There’s no shortage of armor sets to choose from in God of War Ragnarok, allowing players the option to pick and choose a set that complements their playstyle and build.
Each one has perks, stats boosts, cooldown reduction, and synergies, but also downsides. With so much on offer, it can daunting settling on the best armor in God of War Ragnarok.
In this guide, we’ll walk you through what we consider to be the best sets you can get in God of War Ragnarok. We’ll provide options for our leading man Kratos, with suggestions for the early game, mid-game, and late-game.
Each armor sets features three pieces – chest piece armor, wrist armor, and waist armor. These can be crafted at Brok and Sindri’s shop, with blueprints obtained by completing sidequests (i.e. Favors), Muspelheim trials, looting chests, or getting to certain points in the story.
As a general rule, you’re better off using pieces from the same set to stack and maximize their impact, as mixing and matching tends to weaken your overall build. But that said, if you’re after a particular build to suit your playstyle then God of War Ragnarok offers plenty of scope for hybrid builds.
Best Armor Sets in God War Ragnarok
Best Early Game Armor God of War Ragnarok – Nidavellir Armor Set
- Nidavellir’s Finest Plackart
- Nidavellir’s Finest Arm Guards
- Nidavellir’s Finest Waist Guard
The Nidavellir is one of the first armor sets you can craft at Brok’s shop. It’s designed to keep you alive while exploring the early realms. Much of this is down to a solid strength and vitality boost, but also a health burst when stun grabbing enemies thanks to the Plackart’s Stunning Restoration.
There’s also a reduction to how fast enemy stun bars drain through the Arm and Waist Guard’s Stunning Persistence. Though you’ll outgrow the Nidavellir set at some point, it should prove more than capable of accompanying you through the opening chapters of God of War Ragnarok.
You’ll pick up the blueprint for the Nidavellir Armor once you’ve visited Svartalfheim for the first time and triggered the In Service of Asgard favor in Nidavellir.
You have to shutdown the mining rigs scattered around the Bay of Bounty. Completing the favor gives you the resources, namely Nidavellir Ore, needed to craft the armor.
Honorable Mentions – Early-Game Armor Sets:
- Risen Snow Armor Set
Best Mid-Game Armor God of War Ragnarok – Lunda’s Lost Armor Set
- Lunda’s Lost Cuirass
- Lunda’s Lost Bracers
- Lunda’s Lost Belt
The best mid-game armor sets in God of War Ragnarok, Lunda’s Lost Armor is a deceptively effective and offensivel–geared armor set with boosts to strength, runic attacks, and luck that uses poison damage to give you an advantage in most fights.
The Lost Cuirass grants Vanir Poison, where bare-handed attacks, parries, and blocks have a high luck chance of causing bonus damage and poisoning enemies.
The Lost Bracers and Lost Belt follow this up with Prey Upon Poison, which increases the damage of melee attacks on poisoned enemies. In action, this means parrying to poison enemies, then inflicting massive follow up damage.
Lunda’s Lost Armor is available once you’ve completed the Lunda’s Lost Armor Labor in Vanaheim. Three pieces of armor are scattered across the Vanaheim River Delta, in the Cliffside Ruins, The Veiled Passage, and Noatun’s Garden, specifically. Find them all and return to Lunda to craft the set. For more details on finding all three armor pieces, head to our Vanaheim realm guide.
Honorable Mentions – Mid-Game Armor Sets:
- Raven Tears Armor Set
- Spiritual Armor Set
Best Late Game – Steinbjorn Armor Set
- Steinbjorn Plackart
- Steinbjorn Gauntlets
- Steinbjorn Waist Guard
Aside from boosting Kratos’ defense stat to a ludicrous 585, the Steinbjorn Armor set offers some other major defensive benefits.
The waist guard and gauntlets combine to offer Stunning Retaliation, which gives a moderate luck chance to stagger and stun nearby enemies when Kratos takes damage. As for the Steinbjorn Plackart chest piece armor, Bloodthirsty Retaliation means any attacks after sustaining damage restore health.
Not only will enemies struggle to make a dent in your health bar, but if they do, then Kratos retaliates with devastating consequences. All in all, the Steinbjorn set does exactly what armor should do – morph Kratos into a tank capable of sustaining hit after hit. It becomes particularly useful when you take on late-game optional bosses that dish out massive damage with even a single hit.
To get the Steinbjorn armor set requires completing the Steinbjorn Armor Labor. For this, you’ll need to track down the Mystical Heirloom relic in Midgard, use it at troll statues across the nine realms to summon trolls, and defeat said trolls to gather Slumber Stones to craft the armor. For more details, head to our dedicated guide to getting the Steinbjorn armor set.
Honoroable Mentions – Late-Game Armor Sets:
- Dragon Scaled Armor Set
- Surtr’s Armor Set
- Guiding Light Armor Set
That about wraps up our guide to the best armor in God of War Ragnarok. For more help with God of War Ragnarok, head to our dedicated hub guide for walkthroughs, full realm guides, ravens, collectibles, and more.
Best Armor in God of War Ragnarok FAQ
What is the best armor in God of War Ragnarok?
The best armor in God of War Ragnarok is the Steinbjorn Armor. Aside from boosting Kratos’ defense stat to a ludicrous 585, the Steinbjorn Armor set offers some other major defensive benefits.
What is the best early game armor in God of War Ragnarok?
Though you’ll outgrow the Nidavellir set at some point, it should prove more than capable of accompanying you through the opening chapters of God of War Ragnarok.