Witcher 3: Guide to the Best Armor Sets

When it comes to armor in The Witcher 3, the possibilities are truly endless. 

You can look for the best armor set that works with your specific skill build or armor preference (light, medium, or heavy), mix and match pieces with preferred stats (like crit chance), or simply find the gear that has the look you’re going for.

No matter your playstyle, we’ve got you covered with some of the best armor sets in The Witcher 3. Our guide shows you how to find each set and which builds they’re best for.

Best Witcher Gear

Generally speaking, the Witcher school gear sets are the best armor pieces in the game and will work great with most builds. They provide excellent stats, look great, and have useful set bonuses. 

Keep in mind that you can upgrade Witcher school gear sets four times (five with the Blood and Wine expansion). 

Except for the Feline Armor, all Witcher school sets provide resistance to piercing, bludgeoning, and slashing damage, as well as damage from monsters. 

Griffin Armor

grandmaster griffit set
Grandmaster version of the Griffin set.

The Griffin Armor’s polished plates prove our witcher is a force to be reckoned with. No peasant would dare to shortchange Geralt on a contract while he’s wearing this gear. 

Plus, the metal griffin kneecaps are a nice tribute to Geralt’s monster-slaying heritage. 

The main thing that differentiates this armor from others is the bonuses to sign intensity, making it excellent for builds focusing on heavy sign usage. 

Armor type: Medium
Special Stats: Sign intensity

Witcher Gear Bonuses:

  • 3/6: After using Stamina to cast a Sign in its standard mode, the next Sign cast within 3 seconds will be cast in standard mode without using Stamina.
  • 6/6: The size of Yrden traps is increased by 40%. While you are within a Yrden trap, Stamina regeneration is increased by 5/s and Sign Intensity by 100%, and damage is reduced by 20%.

This armor is perfect for players who:

  • use signs a lot
  • use Tawny Owl to regenerate stamina
  • have equipped the Adrenaline Burst or Griffin School Techniques skills

How to get the Griffin Armor

From Downwarren, ride Roach northwest toward a pair of undiscovered locations. One is a cave where you’ll find the armor diagrams. Looking for the enhanced, superior, and mastercrafted version? Check out our guide to getting all the Griffin Armor diagrams.

Ursine Armor

grandmaster ursine bear set
Grandmaster version of the Ursine set.

Many players say this is their favorite armor set in Witcher 3, and it’s not hard to see why: it combines excellent defensive stats with a great look. 

This heavy-duty armor is truly fit for a bear. The long chest armor with full chainmail coverage provides maximum protection against the deadliest enemies. 

The high collar and scarf are a stylish touch that’s sure to keep Geralt toasty even in the harshest Skellige blizzards.

Armor type: Heavy

Special Stats: Adrenaline Point gain

Witcher Gear Bonuses:

  • 3/6: When a Quen shield shatters, there is a chance a new one will be cast at no stamina cost. The bonus increases by 5% for each piece of the set.
  • 6/6: Damage dealt by Abilities involving the Quen sign is increased by 200%.

This armor is best for players who:

  • use Quen regularly and prefer a tanky build
  • Prefer to use strong attacks
  • have equipped the Focus or Bear School Techniques skills

How to get the Ursine Armor

Travel to Oxenfurt and buy the armor map from the blacksmith to unlock the diagram locations. Follow the map marker to the ruined castle near Yngvar’s Fang on Skellige’s northernmost isle, Uralla.

Enter the castle and head to the wall at the opposite end. Activate the switch to open the cell doors. Take the cell to your immediate left, which leads to a cave. Journey through the cave and ascend the stairs to reach the chest with the diagrams.

Ready to upgrade your Ursine gear? Check out our full guide on how to get all the Ursine Armor diagrams.

Wolven Armor

grandmaster wolven gear set
Grandmaster version of the Wolven set.

The Wolven Armor is one of the most well-rounded armor sets in Witcher 3, giving you a little bit of everything.

Besides, it’s the perfect fit for Geralt’s nickname: The White Wolf. Chainmail and studs protect the vital organs, while durable leather and unfastened chest armor buckles provide a little extra mobility. 

Not to mention the convenient shoulder pouch for quickly storing and retrieving crowns and herbs. All in all, this Witcher school gear set looks great and provides excellent stats for a versatile playstyle.

