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Armor comes in many shapes and sizes. There are three types of armor available: light, medium, and heavy. Light armor is geared toward mages, medium armor is geared toward stamina users, and heavy armor (the most protective type of armor) is geared toward frontline warriors. There are no limits to what armor you can wear; you can wear any armor or equip any weapon, regardless of race, class, or alliance.

In a switch back to the older gameplay of Oblivion and Morrowind, armor will degrade in combat and other circumstances (such as dying and respawning). There are repair kits you can carry around to make repairs in the field, or you can pay any merchant to do the work for you. Previously, the armor rating of a single piece of armor would gradually decrease as it degraded. As of patch 2.1.5, the armor rating stays the same until the piece of armor is fully damaged, after which its rating will be zero until repaired.

Armor is split into seven body sections, with different types for light, medium, and heavy armors: hats, helmets, and helms for the head; epaulets, arm cops, and pauldrons for the shoulders; robes (or jerkins), jacks, and cuirasses for the torso; gloves, bracers, and gauntlets for the hands; sashes, belts, and girdles for the waist; breeches, guards, and greaves for the legs; and shoes, boots, and sabatons for the feet. In addition, there are four more equipment slots for a disguise/costume, two rings, and a necklace, as well as two hand slots. A shield can be equipped in one of the hands to add to the armor rating and allow the use of One Hand and Shield skills.

Armor MaterialsEdit


Main article: Styles

There are numerous styles available to wear in Elder Scrolls Online. Styles can be categorised into two types, however both can be used to customise the appearance of your character via the Outfit System.

  • Crafting Motifs — These are styles that the player can learn with the appropriate Crafting Motifs. Crafting armor or weapons in a particular style requires certain skills and ingredients. Motifs are typically used in conjunction with Crafting Writs.
  • Outfit Styles — These styles are not associated with the crafting system in any way, and exist purely as visual changes that overlay their design over your existing equipment. Outfit styles are usually obtained during in-game Events.

Other styles exist in the game, but are limited, unavailable or yet to be released. This page serves as an outline of these.

Crafting MotifsEdit

Weapons and Armor can be crafted in a variety of styles. Crafting an item in a specific style requires a Style Material. Each character starts with the ability to create items in their own racial style, and other styles may be learned from special consumable books called motifs. These books along with secondary ingredients may be randomly found in containers throughout the world. The first fourteen motif listed below can be found throughout the world regardless of zone.

