Dwarven Armor - Crafting Guide - Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Smithing some Dwarven Armor in The Elder Scrolls v: Skyrim.
Smithing some Dwarven Armor in The Elder Scrolls v: Skyrim.

This crafting guide for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim covers the Dwarven Armor pieces that can be crafted by your player character through the use of the Smithing skill and related Dwarven crafting perk, unlocked through advancement in the skill tree. Within this guide you will find details covering the overall profit you can make, considering the rise in value from base ingredients against the finished product, as well as the base statistics granted through using the equipment.

All of the crafted items of this category, including Dwarven Weapons, require some amount of Dwarven Ingots to create. The ingots used for Dwarven Armor are found by breaking down the Dwemer Metals that can be found through searching the various Dwemer Ruins in the lands of Skyrim. In addition, you will also need to spend one of your perk points to unlock the Dwarven Smithing perk which in turn requires that you have at least a skill level of 30 in the Smithing skill tree along with already having unlocked Steel Smithing.

As a final note, using a workbench to upgrade your Dwarven Armors all require a single Dwarven Ingot as well, so make sure to have some extras lying around. The benefit of the workbench will depend on various stat boosts and your skill level.

All the equipment crafted in the Dwarven group of armor pieces are considered to be Heavy Armor, deriving their increase in armor rating from that skill and effects that modify it.

Dwarven Armor
Dwarven Armor

Dwarven Armor

A golden chest piece with various studs and intricate patterns carved into its surface. The bottom portion consisting of blue cloth and plates on each thigh. The most profitable item of this group to craft.

Armor Stats

  • Weight: 45
  • Gold Value: 400
  • Gold per pound: 8.88
  • Base Armor Rating: 34
  • Form ID: 0001394d

Dwarven Armor Ingredients List:

  • Steel Ingot x1
  • Iron Ingot x1
  • Leather Strips x3
  • Dwarven Metal Ingot x3

Cost of Crafting Materials: 126 Gold
Profit Margin: +274 Gold

Dwarven Boots
Dwarven Boots

Dwarven Boots

Heavy boots sharing the same straight lined patterns carved into the surface, and metal flaps that extend all the way down to the heel of the shoe. Scratches and scuffs are also clearly visible. Seems to show more of a brown rusted type of color than the majority of gold which the other pieces represent. Crafting these boots will result in lost overall value.

Armor Stats

  • Weight: 10
  • Gold Value: 85
  • Gold per pound: 8.5
  • Base Armor Rating: 13
  • Form ID: 0001394c

Dwarven Boots Ingredients List:

  • Steel Ingot x1
  • Iron Ingot x1
  • Leather Strips x2
  • Dwarven Metal Ingot x2

Cost of Crafting Materials: 93 Gold
Profit Margin: -8 Gold

Dwarven Gauntlets
Dwarven Gauntlets

Dwarven Gauntlets

The Dwarven Gauntlets show again, a general level of wear on the surface and triangular patterns on the wrist pieces, which themselves are substantially larger than the hand portion. A bar on the side of each wrist portion seems to have been implemented to block blows with the hands to dome degree and a large bolt at the top to affix the pieces together. Armor plating extends all the way down to the fingers with more bolts at the base.

Armor Stats

  • Weight: 8
  • Gold Value: 85
  • Gold per pound: 10.63
  • Base Armor Rating: 13
  • Form ID: 0001394e

Dwarven Gauntlets Ingredients List:

  • Steel Ingot x1
  • Iron Ingot x1
  • Leather Strips x2
  • Dwarven Metal Ingot x1

Cost of Crafting Materials: 60 Gold
Profit Margin: +25 Gold

Dwarven Helmet
Dwarven Helmet

Dwarven Helmet

The Dwarven Helmet is certainly one of the more visually intriguing Heavy Armor helmets out of the craftable items, covering up the majority of the face minus slits for the eyes and mouth. There are little to no inlays in the same manner as the other pieces, while having a large protrusion from the top of the head. The general look of the helmet seems to show a face in distress. Perhaps the Dwemer suffered from depression...

Armor Stats

  • Weight: 12
  • Gold Value: 200
  • Gold per pound: 16.67
  • Base Armor Rating: 18
  • Form ID: 0001394f

Dwarven Helmet Ingredients List:

  • Steel Ingot x1
  • Iron Ingot x1
  • Leather Strips x2
  • Dwarven Metal Ingot x2

Cost of Crafting Materials: 93 Gold
Profit Margin: +107 Gold

Dwarven Shield
Dwarven Shield

Dwarven Shield

The Dwarven Shield is the second most profitable item of this group to create, exhibiting many studs and a series of square shaped impressions that curve around the top. A piece cut out of the top seems to have been implemented for practical purposes, potentially allowing the user to raise the shield near the face yet still see past the shield itself. Considering the shield is liable to take the most blows of any of the armor pieces, it is odd considering it has some of the least visible damage compared to the other items.A unique insignia of sorts seems to take up the center portion of the shield.

Armor Stats

  • Weight: 12
  • Gold Value: 225
  • Gold per pound: 18.75
  • Base Armor Rating: 26 *
  • Form ID: 00013950

Dwarven Shield Ingredients List:

  • Steel Ingot x1
  • Iron Ingot x1
  • Leather Strips x1
  • Dwarven Metal Ingot x2

Cost of Crafting Materials: 90 Gold
Profit Margin: +135 Gold

The Dwarven Armor pieces all share a common gold colored theme, possessing various patterned inlays on the equipment and a general look of wear to the armor, which can be considered odd especially when freshly crafted. Bolts that seem to hold the pieces together are common, with some browns and blues mixed in to the color scheme.

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Comments 2 comments

Trent 4 years ago

Awesome guide, helped out a lot and is very informative! :D


chris b 2 years ago

Thanks a lot it really help and now I know what materials I need to make this armor tjanks a bunch

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