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Explanation of Armor Defense Compared to Weight, Poise, and Other Values


Some armor gives very high defense but is very heavy by comparison, causing the character to move very slowly. Also, some armor gives very high poise, allowing you to resist being interrupted by attacks, but does not protect against incoming damage very well. This page shows the effectivness of a piece of fully upgraded* armor (and entire armor sets) compared to its weight and the amount of poise it gives. As such, this list is intended to give an overall sense of how "good" the armor is when comparing its benefits (defense rating and poise) to its drawbacks (equip burden based on weight). This comparison only covers physical defense, and does not take into account elemental defense (magic, fire, and lightning) or conditional defense (poison, bleed, and curse). These attributes will be covered later.

( * The majority of the defense values listed below are not actually upgraded numbers.)

Please see the armor page for a complete listing of armor sets and their corresponding values.

This list is incomplete, and does not contain all armor sets.

Each entry is comprised of a defense per pounds rating ( def/lbs), which is the defense of a piece versus how heavy it is. In this value, a higher rating is better.
Entries also have a defense per poise rating ( def/poise), which is how well they defend versus how much poise they offer. In this value, a lower rating is better.

Best Def/Lbs Rating: Brigand Gauntlets, BrigandTrousers, and Tattered Cloth Armor, with a rating of 18.8 def/lbs.
Best Def/Poise Rating: Crystal Armor, with a rating of 1.75 def/poise

This list is organized as similarly as possible to armor page for easy cross-reference.

Starting Sets


Armor Name
Defense
Weight
Def/Lbs (Higher = Better)
Poise
Def/Poise (Lower = Better)
Wanderer Set
146
9.1
16
0
n/a
Wanderer Hood
22
1.4
15.7
0
n/a
Wanderer Coat
56
3.5
16
0
n/a
Wanderer Manchette
34
2.1
16.1
0
n/a
Wanderer Boots
34
2.1
16.1
0
n/a

Armor Name
Defense
Weight
Def/Lbs (Higher = Better)
Poise
Def/Poise (Lower = Better)
Thief Set
163
9.1
17.9
0
n/a
Thief Mask
22
1.2
18.3
0
n/a
Black Leather Armor
56
3.1
18.06
0
n/a
Black Leather Gloves
32
1.8
17.7
0
n/a
Black Leather Boots
54
3
18
0
n/a

Armor Name
Defense
Weight
Def/Lbs (Higher = Better)
Poise
Def/Poise (Lower = Better)
Bandit Set
146
7.9
18.4
0
n/a
Brigand Hood
22
1.2
18.3
0
n/a
Brigand Armor
56
3.1
18.06
0
n/a
Brigand Gauntlets
34
1.8
18.8
0
n/a
Brigand Trousers
34
1.8
18.8
0
n/a

Armor Name
Defense
Weight
Def/Lbs (Higher = Better)
Poise
Def/Poise (Lower = Better)
Hunter Set
133
11.5
11.6
0
n/a
Pharis's Hat
16.9
1.2
14.08
0
n/a
Leather Armor
58.1
4.7
12.4
0
n/a
Leather Gloves
29
2.8
10.4
0
n/a
Leather Boots
26
2.8
10.4
0
n/a

Armor Name
Defense
Weight
Def/Lbs (Higher = Better)
Poise
Def/Poise (Lower = Better)
Sorcerer Set
125.8
6
21


Sorcerer Hat
19.4
0.9
21.6


Sorcerer Cloak
48.4
2.3
21


Sorcerer Gauntlets
29
1.4
20.7


Sorcerer Boots
29
1.4
20.7


Armor Name
Defense
Weight
Def/Lbs (Higher = Better)
Poise
Def/Poise (Lower = Better)
Pyromancer Set
128.2
7
18.3
0

Tattered Cloth Hood
19.4
1.1
17.6
0
n/a
Tattered Cloth Robe
50.8
2.7
18.8
0
n/a
Tattered Cloth Manchette
29
1.6
18.1
0
n/a
Heavy Boots
29
1.6
18.1
0
n/a

