Armor

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Armor is used to protect the player from damage. There are many different kinds of armor that can be made of many different materials, from wood, all the way to iron plates. While each material provides increased protection and resistance, each kind of armor gives small, or not so small, debuffs to things like movement speed or hunger rate.

Obtaining

All armor is accessible via crafting. Four non-metal armor types: Improvised, Wood Lamellae, Leather, and Gambeson do not require metal. The four metal armors Brigandine, Chain, Scale and Plate require metal plate and chain components crafted by smithing. The fifth type of metal armor, Lamellar, is made by casting Lamellae, which can only be constructed from metals that can be worked using the crucible, including copper and bronze.

Basic Armor Mechanics

The purpose of armor is protection. However, the armor model in Vintage Story is somewhat complex, with armor and damage tiers, relative and flat damage protection, and relative and flat damage loss by tier.

  • Armor does not protect players from damage taken outside of combat, i.e. from falling, starving or poisoning.
  • A full suit of armor includes three equipped components: Head, Body and Legs.

When a combat attack on a player occurs

  1. The armor slot receiving the damage is selected. Each slot has a different chance to be selected (head = 20%, body = 50%, legs = 30%.) If the player has not equipped armor in the slot selected for damage, then the player receives full damage.
  2. Armor tier and weapon/attack damage tier are compared. If the damage tier of the weapon (or mob) is higher than the armor tier, different sets of losses are chosen. If the damage tier of the weapon or attack is high enough to overpower the armor protection, then damage reduction benefits could be negated.
  3. Damage is calculated. If the damage tier of the weapon (or mob) is not higher than the armor tier: Flat damage reduction is applied first. Then, relative reduction (based on the percent protection granted by the armor type and material tier) is applied to further reduce the remaining damage.
  4. Damage losses are applied based on the damage tier.

Protection

It's important to understand how armor values function. Each type of armor (Improvised, Gambeson, Chain, Plate) have base stat modifiers. A full set of iron plate slows you down just as much as a full set of copper plate, but iron armor has more durability so it lasts longer than copper armor. Secondly, iron is "more protective" because a metal of a higher tier has a higher "Flat Damage Reduction" and a higher "Relative Protection" reduction percentage. Also, armor constructed from higher tier materials protects more effectively against powerful attacks from higher tier weapons. Generally, higher tier metals make more protective/durable armor: iron is more durable and affords more damage reduction when compared to black bronze, which is more durable and protective than copper. Armor is an investment in resources, but the cost of materials returns value to the player.

Types of Armor

Wood

Type Upsides Downsides Source
Improvised

Protection: 55%
Protection tier: 0
Durability: 70

None Wood + Grass
Lamellar

Protection: 65%
Protection tier: 0
Flat reduction HP: 0.5
Durability: 200

Healing rate: -10%
Hunger rate: +8%
Range Acurracy: -3%
Range Charge: -7%
Movement Speed: -3%

Pelt, Resin, Wood

Leather

Type Upsides Downsides Source
Jerkin

Protection: 40%
Protection tier: 1
Flat reduction HP: 0.25
Durability: 250

None Leather only
Armor

Protection: 60%
Protection tier: 1
Flat reduction HP: 0.6
Durability: 700

None Leather + Twine

Cloth

Type Upside Downside Source
Gambeson

Protection: 70%
Protection tier: 2
Flat reduction HP: 0.7
Durability: 900

Healing rate: -17%
Hunger rate: +3%
Movement Speed: -2%

Linen Cloth
Tailored gambeson

Protection: 75%
Protection tier: 2
Flat reduction HP: 0.75
Durability: 900

Healing rate: -10%
Hunger rate: +3%

Linen Cloth or Dyed, Sewing kit

Metal based Armor Debufs

Type Downside Source
Lamellar

Healing rate: -10%
Hunger rate: +8%
Range Acurracy: -3%
Range Charge: -7%
Movement Speed: -3%

Pelt, Lamellar
Brigandine

Healing rate: -17%
Hunger rate: +12%
Range Acurracy: -7%
Range Charge: -14%
Movement Speed: -5%

Jerkin, Plate
Chain

Healing rate: -10%
Hunger rate: +7%
Range Acurracy: -3%
Range Charge: -6%
Movement Speed: -3%

Jerkin, Chain
Scale

Healing rate: -17%
Hunger rate: +12%
Range Acurracy: -10%
Range Charge: -20%
Movement Speed: -7%

Chain armor, Scale
Plate

Healing rate: -33%
Hunger rate: +24%
Range Acurracy: -10%
Range Charge: -20%
Movement Speed: -17%

Chain armor, Plate

Metal based armor

Armor Material Tier Lamellar Brigandine Chain Scale Plate (High Damage tier resistance)
Copper 1

