Helmets are a type of armor that covers the head of the player. There are five types of helmets - Leather Cap, Chain Helmet, Iron Helmet, Diamond Helmet and Gold Helmet. Helmets can be placed in the top armor slot of a player's inventory for activation. Zombies, skeletons and zombie pigmen can spawn wearing helmets in Normal or Hard.
If a zombie, zombie pigman or skeleton is wearing armor, there is a chance that the mob will drop a helmet upon death. It will usually be badly damaged, and may be enchanted.
Iron helmets can be found in village chests.
Emeralds can be traded with villagers in exchange for helmets.
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 helmets.
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 helmets can endure.
|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.|
|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 , all chest armor give , all leg armor give , and all boots give . 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.|
|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 NPC 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 right-clicking 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.|
|Pocket Edition Alpha|
|0.8.0||Changed leather armor sprites to that of the PC version, but its armor model remains that of older versions.|
|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.|
A zombie wearing a helmet in Survival Test