Sons Of The Forest: All Armors [Crafting, Location + Tips]

Armor is one of the essential items you should focus on in Sons of the Forest. Find out how to craft the best armor using the required items.

Sons of the Forest: Best Armor
Sons of the Forest: Best Armor

Being a survival game, armors play a critical role in Sons of the Forest, and it is necessary to get your hands on decent armor at the beginning of the game. Armors provide damage resistance against enemy attacks and some other wild animals out there as well. Nevertheless, crafting a basic armor is pretty easy, while the better ones take a lot of grinding to build.

Key Takeaways

  • There are six types of armor available in Sons of the Forest.
  • In the beginning, Leaf Armor will do the work because it’s easy to build.
  • Creepy Armor gives a little more protection but reduces your stealth attribute.
  • You might need to start looking for more materials to build Hide Armor or Bone Armor, as they provide better protection.
  • Comparatively, Tech Armor is a bit hard to craft and is not very protective.
  • Golden Armor is one of the unique armor in the game, which provides decent shielding against any type of attack.

Comparison Table

Type of ArmorDefense StatsCrafting
Leaf ArmorLowEasy
Creepy ArmorMediumEasy
Bone ArmorMediumMedium
Hide ArmorMediumHard
Golden ArmorMediumVery Hard
Tech ArmorHighVery Hard

Comparison Table. 

1. Golden Armor

Best Defensive Armor.

Why did I Choose Golden Armor?

I chose the Golden Armor for its excellent protection and its importance in-game progression. Despite not being craftable, the Golden Armor is essential for accessing certain areas and offers a unique, permanent defense boost.

Forest, the Golden Armor is the final armor available in the game, providing medium defense. It has unique characteristics that set it apart from other armors:

  1. Permanent and Indestructible: The Golden Armor is permanent and does not get damaged by enemy attacks. Unlike other armors in the game, it remains intact and doesn’t degrade over time.

  2. One-Piece Full Coverage: This armor is a one-piece suit that covers your character from head to toe, offering comprehensive protection.

  3. Game Progression: Acquiring the Golden Armor is crucial to progressing through the game. To access the Eastern Bunker, leading to the Magma Caverns, you must obtain this armor. The gates to the Eastern Bunker will automatically open when you interact with them after acquiring the Golden Armor.

Keep in mind that you can obtain the Golden Armor only once, and it plays a pivotal role in reaching the final stages of the game.

Golden Armor Lying on Couch in Sons of the Forest
Golden Armor Lying on Couch | Credits: WoW Quests (YouTube)

Items Required

  • Maintainance Keycard

Unlike other armors, it is only present in a specific location of the game, and it does not require any items for crafting. To get this armor, you need to go to the Second Cave Level in the Southeast direction.

To access the locked door, you need to acquire the Maintenance Keycard first.

Using Maintainence Keycard on the Locked Door in Sons of the Forest
Using Maintenance Keycard on the Locked Door | Credits: WoW Quests (YouTube)

Follow these steps to get there:

  1. Follow the location marked on the map which says, “Golden Armor.”
  2. Go down the cave until you reach a locked door.
  3. Use the Maintenance Keycard and open the door.
  4. Move down the hallway and enter the yellow door on your left.
  5. Go straight through the corridors till you reach the stairway.
  6. There will be mutants in the corridors down there. Either fight them or run past them.
  7. Move down to Level 2 and enter the second room in the second corridor.
  8. The Golden Armor will be lying on the couch in that room.
  • Medium defense.
  • Permanent and indestructible.
  • Required for story progression.
  • Cannot be crafted.
  • Only found in a specific location.

2. Tech Armor

Best Armor Overall.

Why did I Choose Tech Armor?

I chose the Tech Armor for its high protective potential. While finding the materials and crafting each piece is demanding, Tech Armor offers significant defense for late-game challenges.

While the Tech Armor may have an impressive appearance and seemingly good defense stats, it may not be the most practical choice. It does offer good protection, but the cost of crafting it can outweigh its benefits.

Another drawback is that you need to craft each piece of the Tech Armor individually, which can be quite time-consuming and resource-intensive.

A complete set of Tech Armor requires crafting ten separate pieces, which can be a significant investment in both time and resources.

Crafting Tech Armor
Crafting Tech Armor | Credits: WoW Quests (YouTube)

Items Required

  • Tech Mesh x1
  • Duct Tape x1
  • Batteries x1
  • Wire x1
  • Circuit Board x1
  • Printer Resin 250ml (for Tech Mesh)

How To Acquire:

  1. Duct Tape, Wire, Batteries, and Circuit Boards can be found in usual map locations.
  2. Tech Mesh is craftable but requires a 3D printer found in underground bunkers.
  3. To craft Tech Mesh, you need 250 ml Resin, with 850ml initially in the printer and 200ml on nearby shelves.
  4. Combine Tech Mesh with other materials to make individual armor pieces, then craft all ten pieces for full-body armor.
  • Highest protection.
  • Very resource-intensive to craft.
  • Requires multiple steps.

3. Hide Armor

Best Armor for Cold-Weather Survivalists.

Why did I Choose Hide Armor?

I chose the Hide Armor for its solid protection and additional warmth. Since my playthrough required animal hides anyway, the extra cold resistance makes Hide Armor a worthwhile upgrade as I explore harsher environments.

