Witcher 3 Best Armor

Armor is an important part of your strategy in The Witcher 3. You need to choose a set that complements your playing style, which means compromising.
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Do you go for better defense, adrenaline point generation or stamina regeneration? Before you start thinking about that, you need to find good armor or diagrams for crafting it. In this guide, we’re going to show you sets of the best armor in The Witcher 3, their locations and stats.

New Blood and Wine Armor Sets

Blood and Wine expansion introduces new armor sets Tesham Mutna Armor (heavy armor set for level 39), Manticore Armor (medium set) and a new level – Grandmaster for Bear Ursine, Feline Cat, Wolf and Griffin Witcher Armor. Grandmaster Feline Cat Armor is the only hooded armor in the game! Take a look at our guide for new Blood and Wine armor sets.

Viper Armor Set – Hearts of Stone expansion

Viper Armor Set is a new Witcher gear set from the Hearts of Stone expansion. It’s a level 39 medium set which has a great armor rating and provides near immunity to poison.

Ofieri Armor Set – Hearts of Stone

The Ofieri set is a stylish armor from the HoS DLC. It is a level 38 light armor set which improves Sign intensity a lot. You can get it during one of the side quests in the expansion.

New Moon Armor – Hearts of Stone

The New Moon Armor certainly isn’t the best in terms of stats, but it is one of the better looking ones. You can use it at level 34, and you don’t even need to craft the pieces. They can be found (in various qualities) in certain locations in the new part of the map.

UPDATE: Patch 1.07 changed the level requirements for many sets. We’ve updated the guide to reflect this, so if you find armor whose requirements don’t match the ones written here, you’re probably playing an older version of the game.

Skellige Armor Set

Skellige Undvik Armor Set is an outfit added to the game in a free DLC pack. You have to be level 41 to use it, but it provides unprecedented amounts of protection. It’s a heavy set and comes with matching horse armor.

Wolf School Gear

The Wolf School Gear diagrams can be found scattered around Kaer Morhen. You’ll need to be level 14 to use them. The armor is medium weight – it provides increased attack power and sign intensity, while the swords have a decen damage output. This set is convenient for Signs builds, or hybrids that rely on swords and signs equally.

Enhanced Wolf Gear

The Enhanced Wolf Gear is an upgrade for the Wolf School Gear – expect more sign intensity, better attack power, and a moderate increase in protection. You’ll have to be level 21 in order to equip it.

Superior Wolf Gear

The Superior Wolven Gear is the third tier of upgrade for the Wolf School armor. Even more attack power and sign intensity than the enhanced version, with better protection. You’ll have to be level 29 if you want to use it.

Mastercrafted Wolf Gear

The Mastercrafted Wolf Gear is the final upgrade for the Wolf School armor. It offers great bonuses to attack power and sign intensity, a moderate amount of protection and greatly increased critical hit chance. You need to be level 34 in order to wear it.

Griffin School Gear

The Griffin Armor Set diagrams can be found in Velen, in Dragonslayer’s Grotto, north of Crookback Bog. It’s a medium armor set that requires level 11 to use, and provides increased sign intensity. It’s a great choice for anyone who opted for a Sign build.

Enhanced Griffin Armor

Enhanced Griffin Gear is an upgraded version of the basic Griffin Set. This is the second out of four (Basic, Enhanced, Superior and Mastercrafted) upgrade levels available for Griffin Sword and Armor Set. Diagrams for enhanced Griffin Set versions are found all over Velen (No Man’s Land). This is a level 18 weapon and armor upgrade of the basic Griffin School Gear Set.

Superior Griffin Gear

Superior Griffin Gear is the level 3 upgrade for the Griffin School Set. Before you can upgrade your set to superior, you need to boost it to Enchanced Griffin first. In order to wear this armor your character must be level 26.

Mastercrafted Griffin Gear

Mastercrafted Griffin Gear will give you an amazing increase in elemental damage resistance and sign intensity. Since it’s so good, you’ll need a level 34 character for the armor, as well as the swords.

Cat (Feline) School Gear

The Cat Armor Set diagrams can be found in a cave underneath Novigrad, and are pretty tricky to get. The set is light-weight, and requires a level 17 character (the crossbow requires level 29). It’s biggest strengths are the increased attack power and stamina regeneration – it’s meant for agile swordsmen.

Enhanced Cat (Feline) Gear

Enhanced Feline Gear is level 2 update of the basic Feline / Cat School Gear. This set is best for mid-level players because both the swords and the armor require level 23 to use. Six set diagrams are scattered all over Novigrad and Velen.

Superior Feline Cat Gear

In order to apply Superior Feline Cat Gear diagrams, you’ll first need the Enhanced Cat Gear. This set is suited for players at level 29. Superior Feline diagrams are scattered around Velen (No Man’s Land). There are powerful enemies (level 18-27) guarding some of these diagrams.

Mastercrafted Cat Feline

Mastercrafted Cat Gear is one of the best light armor sets in the game – it massively improves stamina regeneration, adrenaline point generation and provides an immense increase in attack power. Level 34 is required to wear the armor and wield the swords.

Bear School Gear

The Bear Armor Set diagrams can be found in Skellige, on An Skellig, just north of Urialla Harbor. It’s a heavy set which provides amazing protection, but tones down stamina regeneration. As such, it could be of great use to either dedicated alchemists or sturdy tanks. You need to be level 20 to wear it (except for the crossbow, which is level 29).

Enhanced Bear (Ursine) Gear

Enhanced Bear Gear is the second level of upgrade for Bear School Gear armor and weapons. There are six diagrams you need to find in order to upgrade the whole set. You need to be level 25 to wear it.

Superior Bear (Ursine) Gear

Superior Bear Gear is the third tier upgrade for Bear School Gear. In order to get it, you must first have Enhanced Bear Gear. You need to be level 30 to wear it.

Mastercrafted Bear Ursine Gear

Mastercrafted Bear Ursine Gear is the best version of the Bear Gear set – it provides amazing amounts of armor, much improved adrenaline point generation, while crippling your stamina regeneration. In order to use it, you’ll need to be at least level 34.

Nilfguardian Guardsman Armor

Nilfguardian Guardsman Armor is a late-game heavy armor set (lvl 28/31) that provides great protection from all kinds of physical damage, but also decreases stamina regeneration. You can either craft or buy the pieces.