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When you watch a lot of action movies, you might start to think that the human body can take a surprising amount of punishment. It can’t. A large, sharp sword can go through a human body like a credit card through wet tissue paper, and nowhere is this better exemplified than in the Souls games. You’re gonna want proper protection, lest your tender cheeks be torn asunder. Here are the best armor sets in Demon’s Souls.

The thing about armor in Demon’s Souls is that you need to strike a very particular balance between defensive capability and physical weight. If your armor is too heavy, you won’t be able to dodge efficiently, which means it’ll just make you an easier target. If your armor doesn’t have enough defense, it won’t be able to properly defend you if you miss a dodge. By striking that balance, you’ll be light enough to keep dodging, and sturdy enough to tank the occasional hit.

Best Armor in Demon’s Souls

To start with a properly well-rounded set, you can’t go wrong with the Fluted Armor. While it isn’t especially interesting to look at, it’s got solid physical defense and a perfectly manageable weight of 30. The only downside is that it’s not super great against magical attacks. 

If you need a little more diversity in your defense, the Gloom Armor is a good call, with only slightly less physical defense than the Fluted set and around the same weight. It makes up for the physical loss with resistances to bleeding, poison, and disease.

If you fancy yourself an artful dodger and don’t mind taking a calculated risk, the Dull Gold Armor could work for you. Its defenses are even lower than the Gloom set, bordering on not so great, but it’s light as a feather at just 25 weight. If that’s not light enough for you, you can take the Ancient King Armor for a spin. The Ancient King set sports the lowest weight out of all of these sets at a mere 20, in exchange for also being the weakest in terms of defense.This is a set for perfectionists who don’t intend to get hit more than a couple of times, if at all.

Taking it to the other end of the spectrum, if you don’t mind a little extra weight in exchange for higher defense, try the Brushwood Armor. It’s quite heavy at 45 weight but offers enough protection to go head-to-head with most dime-a-dozen monsters.