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Ebony Armor (Skyrim)

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Ebony Armor
Base Armor:
128 (set) ArmorIcon
76 (set) WeightIcon
Base Value:
3550 (set) GoldIcon
Class: Heavy Armor
Upgrade Material: Ebony Ingot
Perk: Ebony Smithing
ID: -
For this set in other games, see Ebony Armor.
"Ebony armor, by Ysmir, tis a wondrous sight..."
Hold Guard[src]

Ebony Armor is a set of heavy armor that appears in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.  It can be forged if the Ebony Smithing perk from the Smithing skill tree is selected at level 80 or above. The set contains five pieces, including a shield, boots, a cuirass, gauntlets, and helmet.  Pieces of Ebony armor can also be used at the Atronach Forge in the Midden to craft pieces of Daedric armor.  Ebony Armor is the third strongest non-unique heavy armor in the base game, under Dragonplate Armor and Daedric Armor.


Unenchanted pieces of armor will begin to appear throughout Skyrim at level 32 and enchanted variants can be found at level 33. Pieces of Ebony Armor can, however, be found as low as level 20. These locations include:

Fixed locationsEdit

  • The Ebony WarriorDB wears a full enchanted set.
  • Boethiah's Chosen at the end of the quest Boethiah's Calling wears a full set, minus the armor, which is replaced by the Ebony Mail. Note: Sometimes he may not be wearing the helmet.
  • An Ebony Shield may be found at any level in Valthume.
  • A pair of Ebony Boots will always be in or out one of the locked sheds at Narzulbur, regardless of the Dragonborn's level.
  • An Ebony Shield may be found in Labyrinthian during The Mission The Staff of Magnus.
  • An Ebony Shield may be found in the Cracked Tusk Vaults, in the second gated room.
  • An Ebony Helmet can be found at Fort Amol in a chest located near the alchemy lab (found at Level 29).
  • An Ebony Shield can be found at any type level behind an Expert locked door in Forelhost.


Ebony armor requires a Smithing level of 80 and the Ebony Smithing perk to create. Pieces can be forged at a blacksmith's forge with the following components:

Pieces can be upgraded with an Ebony Ingot at a workbench and also benefit from the Ebony Smithing perk, which doubles the improvement.

Attributes by pieceEdit

Piece ArmorIcon WeightIcon GoldIcon Ebony Ingot Leather Strips ID
Ebony Armor 43 38 1,500 5 3 00013961
Ebony Boots 16 7 275 3 2 00013960
Ebony Gauntlets 16 7 275 3 2 00013962
Ebony Helmet 21 10 750 3 2 00013963
Ebony Shield 32 14 750 4 1 00013964
Total (with shield) 128 76 3,550 18 10
Total (without shield) 96 62 2,800 14 9


  • Ebony Mail - A Daedric artifact of Boethiah, is a unique armor piece of Ebony armor, however it is not considered part of the Ebony armor set. Because of this it cannot be used to grant the matching set bonus that can be obtained with the regular armor piece.

History in other gamesEdit

Ebony armor has appeared in every main Elder Scrolls title since Arena, where it usually serves as the set statistically outdone only by Daedric armor. Skyrim, however, omitted greaves, dropping the count from six to five pieces in the set.


This section contains bugs related to Ebony Armor (Skyrim). Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Confirm all bugs with other editors on the talk page before adding them below.
  2. Always try reloading an old save first, before asking for assistance.
  3. Do not discuss possible bug fixes or origins. Leave those and all other first-person-anecdotes on the talk page, not the article.
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  •  PS3   When Ebony armor is picked up, it will not add any weight to the inventory. After a few hours, however, the weight is added.
  •  PC   360   PS3  The 25% armor bonus added from the perk "Matching Set" may not be added when a full set of Ebony armor is equipped. This glitch may also occur when Boethiah's Ebony Mail armor is equipped with other parts of the Ebony armor set.
  •  PC   360   PS3  The skin around the neck may be visible through the armor in the third person view with male characters but not with female characters.
  •  360   PS3   When looking at oneself in third person view while wearing a full set of Ebony armor, one's head may not be present when looking at the shadow. This normally happens while playing as a male.
  •  360   PS3   The shield may appear invisible, making the left hand appear to be unarmed.


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