Animal skin

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Name Animal skin
Size to wear All except giant
Armour Class 2
Encumbrance rating +0
GDR 0%
Maximum Enchantment +2
Grants nothing
Time to Wear 5

A large piece of thick skin covered in fur, cut from the corpse of an animal and worn as a primitive garment. It offers rudimentary protection against harm, but, having never been tanned, it carries a light stench of rotting flesh.

"He killed the noble Mudjokivis.
Of the skin he made him mittens,
Made them with the fur side inside,
Made them with the skin side outside.
He, to get the warm side inside,
Put the inside skin side outside;
He, to get the cold side outside,
Put the warm side fur side inside.
That's why he put the fur side inside, Why he put the skin side outside,
Why he turned them inside outside.
-Anonymous, in Wells' _A Parody Anthology_, p. 120. 1904.

An animal skin is a piece of armour that is functionally identical to a robe: 2 base AC, no encumbrance rating. It takes 3 turns to wear or remove.

If your character begins with animal skin for armor, you may want to consider switching to a robe as soon as possible because it may have enchantments and/or a useful ego. Animal skins are not normally generated with egos outside of a few special vaults, including some ice caves.


It's the same thing as a robe but far less likely to have a good ego. Usually a robe or dragon armour will be preferable.


Prior to 0.12, several monsters (sheep, yak, death yak) could leave these when butchered.

Mundane Animal skin1.png
Magical/Artifact Animal skin2.png
Unrandart Animal Skin
The Skin of Zhor Skin of zhor.png
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