In the Old World
The original Ultraweave power armor suit consists of an exoskeleton with a full helmet, thick torso plates, and armor plates on the waist and thighs. According to Major Garrow, it utilizes flexible nano-fiber weave instead of plating, and enhances protection with a 400 eV hard light micro-projector.
In the New World
Stumbling into an ancient armory in the Sacred Land, Aloy came across a set of Ultraweave armor, locked in place by the ancient security systems. During her journey, she would find power cells in ruins, which she would use to repair the security lock and access the armor. By combining the armor's components with some of her pre-existing outfits, the Shield Weaver outfit was created.
Once obtained, instead of taking the full Ultraweave power armor, the Shield Weaver consists of a modified Nora Brave outfit with some armor on the head, chest, shoulders, and knees.
- See: Ancient Armory
While this suit may not seem to offer much visible armor protection to the untrained eye, the suit frequently emits a glowing blue energy shield comprised of hexagonal projections that can block substantial damage, even from the Thunderjaw's normally devastating attacks. While the shield is active, Aloy cannot be staggered by ranged attacks.
However, the shield can only block so much damage, and when the shield is depleted, it will flash from blue to red, at which point Aloy will receive any damage taken until the shield recharges. The shield will beep once fully recharged. At higher difficulties, the shield has progressively lower HP. On top of enemies dealing increased damage, this can reach a point where a normal Watcher can completely deplete the shield with a single body slam on Ultra Hard. On the other hand, the lower HP means that the shield recharges at a faster rate compared to lower difficulties.
The only downside of this suit is that it completely does away with the ability to mod it. It also will not prevent Aloy from being staggered or knocked around by melee attacks like a Sawtooth's charge or a Thunderjaw's tail smash.
In The Frozen Wilds there are various weapons and devices that can temporarily drain the armor of its shield energy, thus rendering Aloy vulnerable.
The HP values for the shield are listed below displayed from left to right following the difficulty order from Story to Ultra Hard, with Bold numbers being applied for Normal difficulty. Note that the shield's HP is the same from Story to Normal difficulty.
- An outfit using the same technology was used by Elisabet Sobeck to survive the then-inhospitable atmosphere while repairing the door to the GAIA Prime facility.
- The outfit may have also been standard issue among Mechanized Response Brigades towards the end of Operation: Enduring Victory, as many dead soldiers in the Grave-Hoard wear it.
- The present day Shield-Weaver outfit uses the same base as the Nora Brave and Outcast outfits.
- The visual makeover of Aloy wearing this armor is available in Capcom's 2019 game expansion Monster Hunter World: Iceborne as part of its collaboration with Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds. The makeover is presented as a special full-set armor with a unique trait of having an automatically recharging barrier that will absorb a set amount of damage, reflecting its native qualities.
- ↑ Bunker is the physical location where the armor can be found, but the Shield-Weaver Outfit Box is not obtained until the Ancient Armory quest is completed.
- ↑ Ultraweave Progress
- ↑ Comms Log: Cpl. Mills, Comms Log: Sgt. Wandari, Comms Log: Sgt. Guliyev, Comms Log: Lt. Murell
|Unique||Outcast - Shield-Weaver - Undergarments|
|Banuk||Banuk Ice Hunter - Banuk Sickness Eater - Banuk Trailblazer - Banuk WerakFW|
|Carja||Carja Blazon - Carja Silks - Carja Storm Ranger|
|Nora||Nora Brave - Nora Lookout - Nora Protector - Nora Silent Hunter - Nora Survivor|
|Oseram||Oseram Arrow Breaker - Oseram Sparkworker|
|Shadow Carja||Shadow Stalwart|