How to Get Dwarven Armor in Skyrim

This guide will give you complete details about finding Dwarven Armor in Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. And also mentions its smithing requirments.

Dwarven Armor is a heavy armor set in Skyrim that belongs to the lost race of Dwemer. You can find this Armor set at any level and forge it at the Blacksmith Forge after reaching the Smithing level 30 or above.

This guide will give you complete details about finding Dwarven Armor in Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. It also talks about the smithing requirements you need to fulfill to forge it at the Blacksmith forge.

Dwarven Armor location in Skyrim

The method we will use to find the Dwarven Armor set is pretty simple, and you can follow it to find the set even at level 1.

To find the set, firstly, fast travel to the Understone Keep in the city of Markarth. It is located in the far west part of Skyrim. Once inside the area, turn left and follow the path forward.

Here you will find two wizards. You have to speak to Calcelmo about the excavation site. He will ask you to kill Nimhe and let you enter the Excavation site and Dwemer Museum.

Now cross the small bridge next to the area where you find wizards and open the door. Move forward till you see the Nimhe nest.

Taking out Nimhe is not difficult as long as you stay at the entrance and shoot arrows. After taking out Nimhe, continue to travel through the Nchuand-Zel.


After entering the Nchuand-Zel go downstairs and turn left. It would be best to take out all the Falmers and then drop them from the bridge into the water.

Swim to the Nchuand-Zel Armory and enter it. Now head upstairs and turn right to take out more falmers. Moving forward will take you to the room full of Dwarven statues.

On the right side of the statues, you will see a locked door that you can open using lockpicking. This room has all the Dwarven Armor pieces for you to collect.

You can also forge it at the blacksmith forge and buy it from the general goods merchants. It will randomly spawn in loot chests as well during your journey.

You can also complete the Unfathomable Depths quest to get the Ancient Knowledge effect for your armor. This effect will give you a 25% bonus to armor if you wear a complete armor set.

With a bonus, you can take more damage and get more time to deal damage to the enemies. You can also use the Dwarven Armor 0001394D ID at the console to spawn the armor piece of the Dwarven armor set.

Elven vs Dwarven Armor

Most players are making a comparison between these two armor sets to see which one is the best. Both of them are excellent armor in different conditions and needs.

Dwarven is a good armor in the heavy armor category, and Elven is in the light armor category. However, there is not a big difference between the armor rating of these two armors. But if you look at the weight of these armors, Dwarven is on the heavier side.

Elevn is a better option as it will give you a good armor rating and not lower your speed as compared to the Dwarven. But in some cases, Dwarven is a better option. So it will eventually depend on your need and whether a specific armor is good for you or not.


The base stats of the Dwarven Armor sets are given below.

Armor Piece Armor Weight Value ID
Dwarven Armor 34 45 400 0001394D
Dwarven Helmet 18 12 200 0001394F
Dwarven Boots 13 10 85 0001394C
Dwarven Gauntlets 13 8 85 0001394E
Dwarven Shield 26 12 225 0001394O

Smithing level requirements

To forge this armor set, you must have a Smithing level 30 and a Dwarven Smithing perk. Once you meet these requirements, you can forge it at the Blacksmith Forge using the following items.

  • Dwarven Metal Ingot
  • Leather Strips
  • Iron Ingot
  • Steel Ingot

Using the metal Ingots, you can easily upgrade the Dwarven Armor set at the Workbench. The Dwarven Smithing perk will help you double the improvements done by the upgrade.


Perks are effects that help to boost the ratings and give a different bonus to your armor. For Dwarven armor, you will get a single Perks whose details are below.

Ancient Knowledge: It will boost the Dwarven armor rating by 25% and smithing speed by 15%.

Dwarven Armor spawn commands

To spawn Dwarven Armor in-game, you can use the following console command.

player.AddItem [ID]

The following are the complete commands to spawn the Dwarven armor pieces in Skyrim.

  • Dwarven Armor: player.AddItem 0001394D
  • Dwarven Helmet: player.AddItem 0001394F
  • Dwarven Boots: player.AddItem 0001394C
  • Dwarven Gauntlets: player.AddItem 0001394E
  • Dwarven Shield: player.AddItem 0001394O

Dwarven armor mods

Dwemer Armor mod will give you a craftable version of the Dwarven Armor set. You will need the Dwarven Smithing to craft this armor set. The bonus you get here is you can also upgrade the benefits you get from the smithing perk.

Reshaped Dwarven Armor mod is a mod that you can use to modify the shape of the Dwarven armor and get a completely reshaped armor.

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