Requires Daedric Smithing Perk. Dark Smithing is learned by reading Joften's Notes, located in a chest under the bridge at Half-Moon Mill. It is part of a miscellaneous quest first started by reading the Notes on the Blacksmith, a note kept by the Saints Bandit Leader. Learning Dark Smithing does not require the miscellaneous quest to be started however, as the chest containing Joften's Notes will be there regardless on if you are on the quest or not.
As it requires Daedric Smithing, Dark Smithing essentially requires a smithing skill of 90. Dark armor and weapons are relatively easy to get without the investment into the skill line, as their pieces can be found on all Seducers Bandits. Furthermore, as they on par with Glass equipment, they are quite useful to low levels characters as they are obtainable early on, assuming you can manage to take on the bandits that carry them.
All Dark items can be tempered using 1 Quicksilver Ingot.
Dark armor is a variety of light armor. When compared to Glass, Dark armor is slightly inferior. In terms of armor rating-to-weight ratio (i.e. the number of armor points per unit of weight), the shield, gauntlets and boots have the highest ratio in the game, with the latter two tying with the Elven Hunter equivalent.
|Name (ID)||Raw Materials||Delta||Ratio|
|Dark Seducer Armor
|Dark Seducer Boots
|Dark Seducer Gauntlets
|Dark Seducer Helmet
|Dark Seducer Shield
|Totals (with shield):||13||1275||93||7||5||11||10|
|Totals (without shield):||9||1025||70||5||4||8||9|
A male Nord wearing Dark Seducer Armor
|Dark Seducer Dagger||(xx000821)||3||105||9||5||1.3||0.7||1||1||1||1||0||0.4||-358||1.15||0.23|
|Dark Seducer Sword||(xx000823)||11||250||12||7||1||1||1||1||2||1||0||7.4||-273||3.06||0.48|
|Dark Seducer War Axe||(xx000829)||13||320||13||7||0.9||1||1||1||1||2||0||10.3||-146||4.81||0.69|
|Dark Seducer Mace||(xx000824)||15||370||14||8||0.8||1||1||1||2||1||0||11.4||-153||4.17||0.71|
|Dark Seducer Greatsword||(xx000825)||18||510||20||12||0.7||1.3||1||1||4||3||0||12.2||-139||3.10||0.79|
|Dark Seducer Battleaxe||(xx000839)||22||575||21||12||0.7||1.3||1||1||4||2||0||16.3||-71||3.86||0.89|
|Dark Seducer Warhammer||(xx000828)||26||620||23||13||0.6||1.3||1||1||4||3||0||20.2||-29||4.48||0.96|
|Dark Seducer Bow||(xx000802)||10||495||13||9||0.5||1||1||1||2||0||0||6.5||-25||2.86||0.95|
|Dark Seducer Arrow†||(xx00082A)||0.1||6||17||N/A||0||1||1||0||1||-4.1||-261||0.37||0.36|