Elves have always been an important part of fantasy stories.
And I’m always excited when I find “Elven” gear in games like Dragon Age or The Elder Scrolls.
But the Elf armour that comes with Skyrim is not at all masterful.
It’s the wrong colour, looks really big, and there’s really no reason to wear it.
As an Elf fan, I’d like to help the modding community fix Bethesda’s mistakes.
Here is a list of the best mods that will improve the Elven armour that comes with Skyrim.
- 12. Tru3Magics Light Elven Armor Retexture
- 11. aMidianBorn Elven Armor
- 10. Red and Silver Elven Armor
- 9. Elven Archer Armor
- 8. Real Moonstone Elven Armor
- 7. Gryphon Elven Armor
- 6. Bosmer Wood Elf Armor
- 5. Truly Light Elven Armor (Female)
- 4. Dark Nemesis & Eternal Shine Armor
- 3. Project 7 – Elven Armor Remastered
- 2. Elven Chainmail
- 1. Elven Archangel Knight Armor
12. Tru3Magics Light Elven Armor Retexture
This is a mage-themed retexture for newermind43’s Light Elven Armor mod in a game. The retexture aims to give the armor set a simple and light appearance that is suitable for a mage.
To install the retexture, one must first download and install newermind43’s Light Elven Armor – UNP mod.
After that, the retexture can be installed by overwriting the existing textures with the new ones provided by the mod author.
Overall, this mod enhances the visual appearance of the Light Elven Armor set to fit better with the mage theme, providing a fresh and unique experience for players who prefer a mage character in the game.
11. aMidianBorn Elven Armor
This mod is a texture replacer for the Elven armor set in a game. It replaces the textures of the armor set with handmade textures that are of high quality and high resolution.
The mod comes in two versions, a dark one and a vanilla-colored one, and each set has its own unique details.
The textures have been completely redone from scratch and have the same resolution as the official DLC pack. As a result, any PC configuration should be able to handle it without noticeable FPS loss.
The mod is designed to be compatible with anything, including mods that use parts of the Elven armor set.
To install the mod, one simply needs to drop the “textures-folder” inside their data-folder or use a mod manager. The mod author also provides a list of recommendations to ensure a smooth installation process.
Overall, this mod aims to enhance the appearance of the Elven armor set in the game by providing handmade, high-quality textures with unique details.
10. Red and Silver Elven Armor
First, we have a simple but meaningful change to the colours of Skyrim’s default Elven armour and weapons. They are now a very nice silver and red colour scheme.
The silver Elven armour set is very bright and doesn’t try to hide it, which stands in stark contrast to the dark Winter colours of Skyrim. The red details give it an Imperial feel.
It’s so different from most armour in Skyrim that it almost looks old.
When I look at the colours and shine of the armour, I remember when I used to play TES IV: Oblivion.
9. Elven Archer Armor
For those of you looking for something entirely new, this Elven Archer Armor mod by SydneyB is a must-have.
It’s the perfect light garment for an Elven sharpshooter, be it a Bosmer zigzagging over the treetops or a Dunmer stalking his mark from the shadows.
It’s also quite versatile, thanks to the combination of colors offered by the creator.
Green and gold make it look elegant and royal, while purple and grey evoke visions of Elven mages casting powerful magic.
8. Real Moonstone Elven Armor
I’ve always felt the vanilla Elven armor colors were a little out of place in Skyrim.
The greenish golden hue is unappealing in a way that’s hard to describe, and it looks too bright and goofy next to the more earthly tones of the iron, steel, ebony, and dragonbone sets.
On top of that, they’re made from Moonstone – a material that’s an entirely different color!
This mod by Ice885 addresses both issues by making the armor closer to the color of Moonstone – a lot closer.
It’s almost as if it was made from marble. And it looks phenomenal.
7. Gryphon Elven Armor
We usually think of Elves as delicate creatures with refined tastes who’d fight with speed and technique.
It’s the reason why most Elven armor mods offer sleek, low-weight garb that favors movement.
Modder Lagrie had a different vision.
He imagined a hulking Elven knight, protected from head to toe, carrying a thick-plated shield – and he made his dream a reality with this badass mod.
The steely gray coupled with the golden highlights brings to mind the image of a brave Paladin slaying some Eldritch horror in World of Warcraft.
6. Bosmer Wood Elf Armor
I’m a big fan of Wood Elves.
The idea of living in sync with nature and protecting the land is just beautiful. The Amazon could definitely use a couple of ‘em.
Vanilla Skyrim is criminally low on Wood Elf content, and none of the armors make sense when you’re playing a Bosmer.
To end the discrimination and empower Wood Elves all across Skyrim, modder Jameza created this sleek “leaf” armor for Bosmer and any kind of forest protector.
The leafy cowl is just roguish enough, and the shiny silver and green scales in irregular patterns are an incredible detail.
It’s a bit like light bouncing off the ripples in a flowing river – precisely the kind of Bosmer aesthetic I’m looking for.
5. Truly Light Elven Armor (Female)
It’s always bothered me that the vanilla Elven armor set is classified as Light Armor.
It’s way too big and bulky for a roguish character to wear!
I understand it’s meant to showcase Elven craftsmanship and Moonstone as a lightweight material. Still, this lack of a clear direction made me skip over this armor altogether in most playthroughs.
And this custom armor mod by Letstryagain tweaks the vanilla armor by removing some parts, and reducing others in size, so that way the armor hugs the body and actually looks lightweight.
Make sure to check out the male version and the CBBE version as well.
There’s also a nice steel re-color worth a look.
4. Dark Nemesis & Eternal Shine Armor
We’re getting close to the top of our list – and here we have a pair of incredible custom armor sets with intricate detail, and even some fancy glowing effects.
The Dark Nemesis is a thoroughly ornamented ebony armor, which looks great, but we’re not focusing on that here because it has nothing to do with Elves.
On the other hand, we also have the Eternal Shine Armor. This is a badass steely version of the original Elven armor with a fair share of tweaks – chief among them the glowing blue highlights on the arms, knees, and helmet.
3. Project 7 – Elven Armor Remastered
If you liked the idea of Moonstone-colored armor but felt our previous mod was a little bit too subdued, this shiny remastered Elven Armor mod could be the thing for you.
It’s a complete rework of the vanilla set by KiraxSkyrim.
Other than the change in color and generous polish, the model itself is higher-poly, and the textures have much better resolution.
Put simply, this is how Elven armor should always have looked.
It looks ethereal and almost mystical – the kind of armor that inspires bards to write songs – and really showcases Elven craftsmanship.
Plus it also reworks the shield and weapons as well.
2. Elven Chainmail
If you’ve ever dreamed of a knight in shining armor, you probably pictured something like this.
Also created by KiraxSkyrim, this Elven Archangel Knight Armor looks like something straight out of World of Warcraft.
The shiny bluish steel, golden accents, and the “subtle” set of angelic wings are so glorious they’re almost out of place… almost.
This is exactly what you want to wear when clearing out a vampire’s lair.
1. Elven Archangel Knight Armor
The first place on our ranking goes to a set of armor that blows anything vanilla Skyrim has to offer out of the water – while also looking 100% lore-friendly.
This Elven Chainmail set is everything I expect from something made by and for elves.
It’s elegant, intricately detailed, and flows dynamically which allows freedom of movement while looking phenomenal.
The main mod link above includes a fair amount of alternate colors to craft, but you should definitely check out the HD Snow Elf version, and the essential CBBE Bodyslide version too.