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  • Progression in Terraria is marked by the player gaining access to new weapons, accessories, and armors. While weapons are the main determinant of combat effectiveness, armor also plays an important role by mitigating damage taken and passively boosting damage output. Choosing the ideal armor sets to use at each stage of the game is sometimes straightforward, but not always. This guide will help you decide on which armor sets to use at various points in game progression.

    The armor sets listed in this guide are optimized for overall damage and survivability, with consideration given to raw stats as well as set bonuses. As a result, the optimal sets will sometimes be hybrid sets that do not confer a set bonus. Several complete armor sets have a lackluster set bonus (for example, Frost armor and Adamantite armor) and are therefore not listed.

    Listings are in rough order of decreasing viability.

    Earlygame[edit | edit source]

    At this point, armor serves little purpose other than to boost your defense. You may obtain up to 20 defense with metal armors such as Platinum armor, but the resources required are better spent elsewhere. Therefore, it's recommended to simply wear Ebonwood armor, Shadewood armor, or other basic, easy-to-craft armors until you can get your hands on a real armor set; whatever you wear at the start of the game will be replaced very quickly. More experienced players can save time by completely skipping armor in the early game, potentially even up to the Wall of Flesh battle.

    Head Chest Legs Notes
    All classes
    Mining HelmetMining Helmet GiGiDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile Versions Obsidian PantsObsidian PantsDesktop, Console, and Mobile Versions Practical set for exploring. Obsidian Pants have 1 less defense than Platinum Greaves, but can be obtained cheaply by using Bombs.
    Pumpkin HelmetPumpkin Helmet Pumpkin BreastplatePumpkin Breastplate Pumpkin LeggingsPumpkin Leggings 10% damage boost, equating to about 1 damage. Only available during Halloween. Outside the Halloween season, it cannot be obtained before defeating a boss.
    Magic
    Wizard HatWizard Hat Gypsy RobeGypsy RobeDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile Versions Obsidian PantsObsidian PantsDesktop, Console, and Mobile Versions Requires some luck from Traveling Merchant. Use a Diamond Robe otherwise.

    Late pre-Hardmode[edit | edit source]

    Sets that can be acquired after smashing at least one Shadow Orb/Crimson Heart, defeating a boss, and/or exploring environments more hostile than the Cavern layer.

    Head Chest Legs Notes
    All classes
    Ninja HoodNinja Hood Ninja ShirtNinja Shirt Ninja PantsNinja Pants Desktop version: +20% Movement speed can be valuable when running errands or dodging attacks, although it does require farming King Slime a few times.
    Crimson HelmetCrimson Helmet Crimson ScalemailCrimson Scalemail Crimson GreavesCrimson Greaves Classless set used to regenerate health while exploring.
    Bee HeadgearBee HeadgearDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile Versions GiGiDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile Versions Ninja PantsNinja Pants Hybrid summoner set. Ranged and magic users will prefer Necro Greaves and Jungle Pants, respectively.
    Melee
    Molten HelmetMolten Helmet Molten BreastplateMolten Breastplate Molten GreavesMolten Greaves Maximizes defense and melee bonuses.
    Shadow HelmetShadow HelmetShadow Helmet Shadow ScalemailShadow ScalemailShadow Scalemail Shadow GreavesShadow GreavesShadow Greaves Maximizes melee speed.
    Ranged
    Necro HelmetNecro HelmetNecro Helmet Necro BreastplateNecro Breastplate Necro GreavesNecro Greaves Maximizes ranged damage output.
    Magic
    Wizard HatWizard Hat Gypsy RobeGypsy RobeDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile Versions Meteor LeggingsMeteor Leggings Maximizes magic damage output.
    Wizard HatWizard Hat Diamond RobeDiamond Robe Jungle PantsJungle PantsJungle Pants More focused on mana economy; robe and legs are interchangeable with the above set.
    Meteor HelmetMeteor Helmet Meteor SuitMeteor Suit Meteor LeggingsMeteor Leggings Ideal for use with the Space Gun, Gray Zapinator and Orange Zapinator.
    Summon
    Bee HeadgearBee HeadgearDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile Versions Bee BreastplateBee BreastplateDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile Versions Bee GreavesBee GreavesDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile Versions Provides the highest bonuses to minion damage and capacity.

    Early Hardmode[edit | edit source]

    To save resources, it is recommended that you choose one early Hardmode armor set and use it until you defeat your first mechanical boss. Palladium, Orichalcum, and Titanium sets are almost always preferred over Cobalt, Mythril, and Adamantite, but alternatives have been listed for players whose worlds contain Adamantite.

