Armor is an important part of Dark Souls and Dark Souls Remastered, as its many resistances and weight will determine how effective you are in combat. This page features the many Armor sets in the game as well as their stats and the manner by which you can obtain them. Please see this page for a guide on choosing the best armor for your character.

Armor is also a cosmetic choice, and individual pieces can be mixed and matched to create an optimized setup, from a defensive and fashion perspective. Armor can be upgraded. To view individual pieces of armor please see the Helms, Chest Armor, Gauntlets and Leggings pages.

Armor in Dark Souls

 

 

 

 

Armor by Weight

About the Categories

Armor is grouped into Light, Medium and Heavy Armor based on an endurance level of 40 (Burden = 80) as this seems to be the level a lot of players aim to cap their Endurance at (it corresponds to the Stamina cap of 160). This will surely change as the meta-game shifts and the page should be edited accordingly.
Note: These numbers DO NOT take into account weapons/shields/bows/etc. Light, Medium and Heavy will ALWAYS depend upon your own equip burden stat.
Groupings are based on the following numbers (which correspond to movement/roll speed for that range of Equip Burden):

  • Heavy Sets = 40.1 - 80
  • Medium Sets = 20.1 - 40
  • Light Sets = 0 - 20

 

 

Upgrades for Armor

 

The table below shows the calculation for the Physical, Magical Defense and Resistance.

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Special Upgrade Armor

 

Regular Armor Upgrades

 

  Damage Reduction (%)  
Upgrade Level physical_defense_dark_souls.jpg magic_defense_dark_souls.jpg fire_defense_dark_souls.jpg lightning_defense_dark_souls.jpg Resistance
Regular x 1.0 x 1.0 x 1.0 x 1.0 × 1.0
Regular Armor +1 x 1.1 x 1.1 x 1.1 x 1.1 × 1.0
Regular Armor +2  x 1.2 x 1.2 x 1.2 x 1.2 × 1.0
Regular Armor +3 x 1.3 x 1.3 x 1.3 x 1.3 × 1.0
Regular Armor +4  x 1.43 x 1.43 x 1.43 x 1.43 × 1.05
Regular Armor +5  x 1.56 x 1.56 x 1.56 x 1.56 × 1.1
Regular Armor +6  x 1.69 x 1.69 x 1.69 x 1.69 × 1.15
Regular Armor +7  x 1.85 x 1.85 x 1.85 x 1.85 × 1.2
Regular Armor +8  x 2.01 x 2.01 x 2.01 x 2.01 × 1.25
Regular Armor +9  x 2.17 x 2.17 x 2.17 x 2.17 × 1.3
Regular Armor +10  x 2.42 x 2.42 x 2.42 x 2.42 × 1.4

 

Special Armor Upgrades

 

  Damage Reduction (%)  
Upgrade Level physical_defense_dark_souls.jpg magic_defense_dark_souls.jpg fire_defense_dark_souls.jpg lightning_defense_dark_souls.jpg Resistance
Special Armor x 1.0 x 1.0 x 1.0 x 1.0 x 1.0
Special Armor +1 x 1.08 x 1.08 x 1.08 x 1.08 x 1.05
Special Armor +2  x 1.19 x 1.19 x 1.19 x 1.19 x 1.09
Special Armor +3  x 1.29 x 1.29 x 1.29 x 1.29 x 1.14
Special Armor +4  x 1.39 x 1.39 x 1.39 x 1.39 x 1.18
Special Armor +5  x 1.55 x 1.55 x 1.55 x 1.55 x 1.27

 




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    • Anonymous

      02 Dec 2020 13:38  

      I find the running animations for a fat build more satisfying than a mid weight build. With high poise and a strong shield you can quit rolling and have a viable build that feels encouraged by the game. In DS3 being under 70% is completely favoured by the game and being a fat build is totally discouraged by the mechanics and it’s really sad. The standard knight armour description even states “do not think to use it without the necessary vitality “ which is the game telling you that being under 70% is the only way to play the game. It’s only recently enough that I’ve come to realise DS1 treats all types of builds equally (at least in PvE) and it just feels better playing the game knowing there’s no real favouritism going on.

      • Anonymous

        17 Aug 2020 22:27  

        Could you guys help me out? I’m mid rolling with the Elite Knight Set, and although it’s not tragic, I’d like to keep my speed. Any recommendations? Should I get new armor, level up strength, just keep some pieces of the EKS? Thank you in advance!

        • Anonymous

          27 Jan 2020 04:28  

          Can anyone help me with my build? im trying to get a build that has 76 poise so it doesnt get staggered by anything, but also can achieve fast roll. Im gonna be super annoying and ask if it also doesnt use havels armor as im an aethsetic freak and hate how it looks. Can anyone help?

          • Anonymous

            27 Nov 2019 23:22  

            So in the character creation menu, I made it so that my boi had a larger lower body, cause obviously he couldn't skip leg day. Ruined my entire armour wearing experience. Literally anything that ran down the sides for the chest piece was blown out of proportion, and absolutely atrocious. Even those supposed slim fit sets (such as the Shadow Set) made him look like the chonkiest boy to ever live. Next time you want to customize your characters physical attributes, check how armour looks on them please. Half the sets can't even be worn without breaking the emersion of whatever feel your going for.

            • Anonymous

              18 Oct 2019 12:52  

              who knows a good set for a Eustace Bagge cosplay? because i'm doing an all hammer build. he needs his mallet

              • 24 Feb 2019 19:26  

                Just a heads up; At +5 Black Iron Set has the 2nd highest Physical resist and 1st highest Fire resist. Giants Set +5 has the highest Physical resist in game but offers no Curse protection unlike Black Iron Set. Hope this helps people searching for good Heavy options.

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