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The Ancient Shrouded Cowl is a unique Shrouded Cowl and part of the Ancient Shrouded Armor set found in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.


The cowl, along with the rest of the armor set, can be obtained at the conclusion of the Dark Brotherhood side quest "Locate the Assassin of Old".

The quest is given by Olava the Feeble and can only be accepted if the bonus requirement of Breaching Security has been met.

The cowl itself can be found on the corpse of an assassin inside a secret room in Hag's End. While Hag's End can be accessed before accepting the quest, the pull chain to open the secret door will not appear until Olava has been visited.


Wearing this piece of armor grants the following skill bonuses:

In addition, wearing the full Ancient Shrouded Armor set grants a 25 point armor bonus. It cannot be disenchanted.


The Ancient Shrouded Cowl can be upgraded at a workbench with piece of leather and the Arcane Blacksmith perk, however it does not benefit from any Smithing perks.

This means the armor cannot be improved past flawless quality without boosting the Smithing skill over 100. This can be achieved by using enchanted items and/or blacksmithing potions to fortify Smithing.


This section contains bugs related to Ancient Shrouded Cowl. 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  , 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.


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  • Ancient Shrouded Cowl glitch

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    • If you check the cowls bugs list i linked above (or here)...
    • When I wear it with my male khajiit it is invisible and also removes my hair. I don't mind this because I can wear it with Cicero's ...
  • please help

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    • I'm playing on PS3 and i can't see the red scarf either when i put it on, also it doesn't appear at all but the bonus does an...
    • I'm having the exact same problem with my kajiit character, and I have the PC version. Although its actually useful, because it allows you...