There are 5 slots that players can allocate armor to: Head Armor, Torso Armor, Arm Guards, Leg Guards and Foot Guards. Each piece of equipment has a level, weight, durability and multiplier assigned to it, apart from additional status effects that the equipment can apply. Armor is color coded by their rarity: Common, Uncommon, Rare, Exotic, Divine and Ethereal. The rarer the item, the more beneficial status effects it will possess.
In order to make use of the special attributes of a piece of armor, you need to reach certain stat requirement (like 8 in Body - and 8 in Skill)
Equiping a piece of armor without having reached these stat requirements, also results in a reduction in the Defense value of the armor piece.
Armor Sets are complete combinations of individual Armor in Nioh. Armor Sets provides players with protection and resistances against all types of damage such as Earth, Fire, Poison, Water, Paralysis, Wind and Yokai Realm. Wearing Armor also changes the character's appearance. Wearing all Set pieces sometimes grants additional effects.
Nioh Armor Set Gallery