Elden Ring: 10 Best Mid Game Armors + Locations

Because I've spent over 1,000 hours playing Elden Ring, you can trust me with the information I've shared about the Mid-game armors!

Mid game armor Elden Ring
Mid game armor Elden Ring

In Elden Ring, you will have to find the complete set of armors comprising four-five individual items. These may include Chest Armor, Greaves, Gauntlets, and Helmets. Obtaining the whole set is the only approach to achieving the total stats for Damage Negation and ensuring maximum protection of your character. 

Meanwhile, players can also pursue their own armor sets by working their creativity to mix and match different sets. This approach gives you the freedom to explore the Lands Between of Elden Ring to obtain the set that is easily accessible to you rather than fixating on one. Mixing different sets will yield other stats. But in the end, the fashion and the defensive elements matter to assist players in the gameplay.

About The Author

I’ve played Elden Ring a lot—over 1,000 hours, to be exact. So, everything I share comes from my own experience, even the best mid-armors in the game.

Related: Elden Ring Best Early Game Armor

Key Takeaways

Best Elden Ring Mid Armors – My Picks:

  1. Iron Set: Early and light armor with decent protection.

  2. Land of Reeds Set: Provides strong defense and negates weak stagger and HP drain.

  3. Meliketh’s Set: Offers both protection and aesthetics, worth the effort to acquire.

  4. Banished Knight Set: Can be found in early locations and follows a similar acquisition pattern.

  5. Zamor Set: Mid-game armor, lightweight, with high poise and damage negation.

  6. Crucible Tree Set: Sought-after armor with a unique and intimidating design.

  7. Hoslow Set: Enhances defenses and provides a royal appearance.

  8. Beast Champion Set: Heavy but boasts impressive stats, linked to NPC Knight Bernahl.

  9. Bull-Goat Set: Known for its tanky look and high stats, despite the weight.

  10. Veteran’s set: Warrior appearance with texture & a feather cape. Its stats are remarkable, including 41 Physical, 29.3 Magic, & 28.9 Holy Damage Negation, providing significant defense for characters.

Elden Ring Best Mid Game Armors Compared

No.NameWeightPhysicalVS SlashVS StrikeVS PierceMagicFireLightHoly
1Iron Set2125.626.12124.816.721.713.917.5
2Land of Reeds Set19.81926.120.620.622.124.725.823.6
3Maliketh’s Set26.529.325.825.829.323.624.720.627.9
4Banished Knight Set41.639.330.534.5402929.22828.5
5Zamor Set20.525.441.5202318.318.31416.5
6Crucible Tree Set36.938.325.530.336.728.227.924.729.3
7Hoslow’s Set28.530.736.72627.423.82622.322.3
8Beast Champion Set40.137.629.535.140.22829.727.729.1
9Bull-Goat’s Set634540.644.640.228.929.43127.9
10Veteran’s Set454140.

Iron Set

The Iron set is a light and easy-to-acquire armor set early in the game, consisting of four pieces: Helmet, Greaves, Gauntlets, and Chest Armor. It provides decent protection, particularly against Fire-based enemies. You can purchase the full Iron set for 3900 Runes from the Nomadic Merchant near the Castle Morne Rampart’s site of grace. It’s a valuable investment for early-game protection.

Iron Set Elden Ring
Iron Set
Stat Weight Physical VS Slash VS Strike VS Pierce Magic Fire Light Holy
Value 21 25.6 26.1 21 24.8 16.7 21.7 13.9 17.5
Iron Set Stats Box

Land of Reeds Set

The Land of Reeds armor set, found in mid-game in the Caelid region, is reminiscent of the Samurai class from FromSoftware’s soul games. It combines protection and mobility, making it suitable for various playstyles, including mage+samurai characters. This set offers strong defense against enemy attacks while maintaining a lightweight design, allowing for agile dodging and maneuverability. It includes heavy iron Chest Armor, Greaves, and Gauntlets, making it an excellent choice for adventurers seeking durability and versatility.

Land of Reed set
Land of Reed set

The Land of Reeds armor set can be purchased from an Isolated Merchant located in the extreme North of Caelid, specifically in the Weeping Peninsula. You can acquire the full armor set for 4,500 Runes by visiting the wooden shack where the merchant resides.

Land of Reed Location
Land of Reed Location

Additionally, there is a white variant of the Land of Reeds set that can be obtained in Spiritcaller’s Cave, located in the Mountaintops of the Giants area. To access the cave, use two Stonesword Keys that you should have acquired during the storyline.

Once inside, defeat the spiritual-slug-like creature and other enemies to progress. Eventually, you’ll find a lake with a corpse under a tree containing three armor pieces of the White Reed Set. This set offers an alternative look for those seeking a different appearance.

