Can You Upgrade Armor in Elden Ring? How to Get More Defense

Check out how to increase your defense in Elden Ring

by Franklin Bellone Borges


During your journey throughout the many dangers present in Elden Ring, you will be able to make use of a wide array of not only various weapons, each featuring their own playstyle and characteristics, but also equip a wide array of armor pieces, many of which can prove to be the difference between getting one-shotted by one of the game’s massive and extremely aggressive bosses or managing to withstand the blow and stay in the fight. But can you upgrade your armor pieces in Elden Ring?

Can You Upgrade Armor in Elden Ring?

Unfortunately to all players who were hoping to upgrade their favorite pieces of armor and overall sets in the game, the Tarnished cannot upgrade/refine their armor pieces/sets. With that said, even if you cannot upgrade your set’s overall stats, the game offers many other ways to increase your protection, which can be done by equipping select pieces of armor offering passives, as well as by equipping many different Talismans, which will be, together with your stat distribution and weapon of choice, the defining factors of select builds.

How to Get More Defense in the Game

The best way to increase your overall defense in Elden Ring can be done by either equipping heavy pieces of armor, set to provide, at the cost of mobility, bigger protection against physical and magical attacks. As we said above, equipping select Talismans, which can offer a massive increase in your resistance against various types of damage, is also advised.

With that out of the way, among the many Talismans, you can increase your overall Physical damage negation by equipping either the Dragoncrest Shield Talisman or the Dragoncrest Greatshield Talisman. For those looking to increase their overall defense against pure magic, it can be done by equipping either tier of the Spelldrake Talisman.


Now that you know how to increase your defense in Elden Ring, don’t forget to check out our guide on where to find all of the game’s Legendary Talismans, as well as the game’s 10 best Talismans and how to get them.

Elden Ring is currently available for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC, exclusively via Steam. You can check out our review of the FromSoftware’s newest epic here.

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