The Banded Iron Shield is part of a heavy armor set found in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. It is slightly stronger than the regular Iron Shield, but requires more materials to craft.


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


A Banded Iron Shield 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 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.


  • The Iron Banded Shield is worn by the Dragonborn in all pre-release trailers and artworks for the game.


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