White Reed Set Elden Ring
White Reed Set
White Reed Location
White Reed Location

To obtain the Okina Helmet, exit the cave and return to the Mountaintops of the Giants. Be cautious and avoid engaging the Giants, as it’s a challenging area. Also, preserve your HP for a fight against Blood Finger Okina, who will invade you once you reach this location. Successfully defeating him will reward your character with the Okina helmet and the Rivers of Blood Katana.

When comparing the Land of Reed and White Reed sets, there’s not a significant difference in stats. You may gain or lose one or two values for Damage Negation, but the White Reed set is favored for its cooler and more dominant appearance.

Stat Weight Physical VS Slash VS Strike VS Pierce Magic Fire Light Holy
Value 19.8 19 25.8 20.6 20.6 23.6 24.7 20.6 27.9
Land of Reeds Set Stat Box

Meliketh’s Set

When it comes to upgrading your character’s appearance and protection, Meliketh’s set is a fantastic choice. This full armor set is obtained from the Meliketh boss, typically encountered during the mid-to-endgame, depending on your playthrough progress. Meliketh’s set offers a great balance of style and stats, making it a popular choice among players.

Meliketh Set Elden Ring
Meliketh’s Set

If you’re aiming for high Poise and a Strength-focused playthrough, Meliketh’s set is a top-notch option. Its unique black iron and gold finish not only look impressive but also provide solid protection

To obtain the complete Meliketh’s set, you must defeat the Meliketh boss. You can find this boss within the challenging legendary dungeon of Crumbling Farum Azula. While there’s no direct route to the location, you should progress through the storyline until you reach Leyndell, Ashen Capital. In the Crumbling Farum Azula, you’ll enter the boss arena and face Meliketh, the Black Blade.

Meliketh's Set Location
Meliketh’s Set Location

After defeating Meliketh, you’ll receive the “Remembrance of the Black Blade,” not the armor set itself. Hang onto this item, as you’ll use it to trade for Meliketh’s set.

Return to Roundtable Hold and visit the merchant named Enia. Trade the “Remembrance of Black Blade” for Meliketh’s set, and you’ll have the complete set in your inventory.

Stat Weight Physical VS Slash VS Strike VS Pierce Magic Fire Light Holy
Value 26.5 29.3 30.5 25.8 29.3 23.6 24.7 20.6 27.9
Maliketh’s Set Stats Box

Banished Knight Set

The Banished Knight set is a sturdy mid-game armor in Elden Ring. It’s quite heavy, affecting your character’s mobility but providing good defense. It has a familiar look for Dark Souls fans. To obtain it, you’ll need to farm Banished Knight enemies. The Cathedral of the Dragon Communion is a good spot for farming this set.

Elden Ring Banished Knight Set
Banished Knight Set
Stat Weight Physical VS Slash VS Strike VS Pierce Magic Fire Light Holy
Value 41.6 39.3 41.5 34.5 40 29 29.2 28 28.5
Banished Knight Set Stat Box

Zamor SetZamor Set Elden Ring

The Zamor set is a lightweight armor option for fast-paced builds in mid-game. It offers high Poise for rolling and good Damage Negation stats. You can find it near the Mountaintops of the Giants, close to where you obtained the White Reeds set.

To acquire it, you’ll need to defeat the Ancient Hero of Zamor boss. This boss can be accessed through the Giant-Conquerer Hero’s Grave site of grace after receiving the Medallion from Mellina. Defeat the boss to obtain the full Zamor set and the Zamor Curved Sword.

Zamor Set Location
Zamor Set Location
Elden Ring Zamor Set Location
Starting Location to Reach Giant-Conquerer Hero’s Grave
Stat Weight Physical VS Slash VS Strike VS Pierce Magic Fire Light Holy
Value 20.5 25.4 25.5 20 23 18.3 18.3 14 16.5
Zamor Set Stats Box

Crucible Tree Set

The Crucible Tree set is a powerful mid-game armor in Elden Ring, sought after by many players for its unique design and attributes. It’s on the heavier side, making it suitable for Strength-focused character builds. To effectively wear this armor, you’ll need to have the right Endurance attributes to carry its weight.

To obtain the Crucible Tree set, you’ll need to progress through the story by defeating Starscourge Radahn, which grants access to Nokron, Eternal City. From there, you’ll face the Gargoyles, leading to a coffin that teleports you to another location to fight Crucible Knight Siluria.

Elden Ring Crucible Tree Set
Crucible Tree Set

After spawning in this location, use the site of grace and then descend below the ledge of the lake. There’s a lift across the lake that takes you to the boss arena. Defeating the boss doesn’t drop the Crucible Tree set, but you can find it in a chest near Crucible Knight Siluria. If you’re fast enough, you can open the chest without engaging in the boss fight, making it an optional encounter. Otherwise, defeating the boss is necessary to obtain the complete Crucible Tree armor set.

