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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. They are located behind the shed, making them easy to steal. (Note: They respawn, so if the Dragonborn is arrested and the boots taken away, another pair can easily be stolen)
  • An Ebony Shield may be found in Labyrinthian during the quest "The Staff of Magnus".
  • An Ebony Shield may be found in the Cracked Tusk Vaults, in the second gated room.
  • An Ebony Shield can be found at any type level behind an Expert locked door in Forelhost.
  • An Ebony Helmet can be found on the giant at Steamcrag Camp (found at level 29+).


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


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. 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.
  •  PS3   360   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.


Start a Discussion Discussions about Ebony Armor (Skyrim)

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    • The information provided on wiki might be incorrect depending on your setup (patches, mods and dlcs and mods you have installed). Unoffic...
    • The Ebony Mail was made part of the matching set for Ebony Armor with the 1.9 official patch.

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