Hunting monsters is a tough business, even for someone like Geralt of Rivia. Many of the magical creatures that roam the world don't want to make friends with people. Instead, they'd prefer to raze defenseless villages to the ground and tear the common folk apart - limb from limb. If you're planning on taking some of these monsters on, you'd better come prepared.
To that end, we're going to rank the best armor that Geralt can find in The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt and its various DLCs. We're going to judge armor on its overall efficiency, as well as its accessibility and viability in the game. In other words, may the best build win.
10 Kaer Morhen Armor
Kaer Morhen is the stomping ground of most of the Witchers we meet in-game. Built by the School of the Wolf, many great and famous warriors call this ancient castle home. Geralt of Rivia falls among that number - after, he's called the White Wolf for a reason. As proof of his affiliation, he sports this dazzling piece of armor.
Geralt wears Kaer Morhen chest armor right from the start of the game. This medium leather chest piece offers decent protection from most forms of damage. It also looks great and serves as a part of Geralt's signature costume. The Kaer Morhen armor will get outclassed very quickly unless you upgrade it over time.
9 Assassin's Armor Set
Players can get their hands on the Assassin's Armor set early on in the game. In truth, this whole set isn't all that great. However, the Critical Hit Chance bonus that the gauntlets grant is a real stand out. The defense bonuses granted by the rest of the set aren't too bad, but they don't stack up to even a few pieces of common gear.
If you're looking to make a build that specializes in Combat Skills, these gauntlets are must-haves. You can either find these gauntlets lying around or you can craft them fairly easily. All the Assassin's set is missing is a white hood and a hidden blade.
8 Viper School Armor Set
Fans of Geralt's iconic costume rejoice! The Viper set looks exactly like Geralt's starting suit, but has better stats and bonuses. Now you can create better builds without sacrificing offensive power or defense. True to its name, the Viper armor also adds poison damage to your attacks.
We should probably mention a few things before players get too excited. First and foremost, you can only get the Viper set if you own the Hearts of Stone expansion. You'll also need to find diagrams for each individual piece armor in this set. Lastly, you'll need the coin and materials to craft the Viper armor.
7 Griffin School Armor Set
Yeah, the name of this armor set makes us think about Family Guy too. Incidentally, the Griffin armor set is the tried and true garb of scholars and mages. Not only does this medium set grant superb elemental resistance, but it also significantly boosts Sign intensity!
The main reason this stylish set ranks so low on our list is the overall viability of Sign builds in The Witcher 3. Simply put, Pure Sign builds aren't as effective as any of the other options players have at their disposal. In all likelihood, you'll have to mix in pieces of other armor sets to create a viable build in the harder difficulty modes. Still, the Griffin armor is a must if you want to use Signs more frequently.
6 Toussaint Knight's Tourney Armor (Crafted)
As a Witcher, Geralt tends to favor armor that keeps him agile and energized. Typically, the White Wolf avoids wearing cumbersome armor that might only slow him down on the job. Every once in a while, however, Geralt will don a sturdy suit of plate mail armor when he needs to slug it out with a particularly tough foe.
The Toussaint Knight Tourney armor boasts high defensive stats at the cost of speed and stamina. As a bonus, this set is one of the coolest looking suits of armor in-game. You can also settle for one of this set's variants if you aren't able to search far and wide for this specific version.
5 Hen Gaidth Armor Set
If you own the Blood and Wine expansion for The Witcher 3, you can gain access to the Hen Gaidth set. Though this armor is bulky and heavy, it possesses stupendous defensive capabilities. Altogether, the Hen Gaidth set increases damage reduction up beyond 40%!
You have to actively search for this set, as you can permanently miss it in the middle of a playthrough. We don't want to spoil too much. Just keep your eyes peeled for the 'What Lies Unseen' quest. We're officially in the middle of a vampire video game renaissance! Celebrate the occasion with this Crimson Red suit of plate mail armor.
4 Manticore School Armor Set
If the Netflix Witcher series still needs inspiration for Geralt's costume, they could always go with this look. Fans of The Witcher 2 will notice that this set heavily resembles Geralt's main outfit from that game. Aside from acting as a throwback to the White Wolf's second outing, this set is very functional and effective.
Unlike most of the other armor sets in this list, the Manticore armor doesn't excel in one area. However, it offers a very balanced mix of stats and bonus effects that'll carry you through most of the game. If you can get your hands on the Manticore armor, you'll likely wear it until you can create a more specialized set (if you choose to).
3 Wolf School Armor Set
This outfit features a cool looking jacket that you won't have to pay $400 for. Resembling the armor that Eskel wears throughout The Witcher 3, the Wolven armor is favored by the Witchers of Kaer Morhen. Players that are looking to make an Adrenaline build will want to nab this set ASAP!
More accurately, players will need to get each of the diagrams for the armor pieces in this set. It's going to take a lot of work and coin to complete this set, but it's well worth the effort. Best of all, you can craft the Legendary variants of this armor once you reach New Game +!
2 Ursine School Armor Set
Every time you upgrade the Ursine set, Geralt's suit becomes more rugged and hardened. In its final phases, the Ursine Armor will make Geralt look like an armored juggernaut!
As you can probably tell just from looking at it, the Ursine armor is a heavy suit with great defensive power. However, this set is also great for Grenade and Potion builds. With the right combination of skills, Geralt can chug elixirs and lob bombs like the Green Goblin! Once completed, this set also boosts Quen's intensity by 200%!
1 Feline School Gear Set
This set is a cat lover's dream come true. Not only does the Feline armor look stylish as heck, but it also greatly augments Geralt's Combat Skills! If you're looking to make a build centered around Critical Chance and Critical Damage, you'll need this suit.
The Feline armor turns Geralt of Rivia into a whirlwind of silver and steel. Many experienced Witcher 3 players consider it a must for Death March difficulty - at least early on in a playthrough. Melee combat is Geralt's specialty according to the lore, so it's no wonder why he makes such great use of the Feline armor. Best of all, you don't need any DLC to start building it!