Online:Armor

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Three styles of Heavy Armor (High Elf, Nord, Breton)

Armor comes in many shapes and sizes. There are three types of armor available; light, medium, and heavy. Light armor is geared towards mages, medium armor is geared towards stamina users, and heavy armor is the most protective type of armor, and it is geared towards frontline warriors. There are no limits to what armor you can wear, you can wear any armor or equip any weapon regardless of race, class or alliance.

In a switch back to the older gameplay of Oblivion and Morrowind, armor will degrade in combat and other circumstances (such as dying and respawning). There are repair kits that you can carry around to make repairs in the field, or you can pay any merchant to do the work for you. Previously, a single piece of armor's rating would gradually decrease as it degraded. As of patch 2.1.5, a single piece of armor's rating stays the same until it is fully damaged, after which its rating will be zero until repaired.

Armor is split into seven body sections, with different types for Light, Medium, and Heavy armors: hats, helmets, and helms for the head; epaulets, arm cops, and pauldrons for the shoulders; robes (or jerkins), jacks, and cuirasses for the torso; gloves, bracers, and gauntlets for the hands; sashes, belts, and girdles for the waist; breeches, guards, and greaves for the legs; and shoes, boots, and sabatons for the feet. In addition, there are four more equipment slots for a disguise/costume, two rings, and a necklace, as well as two hand slots. A shield can be equipped in one of the hands to add to the armor rating and allow the use of One Hand and Shield skills.

Armor Materials[edit]

30 materials appear in Online:

Light[edit]

Medium[edit]

Heavy[edit]

Styles[edit]

Weapons and Armor are crafted in a variety of Styles. Crafting an item in a specific style requires a secondary ingredient. Each character starts with the ability to create items in their own racial style, and other styles may be learned from special consumable books called motifs. As of Update 17, it will be possible to change items to style of any learned style type.

These books along with secondary ingredients may be randomly found in containers (other than crates and barrels) throughout the world. The first fourteen motif listed below can be found throughout the world regardless of zone.

Besides that, secondary ingredients may be obtained when deconstructing an item of the respective style, and the ingredients for the ten basic racial styles are sold by vendors at crafting stations. Crafting hirelings for Blacksmithing, Clothing and Woodworking will also sell all types of racial style materials (for Motifs 1-10).

