what is the best/most useful armor in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim?
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I have to point out that Elven Armor doesn't actually have better Armor Rating than Dwarven when considering their base. The Armor Skill of the player can make Elven stronger, but at level 15 Armor Skills and level 100 Armor Skills, the Dwarven armor will come out on top.
My argument will be for Orcish Armor, however. Orcish is better than Dwarven, Lighter than Steel Plate and Dwarven (two lower level heavy armors) and you can get a full set at level 1 by going to Largashbur, hoping the mountain to jump into the city, and stealing the Armor from the shrine.
There are other pieces of armor you can get at level 1, like an ebony shield for instance, but I'm assuming you mean full sets of armor and not it's parts.
When it comes to Heavy Armor at level one, a full set of Orcish armor will last quite some time. The looks of the armor is subjective as some might find the crudeness to be ugly and inelegant, while others will enjoy the rugged feel of looking like an Orc Knight.
Orcish armor is easily superior to Elven in terms of damage reduction and the speed decrease really doesn't matter when it comes to melee combat in an Elder Scrolls game. Your character already moves at low speed as it is (unless you're sprinting, but then you're not in melee range) and another decrease isn't going to really affect your ability to fight all that much, especially since you can turn your character 360 degrees very quickly. While it's true it is better to avoid damage than block it, in Skyrim you will only have the chance to dodge an opponents melee strike when they attempt a power attack, otherwise their swing speed (provided they are wielding a one handed weapon) will outpace even a naked character. Or, in other words, you're going to get hit if you're in melee range, so it's better to mitigate damage than rely on lucky dodging.
Wearing armor while using a ranged weapon is basically pointless as the entire goal is to 'not' be in melee range, but even if a ranger happens to find themselves getting sliced up, Orcish armor will more likely save them than Elven. I will admit that Elven allows one to kite the enemy better when wielding a bow, but most enemies are faster running forward than the player is running backward, so the advantage lighter armor has in that scenario matters little once the enemy has caught up.
The best gameplay use of Orcish armor compared to Elven are the unpredictable moments when your character is being attacked suddenly. Skyrim has lots of these encounters (Sabre Cats, wolf packs, Assassin strikes, Hired Thugs etc) and these encounters are meant to take you by surprise. A "feature" of these surprise encounters is that they are meants to overwhelm and deal a high amount of damage to the player before they've had a chance to raise their guard. Every player of Skyrim knows what it's like to wander the open lands of Whiterun Hold only to hear a growl and see your character lose a significant portion of their health suddenly, A SABRE CAT! Or walk up a hill just to see a group of Thugs gunning for you at breakneck speed.
Also, Elven has the finesse, plus it also has protection, though not as much as heavy armor. Also, the mobility allows you to escape battles, if necessary.
Most of Skyrim's content is experienced with combat, and when whether we're talking about lower levels or upper levels, Orcish will simply come out on top during the actual fight. Sure it doesn't have the looks of Elven and it is certainly heavier, but the fact that one of your requirements for armor is accessibility at lower levels, and you can get a full set of orcish at level one, makes Orcish the best armor for combat starting from level one until Ebony armor starts showing up.
I thank my opponent again for this interesting debate.
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Vote Placed by Wylted 1 year ago
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Reasons for voting decision: More effort needed from Pro. Many of Con's premises weren't attacked and pro really had no counter for rebuttals concerning the mitigation of his armor's strengths
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