Crucible Tree Set location
Crucible Tree Set location
Stat Weight Physical VS Slash VS Strike VS Pierce Magic Fire Light Holy
Value 36.9 38.3 36.7 30.3 36.7 28.2 27.9 24.7 29.3
Crucible Tree Set Stats Box

Hoslow SetElden Ring Hoslow Set

The Hoslow set is a striking mid-game armor in Elden Ring that not only enhances your character’s defenses but also adds a regal medieval aesthetic with its gigantic metal helmet. The grey-colored metal armor pieces feature red decorative elements representing the Hoslow family.

To obtain the Hoslow set, you should first complete all the quests related to Juno Hoslow without progressing too far in the game to avoid spoilers. Once these quests are completed, you’ll need to finish the final contract of the Hoslow questline, which takes place in the Mountaintops of the Giants. During this quest, you’ll have the option to invade Juno Hoslow, Knight of Blood.

Choosing to invade Juno Hoslow will initiate a challenging battle in another world. Upon defeating the Hoslow Knight, you’ll receive the complete Hoslow armor set along with other valuable items. It’s essential to complete his questline before engaging in this combat to fully immerse yourself in Elden Ring’s lore.

Hoslow Set Location
Hoslow Set Location
Stat Weight Physical VS Slash VS Strike VS Pierce Magic Fire Light Holy
Value 28.5 30.7 29.5 26 27.4 23.8 26 22.3 22.3
Hoslow’s Set Stas Box

Beast Champion Set

The Beast Champion set is a heavyweight armor set in Elden Ring that’s perfect for players who prioritize high stats over mobility. While it significantly increases your weight load, it offers some of the most impressive stats in the game.

This armor set belongs to Knight Bernahl, a crucial NPC in the game, and can be obtained by following his questline, which becomes available after you join forces at the Volcano Manor. It’s important to note that while you have the option to kill Knight Bernahl earlier at the Warmaster’s Shack, it’s not recommended as it will impact the game’s storyline and cause you to miss out on quests later in the game. If you’re patient, you can acquire this armor set after the battle with Maliketh.

Elden Ring Beast Champion Set
Beast Champion Set
Stat Weight Physical VS Slash VS Strike VS Pierce Magic Fire Light Holy
Value 40.1 37.6 40.6 35.1 40.2 28 29.7 27.7 29.1
Beast Champion Set Stat Box

Bull-Goat Set

The Bull-Goat set is renowned for its tanky appearance and outstanding stats, making it one of the best mid-game armor sets in Elden Ring. If you don’t mind completing various quests to obtain armor sets, this one is a must-have. The set’s distinctive feature is the imposing bull-like horns, which not only add to its visual appeal but also enhance your character’s Poise and Robustness, preventing staggering from enemy attacks.

Elden Ring Bull-Goat Set
Bull-Goat Set

I might not disclose anything related to the quest. But there are a few things you need to know about acquiring the complete set of Bull-Goat armor. Firstly, you will have to complete the Patches questline. The Bull-Goat set is available to receive once Patches has reached the Volcano Manor.

Here you must join the covenant so Patches can give you another quest for a boss fight. Only this way can you receive the Bull-Goat set. Going straight for the boss fight will lock your playthrough to receive the Bull-Goat set. 

Stat Weight Physical VS Slash VS Strike VS Pierce Magic Fire Light Holy
Value 63 45 40.2 44.6 40.2 28.9 29.4 31 27.9
Bull-Goat’s Set Stat Box

Veteran’s Set

Lastly, we have a Veteran’s set that shares a veteran warrior look because of all the texture and feather cape. Veteran’s set is remarkable for the stats as it is beautiful for the looks. It also looks worn because of the historical background of the set. But still, it grants stats that are straightly off the charts. 

Elden Ring Veteran Set
Veteran Set

Veteran’s set will once again require players to get on top of the Mountaintops of the Giants. Gain access to the Grand Lift of Rold. From here, you might want to make your way through Zamor Ruins to Castle Sol Main Gate. You will be fighting a boss “Commander Niall,” on the rooftop. 

Veteran Set Location
Veteran Set Location

Once the boss is defeated, you will have to return to the Roundtable Hold and speak to the Enia Merchant to sell you the Veteran’s set. You will be able to purchase the full collection for 18,000 Runes at a fair price. 

Stat Weight Physical VS Slash VS Strike VS Pierce Magic Fire Light Holy
Value 45 41 41 37.2 38.1 29.3 30.7 27.9 28.9
Veteran’s Set Stats Box

Final Words

Every armor set comes with its history, characteristics, and character aspects to enhance your gameplay experience. You do not have to stick to a single armor set because of the maximum level of defense. Experimenting with different sets until you find the ideal one for your character is the key to success in Elden Ring. 

That is about it for the best mid-game armor in Elden Ring. Do you find this guide helpful for obtaining your ideal mid-game armor in Elden Ring? What is your prime choice of armor set throughout mid-end game? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section down below. 

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