In Horizon Zero Dawn, outfits allow for protection against the variety of dangers Aloy encounters. Each outfit provides different base values of resistance to unique types of damage. Aloy begins the game with the Outcast outfit and can upgrade as merchants throughout the world are unlocked.
Two of the three outfits that were originally available as pre-order bonuses only have been included in the Complete Edition of the game released in December of 2017.
List of Outfits
- Banuk Ice Hunter
- Banuk Sickness Eater
- Banuk Trailblazer (pre-order/Complete Edition bonus)
- Banuk WerakFW
- Carja Blazon
- Carja Silks
- Carja Storm Ranger (pre-order/Complete Edition bonus)
- Nora Brave
- Nora Lookout (pre-order bonus)
- Nora Protector
- Nora Silent Hunter
- Nora Survivor
- Oseram Arrow Breaker
- Oseram Sparkworker
- Shadow Stalwart
- Undergarments (quest-specific sequences only)
Each outfit (with the exception of the Shield-Weaver) originates from one of the four tribes in the game. Each tribe has a distinct theme in their attire, usually correlating with the environment or expertise. The majority of the people that Aloy encounters are wearing their tribe's respective garb.
- "The Savage East must be a really dull place, if that’s how you all dress."
- ―Carja Villager
With the exception of Matriarchs, Nora generally do not wear headdresses.
The clothing worn by Carja is varied depending on which caste the wearer belongs to, although traits shared by all groups are a wide (albeit generally warm) color palette and hexagonal accents. People of the lower class generally dress in linens, occasionally wearing simple cloth head coverings. Nobles and merchants, on the other hand, wear clothing comprised of silks, accented with machine parts (either left in their natural state or lacquered), ornate headresses, hexagonal patterns, and avian features. Only members of the upper class are seen wearing face paint, which consists mainly of delicate eye makeup and (in the case of women) lipstick. The excessive extravagance of Carja outfits is often mocked by other tribes, with the Nora comparing their soldiers to turkeys.
The outfits of the Shadow Carja are similar in design, albeit with a much darker color scheme and more sinister look. Shadow Carja slaves, on the other hand, are dressed in thin white linens, which are often dirty and in poor condition.
The clothing worn by most Oseram is designed for durability and practicality, fully embracing function over form. It generally features thick, dull colored leather or rough fabrics, reinforced with Oseram steel. Oseram attire is known to the tribes as some of the hardiest available, built for durability and strength rather than presentation or speed. Oseram are often seeing wearing helmets or headbands made of leather and steel, likely for protection during hunting or forging. Interestingly, while the Oseram are not known for their artistry, the steel in their garments often feature circular designs.
The Oseram are the only tribe not to wear any form of face paint, although several men have tattoos on their arms.
The clothing worn by most Banuk is designed for enduring the frigid lands of Ban-Ur. Garments are made of cured animal hides, lined with furs and often covering most of the body. The Banuk dress themselves in bright colors, using a palette of yellow, green, red, blue, and white, in order to prevent other hunters from mistaking them for prey. Red is never used for more than accenting, likely to avoid being mistaken for blood. Banuk generally wear large headdresses, sometimes built into their hoods, made of furs and multiple machine parts. Banuk seen outside of their territory generally wear thinner clothing with a muted color palette.
Banuk shamans are unique in appearance. They wear little to no clothing on their upper body, and have blue machine cables sewn throughout their skin. They wear massive headdresses, generally draped with strips of blue and red cloth with cover their face.
Banuk face paint appears to signify werak allegiance. It follows the multi-color palette of Banuk clothing, and generally features triangular designs.
- The player has the option to visually modify the outfits by removing the headgear.