Ice dragon scales

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Name Ice dragon scales
Size to wear Any
Armour Class 9
Encumbrance rating 11
GDR 37%
Maximum Enchantment +9
Grants rC++, rF-
Time to Wear 5


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

Ice dragon scales are a decent medium-weight body armour option. These scales offer less AC than a suit of plate armour, but their EV penalty is significantly lower, making them excellent for races with lower strength. The rC++ makes them fantastic for use against cold enemies, but rF- is extremely dangerous to keep active constantly. Use with discretion.

This item may randomly generate when you slay an ice dragon.

Desirability

While the raw protection of ice dragon scales is slightly superior to that of fire dragon scales, most players consider ice dragon scales to be inferior, simply because fire resistance is useful in more situations than cold resistance. In general, one should only use ice dragon scales on characters who have been extraordinarily lucky with finding fire resistance (e.g. a character who has found a set of artefact gloves with rF++).

Paradoxically, a fire magic specialist may actually find these scales useful: combined with a staff of fire and a ring of fire, such a character would have two spell enhancers, and a level each of fire and cold resistance.

Notably, ice dragon scales grant 1 more AC than their fire counterpart, because of the increased desirability of fire resistance over cold resistance in the late game.

Image
Ice dragon scales Ice dragon armour.png

History

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