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Heavy Armor | Skills TES V: Skyrim Guide

How to increase skill: This skill can be increased by receiving damage during battles while wearing heavy armor - Heavy Armor | Skills - Skills - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Game Guide

How to increase skill: This skill can be increased by receiving damage during battles while wearing heavy armor. The growth of the skill depends on how much damage the hero has taken and how many pieces of heavy armor he is currently wearing (preferably an entire set).

Main purpose of developing this skill: Increasing the value of character's defense and therefore receiving less damage.

Available perks: 12.

Best perks: Juggernaut, Well Fitted, Conditioning.

Comments:

  • All common pieces of armor weigh a lot and you must remember this during your journeys. You should try neutralizing this problem by increasing the weight limit or by carrying only the things you absolutely need, because it's always wise to have a lot of weight units to spare so that you can pick up new items you find.
  • I strongly recommend that you rely on complete sets of heavy armor instead of just single pieces of armor. The reason for that is not only because you'll increase overall defense, but you'll also be given a chance to activate perks which grant bonuses for wearing armor sets. It's also easier to develop this skill tree when you're using a complete heavy armor, because all the damage you take is being counted towards it (and not divided into two separate pools).

JUGGERNAUT

This perk has five ranks and each time you unlock a new rank it gets better.

Requirements (rank 1): None.

Requirements (rank 2): Heavy Armor skill increased to at least 20 points.

Requirements (rank 3): Heavy Armor skill increased to at least 40 points.

Requirements (rank 4): Heavy Armor skill increased to at least 60 points.

Requirements (rank 5): Heavy Armor skill increased to at least 80 points.

Description (rank 1); Armor rating increased by 20% (only for heavy armors).

Description (rank 2); Armor rating increased by a total of 40% (only for heavy armors).

Description (rank 3); Armor rating increased by a total of 60% (only for heavy armors).

Description (rank 4); Armor rating increased by a total of 80% (only for heavy armors).

Description (rank 5); Armor rating increased by a total of 100% (only for heavy armors).

Comments: It's a good idea to regularly unlock new perks from this group. The bonus to armor rating is always a nice addition (doubled after unlocking fifth rank) and it's especially noticeable if you're using good armors.

FISTS OF STEEL

Requirements: Heavy Armor skill increased to at least 30 points. Unlocked Juggernaut perk (rank 1).

Description: Dealing more damage in unarmed attacks while wearing heavy gauntlets.

Comment: This perk isn't too useful, because it's much better to use a one-handed weapon than attack the target without any weapons. The only exception is if your character is a khajiit, because members of this race have a rather large bonus to unarmed attacks (both bonuses are cumulated).

CUSHIONED

Requirements: Heavy Armor skill increased to at least 50 points. Unlocked Fists of Steel perk.

Description: 50% less damage received as a result of a high altitude fall.

Comment: You won't have much use from this perk and the only reason to unlock it is to gain access to the next one. Note that the damage is cut by half only if your character was wearing a complete heavy armor set.

CONDITIONING

Requirements: Heavy Armor skill increased to at least 70 points. Unlocked Cushioned perk.

Description: Removal of all penalties to character's agility caused by wearing a heavy armor.

Comment: This is a cool perk, because once you've unlocked it your character acts as if he's not wearing any armor and therefore deals blows with full speed. Sadly this doesn't change the armor's weight, so you can't count on your inventory suddenly gaining more carrying capacity. Nevertheless you should definitely take this one under consideration.

WELL FITTED

Requirements: Heavy Armor skill increased to at least 30 points. Unlocked Juggernaut perk (rank 1).

Description: Armor rating increased by additional 25% if the main character is wearing a complete heavy armor set.

Comment: I'd strongly recommend unlocking this perk as soon as possible, especially since the bonus provided by it will be cumulated with all bonuses received from the Juggernaut perks. Make sure to use a complete set (headgear, bodygear, hands and legs protection - a total of four items), because otherwise the armor rating will remain the same.

TOWER OF STRENGTH

Requirements: Heavy Armor skill increased to at least 50 points. Unlocked Well Fitted perk.

Description: 50% less chances of being staggered when wearing heavy armor.

Comment: It's not something you must unlock right away, because the main character rarely becomes staggered. The main reason why you should purchase this perk is to get to the next ones from the right side of the constellation.

MATCHING SET

Requirements: Heavy Armor skill increased to at least 70 points. Unlocked Tower of Strength perk.

Description: Armor rating increased by additional 25% if the main character is wearing a matched and complete heavy armor set.

Comment: This perk appears to work identically as Well Fitted, HOWEVER it requires a MATCHED heavy armor set. This means having four different heavy armor parts isn't enough, because they must be from the same "manufacturer". You can search for matched sets on your own or craft one using your smithing abilities. All of these restrictions make this perk a less interesting proposition, however if you possess a good matched set you should of course quickly unlock it.

REFLECT BLOWS

Requirements: Heavy Armor skill increased to 100 points. Unlocked Matching Set perk.

Description: 10% chance of reflecting a melee attack.

Comment: This is an interesting perk, but not interesting enough to justify spending one (or even two) skill points on it. The perk only works for melee attacks (not for ranged or magic attacks) and only if the main character is wearing a complete heavy armor set.

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