The Ancient Nord Helmet is a piece of heavy armor and a part of the Ancient Nord Armor set found in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

It is a variant of the iron helmet and has similar base attributes. However, what makes it superior is that it benefits from the Daedric Smithing perk, which vastly improves its armor rating when upgraded. This makes it comparable with some of the higher tier armors.


It bears a resemblance to the decayed helmets worn by some draugr, however, what makes it relatively rare is the fact that it cannot be taken from defeated draugr or crafted under normal circumstances.

The helmet also differs in appearance depending on the gender of the wearer. Male characters have two curved horns, much like the iron helmet. Female characters have a helmet with what appear to be deer or Elk antlers.



This item can only be crafted at the Skyforge once the Companions' main questline has been completed. It can be created with the following components:

It can be upgraded with an iron ingot at a workbench, and also benefits from the Daedric Smithing perk, which doubles the improvement.



  • This Helmet resembles the playable helmets of The Elder Scrolls: Arena, in which all plate helmets worn by the Eternal Champion were identical in shape and the only difference was the color (depending of the material; for example, the Dwarven helmet looked like a golden version of the plate version).


This section contains bugs related to Ancient Nord Helmet. 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.
  • The helmet may not display on mannequins properly, leaving the head uncovered.
  • The helmet may appear as the male variant on female Argonians.


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