Skyrim:Gray Cowl of Nocturnal

Skyrim: Items: Artifacts
Daedric Artifact: Gray Cowl of Nocturnal (FExxxD62)
(lore page)
Type Light Helmet
Added by The Gray Cowl Returns!
Editor ID ccBGSSSE020ArmorGrayCowl
Rating Rating 13
Rating Rating 13 {{{health}}}
Weight Weight 2 Value Value 1050
Tempering Not possible
Tempering Not possible Perk None
Sneaking is 25% better. Nearby living creatures, but not undead, machines or daedra, can be seen through walls. Turns guards hostile.
Gray Cowl of Nocturnal

The Gray Cowl of Nocturnal is a daedric artifact helmet which once belonged to the Daedric Prince Nocturnal before being stolen. It is acquired through the quest The Gray Cowl of Nocturnal.

While equipped, the living will be colored depending on their intent, with non-hostiles being shaded blue and hostiles emitting a red aura. You will be attacked by guards while wearing the cowl, whereas followers are free to wear it without facing their wrath.

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  • The Gray Cowl of Nocturnal has previously appeared in Oblivion. For more information, see the lore article.
  • Unlike its previous appearance in Oblivion, the blue inscription down the middle reads "Shadow hide you" without omitting the letter Yahkem (Y), as is common in the Daedric Alphabet.
  • Similarly, it is also now considered a piece of Light Armor, with an armor rating equivalent to an elven helmet, though it cannot be tempered.
  • This is the only item in the game with a Detect Life enchantment, making it especially useful since it's a constant effect as opposed to a concentration spell. Detect Life was generally available as an enchantment in Oblivion, wherein this item originated.