For other uses, see Blades Armor.

Blades Armor is set of heavy armor that appears in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. It is the trademark armor of the Blades, an order of dragon slayers who later served as protectors of the Septim dynasty of Emperors.

Aesthetically, the armor set is heavily influenced by its Akaviri origins and is consistent with previous incarnations of Blades armor.

Comparisons with other sets

This armor rating for the pieces in this set are highly incongruous with each other when compared with craftable armor sets.


This Blades Armor set cannot be created at a blacksmith's forge, however it can be found in the following locations:

It is advised that the Dragonborn remove any special or valuable armor that an inventory follower might be wearing at the time of his or her induction, as the Blades Armor will replace any armor the follower is wearing, which could cause that armor to be permanently lost.


All pieces can be upgraded with a steel ingot at a workbench, however they do 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.

Attributes by piece

Piece ArmorIcon WeightIcon GoldIcon ID
Blades Armor 44 45 400 0004B28B
Blades Boots 13 10 85 0004B288
Blades Gauntlets 13 8 85 0004B28D
Blades Helmet 18 11 200 0004B28F
Blades Shield 26 12 225 0004F912
Total (with shield) 114 87 995
Total (without shield) 88 75 775


  • In reality, the armor set seems to bear heavy influences from the Japanese Tatami Gusoku and the Roman Lorica Segmentata styles of armor.
  • Many sets of this armor can be obtained by pickpocketing the armor from the Blade followers using the Perfect Touch perk. It's recommended to save before attempting it. The armor has a very low chance of being successfully pickpocketed.
  •  PS3   The Blades Armor can be obtained without the main quest line or any quest by entering Sky Haven Temple and using the wooden plate glitch by the big face sculpture. The unique weapon Dragonbane can also be obtained by using this glitch. However, this will be considered stealing.
  • The Blades helmet has a dragon design making up the crest, and the dragon's tongue making up the nose guard. This probably refers to the original occupation of the Blades as dragon slayers.


Start a Discussion Discussions about Blades Armor (Skyrim)

  • Blades Armor

    2 messages
    • There is no way to take it off of a follower you deliver to Delphine, right?
    • Not sure but in Sky Haven Temple there is an armory room with armor and the weapon "Dragonbane"
  • armor rating?

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    • wrote:But I don't have any perks or enchantments or anything. Deathius.
    • Even a brand new character has a starting skill of fifteen in heavy armor Orcs and Imperials also get a extra racial bonus.
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