The Best Armor in Valheim and How to Craft It

Today we are going to share a bit of knowledge on the best armor that you can currently get in Valheim. Valheim is a difficult game. With enemies waiting on every corner to defeat you, you’ll have to be prepared when it comes to fighting. Luckily, there are multiple different sets of armor and upgrades that are available to the player, should they collect the right resources.

Today we are going to go through the best armor in the game, the padded armor set, and show you how you can craft this armor for yourself, what stats they have and what materials you are going to need in order to upgrade this high defense gear.


At What Stage Can You Get The Padded Armor?

The main progression of Valheim is to find good materials, craft strong equipment, defeat the forsaken of that area and then progress on to new equipment and repeat. Being the strongest armor in the game, you can expect the padded armor set to be the end goal of your material collecting. In order to craft the padded armor, you are going to need to get your hands on some iron and linen thread.

getting linen thread for the best armor in the game of Valheim from a Fuling village
You will have to brave the plains to get flax for linen thread

This may suppose most players considering that iron is not the last metal that is available to acquire. You can find iron in the swamps which would be the third biome that you can progress to in a normal playthrough of the game. Funnily enough there are two other metals that can be acquired after iron, but aren’t used to craft the best armor.

showing the in-game model for the best armor in Valheim,
The best armor in the game is the padded armor set

Iron is easy to get, Linen thread, on the other hand, is not. Linen thread is one of the last crafting materials you will find in Valheim. You can only acquire this material if you have beaten the fourth forsaken in the game and collected the crafting materials that they drop. I will include some helpful links just below this section so you can figure out exactly what you are going to need in order to get the materials for the best armor in the game.


How to Craft the Best Armor in Valheim

This section, will outline each of the padded armor set pieces. There will be a table below each piece showing exactly what materials and what station level you will need in order to craft and upgrade these armors to the maximum level. All armor pieces are created at the forge.

Padded Curiass

At quality level 4 the padded cuirass has an armor level of 32. Equipping it will incur a 5% movement speed penalty.

the best chest armor in Valheim, the padded cuirass stats
The Padded cuirass is crafted at the forge
Crafting
(Station Level 2)
Upgrade 1
(Station Level 3)
Upgrade 2
(Station Level 4)
Upgrade 3
(Station Level 5)
10 Iron, 20 Linen Thread3 Iron6 Iron9 Iron
To fully upgrade the cuirass to level 4 you will need 28 iron and 20 linen thread.

Padded Greaves

At quality level 4 the padded greaves have an armor level of 32. Equipping them will incur a 5% movement speed penalty.

the stats for the padded greaves. These are the best leg armor in Valheim
The padded greaves offer the best leg protection in the game
Crafting
(Station Level 2)
Upgrade 1
(Station Level 3)
Upgrade 2
(Station Level 4)
Upgrade 3
(Station Level 5)
10 Iron, 20 Linen Thread3 Iron6 Iron9 Iron
You will need a total of 28 Iron and 20 Linen Thread to fully upgrade the Padded Greaves

Padded Helmet

At quality level 4 the padded helmet has an armor level of 32.

the padded helmet is the best helmet in Valheim in terms of armor
Padded Helmet, the best head armor
Crafting
(Station Level 2)
Upgrade 1
(Station Level 3)
Upgrade 2
(Station Level 4)
Upgrade 3
(Station Level 5)
10 Iron, 15 Linen Thread5 Iron10 Iron15 Iron
You will need a total of 40 Iron and 15 Linen Thread to fully upgrade the Padded Helmet

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