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The Arctic Survival Suit is a specialized Sovereign Colonies-era RIG suit introduced in Dead Space 3, designed for extremely cold environments. The suit is acquired by Isaac Clarke after replacing his damaged suit following his landing on Tau Volantis.

An iteration of this suit covered with Marker Symbols known as the "Witness Suit" was available to anyone who pre-ordered the Limited Edition of Dead Space 3.


"The Arctic Survival Suit is woven with classified S.C.A.F. synthetic fibers that insulate the body from extreme cold and hypothermic conditions."
—Suit Kiosk description

The suit is a gray-ish beige color, with a collar fashioned to look like that of a snowsuit. The extremities of the suit are heavily padded to insulate heat from within for the wearer, though not enough to restrict movement. A cloth mask is strapped over the mouthpiece of the helmet, and a hood is constructed into the suit's collar; it is unknown what purpose these serve, although it is likely for extra heat insulation. Woven with classified S.C.A.F (Sovereign Colonies Armed Forces) synthetic fibers, it protects the wearer from the harsh climate of icy planets such as Tau Volantis. The fur-like synthetic fibers can be seen on the collar area of the suit. John Carver and Isaac Clarke have similar suit designs, the primary differences being the helmet and coloration.



  • This suit is attained through technology leftover from the S.C.A.F expedition 200 years ago, leaving it functional though highly obsolete. Similar to the Vintage Suit from Dead Space 2, however, this does not negatively impact gameplay.
  • Wearing this suit before the crash land in Chapter 8 will NOT prevent RIG malfunction and body heat loss. The game is scripted so that Isaac's helmet malfunctions upon arrival to Tau Volantis, hence a logical loop where the suit needs to be re-equipped in the suit kiosk.
    • The game does not explicitly require the player to wear the suit to advance. Any (intact) chosen RIG can pass the suit checks.
  • As the Arctic Survival Suit is featured in most promotional content, it is the signature suit of Dead Space 3, like the Intermediate Engineer RIG for Dead Space and the Advanced Suit for Dead Space 2.
  • The Visceral Games online store referred to this suit as the "Cold Suit."
  • Although this suit was only designed to provide insulation and prevent hypothermia, it can still protect the user from the vacuum of space and is equipped with thrusters, although it is likely this is just for gameplay purposes, similar to the Hacker Suit from Dead Space 2.
  • John Carver's variation is largely a red version of Isaac's Archaeologist Suit while his own Archaeologist Suit resembles Clarke's Arctic Survival Suit.
  • This suit is Isaac's default costume in Playstation All Stars Battle Royale.