For other uses, see Light Armor.
"Lightly armored means light on your feet. Smart."
Hold Guard[src]

Light Armor is a skill in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and is one of the six skills that falls under The Thief play-style.

Raising this skill improves the effectiveness of the light armors worn, and effects of the armor, such as carry weight and stamina regeneration. The Light Armor skill is raised by reading skill books, incurring damage while light armor or clothing is equipped, or paying a trainer to train the Dragonborn.

Initially Light armor provides less protection than Heavy Armor, however, due to the maximum in game armor cap, it will eventually provide just as much protection as Heavy armor. It also weighs less, slows the wearer less, and allows for much quieter sneaking. It comes in several varieties, providing different aesthetics, armor ratings and weights.


The following books provide a permanent one level up to Light Armor upon the first time reading.


The following miscellaneous quests increase the Light Armor skill:

Armor typesEdit

The following are the confirmed light armors that will benefit from this skill:

Craftable armorEdit

These armors can be crafted and improved using the requisite perk from the smithing tree along with the required materials at a blacksmith forge and workbench, respectively.

Non-craftable armorsEdit

These armors are acquired as part of a quest line or looted throughout the world. They may or may not be unique.


Light armor perk tree

Light Armor perks tree

The following are the perks that become available to select as the skill is leveled up.

Perk (Ranks) Requirements Description
Agile Defender (5) Light Armor 0/20/40/60/80 Increase armor rating for Light Armor by 20% (+20% per additional rank)
Custom Fit Light Armor 30, Agile Defender 25% armor bonus if wearing all Light Armor: head, chest, hands, feet
Unhindered Light Armor 50, Custom Fit Light Armor weighs nothing and doesn't slow you down when worn
Wind Walker Light Armor 60, Unhindered Stamina regenerates 50% faster in all Light Armor: head, chest, hands, feet
Matching Set Light Armor 70, Custom Fit Additional 25% Armor bonus if wearing a matched set of Light Armor.
Deft Movement Light Armor 100, Wind Walker, Matching Set 10% chance of avoiding all damage from a melee attack while wearing all Light Armor: head, chest, hands, feet


Training techniquesEdit

Leveling up armor skills is relatively simple: take physical damage in combat while wearing armor pieces of that type. To level up the Light Armor skill most efficiently, wear a full set of Light Armor (head, hands, feet, chest). For those who are Guildmaster of the Thieves Guild, wearing the Amulet of Articulation when taking hits will increase the Light Armor skill, as the amulet counts as Light Armor.

One can rapidly level up the skill simply by finding an enemy (or group of enemies) which uses physical attacks and allowing them to attack without attacking back. Restoration magic and healing potions can be used to restore any damage taken (thus one can also level up the Restoration skill simultaneously). If you have a shield of the appropriate Armor type, one can also upgrade the block skill as well during this process. This method may be long and exhausting to do, but it will steadily and reliably level the skill. Taking on larger groups and/or more powerful enemies will level the skill(s) faster, but one has to balance their ability to restore their own health against the amount of damage they will be taking.

See alsoEdit

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