If you are looking to survive longer in Minecraft you ought to make some armor. Armor can protect you by having you take less damage from just about everything in Minecraft. Any physical attack, explosion, projectile, even fire can be mitigated with the right set of armor. You can even enchant your armor to take even less damage!

Required materials for Armor

24 Pieces of Material (Leather, Iron Ingots, Gold Ingots, or Diamonds)(Optionally) Netherite IngotCrafting Table

A set of armor will require twenty four pieces of either leather, iron, gold, or diamonds. The boots costs four, leggings costs seven, chestplate costs eight, and the helmet costs five for the total of twenty four pieces. 

If you want to upgrade your diamond armor into netherite armor you will need a netherite ingot for each piece you want to upgrade. Each piece of armor will only cost one netherite ingot. 

To craft your armor you will need the 3x3 crafting menu of the crafting table. 

How to make Armor in Minecraft?

In a Nutshell:

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To make complete armor, start by creating individual armor pieces. A helmet is made by filling the first row completely and then two pieces of iron below the edges. A chest plate is made by placing iron in every slot except for the top middle slot. Leggings can be made by filling the entirety of the 1st and 3rd columns and another ingot in the top middle slot, and boots by placing four iron ingots in pairs with space between them.

Step-by-Step Guide(with Pictures):

Here is the step-by-step pictorial guide you need to follow to Make an Armor in Minecraft:

There are six different types of armor you can have in Minecraft. Leather, iron, gold, diamond, and netherite are all craftable, but chainmail armor can only be found in world generated chests as well as a rare drop from mobs wearing the chainmail armor. 

If you can gather a lot of leather you may want to make a set of leather armor. If cows are not as abundant in your world, I would recommend getting iron armor as soon as possible. Iron is relatively common and getting twenty four pieces of iron is easy to accomplish once you have a mine set up. 


Keep digging iron until you have found twenty four iron ore. You will need at least a stone pickaxe to gather iron ore. Once you have obtained twenty four ore, head back to a furnace and start smelting your ore into ingots. 

Once your iron is done smelting you can now craft your armor. The material does not change the recipe for your armor, so if you would like gold or diamond armor you can use the same recipes just use the appropriate material. To start a helmet is made by making a row of three iron ingots and two pieces of iron below the edges. 


A chestplate is made by placing iron in every slot except for the top middle slot. 

Leggings can be made by placing two columns of three iron ingots on the left and right and another ingot in the top middle slot. 


Finally, you can make boots by placing four iron ingots in pairs with space between them. 


You now have a full set of armor! Iron armor trivializes most overworld hostile mobs. In fact, while you are wearing a full set of iron armor, a creeper cannot kill you at full health. I stood right next to an exploding creeper and even took fall damage from the blast and ended up with two and a half hearts. 

If you would like to upgrade your diamond armor into netherite armor, take a piece of diamond armor into a smithing table. Place your armor on the left slot and the netherite ingot on the right and you will upgrade your diamond armor into netherite armor. 

How to use Armor in Minecraft?

You can equip your armor by holding the left shift key and clicking on the armor piece you want to equip. This can be done manually by clicking and dragging the piece of armor up to your armor slots in your inventory. 


As long as your armor is equipped you will take less damage and your armor will slowly lose durability depending on how many hits you take. 



Q. How do you summon an armor stand with arms?

A. Armor stands regularly come with arms. You do not need to do anything special in order to give the armor stand arms. 

Q. Can Armor stands hold swords?

A. An armor stand can hold one item in its hand. If you want to place a sword there, hold the sword in your hand and right click the armor stand to place the sword in the armor stand’s hand. 


The sword will always go into the armor stand’s right hand. 

Q. How do you make an Armor stand invisible?

A. In bedrock edition you cannot summon an invisible armor stand. There is a command in java edition that allows you to make invisible armor stands. That command is /summon Minecraft:armor_stand ~ ~ ~ {Invisible:1b}


Armor is one of those things you should always be considering in survival Minecraft. Getting killed by skeletons or zombies can be frustrating, but with a full set of armor, you have much less to worry about. You can even enchant your armor with fire protection, respiration, and feather falling to mitigate other sources of damage in Minecraft.

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A full set of armor will keep you safe, but not invincible. Take dangerous encounters carefully and remember to keep an eye on your armor’s durability meter and you can survive just about anything. 

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