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Shrouded Cowl
TESV Shrouded Cowl
Base Armor:
13 ArmorIcon
2 WeightIcon
Base Value:
677 GoldIcon
Additional Effects:
Bows do 20% more damage
Class: Light Armor, Hood
Upgrade Material: Leather
Perk: Arcane Blacksmith
ID: 000D2842

The Shrouded Cowl is a piece of light armor and part of the Shrouded Armor set found in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. The cowl is notably worn by members of the Dark Brotherhood.



The Shrouded Cowl can be upgraded at a workbench with Leather and the Arcane Blacksmith perk, however it does not benefit from any Smithing perks. This means the 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.


Wearing this piece of armor grants the following skill bonuses:

  • Fortify Archery: 20 points.
    • There is a worn shrouded cowl that can be picked up during the quest to find Cicero in the second sanctuary that has no enchantments. It can be enchanted but it can not be improved through smithing and counts as a light armor helmet.
    • The Shrouded Cowl cannot be disenchanted.


  • The mask part of the shrouded cowl only appears for female characters. While on male characters, the mask does not show.


This section contains bugs related to Shrouded Cowl. 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.


Start a Discussion Discussions about Shrouded Cowl

  • Ancient Falmer armor head piece

    13 messages
    • any other helmets or circlets that would go along niceley for those of us who play console(preferably those that allow all or most light armor perks)
    • If you don't mind missing out on matching set any light helmet should work for the other perks (some of the light Dragon Priest Masks might l...
  • Shrouded Cowl mask fix for male.

    2 messages
    • Aronfel made a fix,because the male characters deserve to have a mask too (don...
    • I wish there was a fix for it on PS3... Ah well, maybe I (should) play as a female next time as DBH assassin...

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