Elder Scrolls
Elder Scrolls

"You wear the armor of the mercenary, now that's the life."
Hold Guard[src]

Banded Iron Armor is a piece of heavy armor found in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.


Banded Iron Armor is slightly stronger than the regular iron armor piece, but requires more materials to craft. Despite being made of iron, it is not considered part of the iron armor set. Because of this it cannot be used to grant the Matching Set bonus that can be obtained with regular iron armor.


Enchanted and unenchanted variants begin to appear throughout Skyrim at level 1. These locations include:


Banded iron armor requires no prerequisite Smithing level or perks to forge. It can be crafted at a blacksmith's forge with the following components:

It can be upgraded with a corundum ingot at a workbench, however it does not benefit from any Smithing perks.

This means that the armor cannot be improved past flawless quality without boosting the Smithing skill over 100. This can be achieved by using enchanted items and/or blacksmithing potions to Fortify Smithing.