    Forbidden Treads were nerfed in the transition to 1.4, but early Hardmode minions have been improved overall, meaning that hybridization remains viable.

    Head Chest Legs Notes
    All classes
    Titanium headpieceTitanium headpieceTitanium headpieceTitanium headpiece Titanium BreastplateTitanium Breastplate Titanium LeggingsTitanium Leggings Damages and stunlocks enemies within close range.
    Orichalcum headpieceOrichalcum headpieceOrichalcum headpieceOrichalcum headpiece Orichalcum BreastplateOrichalcum Breastplate Orichalcum LeggingsOrichalcum Leggings Provides innate crowd control, even when using weak weapons.
    Palladium headpiecePalladium headpiecePalladium headpiecePalladium headpiece Palladium BreastplatePalladium Breastplate Palladium LeggingsPalladium Leggings Provides constant regeneration in combat.
    Melee
    Adamantite HelmetAdamantite Helmet Frost BreastplateFrost Breastplate Spider GreavesSpider GreavesDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile Versions Compared to Adamantite armor, trades away melee speed for 1 extra minion and roughly equivalent melee bonuses.
    Ranged
    Adamantite MaskAdamantite Mask Frost BreastplateFrost Breastplate Spider GreavesSpider GreavesDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile Versions Compared to Adamantite armor, trades away ammo conservation for 1 extra minion and roughly equivalent ranged bonuses.
    Magic
    Wizard HatWizard Hat Gypsy RobeGypsy RobeDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile Versions Forbidden TreadsForbidden TreadsDesktop VersionConsole Version Dangerously frail, but has higher magic bonuses than Adamantite armor along with 1 extra minion.
    Summon
    Spider MaskSpider MaskDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile Versions Spider BreastplateSpider BreastplateDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile Versions Spider GreavesSpider GreavesDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile Versions Standard option.
    Forbidden MaskForbidden MaskDesktop VersionConsole Version Forbidden RobesForbidden RobesDesktop VersionConsole Version Forbidden TreadsForbidden TreadsDesktop VersionConsole Version Poor stats, but an excellent set bonus for crowd control and killing The Destroyer.

    Pre-Plantera[edit | edit source]

    Aside from Hallowed and Chlorophyte Bars, you now have access to the second tier of the Old One's Army, the rewards of which provide welcome upgrades to every class. However, most players won't be aiming to purchase a full set, because with the exception of Squire armor, the set bonuses of the Tavernkeep's armor sets are lackluster.

    Head Chest Legs Notes
    Melee
    Chlorophyte MaskChlorophyte Mask Monk's ShirtMonk's ShirtDesktop VersionConsole Version Squire's GreavesSquire's GreavesDesktop VersionConsole Version Provides the highest melee bonuses available. Hallowed Mask can be used if you prefer more melee speed, which benefits broadswords, spears, and flails.
    Hallowed MaskHallowed Mask Hallowed Plate MailHallowed Plate Mail Hallowed GreavesHallowed Greaves Periodically dodges incoming attacks.
    Turtle HelmetTurtle Helmet Turtle Scale MailTurtle Scale Mail Turtle LeggingsTurtle Leggings Provides raw defense and some percentage-based damage reduction. Useful for those less confident in their dodging skills.
    Ranged
    Hallowed HelmetHallowed Helmet Hallowed Plate MailHallowed Plate Mail Hallowed GreavesHallowed Greaves Periodically dodges incoming attacks.
    Hallowed HelmetHallowed Helmet Huntress's JerkinHuntress's JerkinDesktop VersionConsole Version Spider GreavesSpider GreavesDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile Versions Loses Holy Protection, but gains 1 extra minion and slightly higher ranged bonuses.
    Hallowed HelmetHallowed Helmet Huntress's JerkinHuntress's JerkinDesktop VersionConsole Version Chlorophyte GreavesChlorophyte Greaves Loses Holy Protection, but maximizes ranged bonuses.
    Magic
    Hallowed HeadgearHallowed Headgear Hallowed Plate MailHallowed Plate Mail Hallowed GreavesHallowed Greaves Periodically dodges incoming attacks.
    Hallowed HeadgearHallowed Headgear Forbidden RobesForbidden RobesDesktop VersionConsole Version Apprentice's TrousersApprentice's TrousersDesktop VersionConsole Version Loses Holy Protection, but gains 1 extra minion and slightly higher magic bonuses.
    Hallowed HeadgearHallowed Headgear Chlorophyte Plate MailChlorophyte Plate Mail Apprentice's TrousersApprentice's TrousersDesktop VersionConsole Version Loses Holy Protection, but maximizes magic bonuses.
    Summon
    Hallowed HoodHallowed HoodDesktop Version Hallowed Plate MailHallowed Plate Mail Hallowed GreavesHallowed Greaves Periodically dodges incoming attacks.
    Squire's Great HelmSquire's Great HelmDesktop VersionConsole Version Squire's PlatingSquire's PlatingDesktop VersionConsole Version Squire's GreavesSquire's GreavesDesktop VersionConsole Version Decimates crowds of enemies when used with Ballistas. If not using Ballistas, switch to Queen Spider Staff and Spider Greaves.

