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Skyrim Dragon Armor: Locked to Smithing or available for everyone?

Earlier on we revealed to you a full set of perk abilities that can be unlocked on the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim perk tree, and now we switch our minds to one particular aspect of armor that you’ll unlock as part of the Smithing skill in the game.

It’s no secret that Dragon Armor is in the game as it has been speculated and confirmed by various screenshots weeks ago, but since the perk tree list came out and revealed some more info on the Dragon Armor, we have one talking point to discuss with you.

If you missed our earlier article about the perk tree skills list, we can tell you that getting your Smithing ability to level 100 will unlock Dragon Armor in the game, which will now be the strongest armor in Skyrim, ahead of Daedric which was the strongest gear in Oblivion.

Here’s the Dragon Armor description that you’ll get once you hit level 100 on Smithing: ‘Dragon Armor – Can create Dragon armor at forges, and improve them twice as much’

That sounds awesome obviously, but is there a possibilty that Bethesda has made the strongest armor available in the game, to only those that decide to level up Smithing? It means that for those that choose to level up other skills in the game and are not concerned about Smithing, may miss out on the chance to use it in the game.

There are other factors here to take into account such as whether players will be able to loot Dragon Armor freely, or if it will be exclusive to Smithing masters only, and the strongest armor that you can loot is Daedric. We’re not sure about you, but we kind of like this idea if that is the case. It means that players will be rewarded for spending all of their time and cash on Smithing and it will give them more of an incentive if that is the only way to obtain Dragon Armor.

What are your thoughts on this folks? If you want a lovely image of the Dragon Armor in action, there’s one here which was taken from previous footage of the game. Do you like the idea of the Dragon Armor being locked for Smithing masters only?

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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Thereoncewasasquirrelwholives
Thereoncewasasquirrelwholives

Closure-
Daedric is the best HEAVY armor in the game
Dragonscale is the best LIGHT armor in the game
Dragonplate is not as good as Daedric but weighs less.
Dragon Armor materials are easier to come by
Dragon can be found along with every other armor(once you get to a high enough level)

ActuallyDragonBorn
ActuallyDragonBorn

Daedric armor is better, but ebony is hard to come by. You’ll likely have Dragon Armor unlocked with enough bones to make a full set before you come across the 14 or so pieces of ebony ingot required to make Daedric armor.

Dmartell1856
Dmartell1856

I was levelling up to 100 in smithing, but before I made it, I DID find a dragon plate armor in a dungeon (I think it was actually the shrine of Mehrunes Dagon in the museum quest).I was like lvl 96 smithing and lvl 30 overall at the time. The one I found was enchanted with restoration magic benefits, so I sold it, made my own when I did get to lvl 100, then improved it to LEGENDARY QUALITY with an armor rating of 180. 180!!! Overall armor rating now 428 with the whole dragon set improved!

U mad?
U mad?

I got Dragon armor, both heavy and light, and that took me only like 3 hours + killing some dragons. Really, just buy iron ore and leather strapps and do iron daggers untill you have nothing left, I got about 10 smithing levels each time I did that. And the funny thing is, when you upgrade the chest armor to “epic” it will have about 100 in armor rating… totally worth the time spent on mining and smithing. So it’s not that bad, really, but it would be nice if you got a set of dragon armor when you killed… Read more »

Adamthefox91
Adamthefox91

dragon armor is confirmed by me   ( i have found head ) that you can loot out in the wilds at higher level but it is very rare to come across and finding the whole set will take alot longer ( in my opinion ) to find than  the materials and time to craft also ( can upgrade twice as much )   is this     you can upgrade a regular item once without training in smithing and it doesnt double stats or anything just a percentage ( can use potions and gear to give better % when smithing/upgrading ) so what… Read more »

Hm4873
Hm4873

Daedric weighs more more but has protection then dragon bone

Mack
Mack

Ive already found a Dragon Plate Shield doing a random side quests, takes dragon bones or scales to upgrade it so keep all those if you are going to get your smithing to 100. I was about level 25 when I found it so maybe it starts appearing as loot then.

wwwSentinelwww
wwwSentinelwww

You can only create Dragon Armor by smithing it. There is no way you can find it in the game. It’s fine for me, it’s hell of a legwork to create one. You are able to do it by the time you reach level 27 or so. You need tons of mining, gold, ore, ingot to hone your skill. But it’s worth every minute.

Luigi Pezzotta
Luigi Pezzotta

Marketing-wise, they would be smart by limiting dragon armor to smithing masters only, and then releasing a DLC with some kind of dungeon/vendor/whatever that offers a full set of dragon armor for everyone else. I would hate it, though.

Dovahkiin
Dovahkiin

I think I saw somewhere that the Dragon armor will have a light variant and a Heavy variant. 

kurtis climer
kurtis climer

Just because you can make the armor at smithing level 100, does not mean you cant find the armor in the game. In other elder scrolls games you cant even make Armour so how else would you get it? FIND IT! And i’m sure Dragon Amour will probably me given to you during the main quest before your final assault against Alduin.

Anonymous
Anonymous

“Dragon Armor — Can create Dragon armor at forges, and improve them twice as much”

Seems like you can not only find, wear, and improve dragon armor before hitting 100 on smithing.  Hitting 100 on smithing means you can make dragon armor and improve the armor twice as much as you could at 99.  The other interpretation is that improving dragon armor makes it twice as effective, which would be ridiculous…

Jay

You can’t *make* dragon armor until you master smithing, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find it, or buy it.

The incentive to smith is in the bonuses it gives to your equipment – the dragon armor is just the cherry on top, it seems.

I wonder what skills give perks when you master them.

manectric249
manectric249

I don’t know what skills im gonna focus on yet, but I assume that dragon armor will be freely avaialbe to loot without smithing. But master smithers will be able to forge it without needing to find high leveled bandits

stile
stile

It makes sense that it’d be available to Smithing, but there ought to be some sort of quest tree that allows non-Smiths to do a chain of quests for an NPC master Smith and get it that way too…

alex straughan
alex straughan

I just hope that at no point will every bandit in the game suddenly be wearing it.

Bad Professor

Limiting Dragon armor to smithing masters is genius. A clear reward for such a huge time investment. 

Chris
Chris

I read that as, everyone can get/find dragon armour, and even find a vender to mend it if necessary.  But those who specialise in smithing will have the mastery to fix and improve it up to twice its standard effectiveness.  Am i alone?

guest
guest

“Can create Dragon armor at forges, and improve them twice as much”If dragon armor is only available to master smiths, then the master smith can improve them twice as much as whom?

bluegrass
bluegrass

Well, its obviously not going to be, if you look at the skills page you will unlock the ability to work with other materials at certain times as well. Does that mean only smithies will be able to use them as well? ….no. You will still be able to acquire dragon armor as loot or purchase it or whatever it may be. But I am sure that being able to work with it will not restrict it to only masters in smithing.
done.

Kingzame
Kingzame

If you think about it limiting dragon armor to smithing masters is a fine idea. Especially if smithing allows you to repair weapons and armor as well as create them as I understand it. While some people might not put all the perks into it most will most likely occasionally add one or two so they can increase the strength of their favorite weapons and armor, even light armor users will need to repair their weapons. On the other hand they won’t likely wear the heavy dragon armor and mages won’t need to bother with any armor. So as long… Read more »

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