Skyrim:Animal Hides

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Animal Hides and pelts can be harvested from dead animals. Tanning converts the unprocessed hides into processed Leather and Leather Strips, which can then be used for creating items at forges and improving them at grindstones and workbenches. Hides are only one of several categories of items that can be obtained by hunting animals; the others are detailed elsewhere:

  • Animal Parts for assorted less-useful animal parts
  • Raw Food for meat that comes from animals
  • Ingredients for various alchemy ingredients that come from animals

Animal hides, including leather and leather strips, are traded by blacksmiths (including quartermasters) and by hunters encountered in the wilderness. Giants are also a good source of hides -- they will drop up to 3 random, level-dependent hides.

[edit] Unprocessed

Tanning Transformations provides full details on how each of these hides/pelts are converted into leather, including gold and weight differences.

Name (ID) Weight Value Notes
SR-icon-misc-BearPelt.png Bear Pelt
0003ad52
3 50

Sources:

Uses:

SR-icon-misc-CaveBearPelt.png Cave Bear Pelt
0003ad53
3 60

Sources:

  • Dropped by Cave Bears, including Spriggan companion Cave Bears.
  • May be sold by hunters and general goods merchants starting at level 8.
  • 14 guaranteed pelts found in 12 different locations. The only location with multiple Cave Bear Pelts is Cliffside Retreat (The Reach) with 3.

Uses:

  • 1 Cave Bear Pelt produces 4 Leather (although the resulting leather is less valuable than the pelt).
  • 10 Bear Pelts (of any variety) are needed for the quest Grin and Bear It.
SR-icon-misc-CowHide.png Cow Hide
0003ad8f
2 10
  • Dropped by all varieties of Cow (although killing someone's cow may be considered a Crime).
  • Not sold by hunters, but may be sold by general goods merchants.
  • 1 Cow Hide produces 3 Leather.
SR-icon-misc-DeerHide.png Deer Hide
0003ad90, 000d284d
2 10
  • The first variety (0003ad90) is dropped by Elk; the second variety is dropped by Deer. The two varieties are different visually from one another.
    • PC Only This issue has been addressed by version 2.0.6 of the Unofficial Skyrim Patch; it changes the display name of the first variety to "Elk Hide".
  • Only the Elk-dropped version of Deer Hide is possibly sold by hunters and general goods merchants (starting at level 1).
  • 1 Deer Hide (of either variety) produces 2 Leather.
  • If Hearthfire is installed, it is used for various furnishing options for your player-built home.
SR-icon-misc-DeerPelt.png Deer Pelt
000cf89e
2 10
SR-icon-misc-FoxPelt.png Fox Pelt
000d4b35
0.5 5
  • Dropped by Foxes, including Pumpkin (but not including Snow Foxes).
  • Not sold by hunters.
  • 1 Fox Pelt produces 1 Leather.
SR-icon-misc-GoatHide.png Goat Hide
0003ad8e
1 5
  • 33% chance of being dropped by all varieties of Goat (who will otherwise drop Leg of Goat or minor loot).
  • May be sold by hunters and general goods merchants starting at level 1.
  • 2 Goat Hides produce 1 Leather -- this is the only case where more than one hide is necessary for tanning.
  • If Hearthfire is installed, it is used for various furnishing options for your player-built home.
SR-icon-misc-HorseHide.png Horse Hide
0003ad93
2 15
  • 33% chance of being dropped by all varieties of Horse (who will otherwise drop Horse Meat or minor loot).
  • Not sold by hunters, but may be sold by general goods merchants.
  • 1 Horse Hide produces 3 Leather.
SR-icon-misc-IceWolfPelt.png Ice Wolf Pelt
0003ad75
1 15

Sources:

Uses:

