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Every Dark Souls game has that special armor that players will go out of their way to hunt down. Although Dark Souls 3 mainly focuses on character stats, as opposed to looks, there are still various ways to appear stunning while maintaining a robust build.
In this guide we will cover some of the coolest looking armors you can obtain in Dark Souls 3, with detailed information on their locations. While not every piece of dazzling armor made it to the list, you won’t be left disappointed with our picks.
10. Winged Knight Set
Description: “Armor of the Winged Knights, who swore themselves to the Angels. Worship of the divine messengers was viewed as heresy in Lothric and unrecognized by any of the Three Pillars of rule. This is believed to be why Gertrude, the Heavenly Daughter, was imprisoned in the lofty cell of the Grand Archives.”
Location: Found in the Grand Archives, in front of a painting of the Winged Knight. There are a few Winged Knight enemies in this area and they deal a heavy amount of damage, so make sure to watch out for them.
Details: The Winged Knight set comes with a nice blue layer of cloth, on top of the glimmering silver armor. The chest piece will make your character appear plump. In terms of weight it's very heavy, coming in at 43.7 pounds. The Winged Knight set has very high resistance to Bleeding, while the Physical side is balanced. This is something I'd wear if I put a lot of points into the Strength and Vitality traits.
9. Outrider Knight Set
Description: “Armor of an Irithyll outrider knight. Enveloped in a dimly cool air. The knights were given the eyes of the Pontiff, but the eyes transformed them into savage, raving warriors who only knew how to serve as mindless guards.”
Location: Found in the upper Grand Archives area, behind an illusory wall. There will be a tough enemy waiting inside that deals heavy frost damage. Once defeated, they will drop the Outrider Knight set.
Details: The Outrider Knight set has a very metallic look to it. The texture of the armor has a scaly surface, reminiscent to that of a dragon. In terms of weight it's not too light or heavy, coming in at 25.9 pounds. This armor has very high resistance to Frost damage, while leaving a low resistance to Poison and Curse damage. I would only wear this armor when fighting an enemy that uses Frostbite or if I just wanted to look badass.
8. Catarina Armor Set
Description: “Distinctively shaped armor worn by the Knights of Catarina. Often ridiculed for its onion-like shape, infuriating the country's proud knights, but the masterfully forged curved design makes it very effective for deflective blows.”
Location: Obtained from a merchant. First, you must trigger the Siegward of Catarina sidequest in the Undead Settlement. You will fight a giant fiery demon together with Siegward. Once the demon has been defeated, the first part of Siegwards sidequest will end. Later in the game, the armor will be available for purchase from a merchant named Patches, located inside Firelink Shrine.
Details: The Catarina Armor set resembles layers of onions stacked on top of each other. This armor belongs to Siegward of Catarina and I think it will be a favorite among the fans. In terms of weight it's very heavy, coming in at 42.7 pounds. You may recall a character in the original Dark Souls named Siegmeyer of Catarina. Both Siegmeyer and Siegward wear the same armor. The Siegward character shares a common personality with Winnie the Pooh, a bear from an old cartoon who likes to think too much. I would definitely wear this armor if I wanted to cosplay as Siegward, whom I truly adore.
7. Smough’s Armor
Description: “Grotesque armor associated with Smough, the last knight to stand in defense of the ruined cathedral. Boasts extremely high defense and can be donned by humans, but not without great difficulty.”
Location: Obtained from the handmaiden merchant in Firelink Shrine after you find Smough’s Great Hammer. The hammer can be found in Irithyll of the Boreal Valley, inside of a building that has numerous paintings on the walls and few Silver Knights wandering around.
Details: The infamous Smough armor makes a return in Dark Souls 3, looking detailed as ever. You may recall fighting one of the most difficult bosses in the original Dark Souls, a duo named Ornstein and Smough. After all those years, it still maintains the glimmering gold paint. In terms of weight it's very heavy, coming in at 62.0 pounds. This armor has very high Physical and Strike resistance. I probably wouldn’t suggest wearing this armor unless you put an absurd amount of points in the Vitality trait, have the Havel Ring or just want to cosplay as Smough.
6. Armor of the Sun
Description: “Chainmail armor and white coat featuring a large rendition of the holy symbol of the sun. The choice attire of a singular Knight of Sunlight from a previous age. The symbol was painted by the knight himself, but the armor never bore any special power, sacred or otherwise.”
Location: Obtained from Snuggly The Crow, a crow that nests in upper Firelink Shrine. In order to access upper Firelink Shrine, you must first purchase a key for 20,000 souls from the haindmaiden merchant. Next, you will need to find the Crows Nest and leave a couple of specific items in return for the armor. You can drop a Siegbrau for the chest piece, a Homeward Bone for the arm piece, a Seed of a Tree of Giants for the leg piece and a Lightning Urn for the helmet. The Siegbrau item can be obtained from Siegward of Catarina in the Undead Settlement, while the Seed of a Tree of Giants can be found as soon as you exit Firelink Shrines upper area, next to a tall tree. Lightning Urns can be purchased from an NPC named Greirat, who you must first rescue from a cell in the High Wall of Lothric area.
