Best Armor in Skyrim
Even though The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was originally released seven years ago, the fan base has not gone down at all, quite the opposite actually. With new releases almost yearly, new platforms added like the Nintendo Switch version allows you to take the amazing adventure on the go with you, or the PC version, which has been in constant update thanks to modders. The content you can add to the game is practically unlimited. But with all this content, you’re gonna need to know what the Best Armor in Skyrim is right?The game is an adventure of a magnitude so amazing that there’s really no comparison, with an open world full of fantasy and lore, in a fantasy world full of magic, legends, monsters, and dragons all over the place. Heck, even the quest lines are pretty awesome. Check out our Top 10 Best Quests in Skyrim list.But probably one of the best parts of the game is just getting your character fully equipped for your adventure, that’s why we’ve decided to bring you a selection of the best armor in Skyrim. Because it doesn’t matter what kind of character you like creating in the game, getting a nice armor is an essential part of the gameplay, so let’s get deeper into thatSometimes, and depending on your build, you’re going to have to mix some armors together and end up using parts of different armors, but just to try and get this a bit simpler, we’re mostly going to be talking about full sets. Also, do keep in mind that there are heavy and light armors in the game, so we’re going to do that separately
Best Light Armor Sets
Light Armor is more commonly used by sword & shield players as it allows them to keep the weight low, and thanks to the shield they can get the extra defense the lighter armor might lack. However, when the Dragonborn DLC came around there came the Deathbrand play-style, which made the dual wielding finally viable with a light armor. Let’s dive into some of the best armor in skyrim for light armor wearers.
Deathbrand Armor: A non-enchantable armor with amazing effects, giving you an amazing +100 Armor when full set worn, +15 Stamina (with the cuirass), +10 Carrying Capacity (with the boots) for every Deathbrand equipment you use. But that’s not it, water breathing with the helmet and an excellent +10% on the one-handed attacks for EACH deathbrand item you are wearing. It has a total defense of 78.5
Guild Master’s Armor: Another non-enchantable armor. Great for sneaky gameplay as it gives you +35% Pickpocket success (with the boots), +35% lockpicking on the gloves of course, and even get you the 20% better prices that comes with the hood. Not to mention the +50 Carrying capacity you get using the cuirass. Great for sneaking around and stealing a lot, so you can have fun with that
Dragonscale Armor: Even though this armor set does not bear any special effect or anything, it IS enchantable, and it also gives you the best defense of the light armor sets on this list with 82 of total defense. While the lack of any effect may make it look like not really worthy to be compared with the others, the great total defense of this armor and the enchantability makes it a very versatile armor
Nightingale Armor: With only 69 defense pints and no enchantability it may not sound like a great deal at first but let’s just take a deeper look into it before we can start judging it. +15 resist frost from the cuirass, +20 stamina may look a little better. Add the +25 armor you get when wearing the full set armor, Add that to the Muffle boots with 15% Lockpicking, +15% one-handed damage on the gloves and even -12% illusion spell cost on the hood. You get another very versatile armor, even though it doesn’t have the best defense around
Best Heavy Armor Sets
Let’s find out what the best armor in Skyrim would be for heavy armor! If you are into berserk style heavy two-handed weapons or duel-wielding people that just want to bash enemies with lots of strength and damage. Just as we did before the armors listed will not only be there thanks to their special effects but rather because of a combination of variables such as effects, wright, and defense.You might quickly notice that the heavy armors have a lot more defense than the light armors, aside from the obvious facts of where that comes from, it is also useful since you are most likely not going to be able to use a shield anyway, so you need the extra defense there.Also the next quick note we have to make here is that the heavy armor is usually meant to be for people that are in a hardcore duel-wielding, heavy two-handed weapons, which are usually more upfront when it comes to battles, that’s why they don’t have as many special effects as the light armors, but anyway let’s just get to it shall we?
Daedric Armor: This armor gets in the list for a few reasons. First of all, it looks really cool, one of the coolest armors we might add. It’s enchantability makes it a little more flexible and has pretty much the best raw defense out there with 108 points. Of course, such an amazing defense there comes an incredible weight, with a whopping 96 weight you have to prepare well in order to use this armor, but by the looks alone it is completely worth
Dragonplate Armor: If you’re looking to keeping it simple and not getting all tangled up in many effects and such, you can opt for the Daedric Armor, but if you don’t really want to be that heavy, the Dragonplate armor is just the right one for you. Also looking very cool, and with a weight of 64, this cool armor is enchantable and offers you a really good 102 points of defense. Keep it simple, keep it “light” with the Dragonplate Armor (In my opinion this is the best armor in skyrim)
Stalhrim Armor: Back with the effects. There is no way we didn’t put this armor on the list right after the Dragonplate armor. It offers you the same 102 defense points, but a slighter lighter build weighting 59 points, it is also enchantable so you can make it as you like, and it’s nice to not complicate things up with a lot of effects, that’s why this armor only has 25% stronger Resist Frost enchantments.
Ebony Armor: This armor has the fewer defense points of this list in heavy armors. Almost completely enchantable, excluding the Ebony Mail, you get 96 defense points and weighing 62 points. You might think it doesn’t sound too good for this one here, over keep in mind that this armor gives you 5 poison damage per second to the enemies nearby, as well as Muffle with the Ebony mail only.
If you are not really sure which style of armor to choose, the best armor in Skyrim overall recommendation we can give you would be the first on our list of light armors, The Deathbrand Armor. It is very versatile, amazing looking, really flexible and has the best effects-defense ratio of the all, there is no way to go wrong using it, so get on working on that Dragonborn DLC and good luck on your journey!