Fire dragon scales

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Version 0.31: This article is up to date for the latest stable release of Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup.
Name Fire dragon scales
Size to wear All
Armour Class 8
Encumbrance rating 11
Maximum Enchantment +8
Grants rF++, rC-
Time to Wear 5

The scales of a fire-breathing dragon. It provides great protection from fire, while rendering its wearer more susceptible to cold.

Fire dragon scales are a moderately heavy body armour. They provide 2 ranks of fire resistance (rF++), but a rank of cold vulnerability (rC-).

This item has a 33% chance to generate when you slay a fire dragon.


Fire dragon scales are a suitable general purpose armour. It offers decent defense, while still allowing spellcasting. The fire resistance is also helpful, namely against orbs of fire. However, it's often best to wait until you have at least one source of cold resistance before wearing these; taking 150% damage from cold attacks can be lethal.

Note that ice dragon scales offer +1 AC (and +1 max enchantment) for the same encumbrance rating. However, you may prefer fire dragon scales for its fire resistance.


  • Prior to 0.19, this item was known as fire dragon armour. It was obtained from using a scroll of enchant armour on fire dragon hide
  • Prior to 0.10, this item was known merely as "dragon armour". It was renamed to avoid confusion with other dragon armours.
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