Chainmail armor is one of the least desirable varieties in Minecraft. Diamond armor is the most protective, iron armor is generally the cheapest and affords decent protection, golden armor looks awesome and has a high enchantability. Even leather armor can be dyed in all sorts of fancy colors. I believe this is unfair to chainmail armor.
- If we are going to buff chainmail armor, we need to make it rarer first. Remove chainmail armor trades from armorer villagers, and make chainmail armor repairable only by combining them with other pieces of chainmail armor in an anvil.
- To make chainmail armor desirable, I propose making it increase the wearer’s Max Health when worn. For instance, the chestplate and leggings could each give +3 Max Health, while boots and helmets would give +1 Max Health.
- A good follow-up would be to adjust the Enchanted Golden Apple’s status effects to Absorption III and Regeneration III, so that the maximum possible health would be a nice, even 40 health (20 normal health + 8 chainmail armor health + 12 Absorption III health).
I believe that if these changes were implemented, chainmail armor would become an exciting and useful mid-game, mid-tier armor choice for those lucky enough to get them from skeletons and zombies.
Thank you very much for reading my idea!
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