I know its all about "use what you like" etc. But if someone could help me decide what armor set to use I'd appreciate it. I have a lot of them, I plan to get them all. Which set of armors from the various kinds are worth upgrading and wearing? Examples from light, medium, heavy, super heavy, all valued. Please save angst for someone else.
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Both kinda heavy, though Black Iron is lighter, has slightly less defensive stats (tho more in some categories), I believe slightly less poise, and, from my testing, regenerates stamina slightly faster.
Elite Knight set is good for a lighter set. Paladin's is also a good one. The Antiquated Skirt is quite good, stat wise, and the helm increases magic power. The masks of the father, mother, and child are pretty crappy stat-wise, but all have a special ability. I forget if they can actually be upgraded though.
I love my fully upgraded paladin armor. It's not very heavy and has very high protection against most elements, except the chest is sorta weak to fire. It's just a pain to acquire the amount of twinkling titanite necessary to upgrade all the pieces to max. On my mage, I use the armor from Logan, except the boots and gauntles which I use the Gold-Hemmed to replace because Logan's gloves and boots are trash stat-wise. I haven't really done too much in th ways of upgrading armor. I got my elite knight set to +7 each but abandoned once I found the Paladin armor. I'm assuming there are way better stat attributed armor sets, but I don't have them yet.
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I'm at the Duke's Archive section of the game, and I find the Black Iron set to be really good stat-wise. I'm only using the chestplate of that upgraded to +4 (which made a HUGE difference, up to around 90 def) and combining that with the other parts of Lautrec's armour to ensure I can still roll properly (using Havel's ring too).
I'm sure other people are using much superior stuff, but that's what I find works sufficiently well without any use of a guide thus far. :D