Bloodborne: 12 Best Armor Sets, Ranked (2024)

Bloodborne's gameplay mechanic is one of the best ones you'll ever experience if you're a fan of fast-paced melee action. Being a game made by FromSoftware, Bloodborne deviates from FromSoftware's previous Souls games where combat is slow and steady. In Bloodborne's case, you will have to move and attack constantly if you want to survive the game's grueling challenges.

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Aside from utilizing an aggressive-offensive tactic, you can also make use of the various items in the game to deal with the enemies better. For example, the game has a ton of armor sets for you to use. While wearing any armor set—even none at all, if you're skilled enough—can be sufficient to complete the game, some armor sets work better in certain situations than others.

Updated on August 17, 2021, by Noah Smith: While already a comprehensive list, this article was updated to include two more armor sets that have more of a focus on arcane and elemental resistances. Many bosses and enemies in Bloodborne utilize these damage types, meaning selecting specific armor for a specific fight is vitally important.

12 Bone Ash Set

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If you like the look of the Keeper of the Old Lords, a boss found in the Chalice Dungeons, then you'll be happy to know that you can wear their attire set. That attire set is the Bone Ash Set. It can be acquired from the Insight Bath Messengers after the Keeper of the Old Lords is defeated.

The Bone Ash Set has decent physical damage resistance. It also has a very strong defense rating against fire and bolt attacks, as well as offering a decent resistance against frenzy. Its downside is it is weak against blood and arcane attacks and has a low beasthood rating.

11 Executioner Set

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The outfit of the Executioners, the Executioner Set is very remarkable and distinct, mainly for its headpiece. Aside from that, the garb also portrays the hunter's symbol embedded in the chest area.

This attire set offers decent defense and resistance across the board, aside from its frenzy resistance. The garb, gauntlet, and trousers can be looted from a corpse in Cainhurst Castle. The Gold Ardeo can be bought from the Bath Messenger after acquiring the Wheel Hunter Badge. There are two ways to get the Wheel Hunter Badge, either by completing Alfred's questline or by killing him in the Cathedral Ward.

10 Maria Hunter Set

Lady Maria's attire set looks very similar to the Knight Set worn by the knights of Cainhurst, which is a nod to her ancestry. Those who hail from Cainhurst are very known for their use of blood attacks. Interestingly, Maria's set has the highest blood defense in the game.

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This set also has a very high rapid poison resistance. Other than that, everything else is either substantial or poor. This attire set can be purchased from the Insight Bath Messengers after defeating Lady Maria.

9 Old Hunter Set

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The Old Hunter Set is pretty significant lore-wise. It is the attire set worn by most of the very first hunters, and the design of the attire speaks true to their outdated beliefs. For example, old hunters believed that "beast blood crept up the right leg", which is why there's a belt looping around the right leg of the Old Hunter Trousers.

Each piece of the Old Hunter Set can be found all around Hunter's Nightmare, the first level of the Old Hunters DLC. It has decent defense and resistance across the board, but its fire resistance is remarkably high. Its caveat is it has low rapid poison resistance.

8 Choir Set

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The Choir Set can be found in the Upper Cathedral Ward which is unlocked after the fight against Rom the Vacuous Spider. In addition to being one of the sets that allow you to speak with Adella the nun, this set comes with a lot of lore pertaining to the mysterious and infamous Church Choir.

The Choir set boasts the highest arcane defense in the game, making it an excellent option for fighting Micholash (or going up against Rom in new game +). To obtain the garment, you first have to find the key to the Upper Cathedral Ward in Yahar'Gul Unseen Village, which you will spawn in upon defeating Rom.

7 Cainhurst Set

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The Cainhurst Set isn't only one of the most effective attire sets in the game, it also has one of the most unique designs. Whereas the other attire sets are more laden in cloth, the Cainhurst Set is wrapped in steel.

The armor set offers a very decent physical defense, as well as blood defense. It is mediocre to terrible with others, such as fire, bolt, and arcane. This armor set can be bought from the Bath Messengers after acquiring the Cainhurst Badge. This armor set is one of the most expensive ones overall, costing a total of 113,000 Blood Echoes to complete. To acquire the Cainhurst Badge, once you defeat Martyer Logarious atop Cainhurst Castle, put on his crown and follow the prompts to speak to a certain secretive NPC.

6 Henryk's Hunter Set

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Henryk is a hunter you will have the chance to take down alongside Eileen the Crow. After you've managed to defeat him, you will then get the chance to purchase his hunter set from the Insight Bath Messengers.

Henryk's Hunter Set is very reliable against bolt attacks. In fact, the entire set has the highest defense against bolt attacks. It also offers decent resistance against fire, blood, arcane, frenzy, and rapid poison.

5 Charred Hunter Set

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The Charred Hunter Set is an attire set that's easy to find, but also fairly difficult to get to. This is because the area where this item is located isn't exactly difficult to discover, but it is in the area in Old Yharnam where Djura and his disciple will absolutely wreck you if you're not careful. Because of this, a lot of players have simply missed this attire set because they chose to speed through this level, which is a shame because it is one of the best armor sets in the game.

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The Charred Hunter Set offers decent resistance against physical attacks, blood, frenzy, and fire. In fact, this set has the highest fire defense in the game, making it perfect for bosses such as Laurence, The First Vicar.

4 Black Church Set

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The Black Church Set is one of the easiest sets in the game to find. The set is found on a corpse in the wide, round Cathedral Plaza area. Just to the left of the Hunter Chief Emblem gate, down an alley past some NPC doors.

The set itself has a relatively low physical defense, but very high elemental damage resistance. Try using this set against any enemy that uses blood, arcane, fire, and bolt damage, such as those found prowling the grounds of Byrgenwerth.

3 Gascoigne Set

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Fans of Bloodborne have a love-hate relationship with Father Gascoigne. For a lot of players, this is the boss fight that made them quit the game. For others, it's at this point they truly understood and fell in love with the game. Whatever the case, Father Gascoigne is a very notorious Bloodborne boss and after beating him, you will have the chance to equip his attire set.

The Gascoigne Set is very useful against enemies and bosses that deal slow poison damage, especially Blood-starved Beast. It also has fair defense stats against physical, blood, and elemental attacks. The set can be purchased from the Insight Bath Messengers after defeating Father Gascoigne.

2 Constable Set

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The Constable Set is the attire set worn by Valtr, the Master of the League. The garb, gloves, and trousers can be picked up from Hunter's Nightmare, while the helm is given by Valtr.

This attire set as a whole is very well-balanced. It provides a fairly decent resistance in all buffs and attacks. Perhaps the least balanced part of the set is the helm, which has terrible fire, bolt, and blunt defense.

1 Harrowed Set

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The Harrowed Set may not be the most elegant looking, or even the neatest looking attire set in the game, but it most certainly is one of the most reliable. It has one of the highest physical defenses in the game.

Its resistance against slow and rapid poison is also very high. Its blunt, blood, fire, arcane, and bolt defenses are all fair - though it does hang low on its frenzy resistance stat. The Harrowed Set can be picked up in the Fishing Hamlet, the last level of the Old Hunters DLC.

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