Dark Souls 3, the final entry in FromSoftware’s critically-acclaimed franchise, takes all of the elements that worked so well in prior Soulsbourne titles and expands upon them to create a medieval fantasy masterpiece. The game features dozens of new enemies, weapons, consumables, and armor sets. Though tweaks to Dark Souls 3’s character leveling mechanics have rendered armor less critical than in prior series entries, it doesn’t hurt to look awesome while scrounging for souls through the Kingdom of Lothric.
Whether a beginner at hacking and slashing through hordes of demons or a series veteran looking to optimize a character build, don’t miss these ten awesome sets of armor.
10 Gundyr’s Set
Several armor sets in Dark Souls 3 reference earlier games in the series, but Gundyr’s Set is one of the few that references the game that began it all — Demon’s Souls.
The Ashen One encounters this armor on the game’s first boss, Champion Gundyr, after which it can be purchased at Firelink Shrine. This set’s strength is in its high defense and poise stats. When worn while wielding hyper armor weapons, the armor makes it much more difficult for the Ashen One to be staggered, making it invaluable when faced with an onslaught of relentless enemies.
9 Catarina Set
An iconic set of armor from the Dark Souls franchise, the Catarina Set appears in every game in the series. With its distinct onion-shaped helmet, the armor worn by the Knights of Catarina provides immense boosts to strength a poise while being weak to Curse and Strike damage.
This standout set can be purchased from Patches in the Cathedral of the Deep or found in Yohrm’s boss arena after finishing Siegward of Catarina’s sidequests. For the most ruthless players willing to endure a grueling fight, the armor set is also dropped by the knight upon his death.
8 Xanthous Set
While mage builds arguably gain the least from armor in Dark Souls 3, the Xanthous Set stands apart with excellent defense and elemental resistance for the magically inclined. This armor was worn by scholars of lost sorceries, and variations on it have been included in each Dark Souls game.
Its cloth components render this garb highly susceptible to fire, but combine the armor with the spell-boosting Crown of Dusk and the Xanthous Set can’t be beaten. After giving the Shrine Maiden the Xanthous Ashes, the armor can be purchased from her for twenty-four thousand souls.
7 Dragonscale Set
This armor with a distinctive headdress belongs to the Nameless King, considered the hardest boss in Dark Souls 3. Though nameless, it is widely speculated from in-game lore that the king who wears this armor is the son of Gwyn, Lord of Cinder.
Once felled, players can purchase the boss’s armor at Firelink Shrine. Composed, as its name suggests, of dragon scales, the Dragonscale Set offers exceptional defense against fire. Though the Nameless King wields lightning during his encounter with the Ashen One, this armor is notably weakest against lightning damage, the bane of dragons.
6 Dragonslayer Set
Another set of armor that franchise fans will instantly recognize is the Dragonslayer Set, which originally appeared in Dark Souls. As imposing as it is powerful, this beautiful golden armor belonged to Dragonslayer Ornstein and features solid stats with the additional perk of lightning resistance.
After slaying the Nameless King at Archdragon Peak, this armor set can be found at the far end of the courtyard that is revealed once the storm clouds lift.
5 Exile Set
The Exile Set stands apart from other heavy armor in its balanced elemental resistance and strong defense against bleeding damage. Though it doesn’t make the list for Dark Souls 3‘s most fashionable outfits, the Exile Set is a darkhorse choice for strength and vitality builds looking to tank their way through an onslaught of demons.
It can be purchased in Firelink Shrine after defeating the two Exile Watchdogs guarding the entrance to Farron Keep.
4 Wolf Knight Set
Fans of the Souls series will instantly recognize this iconic armor as that belonging to Knight Artorias, the central character of Dark Souls’ Artorias of the Abyss DLC. With an excellent weight-to-defense ratio, the Wolf Knight set is easily one of the best sets of armor in the game. Plus, it is among the most stylish outfits in the franchise, with sleek silver plating and a royal blue plume that billows in the player’s wake.
This set of armor can be purchased at the Untended Graves for a whopping forty-six thousand souls.
3 Morne’s Set
Worn by Eygon of Carim, this stylish, matte-black set of armor boasts exceptional elemental resistance at the expense of weakness to dark and poison damage. For this reason, Morne’s Set is not best suited for combat against skeletons or bosses like the Deacons of the Deep but offers excellent perks otherwise.
It can be obtained both by completing Eygon’s sidequest and by slaying Eygon in battle. But beware: this set of armor is as strong as it looks, and the Knight of Carim puts up a tough fire. For true completionists, the matching Morne’s Great Hammer is also considered one of Dark Souls 3’s best weapons.
2 Havel’s Set
Solid as a rock, Havel’s Set was, according to lore, “hewn from a giant boulder,” which makes it among the heaviest sets of armor in the game. What it lacks in speed, this rugged set of armor more than makes up for in defense, ranking it among the best builds in the Dark Souls series.
Its stone plating also offers the game’s highest fire resistance, making it an easy choice when going up against wyverns or fire-based bosses like the Old Demon King. This set of armor can be found high-up in Farron Keep, guarded by a Stray Demon, after felling the Havel Knight at Archdragon Peak.
1 Smough’s Set
This iconic armor recalls one of the most challenging bosses in the original Dark Souls game, Executioner Smough. Larger than life, this armor boasts the highest defense in Dark Souls 3 and the heaviest weight, making it almost useless for high-dex builds.
For players seeking to emphasize strength, defense, and vitality, however, Smough’s Set cannot be beaten and allows gamers to tank their way through enemies and bosses alike. After defeating Aldrich, Devourer of Gods, it can be purchased in Firelink Shrine for thirty-one thousand souls.