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The best armor in Cyberpunk 2077, and where to find it

Even though you play the game from a first-person perspective, there are tons of different armors to find and equip in Cyberpunk 2077. Because you won’t get to really appreciate the fashion of these armor pieces all that much, the pieces of armor you will want all come down to the stats they carry with them. Just like the weapons you find, armor, or clothing, comes in different rarities, plus a set of unique Iconic clothing that can only be obtained in specific places or circumstances. These are the best armor pieces you’ll want to wear on your next mission and where you can find them in Night City.

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How to get the best armor

As mentioned, the different clothing options you can get in Cyberpunk 2077 fall into one of five tiers: Common, Uncommon, Rare, Epic, and Legendary. Legendary clothing is by far the best rating. This type, aside from having generally high armor values, also have more mod slots for you to further beef them up. Unlike the other rarities, though, you will never just randomly find a piece of Legendary clothing drop off a normal enemy no matter how high of a level they are. Instead, you have five primary ways of collecting any awesome armor.

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Complete quests

This is pretty self-explanatory. Some quests will automatically reward you with some Legendary clothing; however, these are very few and mainly occur late in the game. If you want a full set of top-tier gear, you’ll have to go out of your way to find it.

Loot them

Yes, it’s true we said that you can’t get any Legendary armor from any normal drop, but there are some special corpses around Night City you can discover that are just waiting for you to find them and relieve them of their high-quality gear.

Craft them yourself

After reaching level 18 in the Technical Ability attribute, you will get access to the Edgerunner Artisan Perk. With this perk, you will be able to use any Legendary Crafting Specs to craft the associated armor for yourself. Of course, this requires a bit of investment in terms of where you allocate your points, plus finding the Legendary Specs and materials you actually need to craft the armor, but is the only reliable way to get the exact armor you want.

Earn them from Gigs

Gigs offer all kinds of rewards for your time, but the quality of what you can get actually scales to your level. Once you get above level 30 or so, Gigs start having the potential to pay out with some fresh Legendary clothing. It’s just a chance, but the higher level you get, the better the odds get that your prize will be some high-tier armor. You can’t pick what you’ll get or when, but Gigs typically don’t take very long to complete anyway.

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Buy Specs from shops

The least reliable way to find Legendary clothing is to go shopping and hope they’re carrying some Legendary Specs. They won’t sell the gear itself outright, so you’ll still need to have the Edgerunner Artisan Perk so you can actually use the specs. But if you get lucky, it could be an easy way to grab some new digs. Just make sure you have high enough street cred to have full access to every vendor’s full stock so you have the option to buy one if they show up. You can also cheese out the system a little bit by refreshing a store’s stock to try and fish for Legendary Specs. Vendors will cycle what they are selling every two days in-game, or if you get far enough away. Just open up your menu and use your Skip Time option to wait until they have something you want.

Best clothing

Thankfully, one of the best outer torso armors in the game is a guaranteed reward for completing a quest. The Aldecaldos Rally Bolero jacket is light, resilient, and great for any playstyle. It has a weight of just 3 with armor ratings that, while they will vary, have been seen upward of 120. If that wasn’t enough to pique your interest, it also has four mod slots for you to customize however you like. If you want to grab this stylish jacket, all you need to do is complete the We Gotta Live Together quest. The downside? This quest doesn’t show up until the third act, so you’ll have to get through a good chunk of the game before you can get your hands on it.

For your inner torso armor, slip on the Polycarbonate Nomad Shirt with Reinforced Seams. It’s light, only rated at 1.7, giving you around 100 extra armor. This shirt is always found in the same place in the open world. You can find it on a dead body in a blue van to the southeast of where you appear using the Regional Airport fast travel point.

If you want some fresh kicks that you can pick up basically whenever you want, look no further than the Elastiweave Fixer Shoes with Reinforced Seams. It will probably take you longer to say the name of these shoes than it will to actually get them. They have just a .5 weight and armor rating in the high 30s with two mod slots, and are just waiting to be picked up in the open world. Very similar to the Nomad Shirt, fast travel to the Crescent and Broad fast travel point in Japantown and head south with your eyes peeled for a blue van. Once you spot it, look inside for a corpse who no longer has much use for shoes.

Next, you’ll need some pants to match your shoes. The Protective-Layer Fixer Pants are on another body, this time on the roof of a building on Jig-Jig Street. You can find a way to reach the rooftops via an alley beside the Joytoy on the southeast side of Japantown. These pants weigh .7 and have armor in the high 30s and two mod slots.

Johnny’s outfit

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The only iconic set of clothing, at least discovered so far, is the outfit of none other than Johnny Silverhand. These aren’t guaranteed to come as Legendary but can be upgraded to that level in time. Either way, who doesn’t want to dress up like Johnny? You’ll get his tank top during the main campaign after the quest Tapeworm, but the rest you’ll need to hunt down. His sunglasses and jacket, for instance, can be earned right after you complete Tapeworm by doing the side mission Chippin’ In. His pants and shoes each need to be collected while on specific gigs. While doing the Psychofan gig, make sure to loot a pink suitcase in the bedroom you are sent to. The shoes are in a locker where you go to get a certain bootleg in the Family Heirloom gig.

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