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Armor is defensive equipment designed to provide protection from the hostile environments and equally as hostile enemies of the Heleus cluster.


There are four categories of armor pieces available to the Ryder - Arms, Chests, Helmets, and Legs.

  • Some armor sets have less armor pieces: Heleus Defender, Deep Space Explorer, and Scavenger sets, which only have two pieces (Armor and Helmet).
  • Depending upon the choice to be either a female or male Ryder, all armor will change in appearance slightly. The female version of armor is slightly smaller and more feminine in nature. The male version of armor is slightly larger and more muscular in nature. There is no difference in armor performance based on gender.
  • Armor can be found dropped from enemies, looted from containers, purchased from merchants, or by crafting at a research center.
  • Armor can only be changed at a Loadout station or using the Item Pickup menu.
  • Ryder starts the game with a set of Rank I Initiative Armor.
  • Each armor piece counts as one item towards the Inventory item limit.


  • Armor can be enhanced during development with augmentations, four in the chest piece, two each in the arms, legs, and helmet. (The full-body piece in the Heleus, Deep Space Explorer, and Scavenger sets has the same augmentation slots as a chest component and doesn't accept augmentations meant for arms or legs.)
  • Chest pieces can also be enhanced with fusion mods, untested Remnant technology with impressive benefits and equally impressive penalties. Fusion mods cannot be used with the Deep Space Explorer or Scavenger sets.
  • Armor appearance can be customized in the Wardrobe in the Pathfinder's Quarters on the Tempest.
  • Squadmate armor is fixed and is unable to be changed or customized.

Armor availability[]

Blueprints for researched and Andromeda Initiative-issued armors are unlocked at specific levels. Found and purchased armor levels up on the same schedule as AI-issued blueprints. Once a new tier is unlocked, prior tiers will not be found or available for purchase during gameplay.

Researchable Armor immediate 5 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80
Andromeda Initiative
Issued Armor
immediate 6 11 21 31 41 51 61 71 81

Technology types[]

Armors fall into three technology types based on where their supporting tech comes from.

  • Milky Way Research.png
    Milky Way armors use proven Andromeda Initiative technologies. Milky way armors provide the largest variety of choices for defense including combat, exploration, and defensive focused platforms.
  • Heleus Research.png
    Heleus armors incorporate technologies from civilizations in the Heleus Cluster of the Andromeda galaxy. Heleus armors are combat focused and increase battle capabilities.
  • Remnant Research.png
    Remnant armors use experimental materials and technologies based on the mysterious Remnant. Remnant armors provide strong defense and restoration properties not found with other armor technologies.


Armor falls into one of four categories: common, uncommon, rare, or ultra rare. Each armor rarity icon corresponds to a color coding. As rarity increases, the value of the armor increases as well.

Armor that is crafted uses the same light blue colored icon, no matter the rarity.

Armor Common Uncommon Rare Ultra Rare Crafted
Arms Common Arms Icon.png Uncommon Arms Icon.png Rare Arms Icon.png N/A Crafted Arms Icon.png
Chests Common Chest Icon.png Uncommon Chest Icon.png Rare Chest Icon.png Ultra Rare Chest Icon.png Crafted Chest Icon.png
Helmets Common Helmet Icon.png Uncommon Helmet Icon.png Rare Helmet Icon.png Ultra Rare Helmet Icon.png Crafted Helmet Icon.png
Legs Common Legs Icon.png Uncommon Legs Icon.png Rare Legs Icon.png N/A Crafted Legs Icon.png

Armor Sets[]

Name Rarity Technology Subsets
Andromeda Elite Helmet1 Uncommon Milky Way
Angaran Armor Rare Heleus Angaran Guerilla, Angaran Ranger, Angaran Commando
Deep Space Explorer Armor2 Ultra Rare Milky Way
Heleus Armor Ultra Rare Heleus Heleus Defender, Heleus Champion, Heleus Icon
HyperGuardian Armor Uncommon Milky Way
Initiative Armor Common Milky Way Initiative, Initiative Recon, Initiative Spearpoint
Kett Armor Rare Heleus Kett Integrator, Kett Fusion, Kett Unity
Maverick Armor Uncommon Milky Way Maverick Skirmisher, Maverick Ambusher, Maverick Deadeye
N7 Armor Uncommon Milky Way
Pathfinder Armor Uncommon Milky Way Pathfinder, Pathfinder Scout, Pathfinder Vigilant
Remnant Armor Rare Remnant Remnant Legacy, Remnant Heritage, Remnant Reborn
Scavenger Armor2 Ultra Rare Milky Way


  • Using all pieces from the same armor set provide no additional bonuses.
  • Choosing to mix and match armor pieces from different armor sets incurs no detrimental effects.
Name Health Shields Damage
Weapons Combat
XP Sell Price
Andromeda Elite Helmet
Angaran Arms, Helmet, Legs
Angaran Chest
Deep Space Explorer Armor
Deep Space Explorer Helmet
Heleus Armor
Heleus Helmet
HyperGuardian Arms, Helmet, Legs
HyperGuardian Chest
Initiative Arms, Helmet
Initiative Chest
Initiative Legs
Kett Arms, Helmet, Legs
Kett Chest
Maverick Arms, Helmet, Legs
Maverick Chest
N7 Arms, Helmet, Legs
N7 Chest
Pathfinder Arms, Helmet, Legs
Pathfinder Chest
Remnant Arms, Helmet, Legs
Remnant Chest
Scavenger Armor
Scavenger Helmet


Armor can be purchased from the following merchants:


Equipped items have a green check mark Equipped Item Icon.png.

1 The Andromeda Elite Helmet is the only piece of armor that doesn't belong to an armor set. This is a helmet-only piece of armor that is a reward for completing Andromeda Initiative training at the Andromeda Initiative site.[1] Training involves watching 6 videos about the Initiative and takes approximately 20 minutes.

2 The Deep Space Explorer and Scavenger Armor sets are available exclusively to players who purchased the Deluxe or Super Deluxe Edition.

Achievements and trophies[]

The following achievements and trophies can be earned which are related to Armor:

See also[]