Skyrim: Advanced Armors

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For the Smithing perk, see Advanced Armors (perk).

Advanced Armors is a Smithing perk that allows you to combine corundum and steel to craft two medium-quality armor types: scaled light armor and steel plate heavy armor (and with the Dragonborn add-on installed, an additional Nordic carved heavy armor and weapons). It is the second perk in the light armor branch of Smithing's perk tree. Unlocking it requires a Smithing skill of 50, and the Elven Smithing perk must have already been unlocked.

The Advanced Armors perk also causes tempering of scaled and steel plate armor to be twice as effective. This perk applies to both unenchanted armor and enchanted armor (generic armor or custom), as long as the Arcane Blacksmith perk has been unlocked. Tempering of the Helm of Yngol is also improved by Advanced Armors.

Scaled Armor[edit]

Scaled armor is a medium-quality light armor that is better than standard elven, although its cuirass is not as strong as elven gilded armor, making the two sets equal as an overall set. It appears in leveled lists starting at level 19 (enchanted varieties at level 20). All items can be tempered using 1 corundum ingot, and having the Advanced Armors perk doubles the quality improvement.

A male Nord wearing scaled armor
Name (ID) Weight Value Rating Raw Materials Delta Ratio
SR-icon-ingot-Corundum Ingot.png Corundum SR-icon-ingot-Steel Ingot.png Steel SR-icon-misc-Leather.png Leather SR-icon-misc-LeatherStrips.png Strips Weight Value Weight Value
SR-icon-armor-ScaledArmor.png Scaled Armor
(0001b3a3)
6 350 32 2 3 2 3 -3.3 181 0.65 2.07
SR-icon-armor-ScaledHornArmor.png Scaled Horn Armor
(0001b3a4)
6 350 32 N/A N/A
SR-icon-armor-ScaledBoots.png Scaled Boots
(0001b39f)
2 70 9 1 2 1 2 -3.2 -26 0.38 0.73
SR-icon-armor-ScaledBracers.png Scaled Bracers
(0001b3a0)
2 70 9 1 1 1 2 -2.2 -6 0.48 0.92
SR-icon-armor-ScaledHelmet.png Scaled Helmet
(0001b3a1)
2 175 14 1 2 1 1 -3.1 82 0.39 1.88
Totals (for craftable items, without shield): 12 665 64 5 8 5 8

Steel Plate Armor[edit]

Steel plate armor is a medium-quality heavy armor that is better than Dwarven but not as good as Orcish. It appears in leveled lists starting at level 18 (enchanted varieties at level 19). All items can be tempered using 1 corundum ingot, and having the Advanced Armors perk doubles the quality improvement.

A female Imperial wearing steel plate armor
Name (ID) Weight Value Rating Raw Materials Delta Ratio
SR-icon-ingot-Corundum Ingot.png Corundum SR-icon-ingot-Steel Ingot.png Steel SR-icon-ingot-Iron Ingot.png Iron SR-icon-misc-LeatherStrips.png Strips Weight Value Weight Value
SR-icon-armor-SteelPlateArmor.png Steel Plate Armor
(0001395c)
38 625 40 1 3 1 3 32.7 509 7.17 5.39
SR-icon-armor-SteelPlateBoots.png Steel Plate Boots
(0001395b)
9 125 14 1 2 1 2 4.8 32 2.14 1.34
SR-icon-armor-SteelPlateGauntlets.png Steel Plate Gauntlets
(0001395d)
6 125 14 1 2 1 2 1.8 32 1.43 1.34
SR-icon-armor-SteelPlateHelmet.png Steel Plate Helmet
(0001395e)
6 300 19 1 2 1 2 1.8 207 1.43 3.23
Totals (without shield): 59 1175 87 4 9 4 9

Nordic Carved ArmorDB[edit]

See Skyrim:Nordic

Nordic WeaponsDB[edit]

See Skyrim:Nordic

Notes[edit]

  • There are recipes named RecipeArmorSteelPlateShield and TemperArmorSteelPlateShield found in the Creation Kit, which may mean that at some point during development, a steel plate shield was to be in the game.