Crafting the Hide Armor provides damage reduction stats similar to the Bone Armor. Additionally, the Hide Armor offers protection against cold weather, helping you stay warm in the game. To craft the Hide Armor, you will need the following items:

Required Items:

  1. Cloth x1
  2. Animal Hide x2

Here’s how you can obtain these items and craft the Hide Armor:

  1. Cloth: Cloth can be found throughout the game world. You can discover pieces of cloth by exploring the environment and searching various containers and boxes. Keep an eye out for clothes as you scavenge for resources.

  2. Animal Hide: To obtain animal hide, you’ll need to hunt deer. You can use ranged weapons or try to sneak up on deer from behind to get close for melee attacks. A few well-placed melee attacks should be enough to take down a deer. Be aware that deer may attempt to flee if they detect you sneaking up on them.

Crafting Hide Armor
Crafting Hide Armor | Credits: WoW Quests (YouTube)

Once you have the required items, combine them to craft the Hide Armor. The Hide Armor is a valuable upgrade over the Leaf Armor and provides decent protection while also keeping you warm in cold weather conditions.

  • Good protection.
  • Offers warmth.
  • Requires hunting animals for hide.

4. Bone Armor

Best Armor for Explorers.

Why did I Choose Bone Armor?

I chose the Bone Armor for its balanced protection and crafting accessibility. Bones are plentiful, and while I’ll need to find duct tape and rope, Bone Armor offers good defense while I explore for even stronger options.

As I progressed in the game, getting better armor became essential for defense. Bone armor is a solid choice in this regard. It’s easy to craft and provides a decent boost to your defense stats.

In comparison, it offers better protection than creepy and leaf armor and is on par with hide armor. You can easily find the ingredients for bone armor while exploring the game world.

Items Required

  • Bones x4
  • Duct Tape x1
  • Rope x1
Crafting Bone Armor in Sons of the Forest
Crafting Bone Armor | Credits: WoW Quests (YouTube)

Regarding the ingredients for Bone Armor, it offers adequate protection and is cost-effective compared to other armor options. Bones are readily available and can be found in almost every cave, obtained from killing mutants, dig sites, cannibal camps, and cemeteries.

Another way to acquire bones is by burning bodies using Molotov cocktails, which can be done in the early stages of the game. So, you won’t easily run out of bones.

On the other hand, duct tape and rope are relatively rare, and you can’t craft them. You’ll need to explore various locations to find these items. With consistent exploration, you’ll accumulate an ample supply of duct tape and rope over time.

  • Decent protection.
  • Readily available bones.
  • Requires some rarer materials (duct tape, rope).

5. Creepy Armor

Best Unique Armor.

Why did I Choose Creepy Armor?

I chose the Creepy Armor for its decent protection and the relative ease of acquiring mutant skin. While it reduces my stealth, it provides a good upgrade from Leaf Armor when I need better defense early in the game.

Creepy Armor lives up to its name, as it’s crafted from the skin of cannibals, which adds to its eerie quality. While it offers only basic protection, its primary advantage is its ease of crafting. Unlike the Tech Armor, the entire Creepy Armor set is made in a single piece.

One drawback to be aware of is that wearing Creepy Armor decreases your stealth, making you more vulnerable and easier to detect by creatures and mutants.

Cutting Mutant Skin using Combat Knife
Cutting Mutant Skin using Combat Knife | Credits: WoW Quests (YouTube)

Items Required

  • Mutant Skin
  • Combat Knife

To craft the Creepy Armor, first, hunt down any mutant like Finger. You can find them in the caves. After gathering their skin using the Combat Knife, you can make the armor in the toolkit and wear it.

You should make this armor the priority to make yourself ready for even stronger enemies.

  • Easy to craft.
  • Intimidating appearance.
  • Lowers stealth attribute.
  • Offers basic protection.

6. Leaf Armor

Best Armor for Beginners.

Why did I Choose Leaf Armor?

I chose the Leaf Armor for its immediate availability and ease of crafting. As a starting player, Leaf Armor provides basic protection while I gather resources and search for better alternatives.

In the early stages of the game, one of the simplest armors you can craft is the Leaf Armor. It consists mainly of leaves and offers only basic protection against attacks.

While it’s suitable for the initial phases of the game, it’s important to upgrade to better armor as soon as possible because most enemies can still deal significant damage while you’re wearing it.

Crafting Leaf Armor using Leaves and Cloth
Crafting Leaf Armor using Leaves and Cloth | Credits: WoW Quests (YouTube)

Items Required

  • Leaf x10
  • Cloth x1

Being the cheapest armor, you can craft it using ten leaves and a piece of cloth. These items can be found lying around or in boxes while you wander and explore the world.

As it is made of leaves, it will not help much in defense, but still, it will be better than nothing when you go hunting for food and other basic stuff. So, you should make a full body armor once you collect all the items.

  • Easy to craft.
  • Readily available materials.
  • Offers minimal protection.
  • Not durable.
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What Would I Recommend?

I recommend starting with Bone Armor with medium crafting and stats. It provides a strong boost in defense, and its materials are easily found while exploring caves and cannibal camps. You can quickly replace your starting Leaf Armor for added protection.

Later in the game, my top recommendation is the Golden Armor. It is a requirement for accessing certain areas essential to the main storyline, and its permanent nature means you’ll never need to repair or replace it. The Golden Armor is the clear endgame choice, and you should prioritize acquiring it.

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