Armor Upgrades in Dark Souls

Armor Smithbox
Each upgrade level will increase the physical_defense_dark_souls.jpgPhysical Defense, magic_defense_dark_souls.jpgMagic Defense, fire_defense_dark_souls.jpgFire Defense and lightning_defense_dark_souls.jpgLightning Defense values as well as any Bleed ResistBleed Resist, Poison ResistancePoison Resist or Curse ResistCurse Resist that is present on the armor piece.
 

Armor Upgrades are a type of Upgrade in Dark Souls and Dark Souls Remastered. They enable players to increase the effectiveness of the various armors available throughout the game.

Armor upgrades can be performed at any blacksmith by using the Reinforce Armor option. Armor upgrades can also be done at a Bonfire after buying an Armor Smithbox.

 

Regular Armor Upgrades:

When considering how many ores it takes to upgrade an armor piece, they fall into one of two categories: Light armor and Heavy armor. Light armor is classified as any armor that has no PoisePoise bonus, with the exception of the Hollow Warrior Set which is included in this category despite granting poise. All other armor pieces possessing poise are considered to be Heavy armor and require more ores to upgrade. When observing the Warrior Set, we see this categorization holds true. The Standard Helm, which gives +5 poise bonus, is categorized as Heavy armor and requires more ore to upgrade than the Hard Leather Armor, Hard Leather Gauntlets and Hard Leather Boots which have no poise despite being part of the same set. The breakdown of how many ores are required to upgrade items from each category is included below.

Light Armor

Heavy Armor

Light Armor

From 0 to +3

From +3 to +6

From +6 to +9

From +9 to +10

 

 Heavy Armor

From 0 to +3

From +3 to +6

From +6 to +9

From +9 to +10

 

Special Armor Upgrades:

Upgrading special armor follows the same process as upgrading unique weapons with twinkling_titanite_dark_souls Twinkling Titanite.

Upgrading from +0 to +5 requires 10 twinkling_titanite_dark_souls Twinkling Titanite.

From 0 to +5

 

Notes

  • Each upgrade level requires 200 souls in addition to the required ores.

  • Upgrading armor does not effect the PoisePoise or WeightWeight attributes; these are fixed for each armor piece regardless of upgrade level.
  • Some armors can not be upgraded, but they either have special properties or are already at a fully upgraded level.

  • It is not generally recommended to upgrade many (if any at all) armor pieces to +10 due to the extreme rarity and scarceness of Titanite Slabs. It is usually more worthwhile to use the precious few that are obtained on upgrading weapons as the slight defensive increase gained upgrading armor from +9 to +10 is not typically worth the cost.



    • Anonymous

      18 May 2020 20:12  

      Go farm Slabs in New Londo if you really want to upgrade your armor. I got about a slab per hour. But for some reason I got a second slab right after my first slab several times. Strange probability.

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