So the wiki page for Vampire Armor says that it gets Matching Set with the Shrouded Cowl. While I like this, as it is lore-friendly (yeah it looks like Serana's hood so sue me), I want to ask of any of you if the Worn or Ancient varieties of the Shrouded Cowl work as well. Thanks in advance.
Ooh whoa, thank you contributor 22.214.171.124!!! I didn´t know that, and have been sometimes wondering what is that glow about (never bothered to find out though), so thanks!! It usually happens to me when I have Savior´s Hide, Forsworn boots and Gauntlets, and a Skaal Hat. Now I don´t know how that makes a matcing set but definitely it gives that green glow when I have that set equipped. Good to know, and keep on eye on that effect for further :)
Oh ok, of course, thanks! Now that I think of it, I don´t even have the matching set perk because I use enchanted circlets a lot (and never the actual matching sets), so I figured that particular perk wouldn´t help me much.. wow I feel soooo smart right now, sorry :D
I don't normally post here, but I felt it worth chiming in to mention that the Shrouded Cowl does not actually infer the benefits of the Matching Set perk. The jump in Armor Rating that you're seeing is from the Custom Fit perk which is a prerequisite for Matching Set. If Matching Set were kicking in, the Armor Rating would be even higher.
If there are any doubts put on a set of vampire armor (normal or royal, it doesn't matter), highlight the cowl without putting it on. Then, calculate the normal armor rating if adding the Cowl, then add 25% to that number. That's the Custom Fit bonus. Finally, calculate an additional 25% for the Matching Set bonus (or even just an additional 50% from the base total) and equip the Cowl. The numbers don't match up for having both bonuses, considering the full set is light armor and therefore benefits from Custom Fit.