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Skyrim Light Armor vs Heavy Armor

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*** EXPAND FOR LINKS *** Skyrim Light Armor vs. Heavy Armor comparison commentary. Tradeskill Template - # 1.5 Guide http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=052TiX-HrDY Necromage Vampire effect on...

Funny how you say "alot of you like the look of daedric armor" I absolutely hate it and I never used it. Plain old iron / steel / banded iron looks the best.
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+Mr. Snow Show York'eso .|. I love the nightingale armor
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Just got to 15:40 in the video. How retarded would one have to be to sneak around in heavy armor? You seem to be missing the point of it if you're just going to be sneaky...
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+mutilator97 your right if you plan to be stealthy most of the game, you dont care about your armor rating because if you are a good stealth character then you should be taking out your targets without them even scratching any of your health, this vid is (in a way) bad for people that want 100% facts, because i dont think anyone will use heavy armor for a stealth character....
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*in that same moment, Mutilator discovered the Steed Stone
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If you can reach the armor cap with light armor then what the fuck is the point with heavy armor at all?
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+Homini Lupus weapons = life, if you go around with your "FIST O' STEEL" all the time, most people will call you a noob...
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With heavy armor perks you get increased melee damage, 50% less stagger, you also can run as fast as normal, less fall damage, and a 10% chance to deflect damage back. Dragonplate ftw! =P
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+Devin Watson increesed meele damage by 18. and that only with your fists. congrats^^
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i thought the armor max was 600
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I think I'll just play naturally, and not worry about all these complicated complications. I'm a sneaky, light armor, whatever it takes to beat the bad guy type of magical, backstabbing punk of a dysfunctional jerk.  I'll drink snarky potions to get the job done. Hell, I'll even hire some drunken slog of Skyrim's societal cesspool to help get the job done. Chase me after my backstab, run to my magical runes, shocking flames, familiars, conjurations, zombies, and poisoned arrows. You have no hope you clanking metal tanks! Surrender now before you're subjected to my 50+ speechcraft.   >:|
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I really widh Nightingale Armour was the best armour in the game lol... It just looks way too badass.
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I have an Ebony armor set (with Ebony Mail) with the amount of 296, and i have Nightingale armor set with the amount of 255...which should i pick?
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+Nathan Shiels but, that ebony mail gives u stealthy thing when sneaking
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+Phoenix The ebony mail doesnt help that much, if you are going to be a thief or assassin go nightingale
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Daedric armor is the only one that can cap out on armor without the helmet so you can use the aetherium crown if you have 5 perk points in juggernaut
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Hey try doing this on master see how light armor turns straight to useless
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+chris haley Filthy casual
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lihgt armour is cool and in my opinion it is beter than heavy
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You can reach the cap in either and any flaws they have are irrelevant at higher levels. Just choose whatever one you want.
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this may be an offence to people but heavy armor is my go ,srsly which one  would you pick,bieng  able to survive a long battle,or sneaking out and hoping you dont get seen and die quickly .
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+Kyle Dilbert true im a sneak guy but i use hevy because A it looks badass B i like more health and C i dont use many magic spells so i have points to sper
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You'd be surprised. Light armor can withstand a lot of damage as well, also if you're a good thief/assassin, you wouldn't get caught in the first place ;)
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it negates all damage coz the game it to stupid to tell if it was an arrow to the knee or a war hammer to the face
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What does it matter when any armor can reach the armor cap. I like how banded iron armor looks on my old buff imperial. I made the guy a juggernaut with the shield charge perk. Its so fun seeing them fly up in the air or drop them off cliffs. And wrist bands with fortify unarmed of 300 damage so he can punch with his bare hands. Hey if its in the game its legit so I'll use it.
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I'll just download a ebony light armor set lol
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I have full legendary dragon-scale ligt armor but I'm not at the armor cap? I am around 360.. whyy?
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+Musen ! Things that help up your armor rating 1. Enchanting armor to help upgrade the armor, which will help when you upgrade the armor on a workbench 2. Potions that help upgrade the armor (again for the workbench) 3. and perks of course hope i helped :D Using these tips i have glass armor at the cap :)
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Light Stalhrim Armour It's light, can break the armour cap and, in my opinion, looks awesome with the exception of the helmet... but you can easily replace that with something else. Like a dragon priest mask.
