Black Knight's horse barding

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Version 0.24: This article is up to date for the latest stable release of Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup.
A heavy barding made from pitch-black steel and inlaid with plates of black diamond. It once protected the steed of the Black Knight during his reign of terror. Those who wear it become partially undead, gaining some of the benefits without the unfortunate downsides, although the great weight of metal and stone slows the wearer somewhat.

Black knight barding.png the +10 Black Knight's horse barding

+10 centaur barding

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It's your choice whether the Black Knight's horse barding's[1] excellent AC and useful resistances are worth losing a bit of your centaur's speed advantage, but they probably are; you'll still be faster than most opponents, though kiting may take a bit longer. That being said, this armour is considered evil and will offend the good gods if you wear it.



  • Prior to 0.15, the Black Knight's horse barding also offered a significant delay to your metabolism, requiring you to eat less often.
  • The Black Knight's horse barding was added in 0.10.