Elden Ring is home to a wide variety of weapons, armor sets, talismans, and tons of other elements. Mix and match all these combinations, and not only will you create some of the best builds in the game, but the stats and fashion statement of each character that you make may or may not be similar to another in the game you encounter while playing co-op. While there are so many armors sets you can fancy in the game, our Elden Ring best mage armor set guide will entail the best-in-class armor sets you should get if you’re running with an intelligence build in the game.
Mage class will always remain weak in defenses; after all, if you are going all into sorcery playstyle, you will not get to invest many runes into leveling up the Endurance. As a result, equipping the heavy armor sets to get top-tier defenses is out of the question for a pure sorcery build player in Elden Ring. Before reading further, why not go through our 15 Best Elden Ring Staff For Intelligence Builds guide.
That is why a mage player in the game must strike the perfect balance when it comes to equipping an armor set that has decent stats for damage resistance and is also excellent for fashion. After all, FromSoftware has always graced mage players with the best-looking outfits in the previous soulsborne games.
The list of mage armor sets we have curated here below does not necessarily take into account the extra buff or free intelligence levels you can get by equipping certain set pieces.
That is why our list contains a little bit of both; mage armor sets for fashion purposes and stats as well. As always, we have entailed the best mage user armor sets in Elden Ring in our list from top to bottom, indicating the first to be the best in class and the last as average in the game.
There are two armor sets that have the vibe and an appearance of a supreme sorcerer in Elden Ring, and Lusat’s armor set is one of these two. Stats and fashion-wise, this armor set offers the highest magic damage resistance, and wearing this would be a perfect idea if you’re revisiting Raya Lucaria Academy while playing PvE or Coop or dueling an opponent who happens to be a mage. Also, read our Elden Ring Master Lusat guide and learn everything in detail.
The best part of Lusat’s armor set is that the headpiece increases the overall attack power of primeval sorceries by consuming more FP. This reason alone is good enough for mage players to equip the armor set and use primeval sorceries against foes in the game.
Combine all these elements, and you will see for yourself why we think Lusat’s armor set is the best mage armor in Elden Ring to deal high sorcery damage.
Another best aspect for the intelligence, sorcery, or mage builds users is that they can acquire this amazing armor set in the early-to-mid game and can use it for the rest of the playthrough. So, if you want to wear a mage outfit and showcase your superior fashion sense while at the same time rock decent damage negation set pieces, then play Sorceress Sellen’s questline in Elden Ring.
Once you’ve completed her questline, all you need to do is re-visit the Sellia Hideaway cave on Caelid map and go to the room where you encountered Master Lusat first. However, when you return here again after completing Sellen’s questline, you will find Master Lusat’s complete armor set and not him.
You’d acquire Lusat’s Glintstone Crown, Lusat’s Robe, Lusat’s Manchettes, and Old Sorcerer’s Legwraps.
As far as we know, equipping the Lusat’s Glintstone Crown alone will increase the overall damage by 15% for Stars of Ruin, Star Shower, and Glintstone Stars sorceries in Elden Ring. As mentioned before that, Lusat’s Set buffs primeval sorceries, and we think that only these three sorceries qualify for primeval sorceries in the game. On the subject of sorceries, consider reading our 10 Best Elden Ring Spells guide.
Did you get to find more primeval sorceries? Let us know more about them in the comments section below.
Azur’s Glintstone Set
As mentioned earlier about two superior and the best mage armor sets in Elden Ring, the first one is Lusat’s set, which we discussed above, and the second is Azur’s Glintstone set.
This mage armor set, too, is a sight to behold as from the headpiece to shoulders, the outfit features green glintstone crystals, and the overall appearance of the armor set radiates with the master of magic appeal.
Similar to Lusat’s Set, the headpiece of Azur’s Glintstone increases the overall attack power of Azur’s primeval sorcery spells. As far as our experience and knowledge of Elden Ring are concerned, we think Comet Azur (the obvious one), Comet, and Glintstone Cometshard are the only three spells that fall under Azur’s primeval sorcery spells category.