SR-icon-misc-SabreCatPelt.png Sabre Cat Pelt
0003ad6d
2 25
  • Dropped by Sabre Cats, including Spriggan companion Sabre Cats.
  • May be sold by hunters and general goods merchants starting at level 8.
  • 1 Sabre Cat Pelt produces 4 Leather.
  • If Hearthfire is installed, it is used for various furnishing options for your player-built home.
SR-icon-misc-SabreCatSnowPelt.png Sabre Cat Snow Pelt
0003ad6e
2 40
  • Dropped by Snowy Sabre Cats, including Spriggan companion Snowy Sabre Cats.
  • May be sold by hunters and general goods merchants starting at level 10.
  • 1 Sabre Cat Snow Pelt produces 4 Leather.
  • If Hearthfire is installed, it is used for various furnishing options for your player-built home.
SR-icon-misc-WerewolfPelt.png Sinding's Skin
0002ac62
4 0
SR-icon-misc-SnowBearPelt.png Snow Bear Pelt
0003ad54
3 75

Sources:

Uses:

  • 1 Snow Bear Pelt produces 4 Leather (although the resulting leather is less valuable than the pelt).
  • 10 Bear Pelts (of any variety) are needed for the quest Grin and Bear It.
SR-icon-misc-SnowFoxPelt.png Snow Fox Pelt
000d4be7
0.5 7
  • Dropped by Snow Foxes.
  • Not sold by hunters.
  • 1 Snow Fox Pelt produces 1 Leather.
SR-icon-misc-Vale Deer Hide.png Vale Deer Hide DG
xx011999
2 10
SR-icon-misc-Vale Sabre Cat Hide.png Vale Sabre Cat Hide DG
xx01199a
2 10
SR-icon-misc-WerewolfPelt.png Werewolf Pelt
000fe6a9
5 20
  • Werewolf Pelts are not available in the original version of the game, and cannot be tanned.
  • One is available with the Dawnguard add-on. Can be found in Volkihar Keep in Harkon's quarters.
SR-icon-misc-WolfPelt.png Wolf Pelt
0003ad74
1 10

[edit] Processed

Name (ID) Weight Value Notes
SR-icon-misc-Leather.png Leather
000db5d2
2 10

Sources:

Uses:

  • 1 Leather produces 4 Leather Strips.
  • Leather is needed at Forges to create all varieties of light armor, as well as some varieties of heavy armor (in particular, Ancient Nord armor).
  • Leather is needed at Workbenches to improve most varieties of light armor, including fur, hide, leather, and shrouded armor.
SR-icon-misc-LeatherStrips.png Leather Strips
000800e4
0.1 3

Sources:

  • Produced by tanning leather; 1 Leather produces 4 Leather Strips.
  • All blacksmiths are guaranteed to have 12-33 leather strips in stock; general goods merchants may also stock 10-40.
  • Certain cupboards have a 15% chance of containing 10-40 leather strips.

Uses:

  • Leather Strips are needed at Forges to create all varieties of armor and weapons. Although used to create nearly all items, they are not generally used in improving items. The only exceptions are:

[edit] Other

Several other items are categorized as "Animal Hides" by merchants, meaning that blacksmiths and hunters will buy them. Most of these are detailed elsewhere:

Name (ID) Weight Value Rating
SR-icon-armor-FurArmor4.pngSR-icon-armor-FurArmor1.png
SR-icon-armor-FurArmor2.pngSR-icon-armor-FurArmor3.png
Fur Armor
0006f393, 0010594b, 0010594d, 0010594f
6 50 23
SR-icon-armor-FurShoes.png Fur Shoes
0006f398
2 4 6
SR-icon-armor-FurBoots.png Fur Boots
000a6d7f
2 5 5
SR-icon-armor-FurBracers.png Fur Bracers
0006f39b
1 10 6
SR-icon-armor-FurGauntlets.png Fur Gauntlets
000a6d7d
2 5 5
SR-icon-armor-FurHelmet.png Fur Helmet
0006f39e
1 23 11
Totals (without shield): 9-10 82-88 44-46
Name (ID) Weight Value Notes
SR-icon-misc-BloodyRags.png Bloody Rags
000cc84d
1 1
  • Found in military camps in tents for wounded soldiers, as well as in coffins.
  • Have no purpose other than decoration.

