It is not required to enter NG+ in order to buy it, although if bought in NG, a second Firelink Set will become available in NG+.
Despite being among the lighter of the medium armor sets, the Firelink Set has numerous compromised defenses unbecoming of an armor that can only be unlocked by beating the game.
It has moderate protection against Regular and Slash damage, but is particularly weak to Strike damage and does not resist Thrust very well either. Its elemental defenses are also rather poor, with its highest resistance being against Fire damage; like other plate armor sets it is weak to Lightning, and as armor previously worn by the manifestation of the First Flame it is particularly weak to Dark damage.
Its status effect resistances are respectable but not very noteworthy, save for its higher-than-usual resistance to Frost buildup. Its Poise is also quite poor, comparable to that which would otherwise be found on a light armor set.
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It is not required to defeat Soul of Cinder in the player's world. Assisting a Host of Embers in defeating Soul of Cinder in their world will also unlock the Firelink Set for purchase in the player's own world.
- The Firelink Set is the same armor shown on Dark Souls III's cover, and throughout various art related to it, and is considered by many to be the "poster" armor of Dark Souls III, succeeding the Elite Knight Set from Dark Souls and the Faraam Set from Dark Souls II.
- This set is the armor that once contained the Soul of Cinder, the amalgamation of every Lord of Cinder, including Gwyn, Lord of Cinder. Segments of the armor have similarities to the five Lords of Cinder in Dark Souls III that the Ashen One must gather, and even to the Elite Knight Armor, which some speculate that it could mean that the Chosen Undead, who once wore the armor, had linked the First Flame and became the second Lord of Cinder.