Of course, the increased attack power of Azur’s primeval sorceries comes at a price of extra 15% consumption of FP. As a result, if you equip Azur’s Glintstone Crown armor headpiece, you will get 15% increased damage on both Comet spells and 10% on cometshard one.
So, if you want to fancy the Master’s Azur’s armor set and equip the top-tier mage armor in Elden Ring, then you will need to complete the Sorceress Sellen’s questline. Also, you will need to ensure that you side with Sellen and kill Witch Hunter Jerren in the end instead of doing the opposite of it.
Once you’ve completed Sellen’s questline by siding with her, visit back the Hermit Village’s far-end Site of Grace. Obtaining this Mage armor’s location in Elden Ring is pretty each, and it is the same where you can also get the Comet Azur spell. Anyways, when you re-visit this place again after Sellen’s questline, you will not find Master Azur there.
Instead, his armor set piece will be available for you to collect. You will obtain Azur’s Glintstone Crown, Azur’s Glintstone Robe, and Azur’s Manchettes.
Consider all these elements of this mage armor set, and you will get yourself the best mage armor set in Elden Ring to destroy opponents with sorcery spells. While you’re at it, consider reading our Comet Azur build in Elden Ring guide.
Queen of The Full Moon Rennala’s Set
There are not many mage boss armor sets in Elden Ring that you can showcase to friends in CO-OP or duelists in PvP. However, the Queen of the Full Moon armor set that is worn by the Rennala boss is one of the best light armor sets in Elden Ring that favor a magic build player in the game. Besides the stat buff that you get in intelligence scaling, this armor set also looks cool.
Obtaining the Queen of the Full Moon armor set that Rennala wears is not an as easy task as you will need to reach this boss after going through a lot of obstacles in Raya Lucaria Academy. You will also need to beat Red Wolf of Radagon before you can reach Rennala’s boss arena.
Assuming you’ve got through all obstacles, now you will need to beat Rennnala, which is quite tricky as you need first to kill three of her students who cast a magic bubble around her. After that, you’d get to attack Rennala when the bubble breaks. This is just the first phase of the boss as she does not strikes you back. However, her second phase is a bit challenging. Read our Elden Ring Rennala cheese method guide and beat the boss easily.
If you manage to get past the second phase and beat Rennala, then visit Enia in the Roundtable Hold and purchase the Queen of the Full Moon set from this merchant NPC. She will sell you four set-pieces; Queen’s Crescent Crown, Queen’s Robe, Queen’s Bracelets, and Queen’s Leggings. You will need to have 31000 Runes to purchase all four items.
The multifold reason we think Queen of the Full Moon is another best early mage armor in Elden Ring is that the overall appeal of the set radiates with a sorcery playstyle. Second, the Queen’s Crescent Crown headpiece increases the overall intelligence stat by three levels. As long as the headpiece is equipped, you get extra three levels without any downsides attached to it.
The next good mage armor in Elden Ring that we think out there is the Preceptor’s armor set. Why? Well, for one, the headpieces and the overall attire and appeal of this armor set comprehend the playstyle of a mage player in Elden Ring. Two, the headpiece increases the Mind stat by compromising the overall Stamina a little.
If you want to fancy the mage build playstyle in Elden Ring by wearing the Preceptor’s armor set, then you will need to obtain all four set-pieces; Preceptor’s Big Hat, Preceptor’s Long Gown, Preceptor’s Gloves, and Preceptor’s Trousers. If you’ve reached the far end of Carian Manor and have interacted with towers of Ranni’s Rise Site of Grace, then you’d have the idea that Preceptor Seluvis NPC wears this outfit, and he is usually found in Three Sisters Site of Grace.