Armor Name
Defense
Weight
Def/Lbs (Higher = Better)
Poise
Def/Poise (Lower = Better)
Cleric Set
118.6
7.9
15


Priest's Hat
19.4
1.2
16.2


Holy Robe
53.2
4
13.3


Travelling Gloves
12.1
0.7
17.3


Holy Trousers
33.9
2
16.6



Armor Name
Defense
Weight
Def/Lbs (Higher = Better)
Poise
Def/Poise (Lower = Better)
Warrior Set
184
16.4
11.2
5
.02
Standard Helm
34
3.5
9.7
5
6.8
Hard Leather Armor
68
5.9
11.5
0
n/a
Hard Leather Gauntlets
41
3.5
11.7
0
n/a
Hard Leather Boots
41
3.5
11.7
0
n/a

Armor Name
Defense
Weight
Def/Lbs (Higher = Better)
Poise
Def/Poise (Lower = Better)
Knight Set
217.7
25
8.7
46
4.7
Knight Helm
33.9
4.2
8.07
8
4.3
Knight Armor
89.5
10.9
8.2
20
4.5
Knight Gauntlets
41.1
3.5
11.7
6
6.9
Knight Leggings
53.2
6.4
8.3
12
4.4


Light Sets


Armor Name
Defense
Weight
Def/Lbs (Higher = Better)
Poise
Def/Poise (Lower = Better)
Shadow Set
90
6
15
0
n/a
Shadow Mask
14
0.9
15.6
0
/na
Shadow Garb
36.6
2.3
15.9
0
n/a
Shadow Gauntlets
20.2
1.4
14.4
0
n/a
Shadow Leggings
20.2
1.4
14.4
0
n/a

Armor Name
Defense
Weight
Def/Lbs (Higher = Better)
Poise
Def/Poise (Lower = Better)
Black Sorcerer Set
34
4.5
7.55
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n/a
Black Sorcerer Hat
5.0
0.7
7.14
0
n/a
Black Sorcerer Cloak
13.0
1.8
7.22
0
n/a
Black Sorcerer Gloves
8.0
1.0
8
0
n/a
Black Sorcerer Boots
8.0
1.0
8
0
n/a

Armor Name
Defense
Weight
Def/Lbs (Higher = Better)
Poise
Def/Poise (Lower = Better)
Channeler Set
122
23 lbs.
5.3
27
4.51
Channelers Helm
20
3.9 lbs.
5.12
5
4
Channelers Robe
53
10.1 lbs.
5.24
12
4.41
Channelers Gloves
17
3 lbs.
5.66
3
5.66
Channelers Waistcloth
32
6 lbs
5.33
7

Armor Name
Defense
Weight
Def/Lbs (Higher = Better)
Poise
Def/Poise (Lower = Better)
Maiden Set
51
6.5
7.85
0
n/a
Maiden Hood
7.0
0.8
8.75
0
n/a
Maiden Robe
19.0
2.0
8.0
0
n/a
Maiden Gloves
11.0
1.2
9.16
0
n/a
Maiden Skirt
14.0
2.5
5.6
0
n/a

Armor Name
Defense
Weight
Def/Lbs (Higher = Better)
Poise
Def/Poise (Lower = Better)
Antiquated Set
42.0
5
8.4
0
n/a
Crown of Dusk
5.0
0.4
12.5
0
n/a
Antiquated Dress
14.0
1.0
14.0
0
n/a
Antiquated Gloves
8.0
0.6
13.33
0
n/a
Antiquated Skirt
15.0
3.0
5
0
n/a

Armor Name
Defense
Weight
Def/Lbs (Higher = Better)
Poise
Def/Poise (Lower = Better)
Hollow Thief's Set
41
5.6
7.32
0
n/a
Hollow Thief's Hood
8.0
1.1
7.27
0
n/a
Hollow Thief's Leather Armor
21.0
2.8
7.5
0
n/a
Hollow Thief's Tights
12.0
1.7
7.06
0
n/a

