Why do we need armor?

Tindremene Armored Warrior
Tindremene Armored Warrior

The difference between having Armor and not having any protection is enormous. While an unprotected character will most certainly die in 3 strikes, a heavily armored character can take a dozen hits or more before keeling over.

The History of Body Protection

That is why historically well-equipped fighters could hold the field against much larger numbers of lightly armored enemies.

Even in our modern time body armor has become so effective that armies all over the world have started to utilize shortened Assault Rifles in urban warfare, rendering less powerful sub-machine guns obsolete in the process.

One of the historical lessons of warfare is also, that wars aren’t just decided by winning the most field battles. And that is why lighter armor types of different degrees have been used too. Be it for traversing difficult terrain to arrive as an unexpected guest and surprise the enemy. Or using camouflage to ambush and demoralize the opposing force. These were all viable tactics in the different approaches to warfare, due to terrain or even the very nature of the defending nation or fiefdom itself.

Armor Types

Kallardian wearing typical Armor
Kallardian wearing typical Armor

If you are still with me after boring you with history it shouldn’t surprise you that Mortal Online 2 has it all. From mage robes, cultist armors for the silent assassin, tribal armors from animal skins and bones to a full set of metal plate-mail.

Soft Armor

These garments include Robes, mantles, and leather coverings. In other words everything from Pyjamas to a prized Hells Angels jacket.

Laminated Armor

This is typical tribal mail sets from different cultures. Some can be crafted with heavy materials. But traditionally in Mortal Online, a full set of Plate Scale Armor was a truly decent proponent of this armor type.

Plate Armor

We finally made it through all this to reach the epitome of armor crafting, the pinnacle of engineering. The toughest armor types around. Use the best alloys and enjoy the maximum of protection. Traditionally Messing Armors offered decent protection that goes way beyond what Laminated Armors have to offer. But one of the rarest alloys called Cronite was unbeatable because of its lightness and protection. Be careful though in a full loot game your gear might make you a target. And your early demise is certain if you can be singled out by your opponents.

Armor – Skills needed

Now that we have established what’s available in Mortal Online 2 let’s talk a bit about utilizing it. In an open world role-playing game naturally, players have to make choices about what their characters are able to do. Otherwise, all characters would be the same and bore you to tears.

Squire getting used to wearing a heavy messing armor
Squire getting used to wearing a heavy messing armor

Armor Training

Let’s get right to the main skills necessary. Armor Training and Heavy Armor Training. These skills raise the weight allowance of armor so you can wear it without being bogged down. Having both maxed allows you to wear full metal plate. While having only one of it gets you to a decent laminated armor. And naturally, there is compelling armor for having only fractions of the skills mastered.

Defensive Stance

This skill shaves off about 2 or 3 damage from each incoming attack, so the better your initial mitigation is, the more of an impact it has. Consider this skill only if you have at least 100 points in regular Armor Training.

Mana Regeneration

This skill allows you to regenerate Mana passively faster. But there is a caveat, the higher the weight of your gear the less of an impact it has. So consider this skill only if you wear pretty light mail and respectively haven’t put full points in Armor Training. If you want to cast spells while being heavily equipped you should rely on a big mana pool instead to act as a buffer and use spells sparingly so that your mana reserves last the whole battle.

Armor Materials

Harvesting the Carapace off a dead Turtle
Harvesting the Carapace off a dead Turtle

Depending on the type of your protective equipment you have different choices from textiles to leather through hardwoods to animal teeth. And at the top of the list reptile scales and metal alloys.

Padding Materials

Wearing a hard shell is good in and of itself but you might want to have it cozy and warm on the inside. That’s where padding materials come in. Only leathers, textiles, and furs go into that slot and a wise choice can improve your blunt damage resistance considerably. Blunt damage is naturally most effective against heavily armored opponents so that’s why you want to boost your resistance in any way possible.

Extra materials slider

You can choose to put less than 100% of the materials needed into the gear effectively reducing its weight, durability, and mitigation. But usually, it is much better to simply use a lighter mail with the slider set to full material usage.

Enough talking let’s dive straight into the numbers, shall we?

Armor Comparisons

Armor Types Compared

This table compares the different armor types with the same material combination to see how they differ. Take a look at the differences in Damage Mitigation, Durability and Weight.

Don’t forget to use the sort functionality by clicking on the column headers of the table.

Types Comparison

Armor Materials Compared

Here we observe how different armor materials influence mitigation, weight, and durability.

Materials Comparison

Armor Slider Positions

Here I check slider positions for extra material usage. I tried to see if it is worth using good materials with low slider positions on a Heavy Plate to compete with a lighter armor like Khurite Splinted for example.

Slider Positions Compared

Armor Padding Compared

The last test compares the difference between padding materials.

Padding Materials Compared