So, in order to acquire Preceptor Seluvis’s mage armor set in Elden Ring, you can either kill him to obtain the complete set along with Seluvis’s Bell Bearing. Or, the good way to obtain the same mage armor set is by completing the Ranni’s questline. Also, consider reading our Elden Ring Bell Bearing locations guide and learn how to get them all in the game.
Now, completing Ranni’s entire questline can be a challenging task and if you’ve never been able to get past it completely, then consider reading our Elden Ring Ranni Quest guide.
Moving on to the reason why we think Preceptor’s set is another best mid-game mage armor in Elden Ring is that the big hat increases the Mind stat by three levels or points. However, this increase in stat comes at the cost of a 9% reduction in the overall stamina bar of your character in Elden Ring. If you’re good with the compromise, then the trade-off will be worth it, and you can pretty much carry this armor set till the late game as well.
Snow Witch Set
We have discussed various armor sets that buff a set of sorcery spells, but there is also an amazing mage armor set that buffs the cold sorcery spells in Elden Ring. If you are a mage build player in the game and want to have the best mage armor set in Elden Ring to cast frost status effect inflicting sorceries, then Snow Witch Set might be the one you need.
To fancy the complete outfit for your mage character in the game, you will need to collect and equip all three mage armor set pieces; Snow Witch Hat, Snow Witch Robe, and Snow Witch Skirt. While most armor sets come with four armor set pieces, this one comes with only three, and that is why the Snow Witch armor set may be the right choice for you if you are looking to equip mid-to-high damage negating set in the game.
However, if you are not much on the search for the best mage armor set stat-wise in the game and want to get some high-on-fashion kind of armor set, then rocking the Snow Witch set would be perfect. Moreover, to get the most out of this set, you will need to use cold sorceries as the headpiece of the armor set buffs such sorcery spells in Elden Ring.
Overall, as far as our experience in the game is concerned, equipping the Snow Witch Hat headpiece alone will boost cold sorceries by 10%, and these include; Ranni’s Dark Moon and Glintstone Icecrag, Zamor Ice Storm, and Adula’s Moonblade.
All of these four cold sorcery spells will get a significant buff of base 10%, which is good enough for a mage build player in Elden Ring. Also, read our Elden Ring Moonlight Greatsword guide and learn how to get that.
Now, to acquire this best mage armor in Elden Ring, you will need to access the upper floor of Renna’s Rise, which can be reached at the far end of Carian Manon. However, to reach here, you will first need to make certain progress with Ranni’s questline. Without the progression, the access to the floor will be out of bounds for you.
Most mage armors that you see in our list are curated for sorcery or intelligence scaling players. However, Alberich’s armor set is an exclusive armor set that buffs the Aberrant Sorceries in Elden Ring.
Now, Aberrant sorceries are still magic spells in the game. However, you do not need intelligence scaling to cast them. Instead, you will need to have a faith build in Elden Ring to use aberrant sorceries. That is why if you are an aberrant sorcery player and are looking for the best mage armor in Elden Ring, then there is no parallel to Alberich’s set in the game.
In order to acquire all four set pieces of Alberich’s armor set; Alberich’s Pointed Hat, Alberich’s Robe, Alberich’s Bracers, and Alberich’s Trousers, you will need to reach the Leyndell, Royal Capital area of Elden Ring. Once you’re there, go to the main hall, and at the far end, you find the complete armor set to collect.
Equipping each armor piece minus the legs will give your character a boost of 5% for all aberrant sorceries. So far, we have come across only two aberrant sorceries in Elden Ring; Briars of Punishment and Briars of Sin. If you think there are more, then let us know about them in the comments section below.
Aberrant Sorceries have been very weak since the launch of Elden Ring, but they have received buff after patch 1.04. Regardless of running with a faith-based mage build in the game, you can still use Alberich’s armor set for your mage character. You will not get additional buffs, but the overall physical and elemental resistance that you get with this set is much better than most on our list.
Also, Alberich’s armor set has got a really cool-looking hat, and the rest of the armor set is covered with red-blood glintstones on the shoulders, and hand armor set pieces.
