Dragonplate Armor - Crafting Guide - Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Updated on May 3, 2015
Wearing a full suit of Dragonplate Heavy Armor in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
Wearing a full suit of Dragonplate Heavy Armor in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

This crafting guide will cover the various Dragonplate Armor pieces that can be crafted using the Smithing skill in the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Within you will find a list of relevant information for each piece of equipment that can be crafted including weight, base damage, gold value, value per pound ratio for each item, cost to craft and the profit margin that results, keeping in mind your actual profit in crafting Dragon Armor will vary depending on your speech skill.

Dragonplate Armor is considered Heavy Armor as opposed to the Dragonscale Light Armor which is part of the same group. Unfortunately, even though Dragonplate is harder to craft with heavier ingredients and a more expensive overall cost, Daedra Armor is actually stronger, however can be harder to craft considering the limited availability of Daedra Hearts versus the relatively commonplace Dragons which drop the ingredients you need for this armor set. One counter to this is that Dragonplate Armor is a bout 20% lighter than Daedra. It can be a bit of a tossup however whether it is easier to take out Daedra versus Dragons, since it will depend on your skills and abilities, plus the methods you must learn to fight Dragons effectively.

Whichever path you choose, it is worth considering the benefits of each before spending a valuable perk point if you are only interested in the heavy Dragon armor, whereas the light version is the strongest craft-able light armor in the game. Finally all Dragon pieces require a single Dragon Scale to upgrade at a Workbench.

Protip: The profit margin for crafting Dragonplate versus selling the base ingredients by themselves is particularly weak. Most items will sell for a loss, the chest piece being the only one actually worthwhile for doing this with.

Dragonplate Armor
Dragonplate Armor

Dragonplate Armor

Chest Piece Heavy Armor

Bleached Dragon Bone slats make up the majority of this piece with shoulder spikes that come down and out, tipped with some dark grey. Some more slats over the crotch area make sure any swift kick to the groin will hurt your opponent far more than yourself. Fur lining is attached to the inside for comfort and a stitched together drape hangs out the bottom to either give yourself some wind resistance or just look a bit more fashionable as you run across the lands of Skyrim.

Armor Stats

  • Weight: 40
  • Gold Value: 2125
  • Gold per pound: 53.13
  • Base Armor Rating: 46
  • Form ID: 00013966

Dragonplate Armor Ingredients List:

  • Dragon Scales x3
  • Dragon Bones x2
  • Leather Strips x3

Value of Crafting Materials: 1759 Gold
Profit Margin: +366 Gold (+21%)

The one piece of armor you should be crafting if looking to make a profit from Dragon parts.

Dragonplate Boots
Dragonplate Boots

Dragonplate Boots

Foot Piece Heavy Armor

The Dragonplate Boots possess some heavy bone slats to keep your shins and knees safe from damage while some Iron is magically spawned out of thin air to keep it all bolted together (given that its not part of the ingredients). More fur lining for those cold treks up to High Hrothgar.

Armor Stats

  • Weight: 8
  • Gold Value: 425
  • Gold per pound: 53.13
  • Base Armor Rating: 17
  • Form ID: 00013965

Dragonplate Boots Ingredients List:

  • Dragon Scales x3
  • Dragon Bones x1
  • Leather Strips x2

Value of Crafting Materials: 1256 Gold
Profit Margin: -831 Gold (-66%)

Dragonplate Gauntlets
Dragonplate Gauntlets

Dragonplate Gauntlets

Hand Piece Heavy Armor

Leather gloves make up tha hand portion of the Dragonplate Gaunlets with more Iron that seems to come out of nowhere to attach forearm slats onto the overall piece and again, fur lining. Small bits of bone seem to be stapled to the fingers (ouch) however just the tool you need to grip your opponent by the throat and Fus Ro Dah their head off. (lol for geek puns)

Armor Stats

  • Weight: 8
  • Gold Value: 425
  • Gold per pound: 53.13
  • Base Armor Rating: 17
  • Form ID: 00013967

Dragonplate Gauntlets Ingredients List:

  • Dragon Scales x2
  • Dragon Bones x1
  • Leather Strips x2

Value of Crafting Materials: 1006 Gold
Profit Margin: -581 Gold (-58%)

Dragonplate Helmet
Dragonplate Helmet

Dragonplate Helmet

Head Piece Heavy Armor

Apparently bone transmutes pretty well into metal because the Dragonplate Helmet seems to looks to be made of more metal than bone or scales. Either way some conveniently placed eye and mouth holes leave room to ogle the and fit some Sweet Rolls through without ricking taking an blow to the dome.

Armor Stats

  • Weight: 8
  • Gold Value: 1050
  • Gold per pound: 131.25
  • Base Armor Rating: 22
  • Form ID: 00013969

Dragonplate Helmet Ingredients List:

  • Dragon Scales x2
  • Dragon Bones x1
  • Leather Strips x2

Value of Crafting Materials: 1006 Gold
Profit Margin: +44 Gold (+4%)

Dragonplate Shield
Dragonplate Shield

Dragonplate Shield

Heavy Armor Shield

The Dragonplate Shield is more or less, one massive chunk of bone with some lines scored across its surface and a rack of nails in a half circle, attaching it to some material on the opposite side (probably more fur, notice a pattern? :p). Simple construction, yet effective.

Armor Stats

  • Weight: 15
  • Gold Value: 1050
  • Gold per pound: 70
  • Base Armor Rating: 22
  • Form ID: 00013968

Dragonplate Shield Ingredients List:

  • Dragon Scales x3
  • Dragon Bones x1
  • Leather Strips x1

Value of Crafting Materials: 1253 Gold
Profit Margin: -203 Gold (-16%)

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      william 3 years ago

      How to get your level up in smithing is buy a bunch of iron ingots and ore and leather straps and keep making iron daggers, the best places to get iron ingots and ore is from Arvon in riverwood because he sells them for dirt cheap and the girl blacksmith in whiterun where u can buy iron ingots, leather straps, and iron ore and there she has a smelter that is how I became a level 73 in smithing. That is my helpful info.

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      Alex 4 years ago

      Damn

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      yo mom 4 years ago

      lvl 100 required

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      SOE 4 years ago

      You need to unlock the Dragonscale smithing perk in your smithing skill constellation. I think it takes 90 smithing to get there if i remember correctly.

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      Avajes 4 years ago

      I can't make the armour in the smithing station. I can only make hide, steel and studded armour. Do I need to be at a certain smithing level or can get someone to make me some Dragonplate armour?

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