Not to be confused with Ancient Nord Armor (Armor Piece).
"Ugh, that armor stinks of death. Have you been grave robbing?"
Hold Guard[src]

Ancient Nord Armor is a set of heavy armor that appears in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

It is a variant of the iron armor set and has similar base attributes, though it is slightly lighter, and benefits from the Daedric Smithing perk, vastly increasing its armor rating when improved. This makes it comparable with some of the higher tier armors. It does not include a shield as part of the set. It is relatively rare, as it cannot be obtained from fallen draugr or crafted under normal circumstances.



The entire set can only be crafted at the Skyforge once the Companions' main questline has been completed and Eorlund Gray-Mane has been spoken to about the forge.

The armor is displayed in the Daedric section of the crafting list. This is because the armor benefits from the Daedric Smithing perk, which doubles the improvement. All pieces can be upgraded with an Iron Ingot at a workbench.

Attributes by pieceEdit

Piece ArmorIcon WeightIcon GoldIcon Iron Ingot Leather Leather Strips Steel Ingot ID
Ancient Nord Armor 25 28 125 2 2 4 5 00018388
Ancient Nord Boots 10 5 25 2 2 3 4 00056A9D
Ancient Nord Gauntlets 10 4 25 2 2 3 3 00056B17
Ancient Nord Helmet 15 4 60 2 2 3 3 00056A9E
Total 60 41 235 8 8 13 15




  • Ancient Nord Armor is worn by Hakon One-Eye, several other Nord Heroes in Sovngarde, and Aela the Huntress.
  • Although Ancient Nord Armor is classed as heavy armor, it has an appearance much more like that of light armor on females, and is one of the most revealing clothes in the game for females.
  • Hold Guards will often comment about the armor, stating that it "stinks of death" and ask if the Dragonborn was grave robbing, possibly because this armor is usually worn by Draugr.
  • One of the first screenshots for Skyrim showed a Khajiit in front of a Shrine of Talos wearing the armor.[1]
  • Draugr wear many variations of Ancient Nord Armor. A Draugr Scourge wears the original helmet, and a Draugr Deathlord wears a helmet that shares the appearance of the Helm of Yngol.
  • Ancient Nord Armor does not include a shield.


This section contains bugs related to Ancient Nord Armor. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Please reload an old save to confirm if the bug is still happening.
  2. If the bug is still occurring, please post the bug report with the appropriate system template  360  / XB1  ,  PS3  / PS4  ,  PC  / MAC  ,  NX  , depending on which platform(s) the bug has been encountered on.
  3. Be descriptive when listing the bug and fixes, but avoid having conversations in the description and/or using first-person anecdotes: such discussions belong on the appropriate forum board.
  •  PC   The armbands are missing in the male first person.
  •  PC   360   PS3   There is a graphical clipping issue with the "skirt" area of the chest piece, mainly on the back of the character's left leg when moving or sprinting. It seems to be more prominent on larger (bulkier) characters. This is also present on the female model, around the right shoulder on the back when walking.
  •  PC   360   PS3   The helmet might not appear on a mannequin.
  •  360   May disappear on a mannequin.
  •  360   There are some small places on the armor that are missing texture. This is most easily seen on a follower; on the side of the chest part of the armor there are a couple small triangles (near their upper arms) where one can see through their body to scenery beyond.

See alsoEdit



Start a Discussion Discussions about Ancient Nord Armor

  • Draugr race mod

    2 messages
    • So I have a mod that makes draugr a playable race. I can equip armor but they dont show even if i use the ancient nord armor or helm of yngol s...
    • Probably best to visit the mod page itself, as it should most definitely mention this issue with armour not showing. In my experience, with m...
  • why daedric smithing

    4 messages
    • It would make sense for it to be Dragon Smithing
    • Although it was from the time of the Dragon War theres no scale or bone used in it though, i...
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