    Pre-Betsy[edit | edit source]

    While Plantera and Golem provide separate advancements to game progression when defeated, they are treated as one milestone by this guide due to their similar difficulty level. At this point, you would be expected to have defeated Duke Fishron, Martian Madness, and the Pumpkin Moon. The Xeno Staff and Spooky Breastplate in particular provide a noticeable power boost to hybrid summoners.

    Those who have stockpiled a large supply of Defender Medals prior to defeating Golem can skip to the next section.

    Head Chest Legs Notes
    Melee
    Chlorophyte MaskChlorophyte Mask Monk's ShirtMonk's ShirtDesktop VersionConsole Version Squire's GreavesSquire's GreavesDesktop VersionConsole Version Highest raw melee bonuses available. Beetle Scale Mail provides more melee speed, but few melee weapons actually benefit from increased melee speed.
    Chlorophyte MaskChlorophyte Mask Spooky BreastplateSpooky Breastplate Squire's GreavesSquire's GreavesDesktop VersionConsole Version Provides decent melee bonuses and 2 extra minions. Excellent on Crimson worlds, where you can inflict Ichor and support your minions while healing with Vampire Knives. If using whips, Hallowed Mask is preferred.
    Beetle HelmetBeetle Helmet Beetle ShellBeetle Shell Beetle LeggingsBeetle Leggings The tankiest armor set for any class. Does not take repeated hits well, and has low offensive bonuses.
    Ranged
    Shroomite headpieceShroomite headpieceShroomite headpieceShroomite headpiece Shroomite BreastplateShroomite Breastplate Spooky LeggingsSpooky Leggings Shroomite armor's stealth bonus offers little benefit, so it is discarded in exchange for 1 extra minion. Huntress's Jerkin is also viable for this set.
    Hallowed HelmetHallowed Helmet Hallowed Plate MailHallowed Plate Mail Hallowed GreavesHallowed Greaves For those who prefer a defensive effect.
    Magic
    Spectre HoodSpectre Hood Spectre RobeSpectre Robe Spectre PantsSpectre Pants This set reduces your magic damage, but grants near-immortality as long as you can properly manage your mana.
    Spectre MaskSpectre MaskDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile Versions Spectre RobeSpectre Robe Spectre PantsSpectre Pants Set bonus compensates for this set's lackluster direct magic bonuses. Can be switched to/from Spectre Hood very quickly.
    Hallowed HeadgearHallowed Headgear Spooky BreastplateSpooky Breastplate Apprentice's TrousersApprentice's TrousersDesktop VersionConsole Version A powerful, minion-based alternative to Spectre Mask. However, switching to the Spectre Hood is not possible without deleting minions.
    Hallowed HeadgearHallowed Headgear Hallowed Plate MailHallowed Plate Mail Hallowed GreavesHallowed Greaves For those who prefer a defensive effect, but don't wish to sacrifice too much offense by using the Spectre Hood.
    Summon
    Spooky HelmetSpooky Helmet Spooky BreastplateSpooky Breastplate Spooky LeggingsSpooky Leggings Maximizes offensive capabilities.
    Hallowed HoodHallowed HoodDesktop Version Hallowed Plate MailHallowed Plate Mail Hallowed GreavesHallowed Greaves For those who prefer a defensive effect.
    Squire's Great HelmSquire's Great HelmDesktop VersionConsole Version Squire's PlatingSquire's PlatingDesktop VersionConsole Version Squire's GreavesSquire's GreavesDesktop VersionConsole Version Use for clearing the Old One's Army itself with Ballistas. Against the Old One's Army, this set is recommended for all classes.

