The armor in Dragon Age II is protective covering used to prevent damage from being inflicted to the wearer. Armor mitigates physical damage; it does not make you harder to hit. Armor does not degrade.
Armor comes in the form of body armor, boots, gloves, helmets and shields. There exist matching sets, some of them are designed to provide additional bonuses.
To use an armor, a character must meet the required attributes, depending on its type and quality .
The base attributes of most armor are usually relative to the level at which the player acquires it (for example, an Act 2 heavy chestpiece will have 185 armor at level 12, while the same chestpiece will have 240 armor at level 20).
Types of armor
There exist three types of armor: light armor, medium armor and heavy armor. Although they are not specifically noted on the item, they are defined by their icons.
|Light armor||Medium armor||Heavy armor|
|Governing attributes||Magic and willpower||Dexterity and cunning||Strength and constitution|
|Low quality equipment with no additional effects. Base rank for weapons and armor.|
|Decent quality equipment with one or two stat/skill properties. Base rank for accessories.|
|High quality equipment with three or four stat/skill properties.|
|Unique equipment, usually one-of-a-kind equipment with some sort of history behind them.|
|Equipment from a downloadable content.|