If you’ve been playing Grounded, you might be wondering what bonuses you get from wearing a full set of armor. While the descriptions mention what each piece of armor gives, you don’t know what the complete bonus is until equipping everything. Take a look below for every set bonus currently in Grounded.
Quick Disclaimer: These armor sets reflect the full release of Grounded but the images may be slightly outdated. We’ve also updated each set with the armor classes explained below:
- Light Armor – 10% Damage Reduction while requiring 5% Extra Stamina to use weapons.
- Medium Armor – 20% Damage Reduction while requiring 15% Extra Stamina to use weapons.
- Heavy Armor – 30% Damage Reduction while requiring 25% Extra Stamina to use weapons.
Table of Contents
|Black Ant Armor|
|Black Ox Armor|
|Fire Ant Armor|
|Roly Poly Armor|
Clover Armor Set Bonus – Moist
Full Clover Set Materials Required – 13 Clover Leaves, 6 Crude Rope, 2 Sprigs
The first armor you’re most likely going to craft is the Clover Armor Set. Each piece provides the +Fuller buff which will make your hunger deplete slower. While the full set provides the Moist bonus which makes you “Stay Quenched Longer”. This reduces your thirst drain rate so you won’t need to drink as often.
Later Grounded updates introduced an armor class system where the Clover set is Light Armor. This provides 10% Damage Reduction while requiring an extra 5% stamina to use weapons.
Ant Armor Set Bonus – HumAnt
Full Ant Set Materials Required – 1 Ant Head, 14 Ant Parts, 2 Acid Glands, 11 Mite Fuzz, 2 Crude Rope
After defeating some Worker Ants, you’ll want to use those parts to make an Ant Armor Set. Each individual piece provides the +Hauling Strength buff which lets you carry three more items while hauling. Items such as Weed Stems or Grass planks. The full armor set bonus is HumAnt which makes it so Soldier Ants won’t attack you on sight anymore. However, if you attack an ant, any nearby ants will also come to attack you.
Similar to the Clover Armor Set, the Ant Armor Set is also under the Light Armor label. This provides 10% Damage Reduction while requiring an extra 5% stamina to use weapons.
Acorn Armor Set Bonus – Uncrackable
Full Acorn Set Materials Required – 6 Acorn Shells, 5 Mite Fuzz, 6 Clover Leaves, 4 Sap, 11 Crude Rope
Acorn Armor isn’t too difficult to make and it’s a great jump in the first tier. Each piece of armor provides the +Max Health buff which gives extra max health. The full armor set bonus is Uncrackable which increases your stun resistance. The description reads as, “You’re a tough nut to crack and hard to stun.”
Grub Armor Set Bonus – Optimized Offense
Full Grub Set Materials Required – 12 Grub Hides, 2 Grub Goop, 1 Raw Weevil Meat, 8 Dry Grass Chunks, 2 Mite Fuzz
Grub Armor is a useful tier 1 armor if you’re confident in not getting hit. Each piece of armor provides the +Max Stamina buff which gives more max stamina. This lets you run farther, attack more, harvest more, etc. The full set bonus for Grub Armor provides Optimized Offense which reduces the time it takes for stamina to regenerate.
The original buff on Grub Armor was Plump & Juicy. The assumption was that it provided extra max stamina previously. Regardless, Grub Armor is now part of the Medium Armor class. This provides 20% Damage Reduction while increasing stamina use by 15%.
Bee Armor Set Bonus – Pollen Shot
Full Bee Set Materials Required – 13 Bee Fuzz, 1 Bee Stinger, 6 Silk Rope, 9 Berry Leather
Bee Armor is a tier 2 armor that provides the +Bow Stun buff per piece of armor. This buff increases stun damage dealt to enemies. The original full set bonus was Fuzzy Cushion, but this was later replaced with Pollen Shot. Despite Pollen Shot originally having a different buff, it now makes it so arrows have a chance to release a cloud of pollen.
If you don’t mind going into a dangerous area, you can search a certain anthill for a free rotten set of the Bee Armor. This can save you some time and material especially if you take advantage of the HumAnt buff. Regardless, this Light Armor provides 10% Damage Reduction while requiring an extra 5% stamina to use weapons.
Spider Armor Set Bonus – Hunter’s Prowess
Full Spider Set Materials Required – 2 Spider Fangs, 12 Spider Chunks, 8 Silk Rope, 7 Berry Leather
Spider Armor is a tier 2 armor that provides the Stamina Regen Delay buff per piece of armor. This buff reduces the time it takes for stamina to start regenerating. The full armor set bonus of Hunter’s Prowess makes you regenerate stamina even quicker.
Similar to other changes made during Grounded’s development, the Stamina Regen Delay buff was originally named +Hyperstamina. With that said, Spider Armor is a Medium Armor class that provides 20% Damage Reduction while increasing stamina use by 15%.
Ladybug Armor Set Bonus – Scarlet Embrace
Full Ladybug Set Materials Required – 1 Ladybug Head, 11 Ladybug Parts, 6 Flower Petals, 11 Berry Leather
Ladybug Armor is a tier 2 armor that provides the +Blocking Strength buff per piece of armor. This buff increases the number of hits you can block before getting stunned. The full armor set bonus of Scarlet Embrace provides a chance to regenerate health after blocking an attack.
