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!

  1. Blackguard Armor

Blackguard Armor Skyrim

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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.

  1. Nightingale Armor

Nightingale Armor SkyrimAllowing 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!

  1. Thieves Guild Armor

Thieves Guild Armor SkyrimA 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.

  1. Dark Brotherhood Armor

Dark Brotherhood Armor SkyrimThe 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.

  1. Guild Master’s Armor

Guild Master’s Armor SkyrimEasily 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.

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