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Leather Tunic.pngChain Chestplate.pngIron Chestplate.pngDiamond Chestplate.pngGolden Chestplate.png
Leather TunicChain ChestplateIron ChestplateDiamond ChestplateGolden Chestplate

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Data values

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Chestplates are a type of armor that covers the upper body of the player. There are five types of chestplates - Leather Tunic, Chain Chestplate, Iron Chestplate, Diamond Chestplate and Gold Chestplate.



Ingredients Crafting recipe Description

Leather or
Gold Ingot or
Iron Ingot or

LeatherGold IngotIron IngotDiamond
LeatherGold IngotIron IngotDiamond Grid layout Arrow (small).png Leather TunicGolden ChestplateIron ChestplateDiamond Chestplate
LeatherGold IngotIron IngotDiamond LeatherGold IngotIron IngotDiamond LeatherGold IngotIron IngotDiamond
LeatherGold IngotIron IngotDiamond LeatherGold IngotIron IngotDiamond LeatherGold IngotIron IngotDiamond

Leather Tunic gives 3 (Armor.svgHalf Armor.svg)
Golden Chestplate gives 5 (Armor.svgArmor.svgHalf Armor.svg)
Iron Chestplate gives 6 (Armor.svgArmor.svgArmor.svg)
Diamond Chestplate gives 8 (Armor.svgArmor.svgArmor.svgArmor.svg)

Damaged Leather Tunic or
Damaged Golden Chestplate or
Damaged Chain Chestplate or
Damaged Iron Chestplate or
Damaged Diamond Chestplate

Grid layout Arrow (small).png Leather TunicGolden ChestplateChain ChestplateIron ChestplateDiamond Chestplate
Leather TunicGolden ChestplateChain ChestplateIron ChestplateDiamond Chestplate Leather TunicGolden ChestplateChain ChestplateIron ChestplateDiamond Chestplate

Grid layout Shapeless.png

The durability of the two Chestplates is added together, plus an extra 5% durability.


If a zombie, zombie pigman or skeleton is wearing armor, there is a 8.5% chance (9.5% with Looting I, 10.5% with Looting II and 11.5% with Looting III) that the mob will drop a chestplate upon death. It will usually be badly damaged, and may be enchanted.

Natural generation[edit]

Iron chestplates can be found in village chests.


Iron, diamond and chainmail chestplates can be bought from Armorer villagers for emeralds, and enchanted leather tunics from leatherworker villagers.


Chestplates can be placed in the 2nd armor slot of a player's inventory for activation.

Defense points[edit]

Defense points are each signified by half of a shirt of mail in the armor bar above the health bar. Each defense point will reduce any damage dealt to the player which is absorbed by armor by 4%, increasing additively with the number of defense points. Different materials and combinations of armor provide different levels of defense.

The following table shows the amount of defense points added by chestplates.

Leather 3 (Armor.svgHalf Armor.svg)
Golden 5 (Armor.svgArmor.svgHalf Armor.svg)
Chain 5 (Armor.svgArmor.svgHalf Armor.svg)
Iron 6 (Armor.svgArmor.svgArmor.svg)
Diamond 8 (Armor.svgArmor.svgArmor.svgArmor.svg)


The following table shows the amount of damage each piece of armor can absorb before being destroyed.

Any "hit" from a damage source that can be blocked by armor will remove one point of durability from each piece of armor worn. Damage taken that armor doesn't protect (such as falling or drowning) will not damage the armor, even if it is enchanted to protect against that type of damage. The following chart displays how many hits chest plates can endure.

Leather 81
Golden 113
Chain/Iron 241
Diamond 529


A chestplate can receive the following enchantments:

  1. a b c d
    Fire Protection, Blast Protection, Projectile Protection and Protection are mutually exclusive

Data values[edit]

Item ID Name Numerical ID
Leather Tunic leather_chestplate 299
Chain Chestplate chainmail_chestplate 303
Iron Chestplate iron_chestplate 307
Diamond Chestplate diamond_chestplate 311
Golden Chestplate golden_chestplate 315


0.24_01 Notch tested with armor models. Only chestplates and helmets were available. They were merely aesthetic at the time and had no effect on gameplay.
0.24_02 Armor models were tested with zombies and skeletons.
Armor was later removed from zombies and skeletons.
Studded armor can be seen in the texture files.
February 9, 2010 Notch revealed new models for armor, which included leggings and boots.
February 18, 2010 Added tiers for armor (wool, gold, chain, iron, and diamond).
Armor can be crafted and worn.
Armor now functions. All helmets give 3 (Armor.svgHalf Armor.svg), all chest armor give 8 (Armor.svgArmor.svgArmor.svgArmor.svg), all leg armor give 6 (Armor.svgArmor.svgArmor.svg), and all boots give 3 (Armor.svgHalf Armor.svg). Armors have limited durability, with lower tier armors less durable than higher tier armors.
1.0.8 Renamed wool armor to leather armor.
Leather armor is now crafted with leather instead of wool.
Official release
1.0.0 Beta 1.9-pre1 Each tier now provide different amounts of protection.
Beta 1.9-pre4 Armor can be enchanted.
1.1 Iron armor naturally generates in village chests.
1.2.1 12w06a Zombies drop iron helmets on rare occasions, and zombie pigmen drop golden helmets.
1.3.1 12w15a ⇧ Shift+clicking can now be used to wear armor.
12w21a Chain armor can now be obtained legitimately in survival mode through trading.
1.4.2 12w32a Mob armor is reintroduced. A partial or full set of any armor is sometimes worn by zombies, skeletons and zombie pigman, with the likelihood increasing with difficulty.
August 17, 2014 Jeb and Dinnerbone tweeted pictures of dyeable leather armor.
12w34a Leather armor can now be dyed by crafting a leather armor piece with dyes. Dyes can be removed by using dyed leather armor on a cauldron with water.
Default leather armor texture is slightly darker.
12w34b Leather and diamond armor models were altered. Leather tunics have buttons and longer sleeves, and leather caps no longer have a central, narrow protrusion. Diamond chestplates have notches under the shoulders.
12w36a Dyed leather armor are more saturated and have a slight tint of tan in respect to the default armor color.
Wither skeletons can spawn with random armor.
12w37a Leather armor now has non-dyed parts. This was implemented so that players can distinguish between other types of armor and similarly colored leather armor.
1.4.6 12w50a The Thorns enchantment can be enchanted on chestplates.
1.5 13w04a Armor in your hand can be equipped by right-clicking.
Dispensers can equip nearby players with armor.
1.7.2 13w36a Leather boots can be obtained as one of the "junk" items by fishing.
1.8 14w05a Armor no longer turns red when mobs/players are hurt.
14w06a Giants can wear armor.
14w25a Chain armor cannot be crafted anymore due to the item form of fire being removed.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.6.0 Added armor.
0.8.0 Changed leather armor sprites to that of the PC version, but its armor model remains that of older versions.
Console Edition
TU1 Added armor.
TU5 Added chain armor.
Added a quick equip for armor to the inventory interface.
TU12 Changed the texture for leather armor.
TU14 Leather armor can be dyed.
Item repair can repair armors.


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