Sanguine Noble Set
The next good mage armor in Elden Ring that does not have extra stat offerings by equipping set pieces but is excellent fashion-wise is the Sanguine Noble set. The overall appeal of the armor definitely gives it a vibe for a mage-material outfit. However, the only problem many mage-build players in Elden Ring will face is that the Sanguine Noble set is a late-game armor set.
Yes, to obtain this armor set in the game, you will first need to reach consecrated snowfield, which is a secret passage given access via Rold Lift in Elden Ring. Players can access this area in the game by obtaining two pieces of Haligtree medallions. The first one is acquired by visiting the Village of Albinaurics; a hidden NPC will give you the Haligtree medallion without much hassle.
The second haligtree medallion can be obtained by beating Commander Niall in Castle Sol. If you’re still struggling to beat this boss, then consider reading our Elden Ring Commander Niall Cheese Method guide.
To acquire all three armor set pieces of the Sanguine Noble set, Sanguine Noble Hood, Sanguine Noble Robe, and Sanguine Noble Waistcloth, you will need to defeat the invader NPC called Sanguine Noble. When you approach a large tree located to the North of Yelough Anix Ruins, this invader will invade you, and defeating the NPC will reward you with this good mage armor in Elden Ring.
The reason we consider the Sanguine Noble set as the best mage armor in Elden Ring is that it has high elemental resistance; lightning, magic, and holy. Being a lightweight armor set and offering high elemental resistance is a welcome addition for a mage-build player in the game.
Also, the armor set comes with three set pieces, so there is room for you to equip any other fourth piece and get extra physical plus elemental damage negation.
All the mage players in Elden Ring who are not entirely leveling up the intelligence but also strength as well will find the Battlemage set as the perfect outfit. It is because the armor is lightweight, allowing you to carry a mid to heavy-sized weapon. On top of that, the headpiece increases intelligence and strength as well.
If you would like to fancy the Battlemage armor set in Elden Ring, then you need to equip all four set-pieces; Haima Glintstone Crown, Battlemage Robe, Battlemage Manchettes, and Battlemage Legwraps.
Acquiring the entire armor set is pretty easy as well, and you can get all four set pieces by defeating a specific Battlemage attired enemy, which can be found in East Windmill Pasture or West Windmill Pasture. Usually, the NPC can be located at the far end of the collapsed bridge.
If your mage build is slightly strength stats oriented, then the Battlemage armor set will prove to be the best mage armor in Elden Ring. Aesthetically, it will suit a player to rock a staff at off-hand and a sword on the right hand. Stat-wise, equipping the helmet or headpiece, called Haima Glintstone Crown, will give you plus two levels of intelligence and strength but at the cost of reducing the overall FP bar by 10%.
The extra levels are not high but considering this is an early-to-mid game mage armor set in Elden Ring, and the bonus will be worth it for your build. Also, the penalty of 10% FP reduction will not matter much since you would rely on sorcery spells as well as your main weapon to strike enemies or slay bosses.
Combine all these reasons, and you get the best early game mage armor in the game that goes well with the mage build fashion and stat-wise. Did you find this armor set yet in the game? Do you, too, think it’s an excellent mage armor in the Elden Ring? Let us know more of your thoughts in the comments section below.
Carian Knight Set
Most of the good mage armor sets in Elden Ring that we have recommended above fall under the light armor sets category. However, Carian Knight Set is the first one that is a medium-weight armor set and offers a much higher physical and elemental damage resistance than the sets we listed above.
Additionally, it also looks excellent aesthetically as you get a knight’s armor, which is decorated with jewels and chains; a slight touch of the mage-ish armor set. While you’re at it, consider reading our Elden Ring Carian Greatsword Location guide.
To get all four armor set pieces of Carian Knight armor set; Carian Knight Helm, Carian Knight Armor, Carian Knight Gauntlets, and Carian Knight Greaves, you will need first to reach Raya Lucaria Academy.