Armor type: Medium
Special Stats: Adrenaline Point gain, sign intensity, attack power

Witcher Gear Bonuses:

  • 3/6: Up to 3 different oils can be applied to a sword at a time.
  • 6/6: Bombs are thrown without any delay.

This armor is best for players who:

  • Have a well-rounded playstyle that involves a bit of everything (signs, fast & strong attacks, alchemy)

How to get the Wolven armor

Travel to Kaer Morhen and ride Roach up the winding path to the Old Signal Tower. Enter the tower ruins, loot the chest, and read the note to begin the scavenger hunt. Using your Witcher senses, find the first crystal and activate it with Aard.

Return to the tower entrance, and you’ll notice a gap in the wall to your right. Jump onto the rocks and tread carefully around the wall to find the second crystal.

Once you’ve activated it, return to the tower’s first level and jump through the portal to reach the diagrams.

Looking for the rest of the diagrams? Check out our walkthrough on how to find the Wolven Armor diagrams.

Feline Armor

grandmaster feline armor set
Grandmaster version of the Feline set.

Not only is the Feline armor the best light armor in The Witcher 3, but it’s also one of the most stylish. The studded belt and chest armor add a bit of bling to our favorite Butcher of Blaviken. 

Underneath what appears to be a blend of suede and leather is an impenetrable layer of chainmail protecting Geralt’s neck, arms, and chest.

Armor type: Light

Special Stats: Increased attack power, resistance to elemental damage

Witcher gear bonuses:

  • 3/6: Strong attacks increase Fast Attack damage for 5 seconds by 10% for each piece of the set.
  • 6/6: Rear attacks deal 50% more damage, and also stun opponents at the cost of 1 Adrenaline Point.

This armor is best for players who:

  • combine fast attacks and strong attacks and prefer to attack from behind
  • use the Arachas decoction regularly
  • have equipped the Cat School Techniques skill

How to get the Feline Armor

Buy the diagram map from a merchant in northwestern Blackbough. Follow the map marker to a cave in Novigrad. Complete the puzzles to reach the golem and the chest containing the diagrams. Our guide on how to get the Feline Armor features a full walkthrough.

Witcher School Gear: DLCs

These two Witcher school armor sets are only available in the Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine expansions.

Manticore Armor

manticore witcher gear set

An armor set used by witchers from the Manticore school, this gear set has a less flashy and more practical look. 

It’s only available in the Blood and Wine expansion and is focused on improving your potions, decoctions, and bombs, making it a great option for alchemy-themed builds.

Armor type: Medium

Special Stats: Increased critical hit chance, increased Toxicity threshold

Witcher gear bonuses:

  • 3/6: Critical hit chance and critical hit damage also apply to bombs
  • 6/6: One more charges for each alchemy item

This armor is best for players who:

  • Prefer to use potions, decoctions, bombs, and other alchemy items
  • have equipped the Muscle Memory, Crushing Blow, or Killing Spree skills

How to get the Manticore Armor

Travel to Beauclair and visit the Grandmaster craftsman to unlock the diagram locations. Your search will take you all over Toussaint, so be prepared for a scavenger hunt. Our guide on how to get the Manticore Armor includes a detailed walkthrough.

Viper Armor

Geralt sporting the Viper set (credit to Outspokenbeef15 on reddit for this great shot).

An armor set themed around snakes and poison, this set has a sleek, dark look that’s very similar to the Kaer Morhen armor you start the game with. However, keep in mind that it doesn’t have a set bonus, unlike the other Witcher school gear sets.

Armor type: Medium

Special Stats: Resistance to poisoning and elemental damage

This armor is best for players who prefer

  • high armor rating
  • High poison resistance

How to get the Viper Armor

The Viper Amor was introduced in Hearts of Stone. You only have one shot at getting the diagrams, so don’t miss it. During the Open Sesame mission in HoS, talk to Countess Mignole. Find her lost earring to unlock additional dialogue options and buy the Viper armor diagrams.

Check out our post on how to get the Viper Amor set in The Witcher 3 for a detailed walkthrough.

Other Great Armor Pieces

Assassin’s Gauntlets

The assassin’s gauntlets get a special mention because they have 10% critical hit chance, which is one of the best stat boosts you can get from gloves in Witcher 3.

If you don’t mind mixing and matching gear and have a build focused on high crit chance, these gloves are a great option, especially early on in the game.