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Brilliant and helpful video! Answered all of my questions😜
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just get a mod for light armor for the daedric
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+daniel d Not everyone can use mods. Some PCs are incapable of running the base game with additional mods, and then there's the fact that some people prefer the console versions of the game.
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I wish light armor gave extra side to side strafing speed or something so that dodging attacks would be easier than heavy, its already not that hard, but it would be nice
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Heavy is slow and i don't like it  Light is better
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same here but im not a mage so i got points to spare
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so i can have hevey but be quiet 
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Can Ebony armor have 567 points !?
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Literally a perfect video. Thank you for running your test to prove everything talked about. I would be that person that would be like "no way dude" but you proved it so I don't have to verify it somewhere else.
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glass armor would get you to the cap faster than elven though, unless you rinse smithing and light armor. I prefer not to craft at all, at first it was fun but now i just hate doing it... Just get marked for death, slow time and elemental fury as fast as possible and if you time and execute them well you don't need crafting for legendary. I'd suggest getting good defenses and crowd control for such a build though. Mfd takes some time
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So elven ligt armor is better than draon scale?
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I like to be a sneaky thief with the shadow and night no one see me no one hear me  I can attack everytime when i want and no one don't know it                                      I like my playing style so LIGHT ARMOR! AND DAGGERS :3 -You are fast -Small fall damage  -Fast regen stamina  -Stealth -Silence                               Much players preffer light armor and stealth But everyone have their own playing style :)
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Play Skyrim Sneaking is not fun. Very very very very easy...
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I like it much peoples like Light armor
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personally why have heavy armour (example) when its armour is 50 and weight is 30 when you can have light armour 50 and weight 1.5 like da fuq logic..
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+Steve Fox but light armor will have the same armor effect as heavy(from highest armor rating is 567) so it all comes down to looks.
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But still, picking heavy armor than light will tank you up faster. Unless of course you sneak a lot. 
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So what's better at the start???
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If you play most of the game with light armor you will notice that light and heavy armor will be the same and then light will pass it. So even if you do play with light armor then the rating the points you spend on it will make your armor just as good if not better than heavy armor
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Dont like how elven armors fucking gay as fuck?, max out thieves guild.
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But that takes out some of the fun! By the way, most people shun me already, so I don't really care about that.
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Should I stick with my heavy armor or go with light armor. I can't decide.
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+olivia pigott I always go heavy, because if you invest in the perks, you can have your heavy armour weigh nothing and make no noise when moving, and I just enjoy the look of heavy armour on my character, who always has the slimmest physique. However, this is mostly important early on. Late in the game, when you hit the armour cap via enchants and smithing, it really just comes down to preference and aesthetics.
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wind shear is supposed to always stagger no matter what dude so yea
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they shouldve had heavy and light armour affect the game more, such as weapon swing speed, how quickly you can bring up a shield and have perks to counter ultimately leading to light and heavy armour being near the same with only small differences in say damage resist and movement speed
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Using glass armor for looks? LMAO dude do you even use mods?
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Breton blood 50% magic resistance  lord stone 25% magic resistance(plus 50 damage resist ) 1 perk point in magic resist in alteration [It isn't much of a waste because I already invested 3 point in alteration up to adept for the transmute and telekinesis spell which makes the game a hell more fun plus with telekinesis you feel like a Jedi and at the last levels of the game you want to troll your enemies because they cant do shit to you] And you need to be as tanky as possible to kill the ebony warrior which requires you kill Karstag(google auto corrected it to Karnataka WTF) who has a nasty blizzard spell 
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Heavy armor is better shuer you can sneak better in light armor but with heave you can take more damage and just upgrade health to carry more stuff I don't even bother with light at all I see it I don't even want to take it to sell it it's just a wast of time so heavy armor is better
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Heavy armor is only for looks. Light armor gives you more useful perks like Wind Walking and can be just as protective as Heavy.
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how i see it that light armor is better in all ways
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You're completely ignoring the whole point of the video. Light armor can have the exact same defence if you invest in it.
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Ok, so I had this crazy theory: What if we are all wrong? History is not what it seems. The scientists are wrong. The Elder Scrolls Universe is real, and Earth is Nirn. It all makes sense, hear me out. Dragons did exist, but scientist have been putting the skeleton together wrong, making "dinosaurs". And all of those skeletons of "ape men" and "humans that have evolved" are just bones of the races of Nirn. Why do you think so many of the Earth past civilizations have had depictions of dragons and creatures not of this world? And Pangaea?  Obviously the continent of Tamriel. But what happened to all of this you might ask? Well you see, according to scientist a giant meteor his Earth causing the dinosaurs to go extinct. But wait, aren't there two moons orbiting Nirn? What if one of them fell out of orbit hitting Earth/Nirn causing most of the species to go extinct. That's why we only see one moon today. It all makes sense!
