Monster Hunter World: The 10 Best Armor Sets (& How To Build Them)

A major piece of the gameplay in Monster Hunter World is the creation of different types of armor to protect you while fighting monsters. They require a variety of crafting materials that involve killing multiple monsters, usually with the help of a friend or two. Some players are constantly in search of the best armor out there, but this is a misleading assumption on their part.

There is no best armor as your choice will depend on your weapon, the teammates by your side, and the type of monster you are fighting. Some do top the rest, even if it can be difficult to acquire some of the pieces needed to craft them!

10 Lumu Alpha

This high rank armor set is perfect for anyone who loves to use Insect Glaive weapons. It is obtained by hunting the Paolumu, which is a monster located in the Coral Highlands. The maximum defense each piece provides is 82, and they have skills like Stamina Surge Lv. 2, Master Mounter Lv. 1, Artillery Lv. 2, Divine Blessing Lv. 2, and Windproof Lv. 1.

Items Needed For Crafting:

Lumu Hat Alpha

  • 6,000 Zenny
  • 4 Paolumu Scale
  • 2 Paolumu Wing
  • 2 Paolumu Pelt
  • 2 Lightcrystal

Lumu Mail Alpha

  • 6,000 Zenny
  • 2 Paolumu Scale
  • 3 Paolumu Carapace
  • 2 Paolumu Pelt
  • 4 Monsterkeenbone

Lumu Vambrances Alpha

  • 6,000 Zenny
  • 2 Paolumu Scale
  • 3 Paolumu Carapace
  • 4 Paolumu Pelt
  • 5 Coral Bone

Lumu Coil Alpha

  • 6,000 Zenny
  • 4 Paolumu Scale
  • 2 Paolumu Wing
  • 2 Paolumu Pelt
  • 2 Lightcrystal

Lumu Greaves Alpha

  • 6,000 Zenny
  • 4 Paolumu Scale
  • 4 Paolumu Wing
  • 2 Paolumu Pelt
  • 1 Wyvern Gem

9 Anja Alpha

The Anja Alpha armor set is great for those with ranged builds, like those who use Heavy Bowguns, as it has a set bonus for a Stamina Cap Up and Adrenaline. It also has active skills like Fire Attack Lv. 3, Fire Resistance Lv. 3, Special Ammo Boost Lv. 2, and Marathon Runner Lv. 1. Most of the pieces can be acquired by hunting down the Anajanath, which is a Brute Wyvern located in the Ancient Forest and Wildspire Waste.

Items Needed For Crafting:

Anja Helm Alpha

  • 6,000 Zenny
  • 4 Anjanath Pelt
  • 4 Anajnath Scale
  • 2 Anjanath Tail
  • 3 Inferno Sac

Anja Mail Alpha

  • 6,000 Zenny
  • 6 Anjanath Pelt
  • 4 Anajnath Fang
  • 2 Anjanath Nosebone
  • 1 Anjanath Gem

Anja Vambrances Alpha

  • 6,000 Zenny
  • 4 Anjanath Pelt
  • 4 AnajnathScale
  • 1 Anjanath Nosebone
  • 4 Monster Keenebone

Anja Coil Alpha

  • 6,000 Zenny
  • 3 Anjanath Pelt
  • 4 Anajnath Scale
  • 3 Anjanath Fang
  • 4 Piercing Claw

Anja Greaves Alpha

  • 6,000 Zenny
  • 3 Anjanath Pelt
  • 4 Anajnath Scale
  • 5 Carbalite Ore
  • 2 Inferno Sac

8 Kushala Alpha

This armor set comes from the Kushala Daora monster that is located in Elder’s Recess and the Ancient Forest. It is a great addition to any dual-blade build and its strength shows when facing water or ice monsters.

Items Needed For Crafting:

Kushala Glare Alpha

  • 16,000 Zenny
  • 4 Daora Dragon Scale
  • 4 Daora Carapace
  • 2 Daora Webbing
  • 4 Elder Dragon Bone (and here are some of the toughest Elder Dragons)

Kushala Cista Alpha

  • 16,000 Zenny
  • 3 Daora Dragon Horn
  • 5 Daora Carapace
  • 2 Daora Claw
  • 1 Daora Gem

Kushala Grip Alpha

  • 16,000 Zenny
  • 2 Daora Tail
  • 5 Daora Carapace
  • 2 Daora Horn
  • 1 Legiana Plate

Kushala Cocoon Alpha

  • 16,000 Zenny
  • 4 Daora Dragon Scale
  • 4 Daora Carapace
  • 2 Daora Horn
  • 5 Carbalite Ore

Kushala Crus Alpha

  • 16,000 Zenny
  • 4 Daora Dragon Scale
  • 4 Daora Carapace
  • 3 Daora Webbing
  • 3 Elder Dragon Blood

7 Teostra Alpha

You will have to head to Wildspire Waste, Elder’s Recess, or The Guiding Lands if you want this armor set as you will have to take down a Teostra. It is strongest against fire and has a set bonus called Masters Touch, which prevents a weapon from losing its sharpness when performing a critical hit.