Craftable styles with associated crafting materials and motif books
Style Material Motif
High Elf Style   Adamantite   Crafting Motif 1: High Elf Style
Dark Elf Style   Obsidian   Crafting Motif 2: Dark Elf Style
Wood Elf Style   Bone   Crafting Motif 3: Wood Elf Style
Nord Style   Corundum   Crafting Motif 4: Nord Style
Breton Style   Molybdenum   Crafting Motif 5: Breton Style
Redguard Style   Starmetal   Crafting Motif 6: Redguard Style
Khajiit Style   Moonstone   Crafting Motif 7: Khajiit Style
Orcish Style   Manganese   Crafting Motif 8: Orc Style
Argonian Style   Flint   Crafting Motif 9: Argonian Style
Imperial Style   Nickel   Crafting Motif 10: Imperial Style
Ancient Elf Style   Palladium   Crafting Motif 11: Ancient Elf Style
Barbaric Style   Bronze   Crafting Motif 12: Barbaric Style
Primal Style   Argentum   Crafting Motif 13: Primal Style
Daedric Style   Daedra Heart   Crafting Motif 14: Daedric Style
Dwemer Style   Dwemer Frame   Crafting Motif 15: Dwemer Style
Glass Style   Malachite   Crafting Motif 16: Glass Style
Xivkyn Style   Charcoal of Remorse   Crafting Motif 17: Xivkyn Style
Akaviri Style   Goldscale   Crafting Motif 18: Akaviri Style
Mercenary Style   Laurel   Crafting Motif 19: Mercenary Style
Yokudan Style   Ferrous Salts   Crafting Motif 20: Yokudan Style
Ancient Orc Style   Cassiterite   Crafting Motif 21: Ancient Orc Style
Trinimac Style   Auric Tusk   Crafting Motif 22: Trinimac Style
Malacath Style   Potash   Crafting Motif 23: Malacath Style
Outlaw Style   Rogue's Soot   Crafting Motif 24: Outlaw Style
Aldmeri Dominion Style   Eagle Feather   Crafting Motif 25: Aldmeri Dominion Style
Daggerfall Covenant Style   Lion Fang   Crafting Motif 26: Daggerfall Covenant Style
Ebonheart Pact Style   Dragon Scute   Crafting Motif 27: Ebonheart Pact Style
Ra Gada Style   Ancient Sandstone   Crafting Motif 28: Ra Gada Style
Soul-Shriven Style   Azure Plasm   Crafting Motif 29: Soul-Shriven Style
Morag Tong Style   Boiled Carapace   Crafting Motif 30: Morag Tong Style
Skinchanger Style   Wolfsbane Incense   Crafting Motif 31: Skinchanger Style
Abah's Watch Style   Polished Shilling   Crafting Motif 32: Abah's Watch Style
Thieves Guild Style   Fine Chalk   Crafting Motif 33: Thieves Guild Style
Assassins League Style   Tainted Blood   Crafting Motif 34: Assassins League Style
Dro-m'Athra Style   Defiled Whiskers   Crafting Motif 35: Dro-m'Athra Style
Dark Brotherhood Style   Black Beeswax   Crafting Motif 36: Dark Brotherhood Style
Ebony Style   Night Pumice   Crafting Motif 37: Ebony Style
Draugr Style   Pristine Shroud   Crafting Motif 38: Draugr Style
Minotaur Style   Oxblood Fungus   Crafting Motif 39: Minotaur Style
Order of the Hour Style   Pearl Sand   Crafting Motif 40: Order Hour Style
Celestial Style   Star Sapphire   Crafting Motif 41: Celestial Style
Hollowjack Style   Amber Marble   Crafting Motif 42: Hollowjack Style
Grim Harlequin Style    Grinstones   Crafting Motif 43: Grim Harlequin Style
Silken Ring Style   Distilled Slowsilver   Crafting Motif 44: Silken Ring Style
Mazzatun Style   Leviathan Scrimshaw   Crafting Motif 45: Mazzatun Style
Stalhrim Frostcaster Style    Stalhrim Shard   Crafting Motif 46: Frostcaster Style
Buoyant Armiger Style   Volcanic Viridian   Crafting Motif 47: Buoyant Armiger Style
Ashlander Style   Ash Canvas   Crafting Motif 48: Ashlander Style
Militant Ordinator Style   Lustrous Sphalerite   Crafting Motif 49: Militant Ordinator Style
Telvanni Style   Wrought Ferrofungus   Crafting Motif 50: Telvanni Style
Hlaalu Style   Refined Bonemold Resin   Crafting Motif 51: Hlaalu Style
Redoran Style   Polished Scarab Elytra   Crafting Motif 52: Redoran Style
Tsaesci Style    Snake Fang   Crafting Motif 53: Tsaesci Style
Bloodforge Style   Bloodroot Flux   Crafting Motif 54: Bloodforge Style
Dreadhorn Style   Minotaur Bezoar   Crafting Motif 55: Dreadhorn
Apostle Style   Tempered Brass   Crafting Motif 56: Apostle
Ebonshadow Style   Tenebrous Cord   Crafting Motif 57: Ebonshadow Style
Fang Lair Style   Dragon Bone   Crafting Motif 58: Fang Lair
Scalecaller Style   Infected Flesh   Crafting Motif 59: Scalecaller
Worm Cult Style   Desecrated Grave Soil   Crafting Motif 60: Worm Cult
Psijic Style   Vitrified Malondo   Crafting Motif 61: Psijic
Sapiarch Style   Culanda Lacquer   Crafting Motif 62: Sapiarch
Dremora Style   Warrior's Heart Ashes   Crafting Motif 63: Dremora Style
Pyandonean Style   Sea Serpent Hide   Crafting Motif 64: Pyandonean Style
Huntsman Style   Bloodscent Dew   Crafting Motif 65: Huntsman