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I don't really care for daedric it over rated the best armor to me is dragonscale armor
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Heavy armour is better , hello! More resistance to attacks while light armour has very low resistance!
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so is it possible to get relatively successful sneaking with heavy armour if you get the right perks?
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+sharki9876 I guess.. But that should sacrifice other perks.. Like Fortify magic etc..
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+Shovon Rahman Not necessarily. At the start, it may force some sacrifice for some perks, but so long as you have the Dragonborn DLC, you can have all perks and perk-trees filled once you reach level 251.
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I took on alduin at LVL 7 with a legendary wooden sword and blades armour I didn't see dragonbane
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I think dragon bane is at alduins wall next the chest with blades armour in it
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There is no cap anymore with legendary, so every perk in heavy is useful. The 50% stamina regeneration perk is a joke as you can achieve 100% regeneration with enchantments. Light armor was alright when the game was first released, but as time progressed it is now dirt with legendary, the patches, and D.L.C.s that allow you to respec all your skill points. I created two sneak characters, one who used heavy armor and one who used light armor. The heavy armor one stayed hidden just as easily and died less hmmmm I wonder why? Maybe because if you create a sneak character you're going invest in sneak regardless which will mitigate all heavy armor penalties. Also I have 500 stamina on my warrior and I can still sprint half the map. You used windshear to test the stagger, that's a joke of a test because windshear is a guaranteed stagger every time. This video is clearly light armor biased. I can't stop laughing at how you butchered what was supposed to be a scientific approach to solving this "debate" on which is better.
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If the cap is gone what makes heavy better than light if you can have storm cloak armor that has 2mil armor rating? You're just being a faggot
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You got some serious knowledge ! Thanks for Vid mate Subbed !
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i Never Upgrade any armor tree i only Play with Looted gear^^ Never had Major Problems
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Can someone tell me why he is so concerned with not spending perk points?
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This was before Legendary patch, before that you had a limited number of perks
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Holy Crap! I've been playing this game since it came out and I didn't realize how complex it was until now with this vid...Dang! I feel dumb!
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Its pronounced Maylay...not the way its spelt (melee). Just had to say that since you said you werent going to say it how we asked.
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Light anomer look cool use a bow
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I honestly question why any stealth build would even attempt to use heavy armor, I ALWAYS go light when making stealth builds, of course with almost every other build I'll use heavy due to the better damage resistance in the early-game, that being said, in the end-game, it really doesn't matter, as you can reach the 80% damage resistance rather easily with both armor types even without use of the tradeskills.  What it really comes down to is how you play your game, heavy is a good choice for tanker and warrior builds who tend to be up close and personal with enemies while light is good for thieves, assassins and nightblades, but as I said, purchase the correct perks throughout your game and in the end you can play any class with any armour type.
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+The2099spidey I always go heavy after getting the perks that make heavy armour weight nothing and have it so heavy armour makes no noise.
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Does clothing cound as light armor? because I want dragonscale armor and a prieshood because it looks badass. I want to do this because i absolutely hate the dragnscale helmet.
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+Benzux The Ender Master no I just want it because it look awsome. I mean the dragon scale armor with a priest hood from solstheim is awsome (I chose that hood because it is unenchanted).
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with mods heavy armor is THE BEST with an armor cap of 900 which mitigates up to 90% of damage and light armor barely reaches 567! but conversely light armor becomes a frenzy master while heavy armor is like a boulder! so what the armors lost or gained in armor rating have gained notable differences in playstyle buffs
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why are they all called Legit armour ?
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Since this is an old video, i re-tested everything on PS3 and the armor cap still is 567 (80%). However, you need to spend more perk points in the light/heavy armor tree to acheive the cap than you see on this video, so getting Ebony or Glass isn't a waste of points considering you also upgrade better weapons. Also, its possible to achieve the armor cap with the Light Ancient Shroud armor with the same amount of perk points as Glass (9) even though you only upgrade it to flawless, assuming your only using 100 Smithing and Light Armor. IMO, Alteration>Light Armor>Heavy Armor. With Alteration, you just need to get the Dragonhide spell at master level and it will get you to the 80% cap, no need to grind Smithing skill to 100 and waste a load of perk points on armor skills. It also levels up very fast compared to armor skill. Your character won't have any armor noise penalty for stealth and moves at 100% speed without spending more perk points. You also have the "Magic Resistance" perks that can boost up to 30% magic resistance.
