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So I'm looking here at the Mage Armor perk, and it supposedly doubles Stoneflesh's effectiveness if 'not wearing armor.'

I just picked up a mask called 'Morokei' that increases Magika regen 100%. Only problem, it's classified as light armor.

Will this destroy the effects of Mage Armor?

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Anything that is light armor or better negates this perk. – Jagd Aug 6 '12 at 17:16

You will no longer get the benefits of mage armor if you wear any kind of armor.

The only exception to this rule is shields. Wielding a shield does not negate the effects. You receive the benefit of this perk along with the usual benefits of a shield.

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You want to reduce the cost of casting spells rather than going for magicka regen. If you are playing as a mage, the mage armor perk is VERY useful. – ヴァイシャリ Aug 3 '12 at 3:40
People who do not find magicka regen to be not useful just have bad magicka regen, I have found. Having good cost reduction is nice, but having good magicka regen is also nice. There are more than one way of building a viable character. – Anderson Aug 3 '12 at 10:38
@Anderson, that is the beauty of Skyrim. You can play to what suits your playing style. :) – ヴァイシャリ Aug 3 '12 at 11:07
Just want to add to what others have stated - If you want to play a mage that only wears cloth items (no light armor or better) then the mage armor perk is invaluable. I love it and have never regretted taking it. I've got a circlet that gives me +60 magicka and I find it much more useful than the +100 magicka regen from the mask. However, this doesn't mean you should throw the mask out and never use it, because there may be scenarios where it can be useful (ie - when you don't necessarily need to worry about armor). – Jagd Aug 6 '12 at 17:15
@Jagd that's kind of what I thought. If I'm battling with other mages, I put on the mask. IMO, it's all about regen when battling other mages. If you've got someone pummeling you with shock and wiping out your magika, the faster you can gather enough to throw a fireball while hiding behind a pole the better. – cemulate Aug 6 '12 at 21:26

Yes, all masks destroy this perk effect as long as they are in use because all of them are considered as armor. To get the bonus of Mage Armor you can only use items that are considered as clothes. However, shields are an exception (you can use a shield and have the bonus of Mage Armor).

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