[edit] Leather Smithing

Several varieties of low-quality light armor can be crafted either exclusively or primarily out of leather. These items can be forged from the start of the game, without the need to unlock any Smithing perks. This also means that only normal-level tempering of these armor types is possible (there is no perk that provides the ability to "improve them twice as much"). Fur Armor is not listed here because it cannot be crafted by the player.

These derived armor pieces are no longer categorized as animal hides by merchants, but are instead categorized as armor (the only implication being that Hunters will not buy them).

[edit] Hide Armor

Hide is the lowest-quality light armor in the game, even providing less protection than Fur Armor, and appears in leveled lists at the start of the game. All items can be tempered using 1 Leather. There is little reason to craft any of these armor pieces, because with the exact same materials you can instead craft better-quality Leather Armor, with the exception of the shield (for which there is no leather equivalent).

A female Imperial wearing Hide Armor
A male Nord wearing Hide Armor
Name (ID) Weight Value Rating Raw Materials Delta Ratio
SR-icon-misc-Leather.png Leather SR-icon-misc-LeatherStrips.png Strips Weight Value Weight Value
SR-icon-armor-HideArmor.png Hide Armor
(00013911)
5 50 20 4 3 -3.3 1 0.60 1.02
SR-icon-armor-HideBoots.png Hide Boots
(00013910)
1 10 5 2 2 -3.2 -16 0.24 0.38
SR-icon-armor-HideBracers.png Hide Bracers
(00013912)
1 10 5 1 2 -1.2 -6 0.45 0.62
SR-icon-armor-HideHelmet.png Hide Helmet
(00013913)
2 25 10 2 1 -2.1 2 0.49 1.09
SR-icon-armor-HideShield.png Hide Shield
(00013914)
4 25 15 4 2 -4.2 -21 0.49 0.54
Totals (with shield): 13 120 55 13 10
Totals (without shield): 9 95 40 9 8

[edit] Studded Armor

A female Imperial wearing Studded Armor
A male Nord wearing Studded Armor

Studded armor is only available in a cuirass, which provides slightly more protection than the Hide armor equivalent. It appears in leveled lists at the start of the game, and can be tempered using 1 Iron Ingot. Crafting Studded Armor uses the exact same amount of leather as either Hide Armor or Leather Armor, but also requires one Iron Ingot. Given that Leather Armor is better quality and requires fewer materials, there is little reason to craft Studded Armor.

Name (ID) Weight Value Rating Raw Materials Delta Ratio
SR-icon-ingot-Iron Ingot.png Iron SR-icon-misc-Leather.png Leather SR-icon-misc-LeatherStrips.png Strips Weight Value Weight Value
SR-icon-armor-StuddedArmor.png Studded Armor
(0001b3a2)
6 75 23 1 4 3 -3.3 19 0.65 1.34

[edit] Leather Armor

A female Imperial wearing Leather Armor
A male Nord wearing Leather Armor

Leather Armor is better than Hide, Fur, or Studded armors, but is still a relatively low-quality type of light armor. It appears in leveled lists starting at level 6 (enchanted varieties at level 7). All items can be tempered using 1 Leather. Since Leather Armor uses only Leather and Leather Strips, this may be a good light armor set to craft for yourself early on.

Name (ID) Weight Value Rating Raw Materials Delta Ratio
SR-icon-misc-Leather.png Leather SR-icon-misc-LeatherStrips.png Strips Weight Value Weight Value
SR-icon-armor-LeatherArmor.png Leather Armor
(0003619e)
6 125 26 4 3 -2.3 76 0.72 2.55
SR-icon-armor-LeatherBoots.png Leather Boots
(00013920)
2 25 7 2 2 -2.2 -1 0.48 0.96
SR-icon-armor-LeatherBracers.png Leather Bracers
(00013921)
2 25 7 1 2 -0.2 9 0.91 1.56
SR-icon-armor-LeatherHelmet.png Leather Helmet
(00013922)
2 60 12 2 1 -2.1 37 0.49 2.61
Totals (with Hide Shield): 16 260 67 13 10
Totals (without Hide Shield): 12 235 52 9 8

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