RuneScape Debate – Bandos Armour vs. Dragon Armour
Which of the two armours in Runescape is better?
One of the biggest questions a rich, high levelled Runescape member asks is “Which is the best armour to get?” Usually they start off with something small such as Rune armour or Granite armour. Eventually they will gain enough levels and money to be able to buy some of the best armour in Runescape such as Barrows (which unfortunately degrades). Then comes the almighty question, “Which is the best non degrading armour?”
Bandos Chestplate and Tassets
Bandos is what some consider the best non-degrading armour in Runescape. It requires 65 Defence to wear and is dropped by General Graardor and his bodyguards in the God Wars Dungeon minigame. It can also be bought from other players. Some great things about the chestplate is that it has the highest strength bonus of any non-degradable chestplate or platebody in the game (tied with the Fighter torso). It also has huge defensive bonuses and a +1 prayer bonus.
One of the best things about the Bandos Tassets is that it is currently the only non degrading leg armour to provide a strength bonus. It has the best defence in the whole game, being much superior to the Dragon Platelegs, and gives a +1 prayer bonus.
Total Price for Bandos – ~50M
Dragon Platebody and Platelegs (Plateskirt)
Dragon armour is also an armour that many people give the title of “The best non-degrading armour in Runescape.” Dragon armour only requires 60 Defence to wear. The Dragon Platebody is made (with 92 Smithing) from its 3 broken parts, along with 1 million coins for the blast fusion hammer. It can also be bought from other players. It has the better stab and slash bonuses compared to Bandos Chestplate but costs so much less. It does not however give any strength or prayer bonuses.
Dragon Platelegs and Skirts are dropped by Bronze, Iron and Steel Dragons which means that they are dropped a lot and have a low street price. Dragon Platelegs have great defence but no strength or prayer bonuses. The Plateskirt has the exact same stats as the Platelegs but are often bough by richer players for its aesthetics (looks).
Total Price for Dragon – ~15M with Platelegs ~14M with Plateskirt
In terms of trying to look really good and rich, Bandos armour is the way to go. With Bandos, you also feel a sense of pride and accomplishment. People with Bandos armour are usually deemed ‘rich’. But some people do prefer the look of red Dragon armour and feel more pride wearing Dragon armour. That is a personal opinion on which one you pick for looks.
In terms of being the best defensive armour : -
Stab – Dragon armour is better by +8
Slash – Dragon armour is better by +17
Crush – Bandos armour is better by +11
Magic – Both armours are equal with a -10 stat
Ranged – Bandos armour is better by +55
Summoning – Bandos armour is better by +7
Also Bandos has the strength bonuses and the prayer bonuses. So overall, Bandos is the better armour due to the fact that it has excellent defensive stats and its bonuses to attack. Although if you cannot afford Bandos, do not have 65 defence or have a significantly lower defense level to your attack and strength than Dragon is an excellent option.