Upon release, Armadyl equipment consisted of only a helmet, chestplate, and chainskirt. With the God Wars update on 5 September 2012, the set received gloves, boots, a shield, and a main-hand crossbow, the latter which required 70 Ranged to wield until 26 May 2015, when it was raised to level 75 to match other God Wars weapons. The off-hand crossbow was added to the game at that time.
Armadyl armour is strong, does not degrade, and has a Ranged bonus; as such, it is often preferred to Karil's equipment, which has higher defensive bonuses. Armadyl armour is most often used for training combat and Slayer, and for fighting bosses at higher levels.