Protection: 75%
Flat reduction HP: 0.5
Durability: 450

Protection: 78%

Flat reduction HP: 1
Durability: 900

Protection: 80%
Flat reduction HP: 1.1
Durability: 600

Protection: 84%
Flat reduction HP: 1.3
Durability: 800

Protection: 90%
Flat reduction HP: 1.5
Durability: 500

Gold 1 N/A N/A

Protection: 82%
Flat Reduction HP: 1.2
Durability: 500

N/A

Protection: 90%
Flat Reduction HP: 1.5
Durability: 400

Silver 2 N/A N/A

Protection: 82%
Flat Reduction HP: 1.2
Durability: 700

N/A

Protection: 92%
Flat Reduction HP: 1.5
Durability: 1000

Bismuth Bronze 2

Protection: 76%
Flat Reduction HP: 0.58
Durability: 525

Protection: 79%
Flat Reduction HP: 1.1
Durability: 1050

Protection: 81%
Flat Reduction HP: 1.2
Durability: 650

Protection: 85%
Flat Reduction HP: 1.3
Durability: 1150

Protection: 94%
Flat Reduction HP: 1.55
Durability: 900

Tin Bronze 2

Protection: 77%
Flat Reduction HP: 0.6
Durability: 600

Protection: 80%
Flat Reduction HP: 1.1
Durability: 1100

Protection: 82%
Flat Reduction HP: 1.2
Durability: 700

Protection: 86%
Flat Reduction HP: 1.35
Durability: 1200

Protection: 92%
Flat Reduction HP: 1.6
Durability: 1000

Black Bronze 2

Protection: 78%
Flat Reduction HP: 0.65
Durability: 675

Protection: 81%
Flat Reduction HP: 1.15
Durability: 1200

Protection: 83%
Flat Reduction HP: 1.25
Durability: 750

Protection: 87%
Flat Reduction HP: 1.4
Durability: 1300

Protection: 95%
Flat Reduction HP: 1.65
Durability: 1200

Iron 3 N/A

Protection: 82%
Flat Reduction HP: 1.2
Durability: 1300

Protection: 84%
Flat Reduction HP: 1.3
Durability: 800

Protection: 88%
Flat Reduction HP: 1.5
Durability: 1400

Protection: 96%
Flat Reduction HP: 1.7
Durability: 2200

Meteoric Iron 3 N/A

Protection: 82%
Flat Reduction HP: 1.22
Durability: 1500

Protection: 84%
Flat Reduction HP: 1.35
Durability: 900

Protection: 88%
Flat Reduction HP: 1.55
Durability: 1700

Protection: 96%
Flat Reduction HP: 1.72
Durability: 2800

Steel 4 N/A

Protection: 84%
Flat Reduction HP: 1.3
Durability: 2600

Protection: 86%
Flat Reduction HP: 1.4
Durability: 2000

Protection: 90%
Flat Reduction HP: 1.6
Durability: 3500

Protection: 97%
Flat Reduction HP: 1.8
Durability: 5500

When it comes to armor, plate is the most protective and has the highest flat damage reduction: a player wearing a full set of steel plate armor should receive close to zero damage from most types of attack. But plate armor slows the player considerably and makes it difficult to use ranged weapons. Plate is also the most expensive to create, as it requires plates on top of chainmail, which is added to a leather jerkin. Please note: the leather jerkin is a component for Brigandine, Chain, Scale, and Plate armors, while the Leather Armor is a "finished armor". Both items can be worn as armor, but they offer very different protective values.

Technical

The armor system is extremely complicated, with eight variables governing each armor piece's protection properties. The most important variables are relative and flat protection, and protection tier. Those three numbers are most of what changes between armors. In total the variables are:

  • Protection tier
    • Relative protection
      • Per tier relative protection loss for high damage tier
      • Per tier relative protection loss for low damage tier
    • Flat damage reduction
      • Per tier flat damage reduction loss for high damage tier
      • Per tier flat damage reduction loss for low damage tier
  • High damage tier resistant

Protection tier

Relative Protection Loss

Levels of Protection
Levels of Damage 0 1 2 3 4
1 -18% -6% -6% -6% -6%
2 -33% -21% -9% -9% -9%
3 -48% -36% -24% -12% -12%
4 -63% -51% -39% -27% -15%

Flat Damage Reduction

Levels of Protection
Levels of Damage 0 1 2 3 4
1 -20% -10% -10% -10% -10%
2 -40% -30% -20% -20% -20%
3 -60% -50% -40% -30% -30%
4 -80% -70% -60% -50% -40%

High damage tier resistant

High Damage Tier Protection halves the 15% protection loss.(It fully works with the Steel Plate Armor.)

VeryGoodDog has compiled a spread sheet of all armors against all drifters.

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