The Outer Worlds: Armor Guide

Nov 04 2019 6 min read

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The Outer Worlds is a unique game that has many cool things to offer. Apart from the individual quests and weapons, this game has many cool things to offer such as factions, various dialogues and different kind of armours.

Of course, when it comes down to your survival, having the proper armour can be the difference between staying alive and dying. After all, nearly every creature in Halcyon will want you dead, so it's definitely advisable to gear up properly.  Unfortunately, getting the best armour in the game is definitely easier said than done because there are a lot of things to take into consideration. That said, the proper helmet will give you a lot of damage reduction and boosts to some of your skills, so it's definitely worth getting it.

Let's take a look at the different types of armours you can find in The Outer Worlds.

What you need to know about the armours in The Outer Worlds

Before we begin, it is essential to know a couple of things about the armour in The Outer Worlds. For instance, there are three types of shields currently available - Light Armor, Medium Armour and Heavy Armour. All of them have their pros and cons, but it all depends on what's the playstyle of your character.

Unfortunately, getting your hands on the right armour for you is not an easy thing to do. This may result in many people giving up on the grind because they think that it's just not worth it. However, they are wrong because the armour in The Outer Worlds can provide different benefits:

  • For instance, every single character has two slots for armour - Head and Chest. This is good because there are many other games out there that have armours for every single part of your body, which makes it very hard to manoeuvre.
  • As you can imagine, the biggest plus of having good armour is the so-called "Armour Rating" which helps you receive less damage from your enemies.
  • Apart from the damage reduction, having the proper armour in The Outer Worlds means that you can get some excellent bonuses to your attributes, stats or skills. In other words, you will be able to dish out more damage if you have better armour.
  • We mentioned above the three types of armour - Heavy, Light and Medium. The first one is the best choice when it comes to damage reduction because it provides the best armour rating. On the other hand, if you value skill bonuses more than your armour rating, the light amour should be your choice.
  • The Outer Worlds is a very realistic game which means that your armour has a certain degree of durability. So, if you take too much damage, your armour will wear out a lot faster, and you will have to visit a Workbench in order to repair it. While you're there, you can also add different types of modifications that will increase your resistance and stats. Just remember - always repair your armour on time in order to get the maximum out of it.

Armour Ratings

The armour rating in The Outer Worlds is a little bit more complicated in comparison to other games out there. Usually, an armour piece provides some sort of damage reduction that is applied instantly whenever you take damage. Having said that, in this game, it works a little bit differently.

For instance, whenever your body gets any sort of damage, the chest armour rating comes in use, and the same happens to your head. In other words, the chest and helmet don't have any kind of an overall armour rating. 

The Armour Rating itself is a specific reduction to the damage you take. For example, of your enemies' attack do 200 damage, you will receive 170. That said, this number can change drastically depending on the type of accident you take. Some examples of contamination are nearly pure, which means that regardless of what armour you have, you will still receive the full force of the attack.

Choosing between Heavy or Light armour

Like we said, choosing between the Heavy or Light armour depends a lot on your playstyle and what you like to focus more on. The first one offers a lot more protection at the cost of speed, whereas the second one is more suitable for the swift players.

Apart from that, the different bonuses of these two types of armours depend on the actual level of the armour. If they are the same, the Heavy Armour will provide more protection. In most cases, players tend to lean to Light armours because the boost you get to your attributes and skills is just too good to be skipped. However, if you want to balance between a solid defence and good stats, the Medium armour is your best bet. It provides a certain amount of damage reduction, as well as stats. Of course, neither of these factors are as "strong" as they are in the other types of armours.

Some players tend to go only for the Heavy Armour merely because they are looking at the Armour Ratings. While this is indeed a fundamental statistic to have, you have to remember that there are different types of damage that you can take from various Skills. This means that the armour rating is not the most crucial characteristic to look at, especially in certain situations. Sometimes, having the proper stats bonus can make all the difference in the world.

Another plus for the Light Armours is that they can be tweaked in the Workbench to add more Armour Rating. Of course, it will take a lot of resources and time, but you can make it nearly as effective as the heavy armour when it comes down to damage reduction while also maintaining the stats bonuses you get from it.

Just try out both of them and see what works best for you. We can't just point out and say that this is better than the other because that's not the case. Each type of armour has its ups and downs in a specific situation.

Armour for your companions

The Outer Worlds is a game where you can either play alone or gather some of the different companions that you find while questing. Both choices have their ups and downs, but we believe that having a companion is definitely worth it because it can help you in many tricky situations.

Unfortunately, as you progress in the game by levelling up, it's easy to forget that your companions don't scale as well as you do. In order to make up for this, you need to try and basically upgrade everything that they use so that they can be at least somewhat close to your level of protection. If you miss out on doing this, your companions might become practically useless, especially when it comes down to fighting against stronger enemies later on in the game.

The good thing is that you can upgrade both their armours and weapons. Changing their weapons is a little bit more tricky, which is why we will focus on improving the armour for now.

In order to do that, you need to open the main menu and then press the key "Tab". This will open a list of all the companions you currently have, which is where you choose which one you want to upgrade. There is a tab there that shows what kind of armour does your companion now have. If you wish to change it, simply choose an armour from your inventory that's located in the bottom of the screen and drag it to the armour tab. If you want to make it even better, visit the Workbench in order to add a few mods as well.

That's everything you need to know about the armours in The Outer Worlds right now. When the first significant updates start kicking in, we might see many new changes to the table. Until then, your biggest dilemma will be to decide whether you want to go for the heavy or light armour. As we mentioned, our opinion is that light helmet is the better choice.


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