Starting around level 50, Dragonplate Armor pieces can be found, very rarely, as random loot from chests and containers. Armor pieces can be found at lower levels if the Dragon Armor perk is acquired before reaching level 50.
Although it is quite rare, pieces of the set can be found as early as level 24, even without the aforementioned perk.
Dragonplate Armor forged from dragon bones, scales, leather strips, and iron ingots. The Dragon Armor perk, which requires a Smithing skill of 100, must be acquired before this armor type can be crafted.
Dragonplate Armor can be upgraded at a workbench. However, the chest piece and shield require Dragon Bones to be upgraded, while the boots, gauntlets, and helmet require Dragon Scales.
Daedric armor has a higher armor rating than Dragonplate armor at its base value and retains its higher rating, even when both armors have been upgraded to Legendary status. However, with its lower weight, Dragonplate Armor is the more suitable choice when lacking proper Heavy Armor perks. Another consideration is that the relative frequency of dragon attacks as compared to daedra encounters means that it is usually much easier to obtain the raw materials for Dragonplate armor (bone and scales) versus the Daedric armor (Daedra Hearts). Note also that the higher rating for Daedric armor will not make a difference if either set is taken above the armor cap of 542 through perks and tempering.
While Dragonplate armor has a higher base armor, it also has a much heavier weight compared to Dragonscale. Dragon Scales are also lighter than dragon bones, making it easier to transport the material for the armor. However, if weight is not an issue and all Heavy Armor abilities are unlocked, Dragonplate is a more beneficial choice.
Attributes by pieceEdit
|Piece||Dragon Scales||Dragon Bone||Leather Strips||ID|
|Total (with shield)||136||79||6650||13||6||10||–|
|Total (without shield)||102||64||5500||10||5||9||–|
- The arm bands have Dragon letters carved into them.
- The back of the boots are quite similar in appearance to the back of the male version of Ancient Nord Boots.
- Zurin Arctus was known to have made a Cuirass from dragon bones, similarly to this armor
This section contains bugs related to Dragonplate Armor. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:
- Khajiit or Argonians, their cranial features and tails might disappear or function abnormally. When worn by bestial races, such as
- The Dragonplate Helmet will sometimes clip into the forehead, showing the hair on the top of the head. Even having no hair (i.e. shaved), and wearing the helmet still causes this bug to occur.