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Armor isn't necessary for Mine Blocks, but it makes survival easier by shielding damage dealt by mobs. By placing it in the armor slots in the inventory menu, armor can be worn. There are 5 types of armor in the game thus far: Leather, Iron, Gold, Diamond and the Dragon Scale tier.
Armor provides a random amount of protection (based off of its tier), so calculating the exact amount of damage with armor isn't possible. However, there is a way to estimate how good a set of armor is by the following chart:
Place six blocks of the material on the middle and bottom row of the Crafting Table. Place two pieces of material: One on each side. Leave the upper middle space empty.
Place seven materials as an upside-down U.
Place four pieces of materials on either side of the crafting table-