In Wild Hearts, your armor isn’t just a visual reminder to other players of the fearsome Kemono you’ve slain. There’s a satisfying amount of customization in EA’s new action RPG that will have you working hard for valuable crafting materials as you seek to perfect the best build for your hunter.
With a larger than life arsenal of weapons, in Wild Hearts the best offense may not be a good defense, but it certainly helps. Choosing the right equipment before heading out on a hunt can give you a huge advantage over your target, increasing your resistance to their attacks, negating status ailments, and granting a variety of passive bonuses.
This Wild Hearts armor guide is a useful guide for anyone looking to learn more about the game’s armor system, from forging and upgrading to the best starting options and changing appearances.
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How to get armor in Wild Hearts
Like weapons, you can craft armor almost anywhere when playing Wild Hearts.
Although Natsume’s forge in Minato seems like a good place to search for new equipment and upgrades, you can set up a Field Forge while exploring Azuma. It is one of the many Dragon Karakuri structures that Wild Hearts has to offer, allowing hunters to build self-sufficient camps between Kemono battles.
For the full list of Dragon Karakuri available in the game, check out our extensive Wild Hearts Karakuri guide for more information.
The forging menu is fairly simple, with each column representing one of the armor sets available for crafting. Each piece of armor has its own unique combination of characteristics including a base defense score, resistance stats for the game’s five different items, and attached abilities.
To forge armor, you will need to gather certain crafting materials, most armor sets are inspired by one of the Kemono in the game. It may be necessary to do some hunting to collect the components needed to complete a corresponding armor set, especially since some rare materials can only be obtained by cutting off Kemono’s tails and other parts when they are enraged.
Wild Hearts Armor: Human Paths and Kemono Explained
You’ll notice that every piece of armor in Wild Hearts has a Human, Kemono, or Neutral alignment, which moves you along a sliding scale between the three. In the game’s story, those who want to pursue technological advancements take the first Path, while those who believe in the balance of nature prefer the second.
It’s not immediately clear how this Path system affects the game starting out, but, needless to say, it can have a significant impact on getting the most out of your weapons and armor.
When viewing the Forge, you may notice that some attached weapon and armor skills are grayed out with a colored Path alignment symbol next to them. What this means is that these abilities will only activate when wearing armor with the corresponding alignment.
For example, the Wrack Blade upgrade for the Karakuri Katana has an attached skill called Tiger’s Den that increases attack, but makes it harder to recover from ailments. However, this is a Kemono Path ability and will not activate if you wear armor equipped with Human Path. This adds an aspect to the game’s RPG customization that some will find frustrating, while others will see it as a way to deepen that sense of immersion in the game world.
How to upgrade armor in Wild Hearts
Wild Hearts does not feature a typical armor upgrade system. While weapons can be upgraded using the game’s extensive upgrade tree, armor upgrades work a little differently.
When you visit Natsume in Minato or use Field Forge, you will see that the armor crafting menu has three tabs: Forging, Human Path Modification, and Kemono Path Modification.
Once you have created a piece of armor, you will be able to create Human and Kemono Path versions by accessing the other two tabs. These armor variants not only look aesthetically different, but also offer superior defense and additional abilities. However, as explained above, choosing Human or Kemono mods can unlock/lock specific abilities attached. It’s not a deal breaker early in the game, although it’s something you’ll want to keep in mind.
What is the best armor for beginners in Wild Hearts?
When starting out in Wild Hearts, one of your first priorities should be to ditch your tattered hunter’s robes: this samurai-style outfit looks cool, but offers little protection against the mythical beasts you’re about to face off against.
As mentioned in our Wild Hearts beginner tips, you shouldn’t get too obsessed with trying to unlock full armor sets, at least not at first. You’ll find that as soon as you clear the next Kemono from your kill list, there will be new gear available to craft at the forge that is almost always better than what you’re wearing. It won’t be until Chapter 3 that you’ll feel compelled to delve into armor stats, how they work, and ways to optimize your build in preparation for those tougher endgame battles.
That said, there are two good armor set options to consider during those first encounters with Kemono. Both the Young Samurai and Basara sets offer a good base defense score and protection against most types of elemental damage, although both are weak against fire, which can make your first Lavaback hunt a bit of a challenge. elderly.
Both sets also offer some decent attached abilities, which increase your base health and attack power, as well as your dodge distance, depending on how you mix and match these armor pieces. On top of that, crafting materials are pretty easy to obtain as you fight Ragetail, Sapscourge, and Kingtusk Kemono. This grinding phase presents a good window to learn how to handle Wild Hearts while also experimenting with different types of weapons. Some of the leftover Kemono pieces can be used to create Human and Kemono Path modifications for your Young Samurai and Basara armor sets.
How to change the appearance of armor in Wild Hearts
The armor skins in Wild Hearts are excellent, especially when you start unlocking human and Kemono modifications. Chances are you’ll fall in love with a cool piece of armor but refuse to wear it due to its poor stats or attached abilities. Fortunately, Wild Hearts allows you to customize the look of your character’s equipment, similar to Monster Hunter’s ‘Layered Armor’ system. However, there are some obstacles you must overcome.
Please note that this option is not unlocked until you complete the main story. Once you have it, pay Yatarō, the grumpy boy next to Nastume’s forge, a visit to unlock the armor. Coating that will change your appearance. This requires that you have already created the equipment whose appearance you want to replicate, as well as magic orbs and a large amount of gold.
Good luck in Wild Hearts!
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