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+NordicEagleVids Yes you are right, the recast thing every 30sec (45 with stability) makes it boring to use and that 4/5 sec charge before cast makes it worse although you can mitigate it with slow shout. It works very well with a one-hand dual wield character build since you kill enemys very fast. Another build that works very well with alteration is the basic Sword and shield (One-hand and Block), the 30% magic resistance and the 50% from the Block skill perk makes you acheive the 80% magic cap, add the shield Spellbreaker and you are pretty much magic-proof.
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Dont forget elemental resist since magic and elemental resist stack :) 80% magic + 80% elemental resist Will make any mage appear to be nothing more than a conjourer of cheap tricks.
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I'm so lazy to do the maths, so you do it for me xD. Is it possible to reach 567 armor rank in light armor without having to invest in the light armor tree? Suppose you have it improved up to legendary...?
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Yes.  You can make ANY armor set 567
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a like light armor and if any of u dont like how they look install deadric assassin light armor mod
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Light is my fav cuz it wieghs nothing and if you have 100 sneak you are invisible until you stand up
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I think the 567 is b.s, it goes higher, at least on xbox
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+Ross Kelly It can still go up, but after 567, it just makes no difference.
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This video was made before any skyrim updates... Their was always a armor cap of 567. No matter what ur DR is it was and always will be no more than 567.
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I'm using Thieves Guild Master armor oO Cause it looks cool
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Lol people have their opinion in my opinion dragonscale is very cool
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+Janitra Tantalus yeah. i've got a custom-enchanted set geared for some one-man-army-stuff
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I am sorry if this sounds stupid but is it better to craft then enchant your own armour of find sets such as deathbrand or nightengale
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An enchanted dragonscale armor will be better than deathbrand and the nightingale
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He forgot to mention that for about every 7 armor rating = 1% more damage reduction
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cough cough deathbrand cough cough
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the problem with the stagging perk, is because u gave her a bugged weapon that sword always stagg no matter what. sry for my english
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Had a 1789 ar and took on a dragon giant and two mammoths and took no damage there isn't s cap
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When!?!? Really?!?!? SOMEONE MAKE A VIDEO ON 360!!!
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10:30, obviously if you use Windshear you will ALWAYS get staggered. That weapon is so OP since it staggers everything from skeevers to Alduin even on legendary, so of course it will stagger you even with Tower of  Strength. And in the "sneak" test if you use the Ebony Mail you are practically invisible, also in combat (with all sneak perks).
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About the sneak test: the daedric armor not making any noise isn't a bug, glitch, or anything like that. If you actually read silence, it says that walking or running do not affect detection. This means that the perk is working correctly because you can wear daedric armor and not care about being heard.
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he was using wind shear for exactly the 100% stagger. the test was to see the amount of stagger (the length of time where you can't do anything), not the chance
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Thanks ! I really wasn't sure about which one i was going to pick. But i now decided to go Light Armour since you can get cap also and there are some badass sets in light. Light Armour FTW !
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Does anyone use both?  After deciding that the armor perks were mostly useless, carry weight not being much of a factor once I'm rich enough to stop picking up most of the heavier items I find, along with all of the nit-picky reasons stated in the video, I have taken to getting all five ranks of the first perk in BOTH trees and using a light chest, usually Scaled Armor, with heavy boots/gauntlets/helmet, usually Nordic - Steel, Carved, or Ancient.  Once my armor skills are both at 100, I even forgo the helmet for an Adept or enchanted Mage Hood because I think it looks badass.  After all, armor is meant to provide damage resistance for non-mages (though a few perks in Alteration never hurt anybody) and all of the perks after Juggernaut/Agile Defender force you to choose one or the other.  I find it works best for my character/play style, which I can describe in further detail if anyone is intrigued by this "Medium Armor" approach.
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when they say stagger I think they mean like if draugr deathlords use unrelenting force shout on you. you will be sent flying 50% less of the time. I don't know if it is. but in my thieves guild armor when doing Skuldafn I get flying every time they shout but in my heavy armor with tower of strength perk I don't get flying as much even when hit with two of them. this is after patch 1.9 though. they might of fixed since you did this video in 2012. let me know what you think.