    Pre-Lunar Events[edit | edit source]

    With the Old One's Army vanquished and a good supply of Defender Medals in your pocket, you can now purchase the best armor available before challenging the Lunar Events. The most notable of these armor pieces is the Valhalla Knight's Breastplate, which noticeably increases the survivability of all classes.

    Head Chest Legs Notes
    Melee
    Chlorophyte MaskChlorophyte Mask Valhalla Knight's BreastplateValhalla Knight's BreastplateDesktop VersionConsole Version Valhalla Knight's GreavesValhalla Knight's GreavesDesktop VersionConsole Version The best pre-Lunar melee set for offense and survivability.
    Shinobi Infiltrator's HelmetShinobi Infiltrator's HelmetDesktop VersionConsole Version Valhalla Knight's BreastplateValhalla Knight's BreastplateDesktop VersionConsole Version Valhalla Knight's GreavesValhalla Knight's GreavesDesktop VersionConsole Version Increases sentry capacity while providing comparable melee bonuses to the Chlorophyte Mask.
    Chlorophyte MaskChlorophyte Mask Monk's ShirtMonk's ShirtDesktop VersionConsole Version Valhalla Knight's GreavesValhalla Knight's GreavesDesktop VersionConsole Version Forgoes regeneration to maximize melee bonuses.
    Shinobi Infiltrator's HelmetShinobi Infiltrator's HelmetDesktop VersionConsole Version Spooky BreastplateSpooky Breastplate Valhalla Knight's GreavesValhalla Knight's GreavesDesktop VersionConsole Version Forgoes regeneration to maximize minion- and sentry-based offense.
    Beetle HelmetBeetle Helmet Beetle ShellBeetle Shell Beetle LeggingsBeetle Leggings Improves tanking ability, but offensive bonuses are extremely poor.
    Ranged
    Shroomite headpieceShroomite headpieceShroomite headpieceShroomite headpiece Red Riding DressRed Riding DressDesktop VersionConsole Version Spooky LeggingsSpooky Leggings Highest DPS available.
    Shroomite headpieceShroomite headpieceShroomite headpieceShroomite headpiece Valhalla Knight's BreastplateValhalla Knight's BreastplateDesktop VersionConsole Version Chlorophyte GreavesChlorophyte Greaves Loses DPS but gains survivability.
    Magic
    Spectre HoodSpectre Hood Spectre RobeSpectre Robe Spectre PantsSpectre Pants A fallback option for rapidly healing yourself and your teammates.
    Spectre MaskSpectre MaskDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile Versions Spectre RobeSpectre Robe Spectre PantsSpectre Pants Raw offense that can be quickly switched to Spectre Hood for lifesteal in a pinch. Also excellent at scouting for enemies.
    Hallowed HeadgearHallowed Headgear Valhalla Knight's BreastplateValhalla Knight's BreastplateDesktop VersionConsole Version Dark Artist's LeggingsDark Artist's LeggingsDesktop VersionConsole Version Nearly as much offense as the Spectre Mask, but has more survivability.
    Hallowed HeadgearHallowed Headgear Spooky BreastplateSpooky Breastplate Dark Artist's LeggingsDark Artist's LeggingsDesktop VersionConsole Version All-out offensive hybrid set with 2 extra minions.
    Summon
    Spooky HelmetSpooky Helmet Spooky BreastplateSpooky Breastplate Spooky LeggingsSpooky Leggings Maximizes offensive capabilities.
    Spooky HelmetSpooky Helmet Valhalla Knight's BreastplateValhalla Knight's BreastplateDesktop VersionConsole Version Spooky LeggingsSpooky Leggings Sacrifices 2 minions for extra regeneration and higher whip damage.
    Shinobi Infiltrator's HelmetShinobi Infiltrator's HelmetDesktop VersionConsole Version Valhalla Knight's BreastplateValhalla Knight's BreastplateDesktop VersionConsole Version Spooky LeggingsSpooky Leggings More sentry-based than the above set. Use with Frost Hydra/Queen Spider and melee weapons.
    Squire's Great HelmSquire's Great HelmDesktop VersionConsole Version Valhalla Knight's BreastplateValhalla Knight's BreastplateDesktop VersionConsole Version Spooky LeggingsSpooky Leggings A passive set specialized entirely towards regeneration, healing 6 health per second instead of 4. Also grants 1 extra sentry. Could be considered a classless set.