Style Material Motif
Altmer Style ON-icon-style material-Adamantite.png Adamantite ON-icon-quest-Book 01.png Crafting Motif 1: Altmer Style
Dunmer Style ON-icon-style material-Obsidian.png Obsidian ON-icon-quest-Book 01.png Crafting Motif 2: Dunmer Style
Bosmer Style ON-icon-style material-Bone.png Bone ON-icon-quest-Book 01.png Crafting Motif 3: Wood Elf Style
Nord Style ON-icon-style material-Corundum.png Corundum ON-icon-quest-Book 01.png Crafting Motif 4: Nord Style
Breton Style ON-icon-style material-Molybdenum.png Molybdenum ON-icon-quest-Book 01.png Crafting Motif 5: Breton Style
Redguard Style ON-icon-style material-Starmetal.png Starmetal ON-icon-quest-Book 01.png Crafting Motif 6: Redguard Style
Khajiit Style ON-icon-style material-Moonstone.png Moonstone ON-icon-quest-Book 01.png Crafting Motif 7: Khajiit Style
Orcish Style ON-icon-style material-Manganese.png Manganese ON-icon-quest-Book 01.png Crafting Motif 8: Orc Style
Argonian Style ON-icon-style material-Flint.png Flint ON-icon-quest-Book 01.png Crafting Motif 9: Argonian Style
Imperial Style ON-icon-style material-Nickel.png Nickel ON-icon-quest-Book 01.png Crafting Motif 10: Imperial Style
Ancient Elf Style ON-icon-style material-Palladium.png Palladium ON-icon-quest-Book 01.png Crafting Motif 11: Ancient Elf Style
Barbaric Style ON-icon-style material-Bronze.png Bronze ON-icon-quest-Book 01.png Crafting Motif 12: Barbaric Style
Primal Style ON-icon-style material-Argentum.png Argentum ON-icon-quest-Book 01.png Crafting Motif 13: Primal Style
Daedric Style ON-icon-style material-Daedra Heart.png Daedra Heart ON-icon-quest-Book 01.png Crafting Motif 14: Daedric Style
Dwemer Style ON-icon-style material-Dwemer Frame.png Dwemer Frame ON-icon-quest-Book 01.png Crafting Motif 15: Dwemer
Glass Style ON-icon-style material-Malachite.png Malachite ON-icon-quest-Book 01.png Crafting Motif 16: Glass
Xivkyn Style ON-icon-style material-Charcoal of Remorse.png Charcoal of Remorse ON-icon-quest-Book 01.png Crafting Motif 17: Xivkyn
Akaviri Style ON-icon-style material-Goldscale.png Goldscale ON-icon-quest-Book 01.png Crafting Motif 18: Akaviri
Mercenary Style ON-icon-style material-Laurel.png Laurel ON-icon-quest-Book 01.png Crafting Motif 19: Mercenary
Yokudan Style ON-icon-style material-Ferrous Salts.png Ferrous Salts ON-icon-quest-Book 01.png Crafting Motif 20: Yokudan
Ancient Orc Style ON-icon-style material-Cassiterite.png Cassiterite ON-icon-quest-Book 01.png Crafting Motif 21: Ancient Orc
Trinimac Style ON-icon-style material-Auric Tusk.png Auric Tusk ON-icon-quest-Book 01.png Crafting Motif 22: Trinimac
Malacath Style ON-icon-style material-Potash.png Potash ON-icon-quest-Book 01.png Crafting Motif 23: Malacath
Outlaw Style ON-icon-style material-Rogue's Soot.png Rogue's Soot ON-icon-quest-Book 01.png Crafting Motif 24: Outlaw
Aldmeri Dominion Style ON-icon-style material-Eagle Feather.png Eagle Feather ON-icon-quest-Book 01.png Crafting Motif 25: Dominion
Daggerfall Covenant Style ON-icon-style material-Lion Fang.png Lion Fang ON-icon-quest-Book 01.png Crafting Motif 26: Covenant
Ebonheart Pact Style ON-icon-style material-Dragon Scute.png Dragon Scute ON-icon-quest-Book 01.png Crafting Motif 27: Pact
Ra Gada Style ON-icon-style material-Ancient Sandstone.png Ancient Sandstone ON-icon-quest-Book 01.png Crafting Motif 28: Ra Gada
Soul-Shriven Style ON-icon-style material-Azure Plasm.png Azure Plasm ON-icon-quest-Book 01.png Crafting Motif 29: Soul-Shriven Style
Morag Tong Style ON-icon-style material-Boiled Carapace.png Boiled Carapace ON-icon-quest-Book 01.png Crafting Motif 30: Morag Tong Style
Skinchanger Style ON-icon-style material-Wolfsbane Incense.png Wolfsbane Incense ON-icon-quest-Book 01.png Crafting Motif 31: Skinchanger
Abah's Watch Style ON-icon-style material-Polished Shilling.png Polished Shilling ON-icon-quest-Book 01.png Crafting Motif 32: Abah's Watch
Thieves Guild Style ON-icon-style material-Fine Chalk.png Fine Chalk ON-icon-quest-Book 01.png Crafting Motif 33: Thieves Guild
Assassins League Style ON-icon-style material-Tainted Blood.png Tainted Blood ON-icon-quest-Book 01.png Crafting Motif 34: Assassins League