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what command did u use to get perks?
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just noticed in this video... daedric arrows appear to be retextured forsworn arrows o.o
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Holy fucking shit ur right!!!
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Light Armor. Better For Sneaking, Move Faster (If you've played morrowind, At the Begining the Stamina is BRUTAL). Better for me.
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did patch 1.9 change the armor cap of 567? looked around and couldn't even find an armor cap.
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You picked the girl character???
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+ayman chukri  depends what playthrough if im warrior i use armour if im an archer i use light armour or npc clothes that look cool
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+pms00 I use blades armor with no upgrades/enchantment and my last set of armor steel I could only upgrade to fine. how to I get pass fine improvements (email replies: Theswaff699@gmail.com)
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Can i disable all sounds from heavy armor?
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Heavy armor and two handed weapons
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This was just confusing as shit but that's just me
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I use fists of steel to win faster in fist fight bets
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the best thing about dadric armour is that you can use fists of steel and it to help in a fists only playthough
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Darn, i never tried it out but thanks for telling me i thought you could throw it.
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+Dante Inferno They're pretty crappy arrows too, but most of the damage doesn't come from the arrows anyways. They also feel pretty inaccurate, but I'm not sure variable arrow accuracy is even a thing in the game.
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I wear daedric because it looks cool :)
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Ok. Nightingale is cooler
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In my opinion dragonscale is very cool
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Question: Regarding the defensive cap, is it only 80% damage resistance no matter what; regardless of Armor rating Beserker Rage Secret of Protection Dragon hide Bones of the Earth Etc. The defensive cap cannot exceed 80% damage resistance? Please answer and reply (preferably with proof) asap. -thanks in advance
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I like being able to be OP on the highest difficulties but i dont want to be 100% invincible 99.99% is perfect
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sigh as much as I hate to admit it heavy armor is better But I want a really good light armor cause my charector is an assassin V_V and heavy armor slows you,makes you louder and sorry but Idk Its kinda weeird
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If you're going for an assassin, light armour is better. Simply because you're faster wearing it, so you can attack and dodge better. I'm a tank, two handed. I don't need to dodge, so I go for heavy, but if were to use two weapons I'd definitely go for Light armour
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the potion/enchanting loop exploit that make this armor rating possible, is it fixed?
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1) The Legendary Edition removes the 81 cap level. By this you could level infinitely. So, it is not about the armor rating cap. 2) There is a reason to have an armor rating above the 542 (displayed armor rating when wearing all four pieces of armor and a shield), or 567 (without a shield), or 667 (when not wearing any armor or shield at all). There are  perks in one handed and two handed skills. a) one handed: Bone Breaker - Attacks with maces ignore X% of armor b) two handed: Skullcrusher - Attacks with warhammers ignore X% of armor where X is 25 or  50 or 75 for both one and two handed. So, if you have a displayed armor rating of 1000 and you are hit by a bandit with a warhammer and he has Skullcrusher perk (75%) your armor rating "acts" as would be only 250 not 1000 ... I think it's all clear now, the armor rating counts, depends on circumstances.
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+Florin Manolache If you don't have MODs installed that gives NPCs enhanced crossbows or other things that ignore armor it is pointless to stack armor beyond the cap.
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+Naru In vanilla there are bandits with perks that ignore armor. Read above!
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If you invest in heavy/light armor perks and smithing, you can reach the cap in either and easily make up for any "disadvantages". Really, the one you choose only matters in the beginning of the game. Just choose whichever one you like.
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Yep, at engame it was just for Aesthetics. And a good set of Nordic Carved armor or Stalhrim armor beats that
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The light armors in Skyrim all look too, dare I say, stupid. Even the Dragonscale armor, too spiky. Though the Dragon plate isn't all better, although it does look badass, it looks less protective than the steel armor, too many openings. The Ebony looks great on a female, snug in all the right places wink wink  I would dare say that although it's not as efficient as the other armors the most badass in my opinion is the Dwarven armor, makes you look like a fucking tank but the helmet looks a bit stupid. It's a damn shame you can't customize the armor pieces in some ways, I am aware of mods but mods don't cover everything.
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+combinecommando001 The nightingale armor looks amazing, and has great enchantments, except the illusion enchant is worthless
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"Black Mage Armor" Mod! ;)
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