    Endgame[edit | edit source]

    All Luminite-tier armors are the best offensive armors for their respective classes (aside from Solar Flare armor, which offers a combination of offense and defense). However, the Valhalla Knight's Breastplate can still be worn by ranged users and summoners, who do not receive any defensive benefits from their respective endgame armors.

    Head Chest Legs Notes
    Melee
    Solar Flare HelmetSolar Flare HelmetDesktop, Console, and Mobile Versions Solar Flare BreastplateSolar Flare BreastplateDesktop, Console, and Mobile Versions Solar Flare LeggingsSolar Flare LeggingsDesktop, Console, and Mobile Versions Offers almost as much regeneration as the Valhalla Knight's Breastplate, and provides decent offensive bonuses and damage reduction on top of that.
    Solar Flare HelmetSolar Flare HelmetDesktop, Console, and Mobile Versions Valhalla Knight's BreastplateValhalla Knight's BreastplateDesktop VersionConsole Version Stardust LeggingsStardust LeggingsDesktop, Console, and Mobile Versions Compared to full Solar Flare: gains 2 health/sec, 2 minions, 52% summon damage. Loses 22% melee damage and Solar Shield bonus. Viable alternative for hybrid summoners.
    Solar Flare HelmetSolar Flare HelmetDesktop, Console, and Mobile Versions Solar Flare BreastplateSolar Flare BreastplateDesktop, Console, and Mobile Versions Valhalla Knight's GreavesValhalla Knight's GreavesDesktop VersionConsole Version Specialized entirely towards dealing melee damage. Hallowed Mask may be used as an alternative if using Zenith, which benefits from melee speed.
    Ranged
    Vortex HelmetVortex HelmetDesktop, Console, and Mobile Versions Vortex BreastplateVortex BreastplateDesktop, Console, and Mobile Versions Vortex LeggingsVortex LeggingsDesktop, Console, and Mobile Versions Immense DPS when stealthed, but only reaches full potential in multiplayer with other players acting as decoys due to its aggro-decreasing effect.
    Vortex HelmetVortex HelmetDesktop, Console, and Mobile Versions Valhalla Knight's BreastplateValhalla Knight's BreastplateDesktop VersionConsole Version Vortex LeggingsVortex LeggingsDesktop, Console, and Mobile Versions Emphasizes survivability. Useful for battles of endurance. If going damage specific use a shroomite helmet.
    Vortex HelmetVortex HelmetDesktop, Console, and Mobile Versions Red Riding DressRed Riding DressDesktop VersionConsole Version Vortex LeggingsVortex LeggingsDesktop, Console, and Mobile Versions Maximizes total DPS without relying on stealth. If going damage specific use a shroomite helmet.
    Magic
    Nebula HelmetNebula HelmetDesktop, Console, and Mobile Versions Nebula BreastplateNebula BreastplateDesktop, Console, and Mobile Versions Nebula LeggingsNebula LeggingsDesktop, Console, and Mobile Versions Provides immense damage and regeneration bonuses to yourself and your teammates.
    Hallowed HeadgearHallowed Headgear Valhalla Knight's BreastplateValhalla Knight's BreastplateDesktop VersionConsole Version Dark Artist's LeggingsDark Artist's LeggingsDesktop VersionConsole Version For use in multiplayer if you already have a teammate using Nebula armor.
    Hallowed HeadgearHallowed Headgear Stardust PlateStardust PlateDesktop, Console, and Mobile Versions Dark Artist's LeggingsDark Artist's LeggingsDesktop VersionConsole Version Similar to the above, but specialized entirely towards dealing damage.
    Spectre HoodSpectre Hood Spectre RobeSpectre Robe Spectre PantsSpectre Pants Mildly useful for pinch healing, but mostly outclassed. Technically, it still carries the highest healing potential (36/30 health per second).
    Summon
    Stardust HelmetStardust HelmetDesktop, Console, and Mobile Versions Stardust PlateStardust PlateDesktop, Console, and Mobile Versions Stardust LeggingsStardust LeggingsDesktop, Console, and Mobile Versions Maximizes offensive capabilities.
    Shinobi Infiltrator's HelmetShinobi Infiltrator's HelmetDesktop VersionConsole Version Valhalla Knight's BreastplateValhalla Knight's BreastplateDesktop VersionConsole Version Stardust LeggingsStardust LeggingsDesktop, Console, and Mobile Versions Sacrifices most of the Stardust set's raw offense, but gains survivability and 2 extra sentries. The best set for post-Lunar sentry builds.