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For other uses, see Dwarven Armor.
"It would be erroneous to conclude that dwarven smiths did not take the manufacture of their weapons and armor very seriously. Every piece of war crafts I have examined show a remarkable amount of unnecessary detailing and personalization that is just as evident today among the most ardent blacksmiths."

Dwarven Armor is a heavy armor set in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Ancient, bronze-gold armor, it once belonged to the lost race known as the Dwemer, also called the dwarves.


Unenchanted pieces of armor will begin to appear throughout Skyrim at level 12 and enchanted variants can be found at level 13. These locations include:

Fixed locations


Dwarven Armor requires a Smithing level of 30 and the Dwarven Smithing perk to create. Pieces can be forged at a blacksmith's forge with the following components:

Pieces can be upgraded with a Dwarven metal ingot at a workbench and also benefit from the Dwarven Smithing perk, which doubles the improvement.

Attributes by piece

Piece ArmorIcon.png WeightIcon.png Gold Dwarven Metal Ingot Leather Strips Iron Ingot Steel Ingot ID
Dwarven Armor 34 45 400 3 3 1 1 0001394D
Dwarven Boots 13 10 85 2 2 1 1 0001394C
Dwarven Gauntlets 13 8 85 1 2 1 1 0001394E
Dwarven Helmet 18 12 200 2 2 1 1 0001394F
Dwarven Shield 26 12 225 2 1 1 1 00013950
Total (with shield) 104 87 995 10 10 5 5
Total (without shield) 78 75 770 8 9 4 4


The quest "Unfathomable Depths" rewards the Dragonborn with a permanent effect called Ancient Knowledge. This effect is supposed to grant a 25% bonus to armor when wearing a full set of Dwarven Armor, however, it actually gives a 25% bonus to all light and heavy armor types (except for Dwarven after patch needed



  • When approaching a guard, they may compliment the armor: "Fine armor you've got there. Dwarven make, am I right?"
  • Calcelmo, a scholar in Understone Keep, has a particular interest in many of the rare Dwarven items, and will sometimes ask the Dragonborn to bring him any pieces of dwarven armor if found.
  • The facial expression on the helmet is dependent on the gender. If a male were to wear it, the facial expression would be in a grimace, whereas when a female wears it, the helmet appears to be in a smile.

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