Items Needed For Crafting:

Kaiser Crown Alpha

  • 16,000 Zenny
  • 5 Tesotra Carapace
  • 2 Teostra Horn
  • 2 Teostra Tail
  • 1 Firecell Stone

Kaiser Mail Alpha

  • 16,000 Zenny
  • 5 Teostra Carapace
  • 4 Teostra Webbing
  • 4 Teostra Powder
  • 1 Rathalos Plate

Kaiser Vambraces Alpha

  • 16,000 Zenny
  • 4 Fire Dragon Scale
  • 4 Teostra Carapace
  • 4 Teostra Claw
  • 4 Elder Dragon Bone

Kaiser Coil Alpha

  • 16,000 Zenny
  • 4 Fire Dragon Scale
  • 4 Teostra Carapace
  • 1 Teostra Mane
  • 3 Elder Dragon Bone

Kaiser Greaves Alpha

  • 16,000 Zenny
  • 3 Teostra Horn
  • 6 Fire Dragon Scale
  • 2 Teostra Mane
  • 1 Teostra Gem

6 Diablos Nero Alpha

The Diablos and Black Diablos are the monsters you must hunt to acquire this set. It will give you a bonus of bludgeoner and non-elemental boost, which is why users of non-elemental weapons choose to use this armor.

Items Needed For Crafting:

Diablos Nero Helm Alpha

  • 12,000 Zenny
  • 4 Black Diablos Ridge
  • 2 Majestic Horn
  • 1 Black Spiral Horn
  • 1 Novacrystal

Diablos Nero Mail Alpha

  • 12,000 Zenny
  • 4 Black Diablos Carapace
  • 3 Black Diablos Ridge
  • 1 Black Spiral Horn
  • 2 Blos Medulla

Diablos Nero Vambraces Alpha

  • 12,000 Zenny
  • 4 Black Diablos Ridge
  • 6 Black Diablos Carapace
  • 5 Carbalite Ore
  • 5 Gastodon Carapace

Diablos Nero Coil Alpha

  • 12,000 Zenny
  • 4 Black Diablos Carapace
  • 3 Black Diablos Ridge
  • 2 Diablos Tailcase
  • 3 Gastodon Horn

Diablos Nero Greaves Alpha

  • 12,000 Zenny
  • 6 Black Diablos Ridge
  • 4 Black Diablos Carapace
  • 1 Black Spiral Horn
  • 1 Wyvern Gem

5 Legiana

This is another armor set that is great for ranged builds, especially when facing ice and water monsters. It has a set bonus that gives you a chance to increase your quest rewards, and all you have to do is hunt down the Legiana monster in the Coral Highlands, Rotten Vale, Hoarfrost Reach, or The Guiding Lands.

Items Needed For Crafting:

Legiana Helm

  • 3,000 Zenny
  • 2 Legiana Scale
  • 1 Legiana Hide
  • 1 Legiana Claw
  • 2 Shamos Scale

Legiana Mail

  • 3,000 Zenny
  • 3 Legiana Hide
  • 2 Legiana Claw
  • 2 Legiana Webbing
  • 1 Legiana Plate

Legiana Vambraces

  • 3,000 Zenny
  • 2 Legiana Hide
  • 2 Legiana Scale
  • 1 Legiana Tail Webbing
  • 1 Frost Sac

Legiana Coil

  • 3,000 Zenny
  • 2 Legiana Hide
  • 2 Legiana Scale
  • 1 Frost Sac
  • 2 Shamos Hide

Legiana Greaves

  • 3,000 Zenny
  • 2 Legiana Scale
  • 1 Legiana Hide
  • 1 Legiana Claw
  • 2 Dragonite Ore

4 Odogaron Alpha

If you head to the Coral Highlands or Rotten Vale, then you will come across a monster called the Odogaron which is used to make this armor set. The set gives both the Punishing Draw and Protective Polish bonuses and it is great against both fire and water.

