Armor shops are where new more protective armor can be purchased in the Dragon Quest series.
Types of armor include body armor, shields, and helmets. Buying better armor means taking less damage from foes, allowing the player to stay alive longer. Better armor costs more gold, so money must be saved to buy even better armor. Each armor shop tends to carry something different and some even carry weapons. Not every character can equip the same armor, so the player must be careful of what is purchased.