Dark Souls 3 Best Heavy Armor Sets [2023]

Dark souls 3 has a number of heavy armor sets. The following is a list of what we believe to be the greatest Dark souls 3 heavy armour sets.

Dark Souls 3 Best Heavy Armor Set
Dark souls 3 has a number of heavy armor sets. The following is a list of what we believe to be the greatest Dark souls 3 heavy armour sets.

Dark Souls 3 offers its players several weapons and armors. Different types of armor sets have different uses depending on a number of things such as elemental defence, weight, physical defence, poise et cetera. Today we will be going over the best heavy armor Sets in Dark souls 3 Heavy Armour sets are usually high in physical attack absorption and weigh a lot. While you are here, consider checking out Dark Souls 3 Best Shield, Dark Souls 3 Katana Build, and Dark Souls 3 Dex Weapons.

Key Takeaways

  • Defense is a key factor when playing Dark Souls 3 and Heavy Armor Sets provide defensive advantages. They absorb physical attacks efficiently.
  • To cope with the heavyweight issues of Heavy Armor Sets, it is recommended to have high endurance, high vitality, and Havel’s Ring.
  • Gundyr’s Set is excellent against bleed damage. It can be bought by trading the soul of Campion Gundyr to the Fire Keeper. It’s very good-looking and weighs 40.
  • Dragonslayer Set is relatively lightweight and offers physical as well as elemental damage. You can acquire it by defeating the Nameless King.
  • Havel’s Set is one of the heaviest on the list. It weighs 57 and owns brilliant attack absorption ability. You can get it by defeating Havel and then going to Old Wolf in Farron Keep.
  • Black Iron Set is good in resisting Bleed and Frost damage. After defeating the Knightslayer Tsorig, you can buy it from Firelink Shrine’s handmaiden.
  • Iron Dragonslayer Set lacks defense against bleed but offers good physical attack resistance. It is obtained by defeating Iron Dragonslayer in the Ringed City.
  • Catarina Set is the one with the highest physical defense. It weighs 40 points. It can either be purchased for 15000 souls or acquired on Seigward’s death.

Here is a comparison table for the best Heavy Armor Sets in Dark Souls 3. You can easily sort the stats with the highest and lowest values to determine the best one for you:

No.ArmorArmor TypePhysical ResistanceRegular DefenseStrike DefenseSlash DefenseThrust DefenseMagic DefenseFire DefenseLightning DefenseDark DefenseBleed ResistancePoison ResistanceFrost ResistanceCurse ResistancePoiseIcon DurabilityIcon weight
1Gundyr’s setChest Armor16.
2Dragonslayer SetChest Armor0.00.015.612.717.017.012.913.813.810.76440.0433613.819.1
3Havel’s SetChest Armor0.
4Black Iron SetChest Armor27.00.064.678.
5Iron Dragonslayer SetChest Armor0.00.015.711.616.517.29.911.60.013.813.
6Catarina SetChest Armor0.057.056.465.557.

Dark Souls 3 Best Heavy Armor Sets

We recommend a high endurance and vitality level along with Havel’s ring for a heavy armor build. All this increases load capacity, which means you do not fat-roll when equipped with a heavy armor set. We also recommend a high strength level for nothing complements a menacing armor quite like a greatsword, particularly for fashion souls content.

Gundyr’s set

dark souls 3 best heavy armor
Gundyr’s Set
Armor TypeHelmsChest ArmorGauntletsLeggings
Physical Resistance5.916.94.49.0
Strike Defense4.814.13.67.5
Slash Defense7.
Thrust Defense5.616.24.18.6
Magic Defense4.413.23.47.1
Fire Defense4.613.73.57.4
Lightning Defense4.413..03.47.0
Dark Defense4.413.23.47.1
Bleed Resistance35862948
Poison Resistance25622136
Frost Resistance25622136
Curse Resistance25622136
Icon Durability470470470460
Icon weight7.

The armor worn by the Champion Gundyr himself. This armor is arguably Dark Souls 3’s best-looking heavy armor and has excellent stats. To acquire this armor, you have to beat Champion Gundyr and then buy the set by giving his soul to the fire keeper.

Gundry is located in Untended graves, the optional area you can go to right after beating Oceiros. Besides being very good at looking like a heavy armor set, the Gundyr set offers decent and well-rounded protection against physical attacks. It also has high resistance against bleed, making it especially effective against dex users in PVP encounters. The armor set weighs 40 and has a poise of 44.

