To Protect And Unnerve: The 9 Best Skyrim Armor Mods
History tells us that battle armor comes in almost endless shapes and sizes. From ornate leather sets, chainmail, and heavy plate armor to modern innovations like Kevlar, there’s protective gear for even the most discerning warlord. Armor fit for a king, as it were.
For some reason, Skyrim offers no such thing.
Characters in Skyrim have a tendency to resemble a combination of potatoes with humanoid features, a problem not improved on by the small assortment of ugly-ass armor available in the game. Fortunately, modders are on the case, and a host of virtual blacksmiths have stepped up to add to or outright replace the game’s paltry selection of armor. Sure, your characters may remain ugly, but with these mods there’s at least the possibility of covering up their hideous faces with pretty helmets. Fus Ro Dysmorphia!
Want to deck your Dragonborn out in something that doesn’t look like it was purchased on the Skyrim equivalent of Craig’s List? Here’s a selection of Skyrim armor mods you’ll enjoy:
Bosmer Armor Pack
As a solely carnivorous race of elves, the Bosmer—or Wood Elves—rely on their expertise in hunting to survive in the wilderness. Their skill as hunters not only makes them Tamriel’s best archers, but also masters of the quarry.
The Wood Elves are specialists in making leather armor from their prey, which is both strong and flexible enough to serve them in their hunts.
This lore-friendly Bosmer Armor Pack is huge—it comes in four parts and is made up of five armor sets comprising 29 individual pieces of armor and 6 weapons for both male and female bodies.
Looking back at years past, you might remember a little piece of DLC for The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion. It was called Horse Armor and all it did was add a piece of cosmetic armor for your horse to wear. At two dollars fifty, the mod didn’t add much to the game but it sold like hotcakes. Would you have thrown away your money on something like that if you had a ton of other community-created alternatives? Probably not. But if you played the game on the console, you didn’t have much of a choice back then—or even still.
This particular mod makes a mockery out of Bethesda’s Horse Armor DLC and it’s available for absolutely free.
Notable for particularly high attention to detail, this set of armor is covered with barbaric themed ornamentation, such as skulls, a dagger, a coin pouch, various other decorative pieces. There are two helmet variations: one that appears heavily armored, and one that’s looks like a saber-tooth cat pelt with an armor underlay.
The armor is described by the mod’s creator “as powerful as would befit a chief, but within the intended bounds of the game No god-mode items here folks, this is a lore friendly set.”
Akaviri Samurai Armor
The warriors of Akavir are renowned for their mastery in combat. When they invaded Tamriel in the first Era, they slew many of the native beasts that inhabited the land—Dragons. The locals adopted their traditions, and the King’s guard known as the Blades was created in the image of Reman Cyrodiil’s Akaviri Dragonguard. With this mod, you can now wear the armor of the last great dragon slayers as you face the reawakening of the long lost terror of the skies.
Bandolier – Bags and Pouches
If there’s one thing we know from Star Wars, Red Dead Redemption, and practically every revolution of the 20th century, it’s that bandolier straps look super sweet. This mod doesn’t give you the ability to carry bullets, but it gives a host of bags and pouches for you to equip over your armor, providing you with ample bag space so you can carry much more items than the game typically allows. Best of all is that it can be used with nearly any piece of armor—it’s like a natural addition to the game. Don’t leave Breezehome without it.