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Morrowind:Heavy Armor

Morrowind: Skills
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 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.


The following books will increase your Heavy Armor skill:


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


  • 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 Boots negatively affect your ability to sneak.[verification needed]
  • The highest-rated heavy armor stats in the game can be achieved with the following armor combination:


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

There are seven styles of Heavy Armor that provide fairly complete armor sets; three other styles include a few pieces of armor.

Armor Style Rating Weight Health Value
Complete Sets
Iron Armor 10 117 3150 266
Steel Armor 15 118 1650 558
Imperial Steel Armor 16 114 1760 618
Imperial Templar Armor
(Using Imperial Shield)
18 117 1940 658
Dwemer Armor 20 118 2200 3990
Ebony Armor 60 236 6600 133000
Daedric Armor 80 354 8650 257000
Partial Sets
Nordic Iron Armor
(Helmet, Cuirass)
Nordic Trollbone Armor
(Helmet, Cuirass, Shield)
Imperial Silver Armor
(Helmet, Cuirass)