There are four types of materials involved in Clothing: Raw Materials, Processed Materials, Tannins, and Gems.
Raw Materials are the materials that can be found in the world on plants or wild animals. By themselves they cannot be used, but they may be refined into Processed Materials at any clothing station. Unlocking the "Plentiful Harvest" and "Master Gatherer" perks in the Lover Champion tree will also provide bonuses when harvesting. There is a small chance of producing tannins when refining raw materials. Plants are limited to certain zones and increase as the general zone level increases. Medium armor materials are linked to the level of the animal. Materials in battle-leveled zones are dependent on your level in Tailoring.
Tannins can be used to improve existing light or medium armor.
Gems can be used to craft armor with traits, provided that trait has been researched on that piece.
|Hemming||Improve quality from Normal to Fine|
|Embroidery||Improve quality from Fine to Superior|
|Elegant Lining||Improve quality from Superior to Epic|
|Dreugh Wax||Improve quality from Epic to Legendary|
In addition to clothing items, tannins are also used in Patterns for furnishings. Specifically:
- Normal quality patterns do not require any tannins
- Fine quality patterns require 9 Hemming
- Superior quality patterns require 6 Embroidery
- Epic quality patterns require 3 Elegant Lining
- Legendary quality patterns require 1 Dreugh Wax
There are 9 gems used for clothing. These gems for armor and 9 others for weapons are also used in blacksmithing and woodworking.
|Quartz||Sturdy||Reduces block cost|
|Diamond||Impenetrable||Increases Critical Resistance and the item takes less durability damage|
|Sardonyx||Reinforced||Increases the item's armor value|
|Almandine||Well-fitted||Reduces the cost of Sprinting and Roll Dodging|
|Emerald||Training||Increases experience gained from kills|
|Bloodstone||Infused||Increases armor enchantment effect|
|Garnet||Prosperous||Increases gold gained from looting enemies|
|Sapphire||Divines||Increases Mundus Stone effects|
|Fortified Nirncrux||Nirnhoned||Increases Physical and Spell Resistance|