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Skyrim Skill Training: How to train light and heavy armor

Updated on January 5, 2017
At end-game, heavy armor is better than light armor, given a maxed out perk tree.
At end-game, heavy armor is better than light armor, given a maxed out perk tree.

light and heavy armor are trained just like block. Your goal is to take as much damage as you can as fast as you can without kicking the bucket. The amount of experience gained by taking any given attack is dependent on the amount of damage absorbed by the player character. For this reason, these skills are best trained in conjunction with block and restoration. It is also wise to focus on one armor type at a time. You may want to consider getting the Lover Stone before continuing, since it gives a 15% experience bonus to all skills regardless of category unlike the initial trifecta standing stones.

You may alternatively use a skill trainer to train light and heavy armor. I would advise you not to do this for light armor, but to consider it for heavy armor given you're willingness to abuse a trick to make training free. Detailed information on how to do this will be included at the bottom of the article.

Regular skeletons and wolves are good alternatives to crabs.
Regular skeletons and wolves are good alternatives to crabs.

Step One: Train light and heavy armor with crabs!

Make sure to leave followers behind for this one! At lower levels, place a shield in one hand and a healing spell in the other or healing in both hands. Also, wear your armor of choice. Find some wolves, or other weaklings, and let them wail on you for a while, until you either need to fend them off or your skill increases so high that you feel comfortable moving on to stronger enemies. Next find some normal bandits, crabs, or some other enemies that you can handle.

Don't approach two at a time!
Don't approach two at a time!

Step Two: Train light and heavy armor with giants!

Now that your defenses are up, you can move on to step two to increasing light and heavy armor. Keep moving up the line until you can take a hit from a giant and live. Giants deal a massive amount of damage for every blow. If you block their attacks, you should be able to increase the block skill rather quickly. If you use enemies of lesser caliber, training block will take forever. Giants, on the other hand, will increase the skill every few hits.

In order to remain standing, make sure to run and heal every so often. Regardless of your armor skill, giants pack a punch. You do not want to put the controller down or take your eyes off the screen. Also, try and find a giant location that will not have any more enemies. One of these suckers is more than enough to worry about when training light and heavy armor.

Other light and heavy armor training advice

Consider enchanting equipment to make yourself sturdier or to increase healing ability. Even weak armor enchantments can have a significant impact on your ability to take damage. These enchantments will allow you to take more damage sooner, which will in turn allow you to train light and heavy armor faster. Also consider adjusting the difficulty setting. This will allow you to take hits from tougher enemies sooner, or to utilize weaker enemies for longer.

How to train light and heavy armor with a trainer

I will now provide detailed information on how to locate trainers who will charge you to automatically level up a skill. Trainers can be used a maximum of five times per player level. This means that at any given level, you may only train any combination of skills five times. If you train heavy armor five times, you cannot train light armor until you level. I will not provide all trainers, but instead provide the most efficient and easily accessible trainers only.

For light armor in particular, I do not advise you to use a trainer. It is costly and there are better skills to waste your money on considering how easily light armor is trained given the aforementioned method. Heavy armor is a little different, because you can abuse a trick to get training for free, given the right conditions.

Train light armor with Grelka up to Level 75

Grelka is an easy find. She is also a merchant, and should train you with minimal dialogue.

Follow the arrow to Riften.
Follow the arrow to Riften.
She is outside in a stall during the day.
She is outside in a stall during the day.
She's a nice lady.
She's a nice lady.

Train light armor with Nazir up to Level 90

You must join the Dark Brotherhood in order to find Nazir. You can start a quest that will lead you to him in Riften (the same place you find Grelka). Just talk to the kids at the orphanage, and be willing to murder some innocent people. It's that easy!

Follow the arrow to Riften.
Follow the arrow to Riften.
The arrow points to the orphanage from fast-travel.
The arrow points to the orphanage from fast-travel.
Here's the orphanage. Talk to the children and complete the quest.
Here's the orphanage. Talk to the children and complete the quest.
You will eventually find Nazir...
You will eventually find Nazir...

Train heavy armor with Farkas up to Level 90

Progress through the companions until you can get Farkas as a follower. You may then train with him and retrieve your gold from his inventory. Be warned: this trick may be patched at some point. I would suggest training Heavy Armor, because its benefits are substantial. You'll want to max it out as soon as possible to make the game easier, and by using Farkas, you can do this seamlessly as you play normally.

Follow the arrow to Whiterun.
Follow the arrow to Whiterun.
Follow the arrow to the Companions santuary, Jorrvaskr.
Follow the arrow to the Companions santuary, Jorrvaskr.
Farkas was sitting right in front of me when I walked in. He will likely be downstairs at night.
Farkas was sitting right in front of me when I walked in. He will likely be downstairs at night.

Conclusion on light and heavy armor

If you discover other methods to train light and heavy armor, please feel free to comment below. I may have chosen to exclude certain tactics to train light and heavy armor (e.g. skill books), because those methods require a lot of research or are more convoluted than this simple tutorial. I may choose to update this article with more advise in the future. In the meantime, please consider following some of my other Skyrim tutorials!

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      AdamB 5 months ago

      The way I level up heavy armor is with the restoration potion glitch giving myself a piece of equipment that gives a lot of health and a piece of equipment that heals my quickly and then I use the restoration glitch to craft an iron dagger that does around 7,000 dmg and I give it to an opponent. The way to give to an opponent is to either bash with disarming shield or use disarm shout and then they will pick up the 7000 dmg dagger off of the ground if you run around it. With this dagger I can go from heavy armor 15 to 55 in one hit and I can also level up infinitely with no effort.