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"Orcish armor, hmm? Had me a set of that once. Ugly and strong, like those that forged it."
Hold Guard[src]

Orcish Armor is a set of heavy armor and is the fourth-strongest heavy armor available, followed by the ebony, dragonplate, and Daedric armors.


Unenchanted pieces of armor will begin to appear throughout Skyrim at level 24, and enchanted variants can be found at level 26. These locations include:

Fixed locationsEdit

  • Largashbur – A full set, minus the gauntlets, can be found on Malacath's shrine in the courtyard. However, it must be stolen. It can be easily taken by dragging it away from the shrine to behind the rocks, where the orcs cannot see it being taken.
  • Chief Yamarz wears a full set of Orcish Armor that can be looted from his body at the conclusion of "The Cursed Tribe."
  • Dwemer Museum


Orcish Armor requires a Smithing level of 50 and the Orcish Smithing perk to create. Pieces can be forged at a blacksmith's forge with the following components:

Pieces can be upgraded with orichalcum ingots at a workbench and also benefit from the Orcish Smithing perk, which doubles the improvement.

Attributes by pieceEdit

Piece ArmorIcon WeightIcon GoldIcon Leather Strips Iron Ingot Orichalcum Ingot ID
Orcish Armor 40 35 1,000 3 1 4 00013957
Orcish Boots 17 7 200 2 1 3 00013956
Orcish Gauntlets 17 7 200 2 1 2 00013958
Orcish Helmet 20 8 500 2 1 2 00013959
Orcish Shield 30 14 500 1 1 3 00013946
Total (with shield) 124 71 2,400 10 5 14
Total (without shield) 94 57 1,900 9 4 11


  • Ironically, the Orcs themselves are rarely seen wearing this armor.
  • Orcish armor is stronger than Dwarven armor, but strangely, Dwarven weapons are more powerful than Orcish weapons.
  • This armor is very similar in protection to Steel Plate Armor without the shield.
  • If the Dragonborn talks to a guard while wearing Orcish armor, the guard may say, "I had myself Orcish armor once. It was strong and ugly, like the ones who made it."

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Start a Discussion Discussions about Orcish Armor (Skyrim)

  • The legs of the armor.

    • I've seen this material/pattern before many times, such as on the stormcloak cuirass, and I'm curious, what is it? 
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    • on my orc character orcish seemed better then dwarven but im not shur cuz of the bonuses. orcish is a lot lighter then dwarven and the weap...
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