Grounded Guide – How To Craft Armor (All Armor Materials, Stats, And Bonuses)

Grounded features several different types of armor, each with unique stats and buffs. Equipping a full set of armor will also grant you a unique bonus that can come in hand while exploring the backyard.

However, before you can craft armor, you’ll have to unlock its recipe and gather the necessary materials.

In this guide, we’ll show you how to make armor in Grounded as well as highlight the crafting materials, stats, and bonuses of each set.  If you’re new to the game, make sure to check out our guide on how to get started in Grounded.

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How To Craft Armor

grounded how to craft armor

Like most survival games, a lot of your time in Grounded is spent making things that will keep your character alive and safe. The game tasks you with managing hunger, thirst, stamina, and health meters, all while dealing with predators of all shapes and sizes.

This is where armor comes in hand, as each piece you have equipped will reduce the amount of damage you take from attacks and usually provides some sort of special buff. While some gear can be crafted on the fly, most armor will require a workbench before they can be made.

Additionally, you can’t craft armor until your character learns the associated recipe, which is done by collecting and analyzing materials at one of the Field Stations scattered across the map. Once you have unlocked a recipe, gather the necessary materials, and craft the armor using a workbench.

List of Armor Materials, Stats, And Bonuses

grounded list of armor sets

The kind of armor you have equipped will determine which enemies you can fight, what areas you can explore, and how effective you are at different tasks.

At the start of the game, your primary focus will be to simply stay alive. However, as you become more comfortable, you’ll eventually want better gear to help with tougher enemies and exploring new parts of the backyard.

Below we’ve created a list of every set of armor in Grounded along with any known stats, effects, and bonuses they provide. Additionally, we’ve detailed the different methods for unlocking each armor recipe and the materials required to make them.

Standard Armor

grounded individual armor

This section focuses on miscellaneous armor that doesn’t belong to a specific set. Each piece provides a useful buff that can really come in hand when you’re just getting started.

Keep in mind that to take on the backyard’s most dangerous threats, you’re going to need to craft better gear.

NameMaterialsBuffRecipe Unlock
Aphid Slippers• 2x Raw Aphid Meat
• 10x Mite Fuzz
+The Quickness:
Increases run speed
Analyze Aphid Meat
Eyepatch• 1x Woven Fiber
• 2x Fiber Bandage
• 1x Sap
+Attack: Increases
attack damage
Analyze Woven Fiber
Mite Hat• 5x Mite Fuzz
• 5x Grub Hide
+Hyperstamina:
Faster stamina recovery
Collect Mite Fuzz
Gas Mask• 1x Weevil Nose
• 4x Gnat Fuzz
• 2x Woven Fiber
• 1x Stinkbug Part
+Gas Guard:
Immune to gas attacks
and effects
Analyze Stinkbug
Gas Sack, Weevil Nose;
collect Stinkbug Part

Clover Armor

grounded clover armor set

The Clover Armor set is great for managing your hunger and thirst meters early on in the game. Each piece grants Fuller, which causes your character’s hunger meter to deplete more slowly.

Furthermore, equipping the entire set will give you the bonus effect Moist, which keeps your character hydrated for longer.

NameMaterialsBuffRecipe Unlock
Clover Hood• 4x Clover Leaf
• 1x Woven Fiber
+FullerAnalyze Clover Leaf
Clover Poncho• 6x Clover Leaf
• 3x Woven Fiber
+FullerAnalyze Clover Leaf
Clover Shin Guards• 3x Clover Leaf
• 2x Woven Fiber
• 3x Sprig
+FullerAnalyze Clover Leaf

Acorn Armor

grounded acorn armor set

The Acorn Armor set is excellent for coming to grips with Grounded’s tier-based crafting system since it requires a bunch of Tier 1 materials.

Each piece provides a buff that increases your character’s maximum health. While wearing the full set, you’ll also receive Uncrackable, which raises the number of attacks you can block before getting stunned.

NameMaterialsBuffRecipe Unlock
Acorn Face Mask• 1x Acorn Shell
• 3x Woven Fiber
• 5x Mite Fuzz
+Max HealthAnalyze Acorn Shell
Acorn Chestplate• 3x Acorn Shell
• 4x Woven Fiber
• 6x Clover Leaf
+Max HealthAnalyze Acorn Shell
Acorn Leg Plates• 2x Acorn Shell
• 4x Woven Fiber
• 4x Sap
+Max HealthAnalyze Acorn Shell

Ant Armor

grounded ant armor set

One of the best early game builds to focus your efforts on crafting is the Ant Armor set. This is because each piece gives you Hauling Strength, a useful perk that increases your character’s carrying capacity for items like Weed Stems and Grass Planks.

Even better, the full set will grant you the HumAnt bonus effect, which tricks Soldier Ants into thinking you’re an ally.

