Toyotama Merchant Dyes||Blood of the Clan||Light of Victory||Ancestral Force|
|Black Dye Merchant Dye||Lord of Night|
- Location Found: Complete the Mythic Tale, The Unbreakable Gosaku that begins in Akashima Village, and collect 6 keys to unlock the path to this armor in the Akashima Prefecture of Toyotama
The Gosaku’s Armor is a legendary samurai armor with impressive defense, but can only be unlocked after liberating six different farmsteads across both the Izuhara and Toyotama regions of Tsushima – which you will be alerted to after starting Act 2. After getting 6 keys from the villagers, you can return to a large peak to the east of the Old Togo Rice Fields to find the path up the cliff to get the armor.
Gosaku’s Armor is a very melee-focused armor, with a focus on destroying the defenses of enemies and staggering them to break their guards. It’s base abilities include:
- Grants a moderate increase to health
- Grants a moderate increase to Stagger damage
- Restores 10% health on killing a staggered enemy
|Gosaku’s Armor 2||Massive increase to health||250 Supplies|
|Gosaku’s Armor 3||Major increase to stagger damage||500 Supplies|
|Gosaku’s Armor 4||Restores 20% health on killing a staggered enemy||750 Supplies|
|Default Dye||Sunset Defender|
|Toyotama Merchant Dye||Ocean’s Guardian||Sunrise Dominion|
|White Dye Merchant Dye||Island Bulwark|
|Black Dye Merchant Dye||Unwavering Mountain|
- Location Found: Obtained by completing the Mythic Tale, The Six Blades of Kojiro, starting in Umugi Cove, and completing all five duels across Toyotama to fight Kojiro for the armor.
The Kensei armor is a stealth and melee-focused armor that you can find in Act 2 in the Toyotama region, by completing a Mythic Tale that starts in the Umugi Prefecture. The quest will lead you on a chase across the region to face off against 5 assassins, culminating in a duel in a cave behind a monastery in the Kubara region to gain the armor.
The armor is very skill based, and increases your prowess with Ghost weaponry and resolve gain to make the most of your techniques. It’s base abilities include:
- Increase Resolve gains by 15%.
- Ghost Weapon damage increased by 15%.
- Striking enemies with Ghost Weapons cause them to deal 25% less damage, and take 25% more damage.
|Kensei Armor 2||Increase resolve gains by 30%||250 Supplies|
|Kensei Armor 3||Increase Ghost Weapon damage by 30%||500 Supplies|
|Kensei Armor 4||Ghost Weapons that target enemies cause them to deal 50% less damage and take 50% more damage||750 Supplies|
|Default Dye||River Serpent|
|Toyotama Merchant Dyes||Ominous Dawn||Woodland Omen|
|White Dye Merchant Dye||Pure Reckoning|
|Black Dye Merchant Dye||Dark Promise|
Mongol Commander’s Armor
The Mongol Commander’s armor is perfect to become a human shield, increasing Jin’s health and reducing damage by a large amount. You can find the armor in Act 3 in the Jogaku region by completing Fit for the Khan. The quest will lead you on a chase across the region to liberate four mongol camps, retrieving one piece of the armor in each. Once you’re done, the armor (who was supposed to be delivered to the Khan himself) will be yours.
Along with increasing your health and defense, it will also serve as disguise when you are out of combat, reducing Mongol detection speed by a large margin.
- Major increase to health.
- Reduces all damage by a Major amount.
- Disguises you while out of combat, massively reducing Mongol detection speed.
As a caveat, the Mongol Commander’s armor cannot be upgraded.
The Ghost armor is a stealth and ghost skills focused armor that you can find in the end of Act 2 with the From The Darkness mission. Yes, this is the armor you’ve seen in Ghost of Tsushima’s official art, and it’s perfect for those who want to fight dishonorably, using the Ghost Stance as much as possible, staying in the shadows, and terrifying enemies.
This armor set is perfect for those who prefer to play quietly, causing fear on enemies and remaining undetected for longer.
- Reduces enemy detection speed by 25%.
- Reduces the number of kills needed to enter the Ghost Stance by 1.
- Kills have a 15% chance to Terrify a nearby enemy.
|Ghost Armor 2||Reduces enemy detection speed by 40%||250 Supplies|
|Ghost Armor 3||Reduces the number of kills needed to enter the Ghost Stance by 2||500 Supplies|
|Ghost Armor 4||Kills have a 30% chance to terrify a nearby enemy||750 Supplies|
|Default Dye||Vow of Vengeance|
|Jogaku Merchant Dye||Golden Retribution|
|Obtained with the Platinum trophy||Ghost Transcendent|
|Black Dye Merchant Dye||Shadow of Justice|