For other uses, see Shrouded Armor.
For the enchanted set of clothing, see Shrouded Outfit.

Shrouded Armor is an enchanted light armor set, traditionally worn by the assassins of the Dark Brotherhood.

Craftsmanship[edit | edit source]

The armor is red and black, with many straps and buckles running down the chest and across the waist. It is the only set of armor other than the dragon priest masks and Nightingale Armor to feature a cowl with actual protective leather. The cowl has two variations: one with the face cover, and one without. Each piece is also enchanted. It seems that while Khajiit and Argonians can wear the shrouded cowl, it does not provide a mask to hide the nose and mouth of the wearer, though the maskless version allows the ears to be seen, while the standard cowl does not.

Variations[edit | edit source]

There are two other variations of the shrouded armor. One is called ancient shrouded armor. It looks exactly the same as the shrouded armor but provides improved enchantments and armor ratings. The other is the worn shrouded armor, which doesn't have any previous enchantments, thus potentially making it the most valuable, especially if one acquired the Extra Effect perk, since it can be greatly "customized." Tumblerbane Gloves, a unique variant of shrouded gloves, are also found in the Dawnstar Sanctuary after purchasing the bedroom part of the sanctuary during "Where You Hang Your Enemy's Head."

Acquisition[edit | edit source]

Joining the Dark Brotherhood[edit | edit source]

Joining the Dark Brotherhood automatically allows the armor to be collected; Astrid provides it after arriving at the Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary for the first time.

Killing Dark Brotherhood members[edit | edit source]

Alternatively, it can be obtained without joining the Dark Brotherhood by killing Astrid during the quest "With Friends Like These...," or looted, albeit without the cowl, from the corpses of various Dark Brotherhood members during "Destroy the Dark Brotherhood!"

Additional sets[edit | edit source]

A few additional sets of this armor may be obtained by having the Perfect Touch, a perk of the Pickpocket skill tree. In the quest "The Cure for Madness," another Dark Brotherhood sanctuary near Dawnstar is visited. The ghosts which roam the sanctuary wear this armor. Killing them causes their corpses to disappear, not allowing the collection of the armor. However, these apparitions can be pickpocketed for the armor pieces with this perk. When the quest "Where You Hang Your Enemy's Head" is completed, an additional set of armor (minus the cuirass) can be found on the Mannequin in the Master Bedroom.

Attributes by piece[edit | edit source]

Regular Armor[edit | edit source]

Piece ArmorIcon.png WeightIcon.png Gold Enchantment ID
Shrouded Armor 29 7 373 Increases Poison resistance by 50%. 000D2844
Shrouded Boots 8 2 305 Wearer is muffled and moves silently. 000D2845
Shrouded Cowl 13 2 677 Bows do 20% more damage. 000D2842
Shrouded Gloves 8 2 125 Backstab does double damage. 000D2843
Total 58 13 1480

Alternate Armor[edit | edit source]

Piece ArmorIcon.png WeightIcon.png Gold Enchantment ID
Shrouded Armor 43 32 448 Increases Poison resistance by 50%. 0005ABC3
Shrouded Boots 8 2 305 Wearer is muffled and moves silently. 000D2845
Shrouded Cowl 13 2 677 Bows do 20% more damage. 000D2842
Shrouded Gloves 8 2 125 Backstab does double damage. 000D2843
Total 72 38 1555

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • All variants of the shrouded armor have a special property that adds a perk which increases the total armor rating by 25 when exactly four pieces are worn in any combination of body parts and variants of the shrouded armor. This means wearing two shrouded cowls exploiting the ancient shrouded cowl's bug allowing another cowl to be equipped on top of it will only grant the perk if another part of the shrouded armor is missing even if it leaves a body part totally unequipped.
  • The female version of the armor has significantly more red ornamentation than the male version. Also, the male version has an embossed hand (representing the Black Hand) over the stomach, while the female version lacks this decoration.
  • On the male version, the red designs are abruptly cut off around the upper chest. Based on the concept art and inventory design, this is likely because the hood was originally intended to descend farther than the neck and cover that area (though even if this was the case, the design flaw may still be present if wearing any other headgear, or none at all). Strangely, this flaw was not overlooked on the female version.

Bugs[edit | edit source]

This section contains bugs related to Shrouded Armor (Skyrim). 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.
  •  PC   360   PS3   PS4   Regardless of whether the covered or non-covered hood is being used there is no face cover present in the meshes for males of any race.[1]
  •  PC   360   PS3   PS4   When worn by either Khajiit or Argonian the hood will lack a face cover regardless of gender. With Khajiit it may also remove certain hairstyles or accessories.
  • Will show in the workbench menu but will return the 'requires perk' message even if one already has Arcane Blacksmith. Intermittent, may be limited to the set that can be pickpocketed from Astrid when first meeting her (maybe not a bug, because you need to finish "with friends like these" for temper the set; checked in Creation Kit).
  • If a Bosmer, Dunmer, or Altmer are wearing the shrouded hood, their ear-points stick out of the hood - FIXED - tested and confirmed.
  • Sometimes the worn shrouded armor set will not appear in the inventory but will still have weight when picked up.
  • Shrouded gauntlets, armor, and boots can be pickpocketed by the Dragonborn from Ysolda, (in Whiterun, and once they have joined the Dark Brotherhood), when she is sleeping between the hours of 21.00–22.00. However, it is impossible to pickpocket the cowl as there is a 0% chance of it being activated. This suggests she is wearing it, however it does not appear this way if the Dragonborn just looks at her head.
  • On Argonian or Khajiit player characters, the ancient shrouded cowl can cause the cowl to simply disappear, and an Argonian's horns and feathers may disappear as well. Try to activate the ancient shrouded cowl first and then the normal shrouded cowl. In some cases it occurs that one can wear both of them at the same time, and now the shrouded cowl is visible.
  • A Khajiit character's wrists may go invisible whilst worn.
  •  360  There is a chance female Dunmer or female Orc player characters chins appearing through the face cover.
  • The cowl may not appear on the player character's head.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Skyrim - Meshes.bsa
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