10 Best Armor Sets in Skyrim
So The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim has finally snuck its way onto both PS4 and Xbox One with spanking new graphics, lighting and all of that extra DLC, looking set to eat up hundreds of hours of many players time once again during a season where we’re up to our neck swimming in releases. But as you adventure out to the lowly lands of Dawnstar, Solitude and Winterhood in your effort to defeat Alduin and live up to your destiny as the Dragonborn you want to look good, right?
Well even if you don’t you almost certainly don’t wanna get your ass kicked, and so to give you the best chances of survival we’ve handily pulled together the 10 best armor sets in Skyrim, sure to protect you against any stray arrows that might cause your knees a great deal of trouble. Most of these armors cannot be crafted, so get your searching and questing caps on!
Introduced in Skyrim’s Dragonborn DLC, the Blackguard armor set can be acquired once aiding Glover Mallory, the blacksmith which can be found living in Raven Rock. After recovering the Bonemold Formula from Esmond Tyne in the Karstaag Caverns castle go into Mallory’s basement and treat yourself to the Blackguard armor set. It’s great for lock picking and pick pocketing raising it by 40%, ideal for those who like to thief their way through to success.
Allowing you to don the mysterious yet trademark appearance of the Nightingales themselves, not only does their corresponding armor set look great, but it also gives you some of the best stats available in Skyrim. Once donned, you’ll be able to move, sneak and stealth your way to victory without ever making a sound, makes your one-handed attacks do 25% more damage and makes your illusion spells cost 17% less to cast – a solid choice!
Thieves Guild Armor
A light armor set that does exactly what it says on the tine, the Thieves Guild armor is renowned amongst players for being able offer higher levels of defense when compared to its elven and scaled counterparts. Also, notable for being available from quite early on within Skyrim, when equipped you’ll be able to truly see the benefits of having honor among thieves – A 20 point increase on carrying capacity doesn’t hurt either.
Dark Brotherhood Armor
The Dark Brotherhood or “shrouded” armor in Skyrim is one of the few present in the game that allows you to enjoy a distinctive cowl rather than just a helmet or hood. One of the best parts of this set is that aggressive types can enjoy a maximized amount of destructive spells, costing 15% less when worn. This can be particularly handy when taking on dragons early on, as with other monsters and beasts just slightly higher than your level that you are likely to come across.
Guild Master’s Armor
Easily obtained from Tonilia once you have restored the Thieves Guild to its former glory, the Guild Master’s armor can increase your carrying capacity by a very welcome 50 points which when combined with a 35% boost to your locking picking ensures that getting around is never too much of a hassle. Until you’re lucky enough to venture into Skyrim’s Dragonborn DLC and equip the Blackguard armor, this set is most definitely a good way to go.
An armor set/outfit which successfully riffs off of the Jesters outfit, Cicero’s much more superior clothing is not only stronger but also boasts a higher base value. As long as you can live with yourself killing the main man himself during the dark brotherhood quest line, Cicero’s outfit gives you some nice benefits, including doubling your sneak attack damage with one handed weapons, making you quiet, and dropping prices rather steeply.
An armor set that proves that things are stronger together than they are apart, Skyrim’s Deathbrand armor when worn as a whole ranks much higher than other impressive outfits such as dragonscale and daedric thanks to a full-set bonus. Even when looking at the armor from a purely aesthetic point of view alone, what hero wouldn’t want to boast a crystallized blue samurai helmet as they save the land?
Typically found as a random loot discovery from either a chest or container, the Dragonplate armor is a visually striking heavy armor set that is most commonly ideal for those around level 50. Providing you have the determination to craft it otherwise, Dragonplate is not the highest or most valuable heavy armor in Skyrim, but strikes the right balance when heavy armor perks haven’t been catered for.
Perhaps the easiest way to create the look of Sauron as he appears at the beginning of Fellowship of the Ring, the Daedric armor found in Skyrim is a heavy armor set that is as helpful as it is visually-threatening. It might be extremely heavy, but this is a small price to pay for one of the highest rated sets in the base game. Especially when combined with its corresponding weapon set, you’re sure to remain a force to be reckoned with.
Armor of the Old Gods
A light armor set that can only be acquired after completing the “No one escapes Cidnha mine” quest, the armor of the old gods single-handedly increases your magicka by a much appreciated 30 points whilst also letting you walk around with the horns of a deer on your head, surely all other creatures in Skyrim will cower in fear right?