This Heavy Armor class provides 30% Damage Reduction while having the highest extra stamina usage at 25%. You’ll need to sacrifice some stamina for that extra protection if you wear this set.
Koi Armor Set Bonus – Dazzling Riposte
Full Koi Set Materials Required – 10 Koi Fish Scales, 8 Eelgrass Strands, 7 Lilypad Wax, 3 Silk Rope, 5 Sunken Bones
Koi Scale is a tier 2 armor set that provides the +Perfect Block buff per piece of armor. This provides an extended window for triggering a perfect block against enemies. While the full armor set bonus is Dazzling Riposte. This bonus increases damage dealt after triggering a perfect block.
If you’re not sure how to get the right materials for this set, don’t worry, you don’t need to kill the Koi Fish in the Koi Pond biome. Instead, you’ll need to search the biome for Koi Fish Scales and Sunken Bones along the bottom. Regardless, this Light Armor provides 10% Damage Reduction while requiring an extra 5% stamina to use weapons.
Black Ant Armor Set Bonus – Pincushion
Full Black Ant Set Materials Required – 1 Black Ant Head, 14 Black Ant Parts, 11 Bee Fuzz, 2 Black Ant Mandibles, 2 Silk Rope
Black Ant Armor is a tier 2 armor that provides the +Crit After Block buff per armor piece. This buff provides a chance to increase your critical hit chance temporarily after blocking. Also, as part of the Medium Armor class, you’ll get 20% Damage Reduction with an extra 15% stamina usage. And the full armor set bonus is Pincushion which reflects some damage back at your attacker.
Moth Armor Set Bonus – Wind Run
Full Moth Set Materials Required – 2 Moth Scale, 12 Moth Fuzz, 10 Lint Rope, 5 Pupa Leather, 4 Pond Moss
Moth Armor is a tier 3 armor that provides the +Ranged Attack: Bleed buff per armor piece. This buff gives your bow and staff attacks a chance to apply bleed to enemies. It’s a Light Armor type providing 10% Damage Reduction and 5% extra stamina usage. While the Wind Run full armor set bonus provides a chance to get increased movement speed after hitting with a ranged attack.
Black Ox Armor Set Bonus – Stunning Charger
Full Black Ox Set Materials Required – 2 Black Ox Horns, 9 Black Ox Parts, 3 Pupa Leather, 6 Lint Rope, 5 Dust Mite Fuzz
Black Ox Armor is a tier 3 armor that provides the +Charge Attack Weaken buff per armor piece. This gives charged attacks a high chance to lower enemy damage dealt. As a Medium Armor class, it provides 20% Damage Reduction with an extra 15% stamina usage. While the full armor set bonus Stunning Charger makes melee charge attacks deal more stun damage.
Widow Armor Set Bonus – Death’s Impetus
Full Widow Set Materials Required – 6 Black Widow Fang, 3 Super Spider Venom, 10 Lint Rope, 8 Rust, 5 Pond Moss
Widow Armor is a tier 3 armor that provides the +Poison Damage buff per armor piece. This increases all the poison damage that you deal. As a Light Armor class, it provides 10% Damage Reduction and 5% extra stamina usage. While the full armor set bonus Death’s Impetus provides increased movement speed after killing enemies.
Assassin Armor Set Bonus – Critical Chain
Full Assassin Set Materials Required – 1 Mantis Head, 6 Mantis Chunk, 10 Pond Moss, 2 Mantis Claw, 10 Pupa Leather, 10 Lint Rope
Assassin Armor is a tier 3 armor that provides the +Crit Bleed buff per armor piece. This makes all of your critical hits also cause enemies to bleed. As a Light Armor class, it provides 10% Damage Reduction and 5% extra stamina usage. While the full armor set bonus Critical Chain increases crit chance after dealing a crit.
Fire Ant Armor Set Bonus – Acidic Splash
Full Fire Ant Set Materials Required – 1 Fire Ant Head, 14 Fire Ant Part, 6 Lint Rope, 2 Fire Ant Mandibles, 4 Dust Mite Fuzz
Fire Ant Armor is a tier 3 armor that provides the +Corrosion buff per armor piece. This gives your attack a chance to weaken an enemy’s defense. As a Medium Armor class, it provides 20% Damage Reduction with an extra 15% stamina usage. While the full armor set bonus Acidic Splash provides a chance on melee attacks to splash with acid.
Roly Poly Armor Set Bonus – Taunting Gaze
Full Roly Poly Set Materials Required – 11 Lint Rope, 9 Roly Poly Shell, 12 Pupa Leather, 10 Roly Poly Part
Roly Poly Armor is a tier 3 armor that provides the +Block Stun buff per armor piece. This applies stun damage to enemies when blocking their attacks. As a Heavy Armor class, it provides 30% Damage Reduction with an extra 25% stamina usage. While the full armor set bonus Taunting Gaze encourages enemies to attack you.
