Dragonscale Armor Guide

Dragonscale Armor Guide

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Skyrim has been at the forefront of the RPG landscape for over the last decade with its undeniable essence to be able to bring people into an entrancing world that offers them an abundance of unique and exciting quests to complete with an unrivaled bucolic scenery where the rolling hills gracefully make way to snow trodden paths. 

Skyrim is my favorite game of all time, and I know the power that it holds over many players when they can experience the game.

One particular aspect of Skyrim’s gameplay loop that players have to pay close attention to is their various equipment, such as weapons and armor. One of the best armor sets in the game is the ‘Dragon Armor’ set, and this particular guide will take you over the entire catalog of ‘Dragonscale Armor‘ and focus specifically on key details of the main chest plate armor as part of the set. You will be hunting dragons wearing their very own scales in no time with this information!

Key Details Up Front

For readers who want to simply dive into the key aspects of the chest armor and continue with their Skyrim adventure as fast as possible, these details are for you! I know I would want to quickly grab the details and get back to the experience, so here they are.

Armor Location: The Armor can be crafted at a ‘Blacksmith’s Forge’ after the player has achieved a level of 100 for the ‘smithing’ skill set and unlocked the ‘Dragon Smithing’ perk. The armor can be found as a random loot drop in chests after the player has reached the level of 46 in-game.

Notably, however, after they rank up to the next level afterward, enchanted Dragonscale Armor can also drop as loot from Legendary and Revered Dragons after the player has eliminated them. Armor Material Cost: In order to craft the main Dragonscale armor, you will need the following materials: 3 Leather Strips, Leather, 4 Dragon Scales, and 2 Iron Ingots.

Key Features: The ‘base armor’ rating is 51, which makes it stand out from the crowd of armors on offer within Skyrim. The appearance of the armor is once again unique in its nature and is a shimmering sight to behold of the dragon scales, which could be said to almost appear embroidered throughout the entirety of the armor.

Weight: 10.

Armor Type: Heavy Armor.

Armor Value: 1500 gold.

Overview of Dragonscale Armor

Dragonscale Armor Guide

The Dragonscale Armor is one of the many armors sets available in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. It is undoubtedly set apart from the pack with its appearance and overall aesthetic for the Dragonborn to adorn themselves with. The armor will, of course, offer you a level of protection from any attacking foes in Skyrim. This is a perfect armor set for curating to the various builds that you may choose to create.

Hold guards will even remark upon your armor in saying: “Is your armor made of…dragon scales? By the gods; what I wouldn’t do for a set of that.” This showcases the extremity of the armor and will have you galavanting around the holds with a sense of high ego as you show off your dragon armor to any passerby.

How to Obtain Dragonscale Armor in Skyrim

There are numerous ways to obtain this particular armor in the experience. As aforementioned, the Armor can be crafted at a ‘Blacksmith’s Forge’ after the player has achieved a level of 100 for the ‘smithing’ skill set and unlocked the ‘Dragon Smithing’ perk.

It should be noted that a Blacksmith’s Forge can be found throughout the world, but you will always find one in the various capital cities within Skyrim.

These are nine capital cities in total within the world for players to stumble upon. Once you have found a blacksmith’s forge and have obtained the required perk, you can access the ‘Dragon’ armor category in crafting and scroll the list until you find various pieces of ‘Dragonscale Armor.’ A breakdown of each armor piece (excluding the chest plate armor due to it being in the key details) will be included further on in this article.

The armor can also be found as a random loot drop in chests after the player has reached the level of 46 in-game. These chests can be found in places such as castles, dungeons, and other significantly enemy-filled areas. You may even find them in other chests outside those main particular areas.

If you are a player who likes to ensure they have the best possible armor at any given moment, then an enchanted Dragonscale Armor may be the one for you. The enchanted Dragonscale Armor can drop as loot from Legendary and Revered Dragons. Legendary dragons start to spawn throughout the world in Skyrim after the player has reached around level 78. Whereas ‘Revered Dragons’ will spawn around level 33 onwards for players.