Armor Name
Defense
Weight
Def/Lbs (Higher = Better)
Poise
Def/Poise (Lower = Better)
Painting Guardian Set
62.23
7.1
8.7
0
n/a
Painting Guardian Hood
4.6
.6
7.6
0
n/a
Painting Guardian Robe
14
1.6
8.75
0
n/a
Painted Guardian Gloves
9.63
.9
10.7
0
n/a
Painted Guardian Waistcloth
34.1
4
8.5
0
n/a

Armor Name
Defense
Weight
Def/Lbs (Higher = Better)
Poise
Def/Poise (Lower = Better)
Hollow Warrior Set
47
10.6
4.43
16
2.94
Hollow Warrior Helm
10.0
2.6
3.85
3.0
3.33
Hollow Warrior Armor
24.0
6.6
3.64
8.0
3.0
Hollow Warrior Waistcloth
13.0
1.4
9.29
5.0
2.6

Armor Name
Defense
Weight
Def/Lbs (Higher = Better)
Poise
Def/Poise (Lower = Better)
Hollow Soldier Set
49.0
12.3
3.98
24
2.04
Hollow Soldier Helm
10.0
3.0
3.33
5.0
2.0
Hollow Soldier Armor
26.0
7.8
3.33
12.0
2.17
Hollow Soldier Waistcloth
13.0
1.5
8.67
7.0
1.86

Armor Name
Defense
Weight
Def/Lbs (Higher = Better)
Poise
Def/Poise (Lower = Better)
Dingy Set
123.5
7.5
16.5
0
n/a
Dingy Hood
14.5
0.8
18.13
0
n/a
Dingy Robe
55.7
3.0
18.57
0
n/a
Dingy Gloves
21.8
1.2
18.17
0
n/a
Blood-Stained Skirt
31.5
2.5
12.60
0
n/a

Armor Name
Defense
Weight
Def/Lbs (Higher = Better)
Poise
Def/Poise (Lower = Better)
Gwyndolin Moonlight Set
47
8.4
5.5
0
n/a
Crown of the Dark Sun
12
3
4
0
n/a
Moonlight Robe
20
3.1
6.45
0
n/a
Moonlight Gloves
3
.5
6
0
n/a
Moonlight Waistcloth
12
1.8
6.6
0
n/a

Armor Name
Defense
Weight
Def/Lbs (Higher = Better)
Poise
Def/Poise (Lower = Better)
Big Hat Logan Set





























Armor Name
Defense
Weight
Def/Lbs (Higher = Better)
Poise
Def/Poise (Lower = Better)
Gold-Hemmed Black Set
77
9.1
8.46
0
n/a
Gold Hemmed Hood
11
1.4
7.86
0
n/a
Gold Hemmed Cloak
31
3.5
8.86
0
n/a
Gold Hemmed Gloves
12
1.2
10.0
0
n/a
Gold Hemmed Skirt
23
3.0
7.67
0
n/a

Armor Name
Defense
Weight
Def/Lbs (Higher = Better)
Poise
Def/Poise (Lower = Better)
Crimson Set
80
9.7
8.25
0
n/a
Mask of the Sealer
12.0
1.5
8.0
0
n/a
Crimson Robe
32.0
3.9
8.21
0
n/a
Crimson Gloves
7.0
0.8
8.75
0
n/a
Crimson Waistcloth
29.0
3.5
8.29
0
n/a

Armor Name
Defense
Weight
Def/Lbs (Higher = Better)
Poise
Def/Poise (Lower = Better)
Black Set
62
11.0
5.63
0
n/a
Mask of Velka
12.0
2.5
4.8
0
n/a
Black Cleric Robe
23.0
3.9
5.90
0
n/a
Black Manchette
11.0
1.8
6.11
0
n/a
Black Tights
16.0
2.8
5.71
0
n/a