Antlion Armor Set Bonus – Quickdraw
Full Antlion Set Materials Required – 14 Antlion Part, 5 Silk Rope, 1 Boiling Gland, 3 Antlion Pincer, 3 Bee Fuzz
Antlion Armor is a tier 3 armor that provides the Sizzle Protection buff per armor piece. This gives sizzle resistance which you’ll need in the Sandbox biome. As a Medium Armor class, it provides 20% Damage Reduction with an extra 15% stamina usage. While the full armor set bonus Quickdraw gives you a faster reload speed.
I hope this guide for each armor set bonus helps you better understand which is best for you in Grounded. Continue learning more about Grounded via our guides on Commonly Asked Questions, How to Upgrade Your Tools, and even where to find tough materials.
Grounded released on September 27, 2022 for Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC. It’s also on the Xbox Game Pass at the time of publishing this article for both Xbox One and PC.
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Saturday 9th of January 2021
Hello. I tested the bee armors "Fuzzy cushion" gives an extremely high buff on for fall damage. I tested it by dropping off of my house which dropped me to almost half life. I used bandages to heal put on the bee armor and dropped off the same spot and tried to land as close to the same spot and took almost no damage at all.
Saturday 9th of January 2021
Ignore my previous comment. I am not sure what happened. I went back and double checked the test. Even without the bee armor I am taking almost no damage.
Friday 20th of November 2020
Each spider armor piece increase speed, I believe they changed the buff on each armor piece to be " the quickening" or something like that, as for the full set, I think it either has something to do with stealth, or possibly a combo of that and faster stamina regen? I'd have to double check the set bonus. Also the quickening bonus works in the water I believe, definitely made farming for stuff in the pond much easier before I had something to increase my O2
Sunday 15th of November 2020
The koi fish armor perfect block makes it to where you have a higher percentage chance to stun an enemy from a perfect block
Sunday 15th of November 2020
Thanks for the response Little Man! I added it into the article thanking you for the info as well.
Sunday 16th of August 2020
Grub Armor's set bonus "Plump and Juicy" provides a thirst bonus similar to, but better, than Clover armor's set bonus, "Moist."
Community tested: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1t01flwrWA
Friday 14th of August 2020
first, sorry for long post, but i did some testing. The spider armor set bonus is not speed. Each piece on its own for some reason give a speed bonus. i used stopwatches and the rake handle for consistency. the mite hat, which also has hyperstamina, does not increase speed, but it does exactly what its description says, increases stamina efficiency (like running uses less stamina - the hat is about 20%). The bee pieces (rotten of course) do roughly 30-40% total (10% each maybe?) decreased stamina when running. The aphid slippers ("The Quickness") give a speed bonus of about 20% while each spider part gives about 10%. so something seems like a bug with the spider gear, whether its the wrong effect name on each (hyperstamina), or maybe the set bonus is accidentally being split between all 3? i dont have grub or spider sets yet. When i get the spider gear in survival, ill check for stamina efficiency, or you could assuming you have it. I tested by running at a 3 long wall or so at just a slight angle. it takes about 25 seconds to deplete stamina from running with no buffs. if it also has better efficiency, i would bet that the set bonus is faster movement, but its been accidentally split and given to all pieces. Last thing is acorn armor. I dont know what it does, but since you claimed the ladybug armor allows you to block more times, i thought the uncrackable might have been taking less damage while blocking. In testing, i believe this to not be the case, but the acorn armor does take more hits to be stunned than no armor. So obviously the ladybug armor takes more hits to be stunned than acorn, but its not like a lot more. in my testing against stink bugs, it took 7 hits (relatively quick succession) to be stunned with no armor. it took about 11 in acorn, and ladybug was harder to test because they like to spray in the middle, but id say about 14-16. considering ladybug is around 2X as much armor as acorn, that would be about expected without the +blocking strength(3-5 increase of acorn; acorn being about 4 over base). and you take about half the damage as acorn armor while blocking, again that would be expected. assuming then that each piece would add enough for at least 1 more block on top of more for being better armor, then it doesnt really add up. I'd think those would be the only options for what that means, but i, personally, am not sure. oooo, but after writing that, i tested bee and ant armor, and they only took 7 hits as well (no armor was 7). When using acorn chest, and legs, but bee helmet (same DEF as acorn helm) it took only 7 hits, not the 10-11. I would say im confident then that Uncrackable is a worse version of +blocking strength (and that you are right that it increases hits taken while blocking).
Sunday 16th of August 2020
So I have to correct myself, mite hat doesnt seem to increase running efficiency, i might have had bee armor equipped with it without realizing. It actually doesnt seem to increase efficiency at all, because there's what? 2 actions that cause loss of stamina? running and swinging something right? tested running, and tested punching and swinging a mint mallet and insect axe. none of those offer more swings and at certain swings using the little marks towards the bottom of the stamina bar, they are in the exact same place. I also tested the first time, as again now, but it doesnt make stamina regen faster either, or if it does, its so negligible, that it would fall into "margin of error" territory. hyperstamina might not be working right now. This all come back to, i got the spider armor, and i am not sure about its hyperstamina obviously lol. still working on getting grub armor to confirm what the post below says. cant seem to find any grub, i hope they arent not respawning like the droplets were for me.