Details: This armor first appeared in Dark Souls, worn by the infamous Solaire of Astora. It makes a return in Dark Souls 3 and is very much well-hidden. This will most likely become the all-time fan favorite armor. In terms of weight it's not too light or heavy, coming in at 22.5 pounds. The Armor of the Sun is overall balanced and good for any occasion. Wear this if you want to become a protege of Solaire and Praise the Sun.
5. Armor of Thorns
Description: “Armor of Kirk, the notorious knight of Thorns. A dense patch of thorns grows from its surface. A fitting item for the murderous Kirk, for even the simple act of rolling can damage enemies when wearing this attire.”
Location: Found in Cathedral of the Deep after killing an NPC named Longfinger Kirk, who is wearing the Armor of Thorns. Upon killing this NPC, his armor will spawn in front of the Rosarias Fingers covenant bonfire. The covenant is hidden deep within an upper area of Cathedral of the Deep.
Details: The Armor of Thorns is another returning piece from the original Dark Souls, making its way into the third entry of the Dark Souls franchise. This set is covered in dull black paint and has a lot of sharp thorns spread over each piece of armor. In terms of weight it’s very light, coming in at 20.5 pounds. The Armor of Thorns has an especially high resistance to Bleeding, making it very useful in particular areas of the game such as the Cathedral of the Deep and Irithyll Dungeon. Since it’s a lightweight set of armor, I think it’s great for PvP combat. The vicious appearance it provides may be enough to scare your foe away.
4. Faaram Armor
Description: “Named after a god of war.The armor of the Forossa Lion Knights was preserved even after the destruction of their homeland, and is mentioned in numerous legends, alongside the names of those who are said to have gone beyond death.”
Location: Purchasable from the handmaiden merchant in Firelink Shrine, after killing an enemy wearing the Faaram set in the Grand Archives area.
Details: The Faaram set was my favorite piece of armor in Dark Souls 2 and I’m glad it makes a return. This armor has a sleek feathery mane on the shoulders resembling a Lion, and appears very fashionable. The Dark Souls 3 version of the armor is shinier than the Dark Souls 2 version, making it stand out twice as more. In terms of weight it’s very balanced and comes in at 30.0 pounds. This armor has high resistance against Poison and Bleeding damage. Its main weakness is the low Lightning defense. This is one of the best looking armors in the Souls series and something I will be wearing quite often.
3. Dancers Armor
Description: “Armor worn by the Dancer of the Boreal Valley. The black eyes of the Pontiff eventually transformed the Dancer into a beastly creature, her gauntlets fusing with her own hide.”
Location: Obtained from the handmaiden merchant in Firelink Shrine, after killing the Dancer of the Boreal Valley boss. The Dancers weapon can be obtained from Ludleth of Courland in exchange for transposing the Dancers soul.
Details: The Dancers Armor has a very elegant style, mainly composed of the colors blue and gold. This armor is highly detailed throughout each piece. I especially like the silky translucent cape on the back of the chest piece, which has a nice touch of deep blue to it. In terms of weight it’s very light and comes in at 16.9 pounds. This armor has very high Frost resistance, while keeping a low Strike defense and Fire resistance. I think this is a wonderful piece of armor that not only looks good and has decent stats, but is also very lightweight. It’s great for PvE and PvP, especially against enemies or players that plan on dealing heavy Frost damage.
2. Silver Knight Armor
Description: “Armor of the Silver Knights, allegiant to the royals of old. It is said that even after the family’s passing, the knights continued to watch over their manor, and the ruined cathedral.”
Location: Obtained from the Silver Knight enemy. In order to get a drop for each armor piece, you must kill a Silver Knight over and over again. The Anor Londo bonfire area is a good place to farm this set.
Details: Originally appearing in Dark Souls, The Silver Knight armor has a magnificent design and makes a powerful comeback after five years. This armor makes you feel like a superhero. The helmet itself reminds me of Batman and the chest piece even has a small cape on the back. The Silver Knight armor has a coat of light/dark silver paint, which shines in the sunlight. In terms of weight it’s in-between balanced and heavy, coming in at 34.9 pounds. This set has very high Dark defense, while maintaining a balance with Physical defense. Its main weakness is the low Curse resistance. I currently have this armor in rotation and suggest everyone try it out.
1. Black Knight Armor
Description: “Armor of the Black Knights who roam the lands. The knights served the First Lord Gwyn, and followed him into the flame upon its linking. They became ash, but still wander the realms to this day.”
Location: Obtained from the Black Knight enemy. In order to get a drop for each armor piece, you must kill a Black Knight over and over again. The easiest way to farm this set is to kill the Black Knight located in Farron Keep. Upon teleporting to the Farron Keep Perimeter bonfire, turn around and head in a straight direction. Eventually you will come across an enterable building, with a single Black Knight standing guard inside.
Details: The legendary Black Knight armor finally returns. This was my favorite set of armor in Dark Souls and I was disappointed when it didn’t make a comeback in Dark Souls 2. I think many of you can agree when I say this armor the epitome of badass. Just look at those tall, pointy collars. From the devilish helmet to the all-black medieval design, wearing this armor will make you feel like the Count Dracula of Dark Souls. The Black Knight set has high resistance to Bleeding and Fire damage, while keeping a balancing profile for all other resistances, both physical and elemental. In terms of weight it’s in-between balanced and heavy, coming in at 32.0 pounds. This is the armor that I am currently wearing, for all the reasons mentioned above. Pesky invaders will definitely be shook when they see you in this.