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Hide Armor (Skyrim)

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Hide Armor
Base Armor:
55 (set) ArmorIcon
13 (set) WeightIcon
Base Value:
120 (set) GoldIcon
Class: Light Armor
Upgrade Material: Leather
Perk: None
For other uses, see Hide Armor.
"Some advice, friend. That armor won't offer much protection in a real fight."
Hold Guard[src]

Hide Armor is a set of light armor that appears in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. The most basic form of light armor, both in cost and protection, Hide Armor is very common and can be found throughout Skyrim from the beginning of the game.

All pieces require the same amount of materials to craft as leather armor, though hide armor offers much lower protection. This makes the set less desirable to craft, minus the shield, for which there is no leather variant.


Enchanted and unenchanted variants begin to appear throughout Skyrim at level 1. These locations include:


Hide armor requires no prerequisite Smithing level or perks to forge. Pieces can be crafted at a blacksmith's forge with the following components:

Pieces can be upgraded at a workbench with a piece of leather, however, they do not benefit from any Smithing perks. This means armor cannot be improved past flawless quality without boosting the Smithing skill over 100. This can be achieved by using enchanted items and/or blacksmithing potions to Fortify Smithing.

Attributes by pieceEdit

Piece ArmorIcon WeightIcon GoldIcon Leather Leather Strips ID
Hide Armor 20 5 50 4 3 00013911
Hide Boots 5 1 10 2 2 00013910
Hide Bracers 5 1 10 1 2 00013912
Hide Helmet 10 2 25 2 1 00013913
Hide Shield 15 4 25 4 2 00013914
Total (with shield) 55 13 120 13 10
Total (without shield) 40 9 95 9 8


  • The design of this armor indicate that it appears to be the first form of the Studded Armor and Scaled Armor sets; with Hide having no metals in its crafting list, whilst the latter two make use of Iron and Steel respectively in that order.
  • Though hide armor only uses leather and leather strips in its crafting, there are obvious metallic components on the armor, such as the large buckle on the chest, the studs on the bracers, and the metal on the helmet.


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