Nightingale Hood is a piece of unique light armor and part of the Nightingale Armor set found in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.


This piece, along with the rest of the set, is given by Karliah before performing the initiation ritual of the Nightingales during the quest "Trinity Restored." All pieces are obtained when activating the Armor Stone, emblazoned with the Nightingales symbol, inside Nightingale Hall.


The piece bears an enchantment, the magnitude of which is dependent on character level. Three tiers are available and the item with the strongest enchantment can be obtained after level 32. The character level when the quest "Trinity Restored" is started determines which tier will be granted.

Wearing this piece of armor grants the following bonuses:


The armor can be upgraded at a workbench with Void Salts and the Arcane Blacksmith perk, however it does not benefit from any Smithing perks.

This means it cannot be improved past flawless quality without boosting the Smithing skill over 100. This can be achieved by using enchanted items and/or blacksmithing potions to fortify Smithing.


Level ArmorIcon WeightIcon GoldIcon Effect ID
1–18 15 2 804 Illusion spells cost 12% less to cast. 0005DB88
19–31 15 2 902 Illusion spells cost 15% less to cast. 000FCC13
32+ 15 2 969 Illusion spells cost 17% less to cast. 000FCC12

See alsoEdit


  • When using the Slow Time shout, the eyeslit of the mask will stay dark, instead of gaining a light blue tint.


This section contains bugs related to Nightingale Hood. 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  , 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.
  • The hood will turn a white/light gray (This is most likely the same bug that causes Dawnbreaker or any enchanting table to glow and it will almost definitely revert to its normal color given enough time).
    • This can be fixed by putting the hood on a mannequin in a house, leaving the house, then re-entering the house and taking it off the mannequin and re-equipping it.
    • Another solution may be to save the game then reload it.
    • A third solution would be to drop it, then pick it up again and equipping it.
    • Another solution is to enter a new area, or wait a couple of minutes. This does not always work.
    • Restarting your system also works, this allows the texture to be re-applied (confirmed on PS3).
  • Khajiit and Argonian faces may be trimmed down to look like normal human head models.
  • When worn, if another hood is equipped already then both will be equipped, such as a Shrouded Cowl and Ancient Shrouded Cowl.
  • If the Dragonborn has been blooded as a vampire with the Dawnguard expansion, the glowing pinpricks in the eyeslits can become huge when viewed from certain angles, encompassing and spilling out of the player's eye sockets.


Start a Discussion Discussions about Nightingale Hood

  • I lost my nightingale hood how do i get it back

    14 messages
    • I think that if you give your follower the set than take it back and click the armour stone eventually it will give you a new set
    • I lost my entire set about two years ago... I don't remember if I lost/dropped it, gave it to a follower or maybe accidentally sold it...
  • Can't talk to Serana bug.

    3 messages
    • I dont think so since I wear a helmet which is also covering my face and yet she talks to me.
    • Might be due to the "Master of diguise" (or something) Mod, but either way this was the problem for me too, anything  that conce...
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