Dro-m'Athra Style ON-icon-style material-Defiled Whiskers.png Defiled Whiskers ON-icon-quest-Book 01.png Crafting Motif 35: Dromothra Style
Dark Brotherhood Style ON-icon-style material-Black Beeswax.png Black Beeswax ON-icon-quest-Book 01.png Crafting Motif 36: Dark Brotherhood
Ebony Style ON-icon-style material-Night Pumice.png Night Pumice ON-icon-quest-Book 01.png Crafting Motif 37: Ebony Style
Draugr Style ON-icon-style material-Pristine Shroud.png Pristine Shroud ON-icon-quest-Book 01.png Crafting Motif 38: Draugr
Minotaur Style ON-icon-style material-Oxblood Fungus.png Oxblood Fungus ON-icon-quest-Book 01.png Crafting Motif 39: Minotaur
Order of the Hour Style ON-icon-style material-Pearl Sand.png Pearl Sand ON-icon-quest-Book 01.png Crafting Motif 40: Order Hour
Celestial Style ON-icon-style material-Star Sapphire.png Star Sapphire ON-icon-quest-Book 01.png Crafting Motif 41: Celestial
Hollowjack Style ON-icon-style material-Amber Marble.png Amber Marble ON-icon-quest-Book 01.png Crafting Motif 42: Hollowjack
Grim Harlequin StyleCrown Store ON-icon-style material-Grinstones.png Grinstones ON-icon-book-Crown Motif.png Crafting Motif 43, Harlequin Style
Silken Ring Style ON-icon-style material-Distilled Slowsilver.png Distilled Slowsilver ON-icon-quest-Book 01.png Crafting Motif 44: Silken Ring
Mazzatun Style ON-icon-style material-Leviathan Scrimshaw.png Leviathan Scrimshaw ON-icon-quest-Book 01.png Crafting Motif 45: Mazzatun
Stalhrim Frostcaster StyleCrown Store ON-icon-style material-Stalhrim Shard.png Stalhrim Shard ON-icon-book-Crown Motif.png Crafting Motif 46: Frostcaster Style
Buoyant Armiger Style ON-icon-style material-Volcanic Viridian.png Volcanic Viridian ON-icon-quest-Book 01.png Crafting Motif 47: Buoyant Armiger
Ashlander Style ON-icon-style material-Ash Canvas.png Ash Canvas ON-icon-quest-Book 01.png Crafting Motif 48: Ashlander
Militant Ordinator Style ON-icon-style material-Lustrous Sphalerite.png Lustrous Sphalerite ON-icon-quest-Book 01.png Crafting Motif 49: Militant Ordinator
Telvanni Style ON-icon-style material-Wrought Ferrofungus.png Wrought Ferrofungus ON-icon-quest-Book 01.png Crafting Motif 50: Telvanni
Redoran Style ON-icon-style material-Polished Scarab Elytra.png Polished Scarab Elytra ON-icon-quest-Book 01.png Crafting Motif 51: Redoran
Hlaalu Style ON-icon-style material-Refined Bonemold Resin.png Refined Bonemold Resin ON-icon-quest-Book 01.png Crafting Motif 52: Hlaalu
Tsaesci Style ON-icon-style material-Snake Fang.png Snake Fang ON-icon-quest-Book 01.png Crafting Motif 53: Tsaesci
Bloodforge Style ON-icon-style material-Bloodroot Flux.png Bloodroot Flux ON-icon-quest-Book 01.png Crafting Motif 54: Bloodforge
Dreadhorn Style ON-icon-style material-Minotaur Bezoar.png Minotaur Bezoar ON-icon-quest-Book 01.png Crafting Motif 55: Dreadhorn
Apostle Style ON-icon-style material-Tempered Brass.png Tempered Brass ON-icon-quest-Book 01.png Crafting Motif 56: Apostle
Ebonshadow Style ON-icon-style material-Tenebrous Cord.png Tenebrous Cord ON-icon-quest-Book 01.png Crafting Motif 57: Ebonshadow
Fang Lair Style ON-icon-style material-Dragon Bone.png Dragon Bone ON-icon-quest-Book 01.png Crafting Motif 58: Fang Lair
Scalecaller Style ON-icon-style material-Infected Flesh.png Infected Flesh ON-icon-quest-Book 01.png Crafting Motif 59: Scalecaller
Worm Cult Style ON-icon-style material-Desecrated Grave Soil.png Desecrated Grave Soil ON-icon-quest-Book 01.png Crafting Motif 60: Worm Cult
Psijic Style ON-icon-style material-Vitrified Malondo.png Vitrified Malondo ON-icon-quest-Book 01.png Crafting Motif 61: Psijic
Sapiarch Style ON-icon-style material-Culanda Lacquer.png Culanda Lacquer ON-icon-quest-Book 01.png Crafting Motif 62: Sapiarch
Dremora Style (?) ON-icon-quest-Book 01.png Crafting Motif 63: Dremora
Pyandonean Style ON-icon-style material-Sea Serpent Hide.png Sea Serpent Hide ON-icon-quest-Book 01.png Crafting Motif 64: Pyandonean
Hunstman Style (?) ON-icon-quest-Book 01.png Crafting Motif 65:Hunstman
Silver Dawn Style (?) ON-icon-quest-Book 01.png Crafting Motif 67: Silver Dawn
Welkynar Style (?) Gryphon Plume ON-icon-quest-Book 01.png Crafting Motif 67: Welkynar

