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"Those trained to use Heavy Armor make more effective use of Iron, Steel, Dwarven, Orcish, Nordic, Ebony, Daedric, and Dragonplate armors."
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Heavy Armor is a skill in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Heavy Armor skill is raised by the use of certain kinds of armor that the in-game character can equip. Heavy armor typically weighs more than light armor, injuring speed and carrying capacity at the offset of added protection. Penalties to speed and carrying capacity can be countered using The Steed Stone or by consuming Potions of Carry Weight.

Governing Guardian Stone: The Warrior

Books and quests

These books permanently raise the Heavy Armor skill:

These quests permanently raise the Heavy Armor skill:


Armor types

The following are the confirmed heavy armors that benefit from this skill:

Craftable armor

The Armors listed here are Heavy Armors that are able to be crafted by the player given the appropriate perk.

Non-craftable armor

The following Armors are Heavy Armors that are either given to the player as a quest reward, bought, or found randomly throughout the world. They may or may not be unique.


Heavy armor perk tree
Heavy Armor Perks Tree
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The following are the perks that become available to select as the skill is leveled up.

Perk (Ranks) Requirements Description
Juggernaut (5) Heavy Armor 20/ 40/ 60/ 80 Increases armor rating for Heavy Armor by 20% (+20% per additional rank)
Fists of Steel Heavy Armor 30, Juggernaut Unarmed attacks with Heavy Armor gauntlets do their base armor rating in extra damage. Sneak attack bonus is two times the damage.

Khajiit gain bonus unarmed damage from their claws (which stacks with this). Gloves of the Pugilist, provides the Fortify Unarmed enchantment for gloves and rings.

Well Fitted Heavy Armor 30, Juggernaut 25% armor bonus if wearing all Heavy Armor: head, chest, hands, feet
Cushioned Heavy Armor 50, Fists of Steel Half damage from falling if wearing all Heavy Armor: head, chest, hands, feet

Also reduces damage from environmental physics such as flying debris launched into the air by force shouts or other enemy attacks.

Tower of Strength Heavy Armor 50, Well Fitted 50% less stagger when wearing only Heavy Armor

Force Without Effort, provides an additional 25% stagger reduction.

Conditioning Heavy Armor 70, Cushioned Wearing Heavy armor no longer affects how much stamina is used when sprinting. Any heavy armor worn no longer counts towards the carry weight.
Matching Set Heavy Armor 70, Tower of Strength

Additional 25% armor bonus if wearing a matched set of Heavy Armor

Reflect Blows Heavy Armor 100, Matching Set 10% chance to reflect melee damage back to the enemy while wearing all Heavy Armor: head, chest, hands, feet


There are two main ways to level heavy armor, besides using trainers.

  1. "Regular wear and tear" - Just wear heavy armor while exploring and adventuring. Hits taken while wearing Heavy Armor increases skill level.
  2. "Punching Bag" – Intentionally allow strikes to land successfully over and over again to level the skill.

Skill experience is calculated based on the attack strength of the foe. For example, taking multiple attacks from a skeever or Wolf levels Heavy Armor at a significantly slower rate than blows from Giants or mammoths would. Being the victim of power attacks also grants more experience than a standard attack.

The key to leveling Heavy Armor is to find foes that will not kill the trainer, but allows a large volume of attacks to be performed. An example of this would be: having level 65 Heavy Armor and taking strikes from a Giant's Club. Two or three attacks can be sustained at this level. Allow the attacks to land successfully, cast Restoration spells to regain health and repeat the process. This also helps level up Restoration.

See also

Start a Discussion Discussions about Heavy Armor (Skyrim)

  • Conditioning bug

    3 messages
    • That's not a bug if you have the conditioning perk. All heavy armor weight drops to zero if you have it equipped. I've never had any bugs haul...
    • I have another bug with Conditioning. After the game is quick-loaded from quicksave (by presssing F9) my hero is said to be overloaded and mo...
  • Light or heavy

    28 messages
    • Light or about medium?
    • Light Armor, if you get deathbrand it is better then Daedric armor

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