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Steel Plate Armor
Base Armor:
87 (set) ArmorIcon
59 (set) WeightIcon
Base Value:
1175 (set) GoldIcon
Class: Heavy Armor
Upgrade Material: Corundum Ingot
Perk: Advanced Armors
ID: See table
"Ah, Steel Plate. Now there's a solid choice of armor."
Hold Guards[src]

Steel Plate Armor is a set of heavy armor in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Steel Plate armor, chitin heavy armorDB and Nordic carved armorDB are the only heavy armor sets that can be crafted by obtaining the perks for the light armor side of the Smithing skill tree.


Unenchanted pieces of armor will begin to appear throughout Skyrim at level 18 and enchanted variants can be found at level 19. These locations include:

Fixed locationsEdit

Without helmetEdit

Full setEdit

Separate piecesEdit


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

Pieces can be upgraded with a Corundum ingot at a workbench, and also benefits from the Advanced Armors perk, which doubles the improvement.

Attributes by pieceEdit

Piece ArmorIcon WeightIcon GoldIcon Leather Strips Iron Ingot Corundum Ingot Steel Ingot ID
Steel Plate Armor 40 38 625 3 1 1 3 0001395C
Steel Plate Boots 14 9 125 2 1 1 2 0001395B
Steel Plate Gauntlets 14 6 125 2 1 1 2 0001395D
Steel Plate Helmet 19 6 300 2 1 1 2 0001395E
Total 87 59 1,175 9 4 4 9



  • Originally, this armor was to be called "Nord Plate Armor," according to the book of concept art which came with the collector's version of the game.
  • It was supposed to have a matching "Steel Plate Shield," as seen in The Official Guide to Skyrim. Statistics for this were 28 armor, 14 weight, and 325 value.
  • Jarl Balgruuf the Greater wears a set of this armor without the helmet during the Battle for Whiterun, if the player sides with the Stormcloaks.
  • At low levels, the entire set (except for the helmet) can be obtained by finding Uthgerd the Unbroken, brawling her, recruiting her as a follower, then killing her outside the city.
  • Due to its high value, crafting Steel Plate Armor instead of regular Steel armor is a good way to level up Smithing faster.
  • This armor is very similar in protection to Orcish armor without the shield.
  • Because Steel Plate was worn by Gormlaith Golden-Hilt during the Dragon War, which was many thousands of years before the events of Skyrim, this means that this armor is one of the oldest armor designs in the game, alongside the Ancient Nord Armor.


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  • Steel Plate Armor

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    • The helmet does look pretty ugly, I didn't spend 40 minutes in character creation just to cover up my face.
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