After that, go to the Church of the Cuckoo Site of Grace, and you will come across a graveyard. The complete Carian Knight set can be collected from near the Glintstone enemies that worship a statue.
Arguably, Carian Knight is also one of the best early game armor sets in Elden Ring that you can use till the end game. Of course, you will get far better armor sets than this; however, continuing Carian Knight set or picking another one till the end game is entirely up to a player’s preference.
For an early game mage armor set, Carian Knight set does not disappoint. The only downside we think is you do not get any sorcery buff or free INT or other stat leveling while equipping this armor set. If you look past this downside, you’d appreciate the overall appeal of the Carian Knight Armor set in Elden Ring.
Errant Sorcerer Set
The Errant sorcerer armor set does not have the high mage armor fashion statement that Lusat’s and Azur’s sets have. However, it is much more practical because of being lightweight, the headpiece giving free levels into two stats, and offering decent physical and elemental damage resistance.
If you want to look like an aged mage build player in Elden Ring, then you need to get all four set pieces of Errant sorcerer armor set; Hierodas Glintstone Crown, Errant Sorcerer Robe, Errant Sorcerer Manchettes, and Errant Sorcerer Boots.
You will first need to reach Mt. Gelmir’s Hermit Village. Once you are there, the complete set can be obtained from two different corpses; the headpiece from the Southern end of Hermit village and the rest of the three set pieces from inside a house located northwest of Hermit Village.
The amazing thing about the Errant Sorcerer armor set is that it increases intelligence and endurance by plus two levels. However, the stat increment comes at the cost of a 10% FP reduction penalty.
The reason we consider Errant sorcerer armor set in our list of the best mage armor in Elden Ring is that even if you don’t invest runes into leveling up Endurance, the free two levels you get by equipping the Hierodas Glintstone Crown will be enough to wear this or most of the light armor sets in the game.
Lazuli Sorcerer Set
Lazuli Sorcerer set is another excellent early game mage armor set in Elden Ring, which can be obtained after reaching Raya Lucaria Academy. The armor set comes with four set-pieces; Lazuli Robe, Sorcerer Manchettes and Sorcerer Leggings, and Lazuli Glintstone Crown.
The headpiece is a little tricky to obtain but, at the same time, makes the whole set worth obtaining as it offers an increase in intelligence and dexterity by three free levels at the cost of reducing the HP by 18%.
While most Glintstone Crowns in Elden Ring come with a set of buffs and nerfs applied to your character after equipping them, the Lazuli Glintstone Crown is for players who are playing with INT/DEX build. It is because there are not many mage armor sets or set pieces, for that matter, that offer free plus three levels into INT and DEX, and Lazuli Glintstone Crown is by far the only one.
That is why we believe INT/DEX build players in Elden Ring will benefit from having Lazuli Sorcerer armor set. Also, it could be the best mage armor in Elden Ring for this category of players only. If you happen to know any other set that favors this playstyle, then let us know about it in the comments section below.
Raya Lucarian Sorcerer Set
Now, Raya Lucarian Sorcerer set looks very similar to Lazuli Sorcerer set; the former comes in blue and red colors while the latter is covered in white. Besides that, the best part about the Raya Lucarian Sorcerer set is that you get to choose the headpiece from four different helmets; Karolos Glintstone Crown (a.k.a Burger King), Twinsage Glintstone Crown, Olivinus Glintstone Crown, and Witch’s Glintstone Crown.
While all four headpieces offer various benefits, such as scaling intelligence any one more stat at the cost of a particular stat, the Twinsage Glintstone Crown is by far the best mage armor helmet in Elden Ring here.
Why? Well, for starters, it increases the overall intelligence by six levels at the cost of a 9% reduction penalty to stamina and HP. The free six levels are a massive benefit you can get out of any headpiece armor in Elden Ring.
