Elder Scrolls
Elder Scrolls

Thieves Guild Armor is a light armor set found in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. The armor is mostly made of leather and is lightweight, making it ideal for the agile shadow-hugging thief. It offers higher defense than Elven or Scaled Armor and is available extremely early in the game after 2 non combat quests. Incidentally, the armor cannot be disenchanted. Upgraded with Leather, the Thieves Guild Armor fortifies lockpicking, pickpocket, and carrying capacity when worn. Pieces can only be found within the Ragged Flagon - Cistern.


  • Tonilia, the Riften fence, grants a complete Thieves Guild Armor set just after the beginning of "Loud and Clear".
  • A second full set can be found in the training room area of the guild. It rests on the tables and cupboards of the Ragged Flagon - Cistern (respawns eventually).
  • An additional pair of boots, gloves, and a hood can be located around the beds.
  • PC users can open the console and type: player.additem <itemid> <amount> to receive pieces of armor. This option is useful if previous sets were sold or lost.

Attributes by piece[]

Piece ArmorIcon WeightIcon Gold Enchantment ID
Thieves Guild Armor 29 7.00 665 Carrying capacity increased by 20 points. 000D3AC3
Thieves Guild Boots 9 1.50 241 Pickpocket success is 15% better. 000D3AC2
Thieves Guild Gloves 9 1.00 222 Lockpicking is 15% easier. 000D3AC4
Thieves Guild Hood 13 1.50 551 Prices are 10% better. 000D3AC5
Total 60 11.00 1679


Upon completing "Scoundrel's Folly" without killing Gulum-Ei, the opportunity to upgrade one piece of the armor is provided. The stat increases include:

Piece ArmorIcon WeightIcon Gold Enchantment ID
Thieves Guild Armor 30 6.00 1299 Carrying Capacity increased by 35 points. 000D3ACC
Thieves Guild Boots 10 1.00 479 Pickpocket success is 25% better. 000D3ACB
Thieves Guild Gloves 10 1.00 445 Lockpicking is 25% easier. 000D3ACD
Thieves Guild Hood 15 1.00 967 Prices are 15% better. 000D3ACE
Total 65 9.00 3190 - -

After the quest "Under New Management," you are given a superior set called the Guild Master's Armor. This set includes improved bonuses for all pieces of armor.

Other variants[]

The following characters wear this armor, however it cannot be taken from them.

Piece ArmorIcon WeightIcon Gold Enchantment ID
Thieves Guild Armor 29 0.00 0 - 00036584
Thieves Guild Boots 8 0.00 25 - 00036583
Thieves Guild Gloves 8 1.50 0 - 00042BE9
Thieves Guild Hood 13 1.00 0 - 00036585
Total 58 2.50 25 - -
Thieves Guild Variant Armor 29 0.00 0 - 000E35DB
Thieves Guild Variant Boots 8 0.00 0 - 000E35DA
Thieves Guild Variant Gloves 5 1.00 0 - 000E35DC
Thieves Guild Variant Hood 13 0.00 0 - 000E35DD
Thieves Guild Hood Alt 13 0.00 0 - 000E35DF
Total 55 1.00 0 - -



  • While wearing the armor, Hold Guards will sometimes comment, "I know Thieves' Guild armor when I see it, you're not fooling anybody..." and, "I know you're a member of the Thieves Guild, and so do the other guards."
  • The armor bears slight resemblance to the leather armor from Oblivion, which is noticeably different to its Skyrim counterpart.
  • None of the pieces in this set can be disenchanted.
  • Esmond Tyne wears three pieces, armor, boots and gloves, of a suit called Thieves Guild Variant Armor which looks similar to the Thieves Guild Armor, but all of the pieces have zero value. The gloves have a weight of one, but the other two are weightless.


This section contains bugs related to Thieves Guild Armor. 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  /  PS5  ,  XS  , 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.
  •  360   PS3   This armor must be exchanged with Tonilia during a later quest. Without it, the quest cannot be completed and she cannot be unlocked as a fence. Additionally, "Under New Management" cannot be completed. The rank of guildmaster cannot be obtained either.
    •  360 (Fix)   PS3 (Fix)   Solution: If you have Patch 1.4, in the Cistern check the bed on the right, entering from the Flagon, between the bed and the end table. There should be Thieves guild armor sitting there. You can pick it up and give it to Tonilia. There may also be a set in the Training Room on the cupboards.
    • If you somehow do not have any armor lying around the cistern or you have sold it, you can delete the game data and patch data and reinstall them to respawn the clothes back in the cistern.
    • All pieces of Thieves Guild armor found around the Cistern will respawn after approximately a month of in game time. The pieces of armor found in the training room respawn more often. It is always possible to complete "Under New Management."
  • If wearing the hood while playing as a vampire, it becomes invisible and graphically glitches the Dragonborn's hair, giving them a massive bald spot. It is also possible to wear another piece of apparel atop the hood. While invisible, it does grant the bonuses to defense and speech. You can wear other pieces of headgear in addition to it.
  •  360   PS3   Occasionally, you cannot improve any piece of Thieves Guild Armor even if you have the Arcane Blacksmith perk. However all parts of the Armor can be improved with the Arcane Blacksmith perk.
  •  PS4   XB1   Thieves guild armor may have the opposite effect and actually decrease the chances of successfully pickpocketing someone.