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How to get Ancient Armor in Sons of the Forest

A fancy piece of useless armor.

Update: Sons of the Forest has received a few updates since it first launched in Early Access - with it now in 1.0 - and as a result, the location and name of the Golden Armor (now Ancient Armor) has changed. We've updated this guide to reflect changes made to this armor set and where to find it.

Stranded on a gigantic, glorious island with nothing but some suitcases and the strange dude that is Kelvin, Sons of the Forest isn’t the idyllic getaway you might’ve hoped for. Much of the time, you’ll be fleeing cannibals and mutants. That is, if you don’t succumb and become one yourself.

To stay alive and keep your base intact, there are a few things you ought to do beyond building walls and finding weapons, namely finding some armor to protect yourself with. So, in this guide, we explain how to get the Ancient Armor in Sons of the Forest.


How to get Ancient Armor in Sons of the Forest

The Ancient Armor in Sons of the Forest is located in an underground cultist cave that can be found by a lake near the base of the snowy mountain, though there are two entrances. The location of the cave is marked by a white cave icon on your map, and is marked in the below images.

The entrance to the cave containing the Golden Armor in Sons of the Forest is shown
We'll guide you through the cave to the Ancient Armor from this entrance. | Image credit: VG247/Newnight
A labelled map of the island in Sons of the Forest showing where to enter the cave containing the Golden Armor set
The cave entrance can be found by a lake south of the mountain, but there is one alternative entrance to the north of the mountain. | Image credit: Newnight

Head over to the right-most marker, and you’ll find entrance to the cave in no-time. We'll guide you through the cave from this entrance.

To successfully make your way through this cave, you’ll need the rebreather, rope gun, and shovel in advance. You then should’ve used your shovel to retrieve the Maintenance Keycard, which we’ll also need in this cave.

Once you head inside, press ahead and take the rightmost path. You'll then need to squeeze through a small gap, and will then want to continue forward while keeping right.

Continue through the tunnels until there's no choice but to dive into the nearby water. Swim left through the underground tunnel until you reach land again.

Depending on where you emerge from the water, you want to go to the path that leads upwards and takes you to a rope. The downward path will take you to an area where you can find the rifle, however.

The player faces a barred opening in a cave in Sons of the Forest
Make your way through this opening. | Image credit: VG247/Newnight

Climb up the rope here, and continue ahead into a tunnel full of golden bars. Continue heading forward until you reach a barred opening. Break it, and continue on. You'll now get to go down another slide. Wahey!

Continue forward. The path here is linear, and you'll know you're going the correct way as gold bars will become more and more frequent. You should eventually come to a ledge with crosses adorning it which you'll want to jump down from. Press ahead again.

When you come to an opening, you'll have a choice between going left or right. Take the right path and you'll come to a room full of water. Equip your rebreather and keep right, swimming underwater. When you reach the dead-end, dive underwater again and go left past the golden box until you reach the next patch of land again.

In the next area, keep right and go through the small opening there. Head left, and you'll see some sort of aircraft with lightning from above striking it. Nice. Ignore the spectacle for now and keep left until you're around the back of the aircraft.

The entrance to a crashed aircraft inside of a cave is shown in Sons of the Forest
You'll find the Ancient Armor on a corpse in the cockpit of this aircraft. | Image credit: VG247/Newnight

You'll see that the aircraft is open and you can head on inside. In the cockpit, you'll find the Ancient Armor.

Is Ancient Armor good in Sons of the Forest?

Simply put, no, the Ancient Armor is not the best of armor to use in Sons of the Forest. It’s not particularly great for defending yourself whatsoever, but collecting the set is key to completing the game, so you’ll want to retrieve it sooner or later.

The armor does work to reduce damage, but is by no means as good as other armor types that can nullfy certain damage-types, such as the Tech Armor.

How to use Ancient Armor in Sons of the Forest

The Ancient Armor in Sons of the Forest is an end-game piece of kit that you’ll need.

You can equip the armor from your inventory and use it as you would any other armor, but considering the fact that it sucks, you might want to opt for something else.

Regardless, keep the Ancient Armor in your inventory. Without spoiling the end of Sons of the Forest, you’ll eventually come across the mysterious VIP Bunker on the island that contains a strange, locked door. This door seemingly requires an arm of sorts to unlock.

The player faces the VIP Bunker in Sons of the Forest

When you approach this bunker and are ready to press on, equip the Ancient Armor and prepare to unlock the strange door inside.


That’s it for Ancient Armor in Sons of the Forest. For more on the creepy cannibal island, take a look at our Sons of the Forest walkthrough.

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