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The Armor Icon





Defense Points

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 are 20, which can only be gained by wearing a full set of diamond armour.


From the weakest to the strongest - the order is as follows:

  • Leather Armor (3.5 Armor Points)
  • Gold Armor (5 Armor Points) Although, Gold Armor and tools are known to have bad durability.
  • Chainmail Armor (6 Armor Points)
  • Iron Armor (8.5 Armor Points)
  • Diamond Armor (10 Armor Points)

Chainmail can be obtained in Chests (in Jungle temples, Abandoned Mineshafts, in Villages, and Desert temples) or dropped by Armored Hostile Mobs. It may one day be obtained by trading.


To craft any variant of armor, 24 pieces/ingots of the item are required. (Leather, Iron, Gold, or Diamond)

  • Armor

    The Armor GUI including a full set of Iron Armor.

    Chestplate = 8 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

    The different types of armour. From left: No Armour; Leather Armour; Gold Armour; Chainmail Armour; Iron Armour and Diamond Armour.

Armor cannot protect the player from:


  • In the PC and the Console editions of Minecraft, Chainmail Armor can be crafted from unobtainable Fire Blocks (which have to be hacked or modded into the game).
  • Chainmail is the only Armor which cannot be crafted in PE. (except by using hacks or mods)
  • Leather Armor is the only armor that can be dyed.
    • Its inventory texture of its Leather Tunic is of a slightly different outline shape.
  • A Chainmail helmet and iron helmet have the same armor status.
  • Zombies, Zombie Pigmen, and Skeletons can spawn wearing armor. They will drop it upon being defeated.
  • When placed in a dispenser and the dispenser is given a Redstone signal, if in range the armor will be placed on the player automatically.
  • In Update 0.14.0 mobs wearing enchanted Armor appeared to have their Armor colored purple.
    • This did not apply to the player.

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