It's been nearly 6 years since The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was first released and still, it sees its fair share of players coming back to the game or playing it for the first time.
The sheer size and scope of the franchise's biggest game yet have made it an easy rabbit hole to fall down. In fact, even players who've played through it multiple times for years don't know everything there is to know about the game.
With that said, we've decided to expound a bit on an earlier article that we did.
In addition to just listing the best armors in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, we went further and rounded up the best Witcher 3 armor for every style of play.
Scroll down below if you want to find out what the right armor set is for your preferred style and what kind of boost awaits you for trying to get your hands on it.
1. Cat/Feline Gear Set - Best for Swordplay
Make no mistake. The Cat/Feline Gear Set is not for the faint of heart. It's not something we'd recommend to a player playing through The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt for the first time nor someone who's returning after a long time. However, if you can learn to harness the power of this gear set, you'll find yourself in for quite the treat.
But first things first, you have to remember that this is light armor. Protection is definitely not this gear set's strong suit. Instead, it relies on your preference for using your agility and speed in combat to dodge enemies, as well as switch seamlessly between Strong and Fast attacks to hit back.
One of the main reasons for this is because of how much this gear set rewards being nimble in combat.
If you complete all six set pieces, you'll receive a 50% damage bonus whenever you attack an enemy's rear end. Also, at the cost of one Adrenaline Point, each attack can stun them as well. However, even if you only have 3 pieces of the entire set, you'll still receive a 10% bonus to your Fast attack damage for five seconds for every set piece worn (a total of 60%) every time you land a Strong attack.
If you prefer playing like a glass cannon, then this is the gear set for you.
2. The Wolven Armor Set - Best for Monster-Hunting
The Wolven Armor Set is arguably the most bad-ass gear set in all of the three Witcher games and you could probably wear it for the entire game and have no problem slashing through anyone that dares stand in your way.
Of course, being that it is on our list, it does specialize in one thing, and that's hunting monsters.
A Medium type of armor, the Wolven Armor set shares a lot of similarities with most Witcher school armor sets. Although that shouldn't come off as a surprise since it's the same armor used by Geralt's own school. However, it does stand out by providing you with multiple notable boosts. In particular, your oils and bombs will be far more potent when you're wearing this gear set, as you'll be able to apply up to three oils to your sword simultaneously if you have at least three pieces equipped.
Where this gear set really shines though is if you wear the complete set. You won't receive a notable stat boost but you'll be able to throw bombs without delay, which is pretty overpowered as far as hunting monsters go.
3. The Hen Gaidth Armor Set - Best All-Around
By the time that you'll get a chance to get your hands on the Hen Gaidth Armor Set, you've probably already had your eyes set on a particular gear set already. But, on the off-chance that you haven't, this is a very versatile gear set that you'll find useful regardless of your preferred playstyle.
What really sets this gear set apart is that you'll regain 1% Vitality per armor piece worn for each opponent you kill.
We don't know what kind of playstyle you prefer, but it probably involves a lot of killing. Not to mention, it does offer a lot of protection in terms of stats. You could even argue that it's better than the Grandmaster Ursine gear set in that regard.
The only issue we see with this gear set is that you need to be at least level 53 to wear it.
4. Manticore Gear Set - Best for Alchemy
If alchemy is your main focus in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, then look no further than the Manticore Gear Set.
This gear set, which is only available in the "Blood and Wine" paid expansion, won't be made available to you until fairly late in the game. However, once you do get your hands on it, you'll be thankful that you decided to give it a try.
A Medium type of armor, the Manticore gear set will let you enjoy plenty of alchemy-related benefits. This includes a huge boost to your maximum toxicity, as well as alchemy charges and critical hit effects of your bombs if the entire set is equipped. However, even though most of the bonuses are alchemy-based, the gear set does come with very powerful swords that give a +250 bonus to your armor-piercing with a sizable damage boost to critical hits and a chance to induce bleeding.
5. The Griffin Armor Set - Best for Signs
The Griffin Armor Set is the only school armor that boosts Signs. Ergo, it's the best Witcher armor for those who like casting Signs.
A notable benefit of this gear set is that, with 3 pieces worn, you'll be able to cast another Sign following an initial cast without any added cost in Stamina within three seconds. Then, with the full set equipped, you'll be able to boost your Yrden trap size by as much as 40%.
You'll also receive other bonuses like stamina regeneration, a 20% reduction to all incoming damage, and a 100% boost to Sign intensity whenever you are in one of your Yrden traps.
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