Dragonslayer Set

dark souls 3 best heavy armor
Dragonslayer Set
Armor TypeHelmsChest ArmorGauntletsLeggings
Physical Resistance----
Strike Defense5.015.6 3.7 8.1
Slash Defense4.012.73.0 6.5
Thrust Defense5.5 17.04.1 8.9
Magic Defense5.517.04.1 8.9
Fire Defense3.712.9 3.3 6.3
Lightning Defense4.113.83.7 6.9
Dark Defense4.113.83.7 6.9
Bleed Resistance2.910.72.6 4.9
Poison Resistance28 642138
Frost Resistance18 40 13 23
Curse Resistance184314 24
Poise163612 21
Icon Durability5.613.84.1 8.1
Icon weight5.5

The Dragonslayer set, once worn by the legendary dragonslayer Ornstein. You have to beat the Nameless King to acquire this set and that alone says enough about the value this iconic armor holds. The Dragonslayer set is one of the coolest looking heavy armors in Dark Souls 3. The Dragonslayer set is also great when combined with different sets. One such example is the Guts Build. This set offers well-rounded defense, both physical and elemental, especially when considering its relatively light weight.

Havel’s Set

dark souls 3 best heavy armor
Havel’s Set
Armor TypeHelmsChest ArmorGauntletsLeggings
Physical Resistance----
Regular Defense36.
Strike Defense30.678.245.945.9
Slash Defense41.4 105.862.162.1
Thrust Defense36.0
Magic Defense22.
Fire Defense 22.0
Lightning Defense18.0
Bleed Resistance18.0
Poison Resistance4.0
Curse Resistance9.0

No list of Dark Souls heavy armors is complete without the legendary Havel armor. Appearing in every installment of the Dark Souls series, the Havel set has been known for its high point and heavy weight for years. The armors weight is justified by the way it looks and that it belonged to Havel, one of Lord Gwyn’s greatest knights. To get this set, you first have to beat Havel in Archdragon peak, he is located near the corpse of the dead dragon. After beating Havel, head to the Old Wolf of Farron bonfire in Farron keep.

Climb the stairs up to where the stray demon is located and you will find the set dropped there. This set has a hefty weight of 57, although I wouldn’t expect anything less from an armor set made from a giant boulder. The armor offers a very high poise level of 50 and has high resistance levels. The physical absorption of this set is underwhelming but the fashion souls aspect more than makes up for that.

Black Iron Set

dark souls 3 best heavy armor
Black Iron Set
Armor TypeHelmsChest ArmorGauntletsLeggings
Physical Resistance----
Regular Defense27.
Strike Defense25.764.638.038.0
Slash Defense31.
Thrust Defense27.
Magic Defense11.
Fire Defense19.
Lightning Defense8.
Bleed Resistance17.
Poison Resistance10.
Curse Resistance5.

The armor of Knightslayer Tsorig. The Black Iron set maintains a raw, imposing vibe rivaled only by the Gundyr set. You can purchase the Black Iron set from the Firelink shrine‘s handmaiden after you beat the Knightslayer Tsorig in the smoldering lake. The armour set offers decent protection against physical attacks and has high resistance against bleed and frost. Although its stats may make it seem like an underwhelming set, especially given its heavy weight, it more than makes up for that by how it looks.

Iron Dragonslayer Set

dark souls 3 best heavy armor
Iron Dragonslayer set
Armor TypeHelmsChest ArmorGauntletsLeggings
Physical Resistance----
Strike Defense6.
Slash Defense4.511.62.67.1
Thrust Defense6.416.53.99.9
Magic Defense6.617.24.110.4
Fire Defense3.
Lightning Defense4.511.62.67.1
Dark Defense5.313.83.28.4
Bleed Resistance5.
Poison Resistance33812648
Frost Resistance22541732
Curse Resistance24601935
Icon Durability6.314.85.19.5
Icon weight7.020.14.812.5

Ever since the game’s release, Dark Souls 3 fans have been conflicted over the difficulty of the Dragonslayer armour boss fight. One area where all agreed, however, was over how good the armor set looks. This was one of those fights where the armor alone made the player be wary of what was to come.

The ringed city DLC allowed Dark Souls 3 players to access this armour. You can pick this armour up after beating the Iron Dragonslayer located in the ringed city. The armor has good physical defence and relatively high resistances except for bleed. This armour certainly speaks ‘heavy armor’ more so than most heavy armors in the game.

Catarina Set

Armor TypeHelmsChest ArmorGauntletsLeggings
Physical Resistance----
Regular Defense22.
Strike Defense21.856.433.733.7
Slash Defense25.365.539.139.1
Thrust Defense22.
Magic Defense12.
Fire Defense13.
Lightning Defense7.
Bleed Resistance13.
Poison Resistance9.
Curse Resistance0.

How could we conclude this list without mentioning the iconic Catarina set. You can purchase this set from Patches for 15000 souls after progressing further into the game or have Seigward drop it upon his death after you play through his questline. This set has some of the highest physical defence amongst all heavy armor sets and has really high resistance all round except curse. It also happens to be one of the heaviest armors in this list, taking up almost 40 weight points.

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