Silver Dawn Style   Argent Pelt   Crafting Motif 66: Silver Dawn
Welkynar Style   Gryphon Plume   Crafting Motif 67: Welkynar
Honor Guard Style   Red Diamond Seal   Crafting Motif 68: Honor Guard Style
Dead-Water Style   Crocodile Leather   Crafting Motif 69: Dead-Water Style
Elder Argonian Style   Hackwing Plumage   Crafting Motif 70: Elder Argonian
Coldsnap Style   Goblin-Cloth Scrap   Crafting Motif 71: Coldsnap Style
Meridian Style   Auroran Dust   Crafting Motif 72: Meridian Style
Anequina Style   Shimmering Sand   Crafting Motif 73: Anequina Style
Pellitine Style   Dragonthread   Crafting Motif 74: Pellitine Style
Sunspire Style   Frost Embers   Crafting Motif 75: Sunspire Style
Dragonguard Style   Gilding Salts   Crafting Motif 76: Dragonguard Style
Stags of Z'en Style   Oath Cord   Crafting Motif 77: Stags of Z'en Style
Moongrave Fane Style   Blood of Sahrotnax   Crafting Motif 78: Moongrave Fane Style
Refabricated Style   Polished Rivets   Crafting Motif 79: Refabricated Style
Shield of Senchal Style   Carmine Shieldsilk   Crafting Motif 80: Shield of Senchal Style
New Moon Priest Style   Aeonstone Shard   Crafting Motif 81: New Moon Priest Style
Icereach Coven Style   Fryse Willow   Crafting Motif 82: Icereach Coven Style
Pyre Watch Style   Consecrated Myrrh   Crafting Motif 83: Pyre Watch Style
Blackreach Vanguard Style   Gloomspore Chitin   Crafting Motif 84: Blackreach Vanguard Style
Greymoor Style   Bat Oil   Crafting Motif 85: Greymoor Style
Sea Giant Style   Sea Snake Fang   Crafting Motif 86: Sea Giant Style
Ancestral Nord Style   Etched Corundum   Crafting Motif 87: Ancestral Nord Style
Ancestral Orc Style   Etched Manganese   Crafting Motif 88: Ancestral Orc Style
Ancestral High Elf Style   Etched Adamantite   Crafting Motif 89: Ancestral High Elf Style
Thorn Legion Style   Thorn Sigil   Crafting Motif 90: Thorn Legion Style
Hazardous Alchemy Style   Viridian Phial   Crafting Motif 91: Hazardous Alchemy Style
Ancestral Akaviri Style   Burnished Goldscale   Crafting Motif 92: Ancestral Akaviri Style
Ancestral Breton Style   Etched Molybdenum   Crafting Motif 93: Ancestral Breton Style
Ancestral Reach Style   Etched Bronze   Crafting Motif 94: Ancestral Reach Style
Nighthollow Style   Umbral Droplet   Crafting Motif 95: Nighthollow Style
Arkthzand Armory Style   Arkthzand Sprocket   Crafting Motif 96: Arkthzand Armory Style
Wayward Guardian Style   Hawk Skull   Crafting Motif 97: Wayward Guardian Style
House Hexos Style   Etched Nickel   Crafting Motif 98: House Hexos Style
Waking Flame Style   Chokeberry Extract   Crafting Motif 99: Waking Flame Style
True-Sworn Style   Fulgid Epidote   Crafting Motif 100: True-Sworn Style
Ivory Brigade Style   Ivory Brigade Clasp   Crafting Motif 101: Ivory Brigade Style
Sul-Xan Style   Death Hopper Vocal Sac   Crafting Motif 102: Sul-Xan Style
Black Fin Legion Style   Marsh Nettle Sprig   Crafting Motif 103: Black Fin Legion Style
Ancient Daedric Style   Pristine Daedric Heart   Crafting Motif 104: Ancient Daedric Style
Crimson Oath Style   Filed Barbs   Crafting Motif 105: Crimson Oath Style
Silver Rose Style   Rose Engraving   Crafting Motif 106: Silver Rose Style
Annihilarch's Chosen Style   Blaze-Veined Prism   Crafting Motif 107: Annihilarch's Chosen Style
Fargrave Guardian Style   Indigo Lucent   Crafting Motif 108: Fargrave Guardian Style
Dreadsails Style   Squid Ink   Crafting Motif 110: Dreadsails Style
Ascendant Order Style   Bone Pyre Ash   Crafting Motif 111: Ascendant Order Style
Syrbanic Marine Style   Scalloped Frog-Metal   Crafting Motif 112: Syrabanic Marine Style
Steadfast Society Style   Stendarr Stamp   Crafting Motif 113: Steadfast Society Style
Systres Guardian Style   High Isle Filigree   Crafting Motif 114: Systres Guardian Style
Y'ffre's Will Style   Engraved Leaves   Crafting Motif 115: Y'ffre's Will Style
Drowned Mariner Style   Preserving Saltwater   Crafting Motif 116: Drowned Mariner Style
Firesong Style   Firesong Skarn   Crafting Motif 117: Firesong Style
House Mornard Style   Vibrant Tumeric   Crafting Motif 118: House Mornard Style
Blessed Inheritor Style   Necrom Incense   Crafting Motif 119: Blessed Inheritor Style
Scribes of Mora Style   Glass Eye of Mora   Crafting Motif 120: Scribes of Mora Style
Clan Dreamcarver Style   Terror Oil   Crafting Motif 121: Clan Dreamcarver Style
Dead Keeper Style   Funerary Wrappings   Crafting Motif 122: Dead Keeper Style
Kindred's Concord Style   Festering Dreamcloth   Crafting Motif 123: Kindred's Concord Style