Armor Name
Defense
Weight
Def/Lbs (Higher = Better)
Poise
Def/Poise (Lower = Better)
Witch Set
117
9.3
12.5
0
n/a
Witch Hat
14
1.1
12.7
0
n/a
Witch Cloak
51
4
12.7
0
n/a
Witch Gloves
22
1.7
12.9
0
n/a
Witch Skirt
31
2.5
12.4
0
n/a

Armor Name
Defense
Weight
Def/Lbs (Higher = Better)
Poise
Def/Poise (Lower = Better)
Xanthous Set
100
15.2
6.58
0
n/a
Xanthous Crown
18.0
5.0
3.6
0
n/a
Xanthous Overcoat
32.0
3.9
8.21
0
n/a
Xanthous Gloves
18.0
2.3
7.83
0
n/a
Xanthous Waistcloth
32.0
4.0
8.0
0
n/a

Armor Name
Defense
Weight
Def/Lbs (Higher = Better)
Poise
Def/Poise (Lower = Better)
Chain Set
72.0
17.2
4.19
26.0
2.77
Chain Helm
12.0
3.0
4.0
5.0
2.40
Chain Armor
30.0
6.0
5.0
9.0
3.33
Leather Gauntlets
12.0
3.6
3.33
5.0
2.40
Chain Leggints
18.0
4.6
3.91
7.0
2.57

Armor Name
Defense
Weight
Def/Lbs (Higher = Better)
Poise
Def/Poise (Lower = Better)
Great Lord Set
78.0
14.6
5.34
0
n/a
Crown of the Great Lord
16.0
3.0
5.33
0
n/a
Robe of the Great Lord
32.0
6.0
5.33
0
n/a
Bracelet of the Great Lord
15.0
2.8
5.36
0
n/a
Anklet of the Great Lord
15.0
2.8
5.36
0
n/a


Medium Sets


Armor Name
Defense
Weight
Def/Lbs (Higher = Better)
Poise
Def/Poise (Lower = Better)
Eastern Set
128.8
22.5
5.7
36
3.5
Eastern Helm
26.4
4.7
4.7
8
3.3
Easter Armor
69.8
12.3
5.6
20
3.48
Eastern Gauntlets
9.3
1.5
6.2
2
4.6
Eastern Leggings
23.3
4
5.8
6
3.8

Armor Name
Defense
Weight
Def/Lbs (Higher = Better)
Poise
Def/Poise (Lower = Better)
Adventurer's Set
90
25.4
3.5
38
2.3
Helm of the Wise
18
5.1
3.5
8
2.25
Armor of the Glorious
47
13.3
3.5
20
2.3
Gauntlets of Vanquisher
11
3
3.6
4
2.75
Boots of Explorer
14
4
3.5
6
2.3

Armor Name
Defense
Weight
Def/Lbs (Higher = Better)
Poise
Def/Poise (Lower = Better)
Balder Set
90
25
3.60
36
2.5
Balder Helm
14.0
4.2
3.33
6.0
2.33
Balder Armor
37.0
10.9
3.39
16.0
2.31
Balder Gauntlets
17.0
3.5
4.86
5.0
3.4
Balder Leggings
22.0
6.4
3.44
9.0
2.44

Armor Name
Defense
Weight
Def/Lbs (Higher = Better)
Poise
Def/Poise (Lower = Better)
Thorn Set
176.6
27
6.5
40
4.4
Helm of Thorns
26.4
4.1
6.43
6
4.4
Armor of Thorns
69.8
10.5
6.6
16
4.3
Gauntlets of Thorns
40.3
6.2
6.5
16
4.4
Leggings of Thorns
40.3
6.2
6.5
9
4.4

