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For other uses, see Orcish Armor.
"Orcish armor, hmm? Had me a set of that once. Ugly and strong, like those that forged it."
Hold Guard[src]

Orcish Armor is a set of heavy armor and is the fourth-strongest heavy armor available, followed by the ebony, dragonplate, and Daedric armors.


Unenchanted pieces of armor will begin to appear throughout Skyrim at level 20, and enchanted variants can be found at level 26. These locations include:

Fixed locations[]

  • Largashbur – A full set, minus the gauntlets, can be found on Malacath's shrine in the courtyard. However, it must be stolen. It can be easily taken by dragging it away from the shrine to behind the rocks, where the orcs cannot see it being taken.
  • Chief Yamarz wears a full set of Orcish Armor that can be looted from his body at the conclusion of "The Cursed Tribe."


Orcish Armor requires a Smithing level of 50 and the Orcish Smithing perk to create. Pieces can be forged at a blacksmith's forge with the following components:

Pieces can be upgraded with orichalcum ingots at a workbench and also benefit from the Orcish Smithing perk, which doubles the improvement.

Attributes by piece[]

Piece ArmorIcon.png WeightIcon.png Gold Leather Strips Iron Ingot Orichalcum Ingot ID
Orcish Armor 40 35 1,000 3 1 4 00013957
Orcish Boots 15 7 200 2 1 3 00013956
Orcish Gauntlets 15 7 200 2 1 2 00013958
Orcish Helmet 20 8 500 2 1 2 00013959
Orcish Shield 30 14 500 1 1 3 00013946
Total (with shield) 120 71 2,400 10 5 14
Total (without shield) 90 57 1,900 9 4 11


  • Ironically, the Orcs themselves are rarely seen wearing this armor.
  • Orcish armor is stronger than Dwarven armor, but strangely, Dwarven weapons are more powerful than Orcish weapons.
  • Without the shield, this armor is very similar in protection to Steel Plate Armor, though it has a slightly higher armor rating and is lighter.
  • If the Dragonborn talks to a guard while wearing Orcish armor, the guard may say, "I had myself Orcish armor once. It was strong and ugly, like the ones who made it." They will say this even if the Dragonborn is an Orc themselves.
  • The shield is visibly discolored from the rest of the armor set, being closer in aesthetic to Orcish weapons.

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