Items Needed For Crafting:

Odogaron Helm Alpha

  • 9,000 Zenny
  • 4 Odogaron Scale
  • 2 Odogaron Sinew
  • 2 Odogaron Claw
  • 3 Warped Bone (and here’s where to find it)

Odogaron Mail Alpha

  • 9,000 Zenny
  • 4 Odogaron Sinew
  • 4 Odogaron Scale
  • 1 Odogaron Plate
  • 5 Hornetaur Carapace

Odogaron Vambraces Alpha

  • 9,000 Zenny
  • 4 Odogaron Scale
  • 4 Odogaron Sinew
  • 2 Odogaron Tail
  • 4 Hornetaur Innerwing

Odogaron Coil Alpha

  • 9,000 Zenny
  • 6 Odogaron Sinew
  • 4 Odogaron Claw
  • 2 Odogaron Fang
  • 1 Odogaron Gem

Odogaron Greaves Alpha

  • 9,000 Zenny
  • 4 Odogaron Scale
  • 2 Odogaron Sinew
  • 2 Odogaron Fang
  • 6 Monster Hardbone

3 Nergigante Alpha

Players who use long swords rave about this armor set that is made by hunting down the Nergigante in Wildspire Waste and Elder’s Recess. You will love the perk called Hasten Recovery, which restores your health each time you attack a monster. It will let you regenerate 5, 10, or 20 health depending on the type of weapon you are using to land your attacks.

Items Needed For Crafting:

Nergigante Helm Alpha

  • 16,000 Zenny
  • 2 Nergigante Horn
  • 6 Nergigante Carapace
  • 4 Immortal Dragonscale
  • 1 Nergigante Gem

Nergigante Mail Alpha

  • 16,000 Zenny
  • 4 Nergigante Carapace
  • 4 Immortal Dragonscale
  • 2 Nergigante Talon
  • 3 Elder Dragon Bone

Nergigante Vambraces Alpha

  • 16,000 Zenny
  • 4 Nergigante Carapace
  • 1 Nergigante Horn
  • 2 Nergigante Tail
  • 1 Firecell Stone

Nergigante Coil Alpha

  • 16,000 Zenny
  • 4 Nergigante Carapace
  • 4 Immortal Dragonscale
  • 4 Nergigante Regrowth Plate
  • 1 Novacrystal

Nergigante Greaves Alpha

  • 16,000 Zenny
  • 4 Nergigante Carapace
  • 4 Immortal Dragonscale
  • 2 Nergigante Regrowth Plate
  • 2 Elder Dragon Blood

2 Xeno’jiiva Alpha

The Xeno’jiiva is one of the toughest monsters you will face, but it is well worth the armor that you can craft from its parts. It is strong against water, thunder, and ice, not to mention it has amazing Level 3 active skills such as Flinch Free, Power Prolonger, and Blight Resistance.

Items Needed For Crafting:

Xeno’jiiva Headgear Alpha

  • 20,000 Zenny
  • 5 Xeno’jiiva Soulscale
  • 4 Xeno’jiiva Shell
  • 2 Xeno’jiiva Horn
  • 1 Rathalos Plate

Xeno’jiiva Hide Alpha

  • 20,000 Zenny
  • 3 Xeno’jiiva Horn
  • 6 Xeno’jiiva Soulscale
  • 3 Xeno’jiiva Wing
  • 1 Xeno’jiiva Gem

Xeno’jiiva Claws Alpha

  • 20,000 Zenny
  • 4 Xeno’jiiva Shell
  • 3 Xeno’jiiva Claw
  • 2 Xeno’jiiva Veil
  • 1 Wyvern Gem

Xeno’jiiva Spine Alpha

  • 20,000 Zenny
  • 4 Xeno’jiiva Shell
  • 2 Xeno’jiiva Wing
  • 2 Xeno’jiiva Tail
  • 1 Odogaron Plate

Xeno’jiiva Spurs Alpha

  • 20,000 Zenny
  • 4 Xeno’jiiva Soulscale
  • 4 Xeno’jiiva Shell
  • 2 Xeno’jiiva Veil
  • 1 Legiana Plate

1 Drachen Alpha

The Drachen armor is the best armor you can craft, but it is also one of the hardest to attain. It requires taking down Behemoth monsters, which are no walk in the park. Not only does this armor look really cool, but it is also great for hunters who like to perform jumping attacks in combat due to its Elemental Airborne set bonus.

Items Needed For Crafting:

Drachen Armet Alpha

  • 20,000 Zenny
  • 2 Behemoth Mane
  • 3 Behemoth Bone
  • 1 Behemoth Great Horn
  • 3 Aetheryte Shard

Drachen Mail Alpha

  • 20,000 Zenny
  • 2 Behemoth Mane
  • 3 Behemoth Bone
  • 2 Behemoth Shearclaw
  • 2 Dragonbone Relic

Drachen Vambraces Alpha

  • 20,000 Zenny
  • 3 Behemoth Mane
  • 3 Behemoth Bone
  • 1 Behemoth Great Horn
  • 1 Behemoth Tail

Drachen Coil Alpha

  • 20,000 Zenny
  • 1 Behemoth Mane
  • 2 Behemoth Bone
  • 1 Behemoth Tail
  • 2 Novacrystal

Drachen Greaves Alpha

  • 20,000 Zenny
  • 1 Behemoth Mane
  • 2 Behemoth Bone
  • 1 Behemoth Shearclaw
  • 2 Firecell Stone

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