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As of Minecraft 1.0, does armour take damage when you fall?

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No, armour does not get damaged from falling. This is tested in this video.

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What good is Protection then? I thought environmental damage was fall damage. –  John the Green Dec 11 '11 at 19:17
    
@John Protection does reduce your damage, but not effect durability, I think it's a bug. –  Ronan Forman Dec 11 '11 at 19:29

Armor in Minecraft is not damaged from any fall of any height, unless the boots are enchanted with Feather Falling I, II or III.

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As of 1.0, maybe not. But in beta 1.6/7, falling did damage armor, as it will damage life points.

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Protection protects from fall damage, but doesn't reduce armor durability when doing so. Otherwise, protection would wear down armor more quickly.

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In the later Minecraft betas, armor has its own health bar, so when you fall it will take a chunk from 1 of the 4 armor categories.

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