Skyrim: How To Get Nightingale Armor [Location]

Learn everything about Nightingale Armor in Skyrim and how to acquire it.

The Nightingale Armor is a set of unique light stealth armor that can be obtained from a quest in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. This armor is a trademark of the Nightingales, which is an old order that protects the Twilight (a realm in Skyrim). If you are a fan of it and somehow want to get your hands on it but don’t know how to? Then there’s nothing to worry about because you have visited the right place.

Key Highlights
  • Nightingale Armor in Skyrim is a stealth armor that provides some buffs to its wearer.
  • This armor can be obtained from the quest “Trinity Restored” while completing the Thieves Guild storyline.
  • The set includes a Hood, Armor, Gloves, and Boots in its set.
  • Nightingale Bow and Blade can also be obtained after completing quests, Blindsighted and Hard Answers.
  • After acquiring it, you will become a member of the Nightingales.
  • You can only acquire this armor once in the entire game.

Joining the Thieves Guild

Before getting your hands on this armor, you have to join the Thieves Guild in Skyrim because the storyline of Thieves Guild will lead you to this armor.

To join the Thieves Guild, follow the steps instructed as under:

  • Go to Riften.
  • Head to the square-like marketplace.
  • A red-haired guy named Brynjolf will approach you.
  • He will ask you to steal Madesi’s (a lizard-looking guy) Silver Ring from under the stall.
  • Once you have completed this task, head back to Brynjolf, and he will then ask you to join the Thieves Guild and find the hideout of the Thieves Guild known as Ragged Flagon.

Route to Ragged Flagon

In order to join the Thieves Guild, you have to find a bar-like place known as Ragged Flagon, where the members of the Thieves Guild hang out. Finding the route to this bar might be hard for some players but worry not, and we will be guiding you right into the doors of Ragged Flagon.

  • Go to the ratway that is located under the bridge.
  • After entering the ratway go straight and then take a right three times.
  • Once you enter the hallway, which has a table with a barrel on top of it, you will see two paths.
  • Take a left, and it will lead you to the door of Ragged Flagon.
Ragged Flagons
Talking to Brynjolf [Image Credit Copyright: eXputer]
Once you enter the bar, head straight to Brynjolf and talk to him. He will assign you a number of quests to complete. Keep completing the quests that he assigns until you reach the quest “The Pursuit.”

Getting The Armor

Armor Weight Value  Buffs
144 12 1949
  • Stamina: + 40 Points.
  • Frost Resistance: + 50 %.
  • Lock Picking Complexity: -25%
  • One Handed Attack Damage: + 25%
  • 17% less Magicka for an illusion spell to cast.

After you have completed the quest, The Pursuit, come back to Brynjolf, and then you head towards the quest, “Trinity Restored,” where you will find the armor.

For this quest, Karliah will ask you to meet her at The Shadow Stone, which is near the Snow-Shod Farm. If you don’t know the location of Snow-Shod Farm, then head Sout-West of Riften; there, you will find the Snow-Shod Farm.

Trinity Restored
Talking to Karliah [Image Credit Copyright: eXputer]
Follow Karliah into the headquarters of Nightingales until you reach the Three Armor Stones. Activate these armor stones and get a full set of Nightingale.

Three Armor Stones
Activating the Three Armor Stones [Image Credit Copyright: eXputer]
The set includes:

  • Nightingale Hood
  • Nightingale Armor
  • Nightingale Gloves
  • Nightingale Boots

After equipping the armor, you and Brynjolf become members of Nightingales. Now you can proceed with the remaining quest. Furthermore, Nightingale Blade and Nightingale Bow are given by Kariah after completing quests, Hard Answers and Blindsighted, respectively.

Buffs of Nightingale Armor

The armor is not just for showoff or to make your character look like Arno Dorian from Assassin’s Creed Unity, but it provides some buffs as well that are listed below:

  • It increases stamina by 40 points.
  • It also increases Frost resistance by 50%.
  • The Nightingale Boots allow you to move more silently and perform stealth missions more easily.
  • The Nightingale Gloves reduce the lock-picking complexity by 25%.
  • These gloves also increase one-handed attack damage by 25%.
  • Using the Nightingale Hood will cost 17% less Magicka for an Illusion Spell to cast.
The Nightingale Armor in Skyrim
The Nightingale Armor [Image Credit Copyright: eXputer]
If you want to perform your missions or stealthily enjoy Skyrim, then the armor is probably going to be a useful set of armor for you, although there are armors that are way more beneficial and powerful than this one.

Related: We have a guide on all Dragon Priest Mask Locations in Skyrim; apart from that, if you are interested in hunting down the dragons of Skyrim, then we also provide a guide for the Locations of Dragons and much more.


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