By Justin Joy
The best offense is a good defense and that is no different in Valheim as it is anywhere else. That defense comes in the form of armor and despite how stylish it looks to slay your enemies in rags you are going to want to make some upgrades. Upgrading your armor in Valheim typically requires you to slay your enemies and turn their flesh or bones into material to forge it. Or you can go a probably normal way and simply mine raw material to craft armor, but seriously what’s the fun in that? To get the most out of your armor, you will need to continuously upgrade it to stay comparative with the increasingly deadly enemies you will encounter. Wearing a full set of armor typically also gives you a bonus to some stat so it is definitely worth it to craft each piece and wear them together.
10. Iron Helmet
The first thing you are going to want to protect is your noggin and slap on an iron helmet. Think of it as the same as wearing a hard hat during construction except you will also be fighting various monsters that want to bash your skull in. To craft an iron helmet, you will need a level 1 forge as well as 20 iron and 2 deer hide. The iron helmet starts out with a durability of 1000 but can be upgraded to level 4 and each level will raise that durability by 200 points. Eventually, your iron helmet will get damaged from the previously mentioned skull bashing, and in order to repair it a level 2 forge is necessary. At level 1 the iron helmet provides 14 points of defense and each upgraded level increases that by 2 points.
9. Troll Leather Pants
Imagine the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants only you are a dead Viking warrior and you’ve just slain a couple of trolls, skinned them, and now are wearing them as pants. It may not be as sweet as the Sisterhood but it will certainly protect your legs better. In order to craft the troll leather pants, you will need a level 3 workbench as well as 5 troll hide. Obviously, you will need to slay some trolls to get their hide which can be tricky as the trolls also want to kill you and make pants out of you. The troll leather pants can be upgraded to increase both the durability and the armor bonus which starts at 500 durability and 6 armor points. Wearing a full set of troll leather armor will also provide a 25% increase to sneaky which is handy if you don’t want other trolls to see you wearing their friends.
8. Troll Leather Tunic
No outfit is complete without having a fancy tunic to match your chaps and the troll leather set is no different. Add on to that the fact that it comes in a beautiful shade of blue and it’s a no-brainer that you need the troll leather tunic in your life. You are going to need a level 3 workbench to craft the troll leather tunic as well as 5 troll hide. Wearing the full set of troll leather armor will provide a 25% bonus to sneak just in case you can’t pull off blue and would prefer to hide. The troll leather tunic provides 6 armor at level 1 and each upgraded level increases that by 2. The durability it provides at level 1 is 500 and each upgrade will increase that by 200 points.
7. Troll Leather Helmet
The Troll Leather Helmet may take the phrase “Get inside your opponent’s head” too literally but if you are going to make pants and a tunic out of a troll you may as well chop its head off and wear that too. Given the fact that you are now literally wearing a dead troll on your head, you will need to reinforce it to protect your skull from the increased bashing it will receive. For that reason, the troll leather helmet is crafted with 3 bone fragments as well as 5 troll hide. At level 1 the troll leather helmet provides 6 armor and has a durability of 500. Each upgraded level will increase the armor by 2 and the durability by 200.
6. Wolf Armor Legs
If you are starting to feel a little cold, wrapping up in some fluffy wolf armor legs wouldn’t be a bad idea. In addition to being warm, they will also provide you with some decent armor and impress all of your Viking friends. In order to craft the wolf armor legs, you are going to need to find some wolves and kill them for materials. You’ll need 5 wolf pelts, 5 wolf fangs, and also 20 silver as well as a level 2 forge. The wolf armor legs provide 20 armor and 1000 durability at level 1 but these values can be upgraded at higher level forges.
5. Wolf Armor Chest
To complete the look and be at the height of Norse fashion you will also want to craft a wolf armor chest to go with your wolf armor legs. You will need 20 silver, 5 wolf pelts, and 1 chain in order to craft the wolf armor chest but it is definitely worth it for the resistance to cold and buff to armor. It provides 20 armor and has a durability of 1000 and can be crafted at a level 2 forge. You will need an upgraded forge in order to upgrade the wolf armor chest for increased armor and durability. If you really want to make your Viking friends truly jealous of your armor you will also want to slap on a wolf fur cape and an iron helmet.
4. Drake helmet
The best bragging rights will go to the Viking that can slay a drake and create a helmet out of its scales because let’s be honest, killing a dragon has been every Viking’s dream since they were a little axe wielding baby. Unfortunately, the only drake armor piece is the helmet so you will have to settle for just wearing a dragon skull. In order to craft the drake helmet, you will need 20 silver, 2 wolf pelts, and 2 drake trophies as well as a level 1 forge. The drake helmet provides 20 armor and 1000 durability at level 1 but these values increase once you upgrade the helmet.
3. Padded greaves
Arguably the best armor set in the game is the padded armor set as it is both stylish, comfortable and provides a good bonus to your armor. The padded greaves provide 26 armor and have a durability of 1000. Upgrading the greaves will increase the armor by 2 and durability by 200 with each additional level. You can craft the padded greaves at a level 2 forge with 20 linen thread and 10 iron. In order to get the linen thread, you will need access to a spinning wheel to transform flax into thread. The padded armor set is definitely worth all the trouble and definitely should be near the top of your priority list.
2. Padded cuirass
If you’ve gone to all the trouble of crafting some padded greaves you may as well craft a padded cuirass to go with it. After all, you will look kind of silly if your pants and shirt are clashing. Plus, the padded cuirass provides a hefty 26 increase to your armor and has a durability of 1000 with both of these values increasing as you upgrade the armor piece. In order to craft the padded cuirass, you will need 10 iron and 20 linen thread as well as a level 2 forge. In addition, the fact that this armor is padded will prevent some really uncomfortable chaffing of the more sensitive parts of your chest.
1. Padded Helmet
No armor set is complete without a helmet and the padded armor set is no different. The padded helmet is a crucial component in surviving in Valheim so you will definitely want to make acquiring this a priority. The padded helmet provides 26 armor and has a durability of 1000 both of which can be increased by upgrading. In order to craft it, you will need a level 2 forge as well as 10 iron and 15 linen thread. At the moment the padded armor set is the best armor in the game and therefore your greatest chance at surviving the Norse terrors in Valheim.
Valheim provides the player with ample choices when it comes to armor, from just starting out all the way to endgame. Consider the fact that it is still in Early Access and you can only imagine what Iron Gate AB has in store for Valheim’s future. In the meantime, you are going to want to grab whatever armor you can get your hands on and get ready to combat deadly creatures. So before you sharpen your blades and ready your spears, make sure you have the right armor for the job or you may find yourself on the wrong end of Valhalla.
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