Armor is one of the most important pieces of gear you will need to have in Elden Ring because that is what determines your Poise. If you didn’t know what Poise is, it is basically the amount of damage you can take before you are stunned. Some enemies can follow up with a riposte depending on what enemy they are.
The Armor in Elden Ring can’t be upgraded at all. The only thing that is close enough to upgrade them is finding a better version of specific Armor sets. It is relatively annoying, but you won’t really notice this mechanic if you are having fun with the game.
Depending on your build, you will have to have a specific type of Armor. There are 3 categories of Armor: light, medium, and heavy armor sets. It is up to you to determine which ones you will go for. Upgrading other equipment items in the game is far more important than your Armor set so that is why they don’t allow you to do so.
When can you find better Armor?
You can find better armor as soon as you start a new game. There are a bunch of Merchants around the starting area and there are also a ton of places to explore. Obviously, this armor can be used the entire game, but it definitely feels weird to keep the same armor the entire time.
You will most likely spend at least 50 hours playing through one playthrough so it is worth noting that there are hundreds of armor sets in the game for you to choose from. If you are wondering where to get all these armor sets, just look up a list of all the armor and find out where they are located.
You could also just play it blindly and use whatever you find out in the world. This is a very good option since you won’t get spoiled by anyone by looking things up. You will probably have to look stuff up, but limiting the number of times you do so will eliminate spoilers.
Does Armor matter?
It depends on how much you rely on the armor if it is worth it. You could get hit a lot because you aren’t familiar with the mechanics of the game. If you are a veteran of FromSoft games, you most likely won’t need the best armor in the game. It all depends on your skill level.
If you are struggling a lot, then a heavier armor set is probably recommended since you will be taking a lot more hits. It could also matter with your specific build. You could have an extremely heavy build and need that Poise to get your attacks out. Just experiment with different armor sets to see which one fits your build the best.