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Morrowind:Heavy Armor

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Skill: Heavy Armor
Heavy Armor
Governing Attribute:
Hit By Opponent: +1.0

The Heavy Armor skill is used to move and defend while wearing massive and rigid armors like iron, steel, silver, Dwemer, ebony, and Daedric armor. To use any style of armor effectively, the wearer must be trained, conditioned, and skilled in its use.

Character CreationEdit

The following races receive bonuses to their Heavy Armor skill:

The following classes have Heavy Armor as a Major skill:

The following classes have Heavy Armor as a Minor skill:


The following factions include Heavy Armor as one of their favored skills:


The Master Trainer of Heavy Armor is Seanwen at the Arena Fighters Training in Vivec. Other trainers of note are:

See Heavy Armor Trainers for the complete list.


  • A full suit of Daedric can provide up to 266 Armor Rating, almost twice as much as the best Medium armor (145), and about 100 points more than the best Light armor (168). While it is one of the best non-magic protection, it suffers from several drawbacks.
    • A full set of Daedric armor weighs 354lbs; only stronger characters may carry one without enchantments. It limits carrying capacity for weapons and loot. This may also significantly slow one's movement rate.
    • Daedric armor is the rarest and hardest set to find. With both Tribunal and Bloodmoon installed, there is exactly one of each piece of the set to be found in the whole game, no more than two of them anywhere near each other. Without the expansions, the only way to get a full set is to do one of two things: either kill an essential character, which can ruin your Main Quest if not done properly (or destroy his armor and pickpocket it which is much harder and takes much longer); or cheat.


Heavy Armor is defined by the following weight values. The links provide access to categories that list all of the available heavy armor items of each type.

Armor Type Weight
Boots >18.0
Cuirass >27.0
Greaves, Shield >13.5
Bracer, Gauntlet, Helmet >4.5
Pauldron >9.0

Excluding the expansions, there are six styles of Heavy Armor that provide complete armor sets; four other styles are incomplete.

Armor Style        
Complete Sets
Iron Armor 10 117 3,150 266
Steel Armor 15 118 1,650 558
Imperial Steel Armor 16 114 1,760 618
Dwemer Armor 20 118 2,200 3,990
Ebony Armor 60 236 6,600 133,000
Nordic Mail BM 66 132 3,050 18,000
Her Hand's Armor TR 70* 317 7,220 178,500
Daedric Armor 80 354 8,650 257,000
Partial Sets
Nordic Iron Armor
(Helmet, Cuirass)
16 43 640 180
Nordic Trollbone Armor
(Helmet, Cuirass, Shield)
18 56 1,080 308
Imperial Templar Armor
(No shield)
18 103 1,620 580
Imperial Silver Armor
(Helmet, Cuirass)
18 35 710 400

* The helmet has 75 armor rating but the shield has only 55.