Where to find the Crafting Materials Required for Dragonscale Armor

Crafting Materials Required for Dragonscale Armor

For crafting any piece of ‘Dragonscale Armor,’ you will require varying amounts of Leather Strips, Leather, Dragon Scales, and Iron Ingots. These can be found throughout the game, and many of the materials will be key components for other crafting of items in the experience.

Firstly, Dragon Scales. These can be acquired by any defeated dragon (or on a dragon’s corpse/bones in the wild), and within the loot, there will commonly be around 1-6 of the scales to collect for the material/item. If you are looking to obtain dragon scales quickly, then the following method is for you.

It has long been known in the community of an area to collect dragon scales quickly, even from the start of the game. The location that you will want to travel to is ‘Rorikstead.’ This is the starting location for your journey to obtain the dragon scales in the general overworld.

You will want to climb up the mountain to the right of Rorikstead when facing north within Rorikstead. The exact location is shown on the map below for you to navigate to. There will be a ‘Shrine of Akatosh,’ and next to it on the ground, you will find dragon scales.

It should be noted that these dragon scales replenish once a week, which therefore means you can simply wait near and around the location to keep picking up dragon scales for your crafting material if you can’t find frequent dragons to eliminate to obtain the scales.

The next item you’ll need is Leather. This can be gathered in a variety of ways, each one unique and interesting! The first is to hunt animals within the world and obtain their pelts. These can be found on the carcass of any animal that you choose to hunt, whether it be wolves, deer, or other animals with pelts.

After you have got their pelts, you can then make your way to a ‘Tanning Rack,’ and you will be able to ‘craft’ leather within the menu. If hunting isn’t your preferred way of gathering materials, you can also purchase the leather from various merchants throughout Skyrim.

The merchants near blacksmithing shops are great starting points; there is one within Whiterun that you can talk to and obtain Leather. She is named ‘Adrianne Avenicci,’ and you can talk to her and see if she has any leather for sale.

Leather can be found generally throughout the world, so it shouldn’t take you too long to find a vast abundance of the material. Leather Strips, on the other hand, can again be purchased, found, and also crafted through the ‘Tanning Rack’ once again by utilizing Leather.

Iron Ingots can be purchased and found throughout the world. They can also be smelted with the usage of Iron ore, it’s time to get that pickaxe out and start mining at the veins to gather that ore!

With all of the crafting materials gathered, you can now begin to craft the various pieces of Dragonscale armor. Hooray!

Breakdown of Dragonscale Boots

Breakdown of Dragonscale Boots

The Dragonscale Boots will be able to be crafted with the use of 2 Dragon Scales, one piece of Leather, 2 Leather Strips, and one Iron Ingot. When you have crafted the Dragonscale Boots, you will have boots with an armor rating of 15.

The value of the boots is 300 gold, and the weight is 3. The armor type itself is ‘light armor’ compared to the main chest plate armor, which is heavy armor.

Breakdown of Dragonscale Gauntlets

The Dragonscale Gauntlets once again will be able to be crafted with the use of 2 Dragon Scales, one piece of Leather, 2 Leather Strips, and one Iron Ingot. When you have crafted the Dragonscale Gauntlets, you will have the piece of armor within the set with an armor rating of 15, similarly compared to the boots.

The value of the gauntlets is 300 gold, and the weight is 3. As can be observed, the stats are equal to the boots within the set.

Breakdown of the Dragonscale Helmet

The Dragonscale Helmet is where things start to ramp up with values and the armor rating. It can be crafted with one Leather Strips, 2 Dragon Scales, one piece of Leather, and one Iron Ingot. The armor rating of the helmet is 21.

The value of the helmet is a massive 750 gold, with the weight being 4. Selling pieces of this armor set will make you a tidy profit!

Breakdown of the Dragonscale Shield

Breakdown of the Dragonscale Shield

The Dragonscale Shield can, of course, be used in combination with any one-handed weapon and can also be used to cause damage against foes. In turn, crafting one of these will be a necessity if you want to fully complete the set. The Dragonscale Shield can be crafted with 2 Leather Strips, 4 Dragon Scales, and 2 Iron Ingots. The Armor rating of the shield is 36.

