Unenchanted pieces of armor will begin to appear throughout Skyrim at level 36 and enchanted variants can be found at level 37. However, some enchanted pieces may be found as low as level 29-31, and unenchanted pieces can begin to appear as early as level 26. Locations include:
- Blacksmiths and general goods merchants.
- Found as random loot in chests or as a world item. "Boss" chests have a higher chance of spawning glass armor at lower levels.
- Thalmor patrols will begin wearing unenchanted glass armor after level 36, replacing the Elven armor that they wore previously.
- Several sets are worn by the Thalmor soldiers and archers in Northwatch Keep after level 36.
- Two sets are worn by Thalmor soldiers in the Thalmor Embassy after level 36.
To forge the complete set, the following components are required:
- Refined Malachite x9
- Refined Moonstone x5
- Leather Strips x8
- Leather x3
Pieces can be upgraded with a Refined Malachite ingot at a workbench and also benefits from the Glass Smithing perk, which doubles the improvement.
Attributes by piece
|Piece||Leather Strips||Leather||Refined Moonstone||Refined Malachite||ID|
|Total (with shield)||103||19||2080||10||4||6||13||–|
|Total (without shield)||76||13||1630||8||4||5||9||–|
- The armor set is most likely referred to as "Glass" instead of "Malachite" (after the material it is made from) because the armor utilizes an uncommon type of malachite that is more transparent instead of solid opaque (as a result of fibrous growth), and can be mistaken for glass as a result of their likeness.
- While there are no steel ingots required in crafting the glass armor, one can quite clearly see a chainmail shirt underneath the glass pauldrons and chainmail pants under the thigh protectors.
- Unlike Elven armor, which has a simple belt around the waist, the Glass Armor has a tooled and engraved leather waistband.
This section contains bugs related to Glass Armor (Skyrim). Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:
- When jumping and looking forward or down, the decorative cowl by the neck on the female version will clip over a third of the screen upon landing. Looking up while landing will result in no cowl appearing on-screen.
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