Some people say that armour in Minecraft is just about getting diamond. While that is not entirely true, I can see what they mean. Gold armour is almost completely pointless. Leather so much so that I don't even bother making a set. And by the time you find a full set of chain, you already probably have full diamond. Some suggested solutions to this include armour weight where wearing better gear also makes you slower (a horrible idea). I wanted to put my two cents in before the combat update 2.0, in case the armour weight thing is being considered. Here are my suggestions for improving the armour balence.
My idea is simply that, to make gold more desirable, give it double XP pickup while wearing a full set. Less than that while wearing only a few pieces. It would be the perfect miners armour; durable enough not to be completely useless, enchantable, extra XP and besides a miner will have loads of useless gold anyway.
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