Unlike a lot of games, the outfits in Horizon Zero Dawn actually play a vital part in how your game progresses. Each outfit offers different strengths and armor against the various elements that make up Horizon Zero Dawn’s combat system. In this article we’ll dive deep into how outfits work, and even show you how to get more outfits in Horizon Zero Dawn, as well as change into different outfits to make sure you’re ready to take on any challenge.

How to Get New Outfits

Getting new outfits is very easy to do. You’ll acquire your first new outfit once you reach the quest Mother’s Heart, and head into the Nora village to enter The Proving. You’ll have to talk to Teb, who you may recognize as the man you saved as a young Aloy earlier in the game. He’ll trade you a special outfit, which improves upon the base outfit that you already have.

More outfits unlock from this point on, and can be purchased at the various merchants that can be found throughout the game world. The further along you get in the game, the more outfits will be available to purchase. Traveling to places like Meridian will allow you to buy far better outfits than you could buy in the Nora territories that you begin the game in.

How to Change Outfits

Like getting new outfits, changing outfits is extremely easy to do, and can be done at any point in the game, no matter if you’re in the middle of combat or not. To change an outfit, press the Touchpad on the Dualshock 4 and then navigate to the Inventory screen. Here you’ll find a full list of all your inventory items.

Scroll down and select Outfits. Like the various other satchels you have, your Outfit Satchel can only hold a certain amount of outfits before you must either upgrade it, or get rid of some of the outfits.

Once in the Outfit Satchel, find the outfit that you wish to equip, and then press X on it to select it and wear it. Aloy will now be wearing the outfit that you changed to. You can also see which outfit you currently have equipped thanks to a large check mark on the outfit.

The Importance of Outfits

Outfits are importance because they play to the different strengths and weaknesses of enemies. For example, going against enemies that deal Freeze damage, players will want to wear an outfit like the Banuk Ice Hunter outfit, as it provides additional coverage against freeze damage.

Meanwhile, those wanting to sneak around their enemies may want to use an outfit like the Nora Silent Hunter, which offers better stealth capabilities and makes less noise.

No matter what situation you’re going up against, there is usually some form of outfit that will make the fight much easier by providing better protection against the elements that you find yourself up again.

Changing and acquiring new outfits is important in Horizon Zero Dawn, and players will want to do it often to make the most of every situation. These outfits can be quite costly, though, so make sure to create jobs for the ones that you want or need the most. To learn more about Aloy’s adventure, be sure to check out our Horizon Zero Dawn game hub for more guides and articles like how to get the best weapons in the game and more.