[Top 5] Dragon Age: Inquisition Best Armor and How To Get Them

Dragon Age: Inquisition Best Armor
Concept art of Inquisition armor

The armor makes the fighter

When you live in a world where magic wreaks havoc and demons fall from the sky, fighters of all kinds step up to defend the helpless.

Their armor must be tough enough to withstand the harsh punishments of the battlefield, and in Dragon Age: Inquisition, there’s plenty of armor to choose from.

Here are the Top 5 Best Armors in Dragon Age: Inquisition.

5. Refined Battlemaster/Prowler/Battlemage Schematic

Two versions of the same stylish armor

The Dragon Age: Inquisition DLCs brought us a handful of the best armor schematics in the game. The Refined version of the Battlemaster/Prowler/Battlemage armors are the highest tier of that line, offering the best armor ratings and upgrade slots. It’s the lowest on the list because of its comparably low armor rating and no cosmetic variation in class, but with its arm and leg upgrades and sigil placement ability, it’s still a worthy armor for your Inquisitor and friends.

Why the Refined Battlemaster/Prowler/Battlemage Schematics are Great

  • Maximum base armor rating of 309 (Battlemaster)/288 (Prowler)/269 (Battlemage)
  • Arm and leg upgrade slots
  • Mail design provides three material slots for defense
  • Coat design provides an extra utility material slot, replacing one for defense

How to get the Refined Battlemaster/Prowler/Battlemage schematics:

These schematics come with the Jaws of Hakkon DLC and can be found in a few ways. Each of the Coat designs can be bought at the Weapons and Schematics Merchant in Stone-Bear Hold, but the Mail designs are a bit trickier. For the Battlemaster Mail schematic, you have to seal and loot a Fade Rift between the Swampside Camp and the Shattered Wall marker. The Prowler Mail schematic is similarly in a Fade Rift’s loot, this time located northwest of the Cliffside Camp. Lastly, the Battlemage Mail schematic is at Razikale's Reach during the On Ameridan’s Trail main quest. It’s located in the east vault after completing the correct floor puzzle.

Refined Battlemaster/Prowler/Battlemage Schematics details:

Battlemaster Coat
Battlemaster Mail

Prowler Coat
Prowler Mail

Battlemage Coat
Battlemage Mail

4. The Revered Defender Armor, Stone Stalker Coat, and Vestments of the Pure

Watch the spikes

These armors are the only non-schematics on the list. With wicked spikes and harsh metal designs, these armors are worn by the Sha-Brytol, Dwarves that predate the fall of the Dwarven empire as we know it. When picked up, the armors are coated in lyrium lines that give the them an eerie blue glow. They come in three different looks, one for each class, that have unique build-in statistics.

Why the Revered Defender Armor, Stone Stalker Coat, and Vestments of the Pure are Great

  • The recovered armors are more powerful than the maximum schematic armor rating: The Unique sets boast a 312 (Defender), 293 (Stalker), and 274 (Vestments) respectively
  • The Revered Defender Armor grants the wearer +45 Constitution, +5% Magic Defense, +5% Melee Defense, and their abilities cost 10% less mana/stamina
  • The Stone Stalker Coat grants the wearer +45 Cunning, +5 Dexterity, +5% Ranged Defense, and 75% faster movement speed when in stealth
  • The Vestments of the Pure grant the wearer +5% Magic Defense, +30 Maximum Health, +45 Willpower, and a 10% chance to cast Fade Cloak on a hit

How to get The Revered Defender Armor, Stone Stalker Coat, and Vestments of the Pure

These unique armor sets are from the Descent DLC, and all three variants are recovered randomly from chests in the Bastion of the Pure section of the Deep Roads, or (spoilers) randomly acquired when you defeat the DLC’s final boss, The Guardian.

Revered Defender Armor, Stone Stalker Coat, and Vestments of the Pure details:

Revered Defender Armor

Stone Stalker Coat

Vestments of the Pure

3. The Griffon Plate/Mail/Robes Schematics

In war, victory, in peace, vigilance, in death, sacrifice

The Grey Wardens have been a favorite faction of the Dragon Age fandom since we joined the army ourselves in the first game. The love stretches onwards with these new armors from the Trespasser DLC, giving a new style to the Warden’s armor and reminding us of days gone by.

Why the Griffon Plate/Mail/Robes Schematics are Great

  • Armor ratings of 324 (Plate)/302 (Mail)/282 (Robes)
  • Possible to get somewhat early in the game
  • Offers high Defense and a Utility material slot

How to Get the Griffon Plate/Mail/Robes Schematics

These schematics were added to the game with the Trespasser DLC and can be accessed by completing certain War Table missions with specific Advisors. The Plate can be received when completing Judgement: The Good Works of Ser Ruth with either Leliana or Cullen, the Mail is rewarded to you when completing Contact Hero of Ferelden with Leliana, and the Robes are given when the Destroy Darkspawn Outbreak mission is completed with any of the three advisors.

Griffon Plate/Mail/Robes Schematics details:




2. The Plate Mail/Armor/Vestments of the Dragon Hunter Schematics

Try and bite through this

It isn’t called Dragon Age for no reason. In Inquisition, you’re able to hunt ten high dragons for the Dragon’s Bane achievement, and with the Jaws of Hakkon DLC, an eleventh is added in. So, naturally, the Dragon Slayer armor varients are perfect for any Inquisition aching for the adrenaline of a life-or-death dragon battle.

Why the Plate Mail/Armor/Vestments of the Dragon Hunter Schematics are Great

  • Base armor of 324 (Plate Mail)/302 (Armor)/280 (Vestments)
  • The Vestments and Armor variants have three heavy defense material slots
  • The Plate Mail variant swaps a third defense material slot for a spare utility

How to Get the Plate Mail/Armor/Vestments of the Dragon Hunter Schematics

All three variants of the Dragon Hunter armors schematics can be received when the Assuage Ameridan’s Heirs or Celebrate With Ameridan’s Heirs war table mission is completed.

Plate Mail/Armor/Vestments of the Dragon Hunter Schematics details:

Plate Mail



1. The Skin that Stalks, Strikes, and Shields Schematics

Slim, sleek, and ready for action

And lastly, the best Dragon Age Inquistion armor is The Skin That Stalks, The Skin That Strikes, and The Skin that Shields. Any armor with a name that ominous must be good and the stats on these varients don’t disappoint. With its sleek design, it works best for female characters but can be worn by any character of any race or sex, and offers a massive base armor rating for each class.

Why the Skin that Stalks/Strikes/Sheilds Schematics are Great

  • These armors have the highest base armor ratings at 339 (Shields)/316 (Strikes)/295 (Stalks)
  • The crafted version of these armors offer no class restrictions, meaning any one of your party can have the same material slot benefits if you want
  • Despite that, all three offer different material slots: The Skin that Stalks has two Utility slots and one defense, the Skin that Strikes has two defense and one utility, and the Skin that Strikes has all three as defense

How to get The Skin that Stalks/Strikes/Shields

All three of these schematics are acquired in the same place: In the Trespasser DLC, you must defeat a Greater Terror Demon and its minions before looting a chest in the Ancient Jail section.

The Skin that Stalks/Strikes/Shields Schematic details:




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