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Thieves Guild Armor
Thieves guild armor
Base Armor:
68 (full) ArmorIcon
11 (full) WeightIcon
Base Value:
1679 GoldIcon
Class: Light Armor
Upgrade Material: Leather
ID: See Table
"I know Thieves' Guild armor when I see it, you're not fooling anybody..."
Hold Guards

Thieves Guild Armor is a light armor set found in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. The armor is mostly made of leather and is lightweight, making it ideal for the agile shadow-hugging thief. It offers higher protection than Elven or Scaled Armor and is available extremely early in the game after 2 non combat quests. Incidentally, the armor cannot be disenchanted. Upgraded with Leather, the Thieves Guild Armor fortifies lockpicking, pickpocket, and carrying capacity when worn. Pieces can only be found within the Ragged Flagon - Cistern. However, a random event occasionally occurs where a thief is killed by the Riften guards and a full set can be looted from the body.


  • Tonilia, the Riften fence, grants a Thieves Guild Armor set just after the beginning of "Loud and Clear".
  • Another full set can be found in the training room area of the guild. It rests on the tables and cupboards of the Ragged Flagon - Cistern (respawns eventually).
  • An additional pair of boots, gloves, and a hood can be located around the beds.
  • PC users can open the console and type: player.additem <itemid> <amount> to receive pieces of armor. This option is useful if previous sets were sold or lost.


Upon completing "Scoundrel's Folly" without killing Gulum-Ei, the opportunity to upgrade one piece of the armor opens up. The stat increases include:

  • The Armor upgrade has carrying capacity +35 instead of +20.
  • The Boot upgrade has Pickpocket +25% instead of +15%.
  • The Gloves upgrade has Lockpicking +25% instead of +15%.
  • The Hood upgrade boosts prices by +15% instead of +10%.

After the quest Under New Management, you are given a superior set called the Guild Master's Armor. This set includes improved bonuses for all pieces of armor.

Attributes by pieceEdit

Piece ArmorIcon WeightIcon GoldIcon Enchantment ID
Thieves Guild Armor 33 7 665 Carrying capacity increased by 20. 000D3AC3
Thieves Guild Boots 10 1.5 241 Pickpocket success is 15% better. 000D3AC2
Thieves Guild Gloves 10 1 222 Lockpicking is 15% easier. 000D3AC4
Thieves Guild Hood 15 1.5 551 Prices are 10% better. 000D3AC5
Total 68 11 1679



  • While wearing the armor, guards will sometimes comment, "I know Thieves' Guild armor when I see it, you're not fooling anybody..." and, "I know you're a member of the Thieves Guild, and so do the other guards."
  • The armor bears slight resemblance to the leather armor from Oblivion, which is noticeably different to its Skyrim counterpart.
  • This armor has the exact same armor rating as the Shrouded Armor, which is the primary armor used by Dark Brotherhood assassins.


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  • This armor must be exchanged with Tonilia during a later quest. Without it, the quest cannot be completed and she cannot be unlocked as a fence. Additionally, "Under New Management" cannot be completed. The rank of guildmaster cannot be obtained either.
    •  360   PS3   Solution: If you have Patch 1.4, in the Cistern check the bed on the right, entering from the Flagon, between the bed and the end table. There should be Thieves guild armor sitting there. You can pick it up and give it to Tonilia. There may also be a set in the Training Room on the cupboards.
    • If you somehow do not have any armor lying around the cistern or you have sold it, you can delete the game data and patch data and reinstall them to respawn the clothes back in the cistern.
    • All pieces of Thieves Guild armor found around the Cistern will respawn after approximately a month of in game time. The pieces of armor found in the training room respawn more often. It is always possible to complete "Under New Management".
  • If wearing the hood while playing as a vampire, it becomes invisible and graphically glitches the Dragonborn's hair, giving them a massive bald spot. It is also possible to wear another piece of apparel atop the hood. While invisible, it does grant the bonuses to defense and speech. You can wear other pieces of headgear in addition to it.
  •  360   PS3  Occasionally, you cannot improve any piece of Thieves Guild Armor even if you have the Arcane Blacksmith perk. However all parts of the Armor can be improved with the Arcane Blacksmith Perk.


Start a Discussion Discussions about Thieves Guild Armor

  • Bald Spots!

    7 messages
    • I'm guessing it has to do with a change in appearance ex: lighter skin and eye coloration.
    • still makes no sense
  • Easy way

    • For the people that do not have armor laying around gert the Perfect Touch perk and pick pocket a Thieves Guild member armor.

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