Armor

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In ARK: Survival Evolved you can wear different sets of Armor by equipping it in your Inventory.

So far, there are 10 tiers of armor in the game. These armor sets can either be crafted, or found in supply drops.


Full Set Overview[edit | edit source]

Armor Type Unlock Level Armor rating Cold protection Heat protection Weight Durability (Ø) Found in Beacon Ingredients
Cloth Gear 3 50 40 60 3 25 White Beacon 145 × Fiber.png Fiber, 10 × Hide.png Hide
Hide Gear 15 100 85 -25 10.5 45 Green Beacon 82 × Hide.png Hide, 33 × Fiber.png Fiber
Fur Gear 23 200 249 -105 34 125 Deep Sea Loot Crates 320 × Pelt, Hair, or Wool.png Pelt, Hair, or Wool, 53 × Metal Ingot.png Metal Ingot, 40 × Hide.png Hide, 18 × Fiber.png Fiber
Desert Cloth Gear1 28 200 31 130 16 45 Green beacon (only on scorched Earth) 77 × Hide.png Hide, 33 × Fiber.png Fiber, 48 × Silk (Scorched Earth).png Silk, 10 × Crystal.png Crystal, 3 × Silica Pearls.png Silica Pearls
Ghillie Gear 33 170 24 155 24 60 Deep Sea Loot Crates 26 × Organic Polymer.png Organic Polymer, 40 × Hide.png Hide, 18 × Fiber.png Fiber
Chitin Gear 37 250 43 -35 22 50 Blue Beacon, Deep Sea Loot Crates 82 × Chitin.png Chitin, 40 × Hide.png Hide, 18 × Fiber.png Fiber
Flak Gear 56 500 60 -25 30 120 Yellow Beacon, Deep Sea Loot Crates 53 × Metal Ingot.png Metal Ingot, 40 × Hide.png Hide, 18 × Fiber.png Fiber
Hazard Suit 2 68 325 50 300 23 85.5 ?? Beacon, Deep Sea Loot Crates 155 × Hide.png Hide, 235 × Fiber.png Fiber, 85 × Blue Gem (Aberration).png Blue Gem, 72 × Polymer.png Polymer, 166 × Crystal.png Crystal, 125 × Congealed Gas Ball (Aberration).png Congealed Gas Ball
SCUBA Gear3 81 5 70 (270) -15 23 185 Deep Sea Loot Crates 87 × Hide.png Hide, 23 × Fiber.png Fiber, 12 × Chitin or Keratin.png Chitin or Keratin, 16 × Metal Ingot.png Metal Ingot, 6 × Cementing Paste.png Cementing Paste, 7 × Silica Pearls.png Silica Pearls, 43 × Polymer.png Polymer, 10 × Crystal.png Crystal
Riot Gear 98 575 60 -16.8 42 120 Deep Sea Loot Crates 245 × Polymer.png Polymer, 138 × Silica Pearls.png Silica Pearls, 40 × Hide.png Hide, 18 × Fiber.png Fiber, 35 × Crystal.png Crystal
TEK Armor After beating all bosses 820 255 208 23 120 No 600 × Polymer.png Polymer, 2250 × Metal Ingot.png Metal Ingot, 600 × Crystal.png Crystal, 100 × Element.png Element, 275 × Black Pearl.png Black Pearl

1The Desert Cloth Armor is part of the Scorched Earth-DLC.

2The Hazard Suit is part of the Aberration-DLC.

3The SCUBA Gear is special type of Armor, as it only consists 4 Parts (no Hands-slot item) and each part has special abilities.

Cloth Gear[edit | edit source]

Cloth Shirt.png
  • Provides 10 armor points per piece (50 total).
  • Drops from level 3 white beam loot crates.
  • It provides very good defense against heat and poor defense against players and creatures.
  • It breaks very easily from heavy attacks

Hide Gear[edit | edit source]

Hide Shirt.png
  • Provides 20 armor points per piece (100 total).
  • Drops from level 15 green beam loot crates.
  • It provides good defense against cold and some defense against players and dinos.

Fur Gear[edit | edit source]

Fur Chestpiece.png
  • Provides 40 armor points per piece (200 total).
  • Unlike other armor in the game, fur is much heavier than all others. This makes wearing the armor (or simply having it in your inventory) while transporting goods difficult.
  • It provides the highest insulation from the cold, but significantly lowers heat resistance.
  • It provides no cold insulation while in water, making it useless when diving.

Desert Cloth Gear[edit | edit source]

Desert Cloth Shirt (Scorched Earth).png
  • Provides 40 armor points per piece (200 total).
  • It offers moderate physical protection, good cold protection, and excellent heat protection.

