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For other uses, see Dragon Armor.
Not to be confused with Imperial Dragonscale Cuirass.
"Is your armor made of... dragon scales? By the gods, what I wouldn't do for a set of that."
Hold Guard[src]

Dragonscale Armor is a light armor set found in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.


Starting around level 50, Dragonscale Armor pieces can be found, very rarely, 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 24, even without the aforementioned perk.


Dragonscale Armor is forged with dragon scales, iron ingots, and leather strips. The Dragon Armor perk must be acquired before this armor type can be crafted. The perk requires a Smithing level of 100.

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 8, making the weight difference a problem, even though the full Dragonscale set weighs less than the chestplate of iron armor. It should be noted, however, that with the right perks invested in Light Armor, the weight difference between the Dragonscale armor and the Glass armor will be insignificant, and the Dragonscale will have a much higher armor rating.

Attributes by piece[]

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



  • The materials for crafting Dragonscale Armor are much more common than the materials needed for its glass competitor.
  • It can be seen that the "skirt" of both male and female versions appears to be made from actual dragon skin.


This section contains bugs related to Dragonscale Armor. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Please reload an old save to confirm if the bug is still happening.
  2. If the bug is still occurring, please post the bug report with the appropriate system template  360  /  XB1  ,  PS3  /  PS4  ,  PC  /  MAC  ,  NX  /  PS5  ,  XS  , depending on which platform(s) the bug has been encountered on.
  3. Be descriptive when listing the bug and fixes, but avoid having conversations in the description and/or using first-person anecdotes: such discussions belong on the appropriate forum board.
  •  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.

See also[]