Traits[edit]

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Traits are a special property that can appear on all weapons and armor. Each item can have a single trait, in addition to all other properties an item can carry, though items without any traits are also common.

Traits may be researched in order to craft custom items with the respective properties.

Constructing an item with a specific trait requires a special tertiary material. These ingredients can be retrieved by deconstructing items with traits, or refining raw ore, wood, leather or fibers. Crafting hirelings for Blacksmithing, Clothing and Woodworking will also commonly send all types of trait materials.

The magnitude of each trait depends on the quality of the item, improving the item will automatically increase the trait's magnitude.


Non-percentage values in the following tables are for Level 50 Champion Points160 items. Lower level items will have smaller values. See the individual trait pages for more complete info.

Armor traits are available on all articles of light, medium and heavy armor, as well as shields.

Trait Material Description Magnitude
Normal Fine Superior Epic Legendary
Sturdy ON-icon-trait material-Quartz.png Quartz Reduce block cost by … 2% 2.5% 3% 3.5% 4%
Impenetrable ON-icon-trait material-Diamond.png Diamond Increase your Critical Resistance by … and this item takes 50% less durability damage. 225 234 243 249 258
Reinforced ON-icon-trait material-Sardonyx.png Sardonyx Increases this item's armor value by … 12% 13% 14% 15% 16%
Well-fitted ON-icon-trait material-Almandine.png Almandine Reduces the cost of sprinting and Roll Dodging by … 1% 2% 3% 4% 5%
Training ON-icon-trait material-Emerald.png Emerald Increase experience gained from kills by … 7% 8% 9% 10% 11%
Infused ON-icon-trait material-Bloodstone.png Bloodstone Increase armor enchantment effect by … 8% 11% 14% 17% 20%
Invigorating ON-icon-trait material-Garnet.png Garnet Increase Health Recovery, Magicka Recovery, and Stamina Recovery by … 3 5 7 9 11
Divines ON-icon-trait material-Sapphire.png Sapphire Increases Mundus Stone effects by … 3.5% 4.5% 5.5% 6.5% 7.5%
Nirnhoned ON-icon-trait material-Fortified Nirncrux.png Fortified Nirncrux Increases Physical and Spell Resistance by … 262 273 283 290 301

The following traits are available on both armor, weapons, and as of Update 18, jewelry as well.

They can only be found, but not researched or crafted.

Trait Description Magnitude
Normal Fine Superior Epic Legendary
Ornate This item sells to merchants for …% more. 280% 285% 290% 295% 300%
Intricate Increase inspiration gained from deconstruction of this item by …, and gain additional refined material upon deconstruction of this item. Armor/Weapons 280% 285% 290% 295% 300%
Jewelry 300% 325% 350% 375% 400%

Enchantments[edit]

The following enchantments (all additive) can be added to armor:

Gallery[edit]