NameMaterialsBuffRecipe Unlock
Ant Helmet• 1x Ant Head
• 3x Ant Part
• 5x Mite Fuzz
+Hauling StrengthCollect Ant Part
Ant Arm Guards• 5x Ant Part
• 2x Acid Gland
• 2x Mite Fuzz
+Hauling StrengthCollect Ant Part
Ant Knee Guards• 6x Ant Part
• 2x Woven Fiber
• 4x Mite Fuzz
+Hauling Strength
Collect Ant Part

Grub Armor

grounded grub armor set

While it may not be the bulkiest Tier 1 armor you can craft, the Grub Armor set still offers a decent amount of protection. Since each piece provides you with a Max Stamina buff, you’ll be able to perform more attacks and sprint further before your character gets tired.

Although the effect of this set’s full bonus is currently unknown, the name Plump & Juicy suggests it’s tied to hunger and thirst.

NameMaterialsBuffRecipe Unlock
Grub Goggles• 3x Grub Hide
• 1x Raw Weevil Meat
+Max StaminaAnalyze Grub Hide
Grub Vest• 5x Grub Hide
• 2x Grub Goop
• 4x Dry Grass Chunk
+Max StaminaAnalyze Grub Hide
Grub Leggings• 4x Grub Hide
• 4x Dry Grass Chunk
• 2x Mite Fuzz
+Max Stamina
Analyze Grub Hide

Ladybug Armor

grounded ladybug armor set

The Ladybug Armor set is arguably the best Tier 2 armor currently in the game. Each piece gives you Blocking Strength, which reduces the amount of damage you take from blocked attacks.

However, the real standout here is the full set bonus Scarlet Embrace, which allows your character to regenerate health over time.

NameMaterialsBuffRecipe Unlock
Ladybug Faceplate• 1x Ladybug Head
• 2x Ladybug Part
• 3x Berry Leather
+Blocking StrengthAnalyze Berry Leather;
collect
Ladybug Part
Ladybug Chestplate• 2x Flower Petal
• 4x Ladybug Part
• 4x Berry Leather
+Blocking StrengthAnalyze Berry Leather;
collect
Ladybug Part
Ladybug Shin Guards• 4x Ladybug Part
• 4x Berry Leather
• 4x Flower Petal
+Blocking Strength
Analyze Berry Leather;
collect
Ladybug Part

Spider Armor

grounded spider armor set

If you’re tough enough to take on Grounded’s spiders, we recommend going for the Tier 2 Spider Armor set.

For each piece equipped, you’ll receive Hyperstamina, which causes your stamina meter to refill faster than usual. The full set bonus is Hunter’s Prowess, which increases your character’s overall movement speed.

NameMaterialsBuffRecipe Unlock
Spider Hood• 2x Spider Fang
• 3x Spider Chunk
• 2x Berry Leather
+HyperstaminaAnalyze Spider Chunk
Spider Shoulder Guard• 5x Spider Chunk
• 3x Berry Leather
• 4x Spider Silk
+HyperstaminaAnalyze Spider Chunk
Spider Knee Pads• 4x Spider Chunk
• 4x Spider Silk
• 2x Berry Leather
+Hyperstamina
Analyze Spider Chunk

Bee Armor (Rotten Bee Armor)

grounded bee armor set

While regular Bee Armor isn’t currently in the game, players can unlock the Rotten Bee variation by exploring the Ant Hill for skeletal remains.

Each piece of this Tier 2 armor gives you Sprint Distance, reducing the amount of stamina consumed while running. It’s unclear what the full set bonus does as of now, but the name Fuzzy Cushion leads us to believe it may reduce fall damage.

NameMaterialsBuffRecipe Unlock
Rotten Bee Face Mask• 2x Raw Aphid Meat
• 10x Mite Fuzz
+Sprint DistanceCollect parts from inside the Ant Hill
Rotten Bee Shoulder Pads• 1x Woven Fiber
• 2x Fiber Bandage
• 1x Sap
+Sprint DistanceCollect parts from inside the Ant Hill
Rotten Bee Shin Guards• 5x Mite Fuzz
• 5x Grub Hide
+Sprint Distance
Collect parts from inside the Ant Hill

Which Armor Is The Best?

Grounded Combat tips

Each armor set has its own strengths and weaknesses that can either enhance or hinder your character’s performance, depending on the situation. When deciding which armor to craft, consider your playstyle, any crafting materials you’ll need to gather, and areas you would like to improve in, such as combat, traversal, or survivability.  

That being said, the Ant and Ladybug Armor sets can carry you through most of the game. If you’re an experienced player who’s moved on to exploring the entire backyard, the Spider and Rotten Bee Armor will help you get from one corner of the map to another quickly.  

Since Grounded is an Early Access game, the meta will likely change over time. New armor sets may be introduced, and buffs may be adjusted to keep things balanced. We encourage you to bookmark this guide and check back for future updates.

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