If you want to fancy twinsage Glintstone Crown headpiece armor, then you will need to reach the ladder connected to the second floor with the Church of the Cuckoo Site of Grace. After that, you will need to beat Crystalline Crab and then proceed towards Debate Parlor. Then take the broken stairs and jump off the balcony, which leads further to a staircase leading below.
Considering Raya Lucarian Sorcerer armor set to be an early game mage armor in Elden Ring, the pure mage-build playstyle players will surely love the idea of using this helmet till the end-game. Of course, the reduction in health and stamina will not give you the liberty to do melee or close combat engagements, as you’d have much less health than full capacity. So, you’d be, in a way, forced to adapt the ranged sorcerer playstyle in Elden Ring.
Consider reading our Elden Ring Raya Lucarian Sorcerer Set location guide and learn how to get all armor set pieces.
Spellblade Set is another amazing armor set that fancies a big hat, exotic robes, pointy boots, and decent trousers; basically, everything that a mage class character should wear. This armor set consists of four set-pieces; Spellblade’s Pointed Hat, Spellblade’s Traveling Attire, Spellblade’s Gloves, and Spellblade’s Trousers.
Players can obtain this good mage armor early in Elden Ring by completing Rogier’s questline, who will first appear in Stormveil Castle and will then relocate to Roundtable Hold. His questline is relatively long and will intersect with Elden Ring Fia and Ranni’s questline indirectly. You can talk To Rogier to reveal certain information or buy magic-oriented Ashes of War. While you’re at it, consider reading the Top 15 Best Elden Ring Ashes of War guide.
After you’ve talked to Ranni and begin her questline, if you re-visit Rogier, he will tell you about falling into a deep slumber. After this dialogue, if you progress further in the game’s main story, Rogier will die, and his rapier, bell bearing, and Spellblade armor set can be collected where he sits in Roundtable Hold.
So far, our experience reveals that equipping each armor set piece of Spellblade set gives you a 1.5-2% increase in Glintstone-related Weapon art damage. Rogier sells three Glintstones Ashes of War: Glintstone Pebble, Carian Greatsword, and Spinning Weapon. So, you’d get an increase in damage for Glintblade Phalanx, Glintstone Pebble, and other Glintstone-oriented Ashes of War.
This is just our findings regarding the Spellblade armor set in the Elden Ring. If you happen to notice something else, then let us know more about it in the comments section below.
Juvenile Scholar Set
The Juvenile Scholar armor set is another good early game mage armor in the game, and it comes with two set-pieces only; Juvenile Scholar Cap and Juvenile Scholar Robe.
The armor set is not the best in its class, but it is decent enough for fashion purposes only. Having two set pieces, the Juveline Scholar set does not offer the best physical and elemental resistance against incoming attacks. However, you get the liberty of equipping two more random set pieces to get the damage negation as much as you want.
The headpiece or the robe of this armor set also does not offer any stat buff or free levels, and as mentioned above, the Juvenile armor set is only good for the mage fashion outfit purpose only.
If you are a mage playstyle player in the game who does not level up Endurance at all and puts all runes into Intelligence and Mind, then Sage Set might be the best mage armor you need in Elden Ring.
Why? Because this armor set is even lighter than the Astrologer’s starting set, and of course, the overall physical and elemental damage resistance is lowered as well. So, you’d get to wear it without overloading your equip load, but at the same time, you would also get the most damage from enemies. Before reading further, why not go through our Elden Ring Astrologer Build guide.
The armor set is found in Liurnia of the Lakes, Stillwater Cave region. To reach it, you will need to take the road of Lake Facing Cliffs and arrive at the location of two servants of rot, which is near to upper path.
After that, take the tunnel, and you will come across a point where two giant bats will guard a loot item. Defeat these bats and obtain the loot that will contain the complete Sage Set in Elden Ring.
That is pretty much everything you need to know about the good, early game, and the best mage armor sets in Elden Ring. Which mage armor has been your favorite so far in the game? Do you have any other mage armor preferences from the ones we listed here? Let us know more of your thoughts in the comments section below.