Dragonplate Armor and Dragonscale Armor
"Is your armor made of... dragon bones? By the gods, what I wouldn't do for a set of that."
Hold Guard

The Dragonplate armor and Dragonscale armor are armor sets found in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.


Light and Heavy variants of Dragon Armor can be forged from dragon bones and dragon scales. The "Dragon Smithing" perk must be acquired before this armor type can be crafted. The perk requires Smithing level of 100.


Starting around level 50, Dragon Armor pieces can be found as random loot from chests and containers. Armor pieces can be found at lower levels, if the Dragon Armor perk is acquired before reaching level 50. Although it is quite rare, pieces of the set can be found as early as level 30, even without the aforementioned perk. Occasionally, some merchants will stock Dragon Armor.

Crafting materials

The materials for crafting Dragon Armors are much more common than the materials needed for their competitor's Daedric and glass armors.

Compared with other armor types

Overall, Dragon Armor is cheaper to craft and lighter than other armor types with high defense ratings.

Versus Daedric

Daedric armor has a higher armor rating than Dragonplate Armor at its base value and retains its higher rating even when both armors have been upgraded to Legendary status (but just by a small margin). However, with its lower weight, Dragon Armor is the more suitable choice when lacking proper heavy armor perks.

Versus Glass

Dragonscale Armor has a superior armor rating to Glass armor, but a higher weight. Once upgraded, dragonscale armor remains with a higher rating but still only by about 7, making the weight difference a problem, even though the full Dragonscale set weighs less than a single iron armor piece. It should also be noted that with the right perks invested in light armor, the Dragonscale armor will render the Glass armor useless, as it will have a much higher rate.

Attributes by piece

Dragonplate Armor

Piece ArmorIcon.png WeightIcon.png Gold Dragon Scales Dragon Bones Leather Strips ID
Dragonplate Armor 46 40 2125 3 2 3 00013966
Dragonplate Boots 17 8 425 3 1 2 00013965
Dragonplate Gauntlets 17 8 425 2 1 2 00013967
Dragonplate Helmet 22 8 1050 2 1 2 00013969
Dragonplate Shield 34 15 1050 3 1 1 00013968
Total (with shield) 136 79 6650 13 6 10
Total (without shield) 102 64 5500 10 5 9

Dragonscale Armor

Piece ArmorIcon.png WeightIcon.png Gold Dragon Scales Leather Strips Leather Iron Ingot ID
Dragonscale Armor 41 10 1500 4 3 1 2 0001393E
Dragonscale Boots 12 3 300 2 2 1 1 0001393D
Dragonscale Gauntlets 12 3 300 2 2 1 1 0001393F
Dragonscale Helmet 17 4 750 2 1 1 1 00013940
Dragonscale Shield 29 6 750 4 2 2 00013941
Total (with shield) 111 26 3600 14 10 4 7
Total (without shield) 82 20 2850 10 8 4 5


Occasionally, when walking by a guard, they whistle and say "Is your armor made of... dragon bones/scales? By the gods, what I wouldn't do for a set of that."



  •  PC   360   PS3   When worn by bestial races, such as Khajiit or Argonians, their cranial features and tails might disappear or function abnormally.
  •  PC   360   PS3   If worn by a horned Argonian, the back portion of the Dragonscale Helmet, as well as the Argonian's horns, will disappear leaving the back of the head exposed.
  • If worn by a Khajiit with ear tufts, the areas where the ears would be on the Dragonscale Helmet, as well as the Khajiit's ears, will disappear.

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