Traits are a special property that can appear on weapons, armor and jewelry. Each item can have a single trait, in addition to all other properties an item can carry, though items without any traits are also common.

Traits may be researched in order to craft custom items with the respective properties.

Constructing an item with a specific trait requires a special tertiary material. These ingredients can be retrieved by deconstructing items with traits, or refining raw ore, wood, leather or fibers, or dust. Crafting hirelings for Blacksmithing, Clothing and Woodworking will also commonly send all types of trait materials.

The magnitude of each trait depends on the quality of the item, improving the item will automatically increase the trait's magnitude.

Non-percentage values in the following tables are for Level 50  160 items. Lower level items will have smaller values. See the individual trait pages for more complete info.

Armor traits are available on all articles of light, medium and heavy armor, as well on shields.

Trait Material Description Magnitude
Normal Fine Superior Epic Legendary
Sturdy   Quartz Reduce block cost by … 2% 2.5% 3% 3.5% 4%
Impenetrable   Diamond Increase your Critical Resistance by … and this item takes 50% less durability damage. 116 118 121 124 127
Reinforced   Sardonyx Increases this item's armor value by … 12% 13% 14% 15% 16%
Well-fitted   Almandine Reduces the cost of sprinting and Roll Dodging by … 1.2% 2.4% 3.6% 4.8% 6%
Training   Emerald Increase experience gained from kills by … 7% 8% 9% 10% 11%
Infused   Bloodstone Increase armor enchantment effect by … 9% 13% 17% 21% 25%
Invigorating   Garnet Increase Health Recovery, Magicka Recovery, and Stamina Recovery by … 8 10 12 14 16
Divines   Sapphire Increases Mundus Stone effects by … 5.1% 6.1% 7.1% 8.1% 9.1%
Nirnhoned   Fortified Nirncrux Increases Physical and Spell Resistance by … 220 228 236 244 253


The following enchantments (all additive) can be added to armor: