The Best Armors in Valheim Tier List

Craft the best set for your build in Valheim with the help of our tier list guide of the best armors in the game.

Currently, there are 12 armor sets in Valheim, a couple of them being new armors introduced in the latest Mistlands update. Armor sets are designed for various types of builds, so you might want to check their stats before deciding which armor to craft.

Our guide will provide you with a tier list of the best armors in Valheim, including crafting recipes for each of them.

S-Tier Armor

Carapace Armor

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  • Armor: 96
  • Weight: 23

Carapace set has the highest armor value in Valheim as of the Mistlands update. Although it is considered a heavy armor, it is actually much lighter than most other heavy armors in the game.

It has no special bonuses and it slows your movement by 10%. But nothing can beat almost a 100% physical defense of the Carapace armor, which is why it is currently the top-tier set in Valheim.

Carapace armor crafting recipe

  • Carapace Helmet:
    • 16 Carapace.
    • 3 Scale Hide.
    • 2 Mandible.
    • 4 Refined Eitr.
  • Carapace Breastplate:
    • 20 Carapace.
    • 3 Scale Hide.
    • 5 Iron.
    • 4 Refined Eitr.
  • Carapace Greaves:
    • 20 Carapace.
    • 3 Scale Hide.
    • 5 Iron.
    • 4 Refined Eitr.

Eitr-weave Armor

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  • Armor: 49
  • Weight: 15

Here is the brand-new armor set designed specifically for staff wielders. It provides players with a 100% Eitr regeneration, which is perfect for magic builds.

It also has high resistance against Frost damage, as well as provides players with the Feather Fall effect, which completely negates fall damage. It is also an extremely light armor in itself!

Eitr-weave armor crafting recipe

  • Eitr-weave Hood:
    • 16 Linen Thread.
    • 15 Refined Eitr.
    • 2 Iron.
  • Eitr-weave Robe:
    • 20 Linen Thread.
    • 20 Refined Eitr.
    • 10 Feathers.
    • 5 Scale Hide.
  • Eitr-weave Trousers:
    • 20 Linen Thread.
    • 20 Refined Eitr.
    • 10 Scale Hide.
  • Feather Cape:
    • 10 Feathers.
    • 5 Scale Hide.
    • 20 Refined Eitr.

A-Tier Armor

Padded Armor

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  • Armor: 79
  • Weight: 27

Prior to the introduction of the Mistlands update, Padded Armor had been the highest rated armor in the game, but now it has been dethroned.

It is slightly heavier than Carapace armor and provides less defense, but is still considered a very solid armor that protects against physical damage. Just like Carapace armor, it has no bonuses and it slows you down by 10%.

Padded armor crafting recipe

  • Padded Helmet:
    • 10 Iron.
    • 15 Linen Thread.
  • Padded Cuirass:
    • 10 Iron.
    • 20 Linen Thread.
  • Padded Greaves:
    • 10 Iron.
    • 20 Linen Thread.
  • Linen Cape:
    • 20 Linen Thread.
    • 1 Silver.

Wolf Armor

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  • Armor: 61
  • Weight: 37

If you're more interested in Frost resistance than in having a higher rate of physical defense, then Wolf armor would be preferable to Padded armor.

It has the same 10% movement speed penalty, and it is a lot heavier in general. Also note that Frost resistance effect doesn't stack with Mead or Yagluth power.

Wolf armor crafting recipe

  • Drake Helmet:
    • 20 Silver.
    • 2 Wolf Pelt.
    • 2 Drake Trophy.
  • Wolf Armor Chest:
    • 20 Silver.
    • 5 Wolf Pelt.
    • 1 Chain.
  • Wolf Armor Legs:
    • 20 Silver.
    • 5 Wolf Pelt.
    • 4 Wolf Fang.
  • Wolf Fur Cape:
    • 6 Wolf Pelt.
    • 4 Silver.
    • 1 Wolf Trophy.

B-Tier Armor

Iron Armor

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  • Armor: 42
  • Weight: 33

Iron set is a good beginner armor, as it's easy to craft and it provides decent physical protection at the beginning of the game.

It has the 10% movement speed penalty, which is typical for all heavy types of armor in the game, and there are no bonuses.

Iron armor crafting recipe

  • Iron Helmet:
    • 20 Iron.
    • 2 Deer Hide.
  • Iron Scale Mail:
    • 20 Iron.
    • 2 Deer Hide.
  • Iron Greaves:
    • 20 Iron.
    • 2 Deer Hide.

Root Armor

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  • Armor: 24
  • Weight: 23

Although Root set has a much lower armor rate than all of the above mentioned armors, it has some excellent bonuses that you might be interested in.

It has resistance against Poison and Pierce damage, which can be especially effective against certain bosses. It also increases your Bow skill by 15 points, which makes it perfect for ranged builds.

Root armor crafting recipe

  • Root Mask:
    • 10 Root.
    • 10 Ancient Bark.
    • 4 Leather Scraps.
  • Root Harnesk:
    • 10 Root.
    • 10 Ancient Bark.
    • 2 Deer Hide.
  • Root Leggings:
    • 10 Root.
    • 10 Ancient Bark.
    • 2 Deer Hide.

Those are the best armors in Valheim. Visit our dedicated Valheim guides page for more tips and tricks articles.

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Published Jan. 23rd 2023

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