Mage armour - "Protection spells (like Stoneflsh) are twice as strong if not wearing armour

Does this count if I wear magic robes, or do I have to be completely naked?

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Armor in this game means anything with an armor rating. (It should also say "heavy|light armor" in the left corner)

Robes, even enchanted, don't have an armor value, so should be fair game.

  • Phew, I don't have to run around like a naked mad man.
    – theorise
    Nov 15, 2011 at 16:25
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    @theorise but are you really having fun when you're not? Nov 15, 2011 at 16:38
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    I also noticed that shields, while having an armor rating, do not count for the purposes of the Mage Armor perk. So you can still have a shield out and still get the Protection spell multiplier. I don't know if this is intended or a bug, though.
    – Piitaa
    Nov 15, 2011 at 17:03
  • @Piitaa that's consistent with past Elder Scrolls games, too. Nov 15, 2011 at 17:11
  • That is awesome, I was wondering about that @Piitaa
    – theorise
    Nov 17, 2011 at 16:54

Mage robes do not say 'Light/Heavy Armour', so my assumption is that they do count.

Otherwise, it'd be a little stupid (Mage armour...is naked armour?)

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