Armor type: Light
Special Stats: Increased critical hit chance, increased chance to find additional herbs

How to get the Assassin’s Gauntlets

It would probably be easier to talk about where not to get them. Do a little treasure hunting in the Skellige seas and you’re bound to find a pair. Or, craft them with leather scraps, hardened leather, and thread.

Tesham Mutna Armor

This set from the Blood and Wine expansion is certainly a unique look with its dark black color and face mask. Better yet, it comes with great defensive stats and a neat, vampire-themed set bonus.

Armor type: Heavy
Special Stats: Resistance to bleeding and burning

Tesham Mutna Armor bonuses:

  • Killing opponents restores Vitality. The amount of Vitality restored equals 1% of the maximum Vitality for each element of the set worn (6% for full set).

How to get the Tesham Mutna armor

This sleek set is only available during the Blood and Wine quest La Cage au Fou. This is one quest we don’t want to spoil, so we’ll keep it simple.

Travel to the Tesham Mutna ruins with Regis. During a cut screen, he will lean on a chest. Loot it to find the armor, minus the boots and gauntlets. Don’t forget to grab the mask, gauntlets, and steel sword from another chest and strongbox located in the tower.

Hen Gaidth Armor

The Hen Gaidth armor set is essentially an upgraded, red version of the Tesham Mutna set. It has a higher level which is why the stats are much beefier than its black counterpart. 

Armor type: Heavy

Special Stats: Resistance to bleeding and burning

Set bonuses:

  • Killing opponents restores vitality. The amount of Vitality restored equals 1% of the maximum Vitality for each element of the set worn (6% for full set). 

How to get the Hen Gaidth Armor

Just like the Viper Armor, you only get one shot at nabbing the Hen Gaidth set. You’ll acquire this set during one of Blood and Wine’s main quests, so we won’t spoil it for you. Just make sure to explore your environment fully during the “What Lies Unseen” quest.

Toussaint Armor

This high-level, gold-colored heavy armor is truly fit for a knight errant and comes with a serious Vitality boost. 

If you want to look like a proper medieval knight or simply prefer to play as a tanky witcher, this is the set you want to go for. It’s only available in the Blood and Wine expansion.

Armor type: Heavy
Special Stats: +450 Vitality for each piece worn, resistance to burning and bleeding

How to get the Toussaint armor

During the B&W main quest “Beyond Hill and Dale”, search the Land of a Thousand Fables carefully to find this royal set.

Temerian Armor

This DLC armor is a low-profile way to stand in solidarity with Vernon Roche from Witcher 2. Speaking of Roach, you and your favorite mare can even match with the Temerian horse equipment. The Temerian Armor is a great starter set for new players.

Armor type: Light

How to get the Temerian armor

Install the free DLC. Then head to Woesong Bridge in White Orchard. Buy the set from the merchant by the bridge.

Nilfgaardian Armor

Like the Temerian Armor, this faction armor is also a free DLC. Masquerade as a Nilfgaardian officer and go party with the Black Ones at the House of Respite outside the Nilfgaardian Army Base.

Armor type: Medium

How to get the Nilfgaardian armor

Install the free DLC. Then buy the set from the quartermaster (not Fergus or Yoana) in Crow’s Perch.

Skellige Armor

With this ornate, heavy armor, you’ll not only have the heart of a member of Clan an Craite, but you’ll have the gear to match. This one’s also a DLC, and by now, you probably know what to do. 

Armor type: Heavy

How to get the Skellige armor

Install the DLC. Then head to Kaer Trolde and visit the Armorer to buy the set.

Witcher 3 Guide to the Best Armor: Wrapping Up

What’s the best armor in The Witcher 3? There’s no right or wrong answer — it all depends on your play style and preferences.

If you prefer a tanky, defensive style, the Ursine gear is a safe bet. If you’re a fleet-footed monster slayer, Feline is the way to go. And if you’re looking to maximize critical hit chance, alchemy, or something else, there are many options to choose from.

Of course, if you just think an armor looks cool, that’s okay, too. There’s no shortage of snazzy sets to keep Geralt looking sharp (literally). Besides, you can always change up your look.

What’s your favorite armor in TW3? Let us know in the comments!

Mel Lee-Smith
About Mel Lee-Smith

Mel Lee-Smith is a freelance writer, managing editor, and Witcher nerd. She usually spends her free time slaying monsters, playing Gwent, and foraging for herbs in Beauclair. She's currently replaying TW3 NewGame+ on DeathMarch.