How to Get Iron Armor In Skyrim

Read this guide to learn about all the locations where you can find the Iron Armor in Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

Iron Armor is one of the heavy armor that you can use in the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. It is very basic armor that you can find very early in the game. You can upgrade it with the help of Iron Ingot and Corundum Ingot.

There is another stronger version of the Iron Armor named Banded Iron Armor. It has two pieces of armor: Banded iron Armor and a Banded iron Shield. Read this guide to learn about all the locations where you can find the Iron Armor in Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

Iron Armor location in Skyrim

The first location where you can find the Iron Armor is in Riverwood village. This village has the house of Alvor and Sigrid after the bridge. You can find a full set of Iron Armor including shields, gauntlets, boots, and chest pieces inside the house.

These pieces are not at any one place in the house. Collect each one and take it upstairs away from the house inhabitants. This is because you are stealing the Iron Armor and you must be discrete about that from the people.

You can also find the Iron Armor in Helgen Keep located in the Helgen region northeast of Falkreath. Helgen is a prison, and you must find the Torture Chamber which is located after the tunnel. The Torture Chamber will have the Iron Shield that you can collect.

You can also find the Iron Helmet in the cave in the basement of the prison behind the wagon. After the bear fight, you can then collect the Iron Helmet from the cave.

There is an ancient Nordic tomb called Shroud Hearth Barrow. It is located in the city of Ivarstead. You will full set of the Iron Armor behind the sarcophagus that can easily be opened by the lever. You will visit this location while doing the quest, Lifting the Shroud.

In the city of Karthwasten, you can also find some pieces of Iron Armor. These can be found inside the Karthwasten Miner’s Barrack which is the house of Belchimac, Lash gra-Dushnikh, and Ragnar


Regular Iron Armor

Pieces Armor Rating Gold ID
Iron Armor 25 30 125 00012E49
Iron Boots 10 6 25 00012E4B
Iron Shield 20 12 60 00012E46
Iron Gauntlets 10 5 25 00012E4D
Iron Helmet 30 35 200 00012EB6

Banded Iron Armor

Pieces Armor Rating Gold ID
Banded Iron Armor 28 35 200 00013948
Banded Iron Shield 22 12 100 0001394B
Iron Boots 10 6 25 00012E4B
Iron Helmet 15 5 60 00012E46
Iron Gauntlets 10 5 25 00012E4D


Iron Armor has two variants in Skyrim. These variants are Banded Iron Armor and Ancient Nord Armor. Both armors along with Iron Armor can be bought from the Creation Club for 100 Credits each.

Banded Iron Armor

Banded Iron Armor is the first variant of the Iron Armor. It comes with two pieces that are Banded Iron Armor and Banded Iron Shield. Both pieces are more powerful in stats than the Iron Armor. You can upgrade the level of Banded Iron Amor with Corundum Ingots.

Ancient Nord Armor

Ancient Nord Armor is the second variant of the Iron Armor that belongs to the heavy armor class. Strength-wise, it is very similar to the parent Iron Armor. The Ancient Armor pieces include boots, gauntlets, and helmets but not the shield.

Unlike the Iron Armor, Ancient Nord Armor benefits from the Deadric Smithing Perk when upgrading. You can use this perk to double the upgrades.

Smithing Requirement

Just like any other heavy armor, you can craft Iron Armor at the blacksmith forge. The different thing is that you will not need any smithing requirement to forge Iron Armor. You will need the following items to craft the Iron Armor:

  • Leather Strips
  • Iron Ingot

Once you have crafted the Iron Armor, you can upgrade its level with the help of an iron ingot. The Banded version of Iron Armor can also be upgraded with Corundum Ingot. The only downside is that you cannot benefit from the Smithing perk while upgrading.

You can upgrade the Iron Armor to higher levels with Iron Ingot. Once you have upgraded the Iron Armor to the 100 level, you will be rewarded Legendary Status. This cannot be easy to achieve because Iron Armor does not benefit from the Daedric Smithing Perk.

Iron Armor mods

Real Iron Armor mod allows you to use Iron Armor as a standalone armor piece. That means you can wear any iron armor piece without having to wear the whole set. The standalone does not however apply to the Iron Shield.

This aMidianBorn Iron mod allows you to change the textures of the Iron Armor. The modded version also replaces the textures of the Banded Iron Armor. The replaced textures are however high resolution which is the same as the stock HD resolution.

Shiny and less rusty Iron Armor Retexture mod changes the appearance of the iron armor to more shine and less rusty. The ultimate appearance of the armor looks like machined aluminum with a slight shine.

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