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For other uses, see Daedric Armor.

Daedric Armor is a set of heavy armor available in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. It is extremely heavy, but also has the highest armor rating in the base game and its add-ons. The armor set contains five pieces: a helmet, boots, gauntlets, a cuirass and greaves, and an optional shield. A weapon set of the same name is also available.

Pieces of Daedric armor can be smithed at a blacksmith's forge or within the midden at the College of Winterhold using Ebony armor, Daedra hearts, black soul gems, and centurion dynamo cores.

Physical appearance

It is similar to its counterparts in previous games, but also has some differences; the primary design for Daedric Armor in Skyrim possesses an incredibly dark and sinister design that seems to have a more gothic and mythological inspiration than its predecessors.

The armor itself has an overall unique model with a black-metallic color scheme (due to being made from ebony), and is decorated with small silver chains, intricate and ornamental designs on the boots, lower torso and gauntlets, two sets of shoulder guards underneath the initial armored spikes mounted on the shoulders, and even several large fasteners located all over the body that link each piece of the armor together. 

The set also features several other spikes protruding from various parts of the body as well as six large horn-like spikes on the very top of the helmet to accompany the large eye-like sockets in the front, giving the Dragonborn a monstrous appearance.

The gauntlets and the cuirass will also give off a deep red glow whenever the armor is worn in dark or dimly lit areas; this does not, however, have an effect on the Dragonborn's detection while sneaking.


Unenchanted pieces of daedric armor will begin to appear throughout Skyrim at level 48, and enchanted armor will begin to appear at level 49.


"I can only tell you tales of how to make Daedric armor. I have never seen it myself, nor do I know anyone that has. The stories say that it should always be worked on at night... ideally under a new or full moon, and never during an eclipse. A red harvest moon is best. Ebony is the principle material, but at the right moment a daedra heart must be thrown into the fire."
Sven Two-Hammers[src]

Forging Daedric Armor requires a Smithing level of 90 and the Daedric Smithing perk. Pieces can be forged at a blacksmith's forge with the following components:

The Atronach Forge

Conjurers who have completed their Ritual Spell at level 90 can also create Daedric armor at the Atronach Forge. The following components are required to forge the armor:

Attributes by piece

Piece ArmorIcon WeightIcon Gold Leather Strips Ebony Ingot Daedra Heart ID
Daedric Armor 49 50 3,200 3 5 1 0001396B
Daedric Boots 18 10 625 2 3 1 0001396A
Daedric Gauntlets 18 6 625 2 2 1 0001396C
Daedric Helmet 23 15 1,600 2 3 1 0001396D
Daedric Shield 36 15 1,600 1 4 1 0001396E
Total (with shield) 144 96 7,650 10 17 5
Total (without shield) 108 81 6,050 9 13 4


  • If the Dragonborn wears the cuirass part of the armor and not the helmet, the Dragonborn's neck will also glow red.
  • Even though the book Heavy Armor Forging states it should only be forged at night, with the best times being a new moon, full moon, and a red harvest moon, it can be forged at any time.
  • Although summoned Dremora wear a set of Daedric armor, excluding the helmet, they can not be looted as they instantly disappear when killed.

See also