Armor Name
Defense
Weight
Def/Lbs (Higher = Better)
Poise
Def/Poise (Lower = Better)
Dark Set
181.5
25.2
7.2
40
4.5
Dark Mask
27.9
3.8
7.3
6
4.6
Dark Armor
69.8
9.8
7.1
16
4.3
Dark Gauntlets
41.9
5.8
7.2
9
4.6
Dark Leggings
41.9
5.8
7.2
9
4.6

Armor Name
Defense
Weight
Def/Lbs (Higher = Better)
Poise
Def/Poise (Lower = Better)
Elite Knight Set
215
26.8
8
46
4.6
Elite Knight Helm
36
4.5
8
12
3
Elite Knight Chest
94
11.7
8
20
1.95
Elite Knight Gloves
29
3.7
7.8
6
4.8
Elite Knight Leggings
56
6.9
8.1
12
4.6

Armor Name
Defense
Weight
Def/Lbs (Higher = Better)
Poise
Def/Poise (Lower = Better)
Ornstein Set
116
28.5
4
45
2.5
Ornstein Helm
32
5.5
5.8
9
3.5
Ornstein Armor
70
12
5.8
19
3.6
Ornstein Gauntlet
24
4
6
6
4
Ornstein Leggings
40
7
5.7
11
3.6

Armor Name
Defense
Weight
Def/Lbs (Higher = Better)
Poise
Def/Poise (Lower = Better)
Crystalline Set
73
27.9
2.6
40
1.8
Crystalline Helm
11
4.2
2.6
6
1.8
Crystalline Armor
28
10.9
2.5
16
1.75
Crystalline Gauntlets
17
6.4
2.6
9
1.8
Crystalline Leggings
17
6.4
2.6
9
1.8

Armor Name
Defense
Weight
Def/Lbs (Higher = Better)
Poise
Def/Poise (Lower = Better)
Brass Set
150
27.8
5.3
41
3.6
Brass Helm
27.9
5.1
5.4
8
3.4
Brass Armor
57.4
10.9
5.2
16
3.5
Brass Gauntlets
29.5
5.4
5.4
8
3.6
Brass Leggings
35.6
6.4
5.4
8
3.6

Armor Name
Defense
Weight
Def/Lbs (Higher = Better)
Poise
Def/Poise (Lower = Better)
Favor Set
178.3
28.1
6.3
47
3.7
Helm of Favor
27.9
4.5
6.2
8
3.4
Embraced Favor Armor
74.4
11.7
6.3
20
3.72
Gauntlets of Favor
32.6
5
6.52
8
4
Leggings of Favor
43.4
6.9
6.2
11
3.9

Armor Name
Defense
Weight
Def/Lbs (Higher = Better)
Poise
Def/Poise (Lower = Better)
Catarina Set
227.9
30
7.59
55
4.1
Catarina Helm
34.1
4.5
7.5
8
4.2
Catarina Armor
88.4
11.7
7.5
21
4.2
Catarina Gauntlets
52.7
6.9
7.6
13
4
Catarina Leggings
52.7
6.9
7.6
13
4

Armor Name
Defense
Weight
Def/Lbs (Higher = Better)
Poise
Def/Poise (Lower = Better)
Silver Knight Set
195.4
28.8
6.8


Silver Knight Helm
32.6
4.8
6.8


Silver Knight Armor
80.6
12
6.7


Silver Knight Gauntlets
38.8
5.5
7.1


Silver Knight Leggings
43.4
6.5
6.8


Armor Name
Defense
Weight
Def/Lbs (Higher = Better)
Poise
Def/Poise (Lower = Better)
Black Knight Set
207.8
31
6.7


Black Knight Helm
32.6
5
6.5


Black Knight Armor
88.4
13
6.8


Black Knight Gauntlets
40.3
6
6.7


Black Knight Leggings
46.5
7
6.6


Armor Name
Defense
Weight
Def/Lbs (Higher = Better)
Poise
Def/Poise (Lower = Better)
Paladin Set
234.2
33.1
7
52
4.5
Paladin Helm
34.1
5
5.82
8
4.2
Paladin Armor
91.5
12.9
7
20
4.5
Paladin Gauntlets
54.3
7.6
7.1
12
4.5
Paladin Leggings
54.3
7.6
7.1
12
4.5

