How to Get the Best Armor in Cyberpunk 2077

Someone who gets shot at on a daily basis, like Cyberpunk 2077’s V, needs a quality set of reinforced duds to ensure their body doesn’t have more holes in it than necessary. Luckily, the clothing of the future is super thick out of simple necessity, so there’s plenty of ways to cover up your important parts. Here’s how to get the best armor in Cyberpunk 2077.

Clothes Make the Merc

Let’s start by clarifying something: there isn’t a singular “best” piece of armor or clothing in Cyberpunk 2077. While there is Iconic clothing, of which there is only a single instance, they aren’t usually any better than the generic clothing pieces you can get from shops or off of killed enemies. Iconic clothes sometimes have special effects like slight stamina increases or damage resistances, but the objectively “best” armor in the game usually boils down to two factors: the actual armor stat, and the number of Mod slots.

The armor stat on the clothes you find scales up as you level up. As you become stronger, you’ll just naturally start finding better armor on bodies and in shops. To that end, the best armor in the game is of the Legendary quality, which you aren’t likely to find until you’re at least level 30. 

Legendary armor usually has the highest base armor stat, as well as the most mod slots. If you were to, for example, fill all of those slots with Armadillo mods for additional armor bonuses, you can get a mildly ridiculous amount of defense. There are Iconic Legendary armors, but the generic stuff is usually better since you can add your own mods.

Legendary armor can be obtained as random rewards for completing Gigs once you hit level 32. The chances are on the low side at first, but gradually increase as you level further. You can also craft your own Legendary armor if your Technical Ability Attribute is at least 18. At that level, you can get the Edgerunner Artisan Perk, which allows you to use Legendary craft specs, though obviously, you’ll have to find the specs first. The best place to find Legendary specs is in normal clothing shops, though you’ll need to have high Street Cred to make them appear. 

How to Get the Best Armor in Cyberpunk 2077

Now that you’re aware there is no “best” armor, some pieces have decent base stats and several mod slots. Depending on you want to build your character, you may want to pick up a few of the following items:

  • Blooming Amber Bandana
  • Replica of Johnny’s Samurai Jacket (+30% Crit)
  • Samurai 2020 Tour T-Shirt (4 Mod slots)
  • Worn Spunky Monkey Kicks (+13 Movement Speed)
  • Dura-Membrane Netrunner Pants (+10 Movement Speed)

Check out our guide for a complete list of Iconic and Legendary clothing/armor. Remember, it comes down to the mod slots. Find gear that has the most mod slots to make them your own.