For other uses, see Steel Armor.
"Aye, now that's some fine armor. Good old-fashioned steel."
―Hold Guard[src]

Steel Armor is a set of heavy armor that appears in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. There are 2 versions of the cuirass available: with and without pauldrons (shoulder covers). They are identical aside from appearance.


Unenchanted pieces of armor will begin to appear throughout Skyrim at level 2 and enchanted variants can be found at level 3. These locations include:


Steel Armor requires the Steel Smithing perk to create. Pieces can be forged at a blacksmith's forge with the following components:

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

Attributes by piece

Piece ArmorIcon WeightIcon GoldIcon Leather Strips Iron Ingot Steel Ingot ID
Steel Armor 31 35 275 3 1 4 00013952
Steel Cuffed Boots 12 8 55 2 1 3 00013951
Steel Shin Boots 12 8 55 2 1 3 000F6F21
Steel Helmet 17 5 125 2 1 2 00013954
Steel Horned Helmet 17 5 125 2 1 2 000F6F24
Steel Nordic Gauntlets 12 4 55 2 1 2 00013953
Steel Imperial Gauntlets 12 4 55 2 1 2 000F6F23
Steel Shield 24 12 150 1 1 3 00013955
Total (with shield) 96 64 660 10 5 14
Total (without shield) 72 52 510 9 4 11



  • Although it would conceivably take more Steel Ingots to create, the version with pauldrons uses the same amount of materials as the version with no pauldrons.
  • Steel Shin Boots are identical in appearance to Imperial Boots, though they are not interchangeable for use of the "Matching Set" perk, due to them belonging to different sets of armor.
  • The Steel Horned Helmet does not need any horns of creatures in the inventory to create, leaving one to speculate where the horns come from during the creation of the helmet.

See also


*Disclosure: Some of the links above are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, Fandom will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase. Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.

Fandom may earn an affiliate commission on sales made from links on this page.

Stream the best stories.

Fandom may earn an affiliate commission on sales made from links on this page.

Get Disney+