Armor Name
Defense
Weight
Def/Lbs (Higher = Better)
Poise
Def/Poise (Lower = Better)
Way of White Set





























Armor Name
Defense
Weight
Def/Lbs (Higher = Better)
Poise
Def/Poise (Lower = Better)
Steel Set
261.3
36
7.3
60
4.4
Steel Helm
38.7
5.4
7.2
9
4.3
Steel Armor
101.6
14
7.3
23
4.4
Steel Gauntlets
60.5
8.3
7.3
14
4.3
Steel Leggings
60.5
8.3
7.3
14
4.3

Armor Name
Defense
Weight
Def/Lbs (Higher = Better)
Poise
Def/Poise (Lower = Better)
Solaire Set
208
23.1
9
56
3.7
Iron Helm
33
4.5
7.3
11.2
2.9
Armor of the Sun
84
9
9.3
22.4
4.1
Iron Braclet
41
4.3
9.5
9.8
4.1
Iron Leggings
50
5.3
9.4
12.6
3.9

Heavy Sets

Armor Name
Defense
Weight
Def/Lbs (Higher = Better)
Poise
Def/Poise (Lower = Better)
Black Iron Set
271.3
40
6.7
79
3.4
Black Iron Helm
41.9
6
6.9
12
3.4
Black Iron Armor
105.4
15.6
6.7
31
3.4
Black Iron Gauntlets
63
9.2
6.8
18
3.5
Black Iron Leggings
62
9.2
6.7
18
3.4

Armor Name
Defense
Weight
Def/Lbs (Higher = Better)
Poise
Def/Poise (Lower = Better)
Giant Set
280.7
42.1
6.6
91
3
Giants Helm
41.9
6.3
6.6
14
2.9
Giants Armor
111.6
16.4
6.8
35
3.1
Giants Gauntlets
63.6
9.7
6.5
21
3
Giants Leggings
63.6
9.7
6.5
21
3

Armor Name
Defense
Weight
Def/Lbs (Higher = Better)
Poise
Def/Poise (Lower = Better)
Havel's Set
236
50
4.75
111
2.1
Havels Helm
36
7.5
4.8
18
2
Havels Armor
92
19.5
4.7
47
1.8
Havels Gauntlets
54
11.5
4.6
28
1.9
Havels Leggings
54
11.5
4.6
28
1.9

Armor Name
Defense
Weight
Def/Lbs (Higher = Better)
Poise
Def/Poise (Lower = Better)
Smough's Set
268
45.1
5.9
91
2.9
Smoughs Helm
40
6.8
5.8
14
2.8
Smoughs Armor
106
17.5
6
35
3
Smoughs Gauntlets
61
10.4
5.8
21
2.9
Smoughs Leggings
61
10.4
5.8
21
2.9

Armor Name
Defense
Weight
Def/Lbs (Higher = Better)
Poise
Def/Poise (Lower = Better)
Iron Golem Set
234
42.1
5.5
86
2.7
Golem Helm
35
6.3
5.5
13
2.6
Golem Armor
91
16.4
5.5
33
2.7
Golem Gauntlets
54
9.7
5.5
20
2.7
Golem Leggings
54
9.7
5.5
20
2.7

Armor Name
Defense
Weight
Def/Lbs (Higher = Better)
Poise
Def/Poise (Lower = Better)
Stone Knight Set
234
45.2
5.3
100
2.34
Stone Helm
35
6.8
5.1
15
3
Stone Armor
91
17.6
5.1
39
2.3
Stone Gauntlets
54
10.4
5.1
23
2.3
Stone Leggings
54
10.4
5.1
23
2.3



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