Ghillie Gear[edit | edit source]

Ghillie Chestpiece.png
  • Provides 40 armor points per piece except for boots which provide only 10 (170 total).
  • It works as a camouflage suit, as it reduces the enemy visibility range by 50%.
  • It provides the best defense against heat in the coregame (in Scorched Earth the Desert Cloth provides more heat insulation) and moderate insulation from the cold.

Chitin Gear[edit | edit source]

Chitin Chestpiece.png
  • Provides 50 armor points per piece (250 total).
  • Drops from level 25 blue beam loot crates.
  • It provides poor defense against climatic conditions and a decent defense against players and dinos.
  • Reduces heat resistance and provides minimal cold resistance.

Flak Gear[edit | edit source]

Flak Chestpiece.png
  • Provides 100 armor points per piece (500 total).
  • Drops from level 45 yellow beam loot crates.
  • It provides poor defense against climatic conditions and a good defense against players and dinos.
  • Reduces heat resistance and provides minimal cold resistance.

Hazard Suit[edit | edit source]

Hazard Suit Shirt (Aberration).png
  • Provides 65 armor per piece (325 total).
  • It provides immunity against the radiation within the environment.
  • Reduces heat resistance and provides minimal cold resistance.

SCUBA Gear[edit | edit source]

SCUBA Tank.png
  • Provides 0 armor points per piece, except for the SCUBA Leggings, which provide 5 armor points (5 total).
  • While providing no defense, this armor set is very useful for underwater exploration or if the air is poisonous. It supplies the player with oxygen and stamina and allows the player to see clearly and move faster while underwater.
  • SCUBA Gear is mostly not useful when worn on land, as it halves movement speed and makes the field of view smaller.
  • This armor set only consists of 4 parts, as there are no SCUBA Gauntlets.
  • It reduces the amount of damage taken from the poisonous air in the Swamp Cave.

Riot Gear[edit | edit source]

Riot Chestpiece.png
  • Provides 115 armor points per piece (575 total).
  • It provides poor defense against climatic conditions and a very good defense against players and dinos.
  • It reduces the amount of Torpor taken, which makes it harder to knock the wearer out.

TEK Gear[edit | edit source]

Tek Chestpiece.png
  • Provides 180 armor points per piece except for helmet which provides only 100 (820 total).
  • It provides moderate defense against cold and the best defense against players and dinos.
  • Each part of this armor set has different special abilities. When the full set is equipped, it provides night vision, a jet pack and a very powerful punch, also it enables the wearer to move in super speed and prevents fall damage.
  • When wearing full set of Tek Armor containing Element it provides a +200 insulation buff.
  • Not everyone can wear the Tek Armor. You must have all the necessary Tekgrams that are only obtainable by beating the bosses.

Armor's protection from damage[edit | edit source]

Calculation
  • The damage modifier granted by Armor is calculated as follows, which can also be expressed as damage reduction:
  damage modifier = 100 / (100 + armor)
  damage taken = damage * damage modifier
  damage reduction = (1 - damage modifier) * 100
  • For example, 70 armor has a damage modifier of 0.588 which equates to 41.2% damage reduction. This formula is subject to diminishing returns.
Test Case
  • With 0 armor and being hit by a grenade that does 375 damage.[1]
  damage modifier = 100 / (100 + 0)
  damage modifier = 1
  damage taken = 375 * 1
  damage taken = 375
  • With 551.5 armor and being hit by a grenade that does 375 damage.
  damage modifier = 100 / (100 + 551.5)
  damage modifier = 0.153
  damage taken = 375 * 0.153
  damage taken = 57.6
Cheat sheet

The following table is based on the default/primitive armor value of the game's 10 armor sets.

Armor Type Pieces in set Armor rating Damage Reduced By
Cloth Armor 5 50 33.33%
Hide Armor 5 100 50.00%
Fur Armor 5 200 66.67%
Desert Cloth Armor 5 200 66.67%
Ghillie Armor 5 160 61.54%
Chitin Armor 5 250 71.43%
Flak Armor 5 500 83.33%
Hazard Suit 5 325 76.5%
SCUBA Armor 4 5 4.76%
Riot Armor 5 575 85.18%
Tek Armor 5 820 89.13%
Durability

Against most creatures, for every ~16 damage mitigated by armor, each piece of equipped armor loses a point of durability.

Each piece of Tek Armor has 300 durability and can mitigate 300 * 16 = 4800 damage before breaking. With a 90% damage reduction, a survivor can take 4800 / 0.9 = ~5333 of unmitigated damage before their Tek Armor breaks.

Tamed Dino Clothing[edit | edit source]

With the exception of Tek Helmet, most of the head pieces can be worn by specific tamed dinos.

References[edit | edit source]