Individually, each piece is weaker than dragonscale armor, however when the whole set is worn it ranks higher than even Daedric Armor, due to the full set bonus, making it the most powerful armor of the game.
The armor was said to be worn by the legendary pirate king, Haknir Death-Brand. After failing to find a worthy successor, his final wish before he died was for his crew to take a longboat to Solstheim and bury his armor in four separate locations on the coast, while he himself was buried in a barrow on the island.
All pieces are obtained from ancient chests that can only be found during the quest "Deathbrand". The locations are:
|Deathbrand Armor||North of the Earth Stone, follow the coast. Guarded by two Reavers.|
|Deathbrand Boots||West of Tel Mithryn, along the shore. Surrounded by a group of Ash Spawn.|
|Deathbrand Gauntlets||South of the Bristleback Cave, in a ditch before a river. Surrounded by a group of Mudcrabs. Follow the coast south from the cave.|
|Deathbrand Helm||Haknir's Shoal, north of the Wind Stone.|
Attributes by piece
|Deathbrand Armor||39||7||2433||Increases your stamina by 15 for each Deathbrand item you wear.||xx02401B|
|Deathbrand Boots||11.5||2||2416||Increases carrying capacity by 10 for each Deathbrand item you wear.||xx02401A|
|Deathbrand Gauntlets||11.5||2||3987||While dual-wielding, your One-handed attacks do 10% more damage for each Deathbrand item you wear.||xx02401C|
|Deathbrand Helm||16.5||2||2433||Waterbreathing when worn.||xx02401D|
|Total||78.5||13||11269||+100 armor when full set is worn.||–|