The value of the shield is again 75 gold, and the weight is 6 for the shield.

Spawning Dragonscale Armor with Console Commands on PC

If the process of gathering materials and crafting isn’t to your standard and you’d much rather just have the armor available at any point, then utilizing console commands on PC will be the method for you!

Most things in Skyrim have an individual ‘ID’ attached to them that will allow you to utilize various console commands with the ID. To spawn/add the armor in your inventory, simply bring up the console command by pressing the ~ key and then type into the command line: “player.addItem” and after the ‘addItem’ simply input one of the following respective ID’s for the part of the armor you want to be added:

  • Dragonscale Armor – 0001393E
  • Dragonscale Boots – 0001393D
  • Dragonscale Gauntlets – 0001393F
  • Dragonscale Helmet – 00013940
  • Dragonscale Shield – 00013941

When you have entered the command code, the item will be added to your inventory, and you will be able to equip the armor.

Enchantments with Dragonscale Armor

Enchantments with Dragonscale Armor

There are a whopping 38 available enchantments to apply to various apparel and 37 in total to apply to Dragonscale Armor. These can be applied to parts of the apparel or the shield.

Some enchantments can’t be applied to certain types of armor, but all of the enchantments noted here will be able to be applied to at least one piece in the set. All enchantments can be crafted and applied at an ‘Enchantment Table.’ The list below showcases all of the enchantments in alphabetical order.


  • Fortify Alchemy
  • Fortify Alteration
  • Fortify Alteration and Magicka Regen
  • Fortify Archery
  • Fortify Block
  • Fortify Carry Weight
  • Fortify Conjuration
  • Fortify Conjuration and Magicka Regen
  • Fortify Destruction
  • Fortify Destruction and Magicka Regen
  • Fortify Healing Rate
  • Fortify Health
  • Fortify Heavy Armor
  • Fortify Illusion
  • Fortify Illusion and Magicka Regen
  • Fortify Light Armor
  • Fortify Lockpicking
  • Fortify Magicka Yes
  • Fortify Magicka Regen
  • Fortify One-Handed
  • Fortify Pickpocket
  • Fortify Restoration
  • Fortify Restoration and Magicka Regen
  • Fortify Smithing
  • Fortify Sneak
  • Fortify Stamina
  • Fortify Stamina Regen
  • Fortify Two-Handed
  • Fortify Unarmed
  • Muffle
  • Resist Disease
  • Resist Fire
  • Resist Frost
  • Resist Magic
  • Resist Poison
  • Resist Shock
  • Water Breathing

There are a diverse array of enchantments to utilize for the armor and shield!

Comparisons with Late-Game Armor Types

Skyrim is home to a variety of armor sets as aforementioned, and thus the choice of one armor style over another relies on what a particular player’s build is and what advantages wearing one armor set over another brings. Dragonscale armor is on-par with armor such as Ebony armor and Deathbrand armor. However, the Dragonscale set is lower in base armor rating than Deadric, Dragonplate, and Stalhrim armor sets.

However, Dragonscale armor comprises of light armor pieces with high armor ratings, which in turn could be said to slightly negate the overall base armor ratings compared to the other late-game armor types. If your playstyle frequents a light-armor build, then you will be getting a great usage out of the Dragonscale armor for defense, even if it can be lower in base armor rating than some others.



Question: Can I obtain the Armor from the Start of the Game

Answer: Yes! If you are on PC, you will be able to utilize the aforementioned console command method.

Question: Are There Male and Female Versions of the Armor?

Answer: Yes, there are two different variations of armor. This is only cosmetic, however, and rightly does not affect the stats of the armor in any way.

Question: How Long Will It Take to Reach Level 100 in Smithing?

Answer: If you focus on crafting items, armor, and weapons throughout your general playthrough of the game, I will estimate that it would take you until you reached player level 30-55 to reach level 100 smithing.

Dragonscale Armor Guide: Conclusion

The Dragonscale Armor set in Skyrim is a set that you should be aiming to obtain and wear on your various journey’s throughout the lands! Be sure to collect all of the armor as soon as possible if you like the sound of utilizing the various pieces of armor.

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