The Armor Icon
1/2 Armor point = 1 Defense point
Armor is an Item introduced in Update 0.6.0. Armor is used to lower the amount of damage taken when worn. When the Player puts on armor, they will gain Defense Points. Each Armor Icon is worth 2 Defense Points.
The highest amount of defense points available (without enchanting) is 20, which can only be gained by wearing a full set of diamond armor.
From the weakest to the strongest - the order is as follows:
- Leather Armor – 7 Armor Points
- Gold Armor – 10 Armor Points
- Chainmail Armor – 12 Armor Points
- Iron Armor – 17 Armor Points
- Diamond Armor – 20 Armor Points
- Helmet requires 5 ingots/pieces
- Chestplate requires 8 ingots/pieces
- Leggings requires 7 ingots/pieces
- Boots requires 4 ingots/pieces
Armor can protect the Player from:
- Damage from Mobs
- Lava/Fire Damage
- Fall Damage
- Projectile Damage
- Explosion damage
- Damage from other Players
- Getting struck by Lightning
- Cactus thorn damage
Armor cannot protect the Player from:
- The Void
- Constant Fire damage
- Drowning (but can be slowed with Respiration Enchantment)
- Harmful Status Effects
- In the PC edition of Minecraft, Chainmail Armor can be crafted from unobtainable Fire Blocks.
- Chainmail is the only Armor which cannot be crafted in PE.
- After Update 0.12.1, Armor and other Tools can be enchanted.
- Leather Armor is the only armor that can be Dyed.
- Zombies, Zombie Pigmen, Skeletons, Strays, Wither Skeletons, and rarely Zombie Villagers can spawn wearing armor, and have a minor chance to drop it upon death.
- If Armor is placed in a Dispenser and is activated, the armor will automatically be placed on the Player if it is standing in a block the dispenser is facing into.
- In Update 0.14.0, mobs wearing Enchanted Armor appeared to have their armor glowing purple.
- This did not apply to the Player.
- Various enchantments can only be applied to specific parts of the Armor.
- Although it doesn't give any armor points, Pumpkin can be worn as a helmet.
- The Player can automatically equip armor by holding it in their hands and holding the screen.