|A full suit of solid metal plate: cuirass, pauldrons, vambraces, waist plate and greaves. It provides excellent protection.|
Plate armour is the heaviest common body armour. It provides excellent defense, although at a large cost to your ability to cast spells or evade attacks. You are virtually guaranteed to find at least one suit of this by the time you've cleared the Orcish Mines.
Although not suitable for all characters, plate armour is generally considered to be a good equipment choice. Ego and randart plate is fairly common, and if found with useful properties (such as fire resistance), a well-enchanted suit of such armour can serve for the entire game. At the very least, heavy fighters will want this armour for their early- and mid-games. Those who branch into a hybrid fighter/spellcaster role may eventually want to switch to a lighter suit of dragon armour, while pure-strength characters may instead opt for a gold dragon scales or crystal plate armour.
|Maxwell's Patent Armour|
|Body Armour|| Robe • Animal skin • Leather armour • Ring mail • Scale mail • Chain mail • Plate armour •|
Crystal plate armour • Troll leather armour • Steam dragon scales • Acid dragon scales •
Swamp dragon scales • Quicksilver dragon scales • Fire dragon scales • Ice dragon scales
Pearl dragon scales • Shadow dragon scales • Storm dragon scales • Gold dragon scales
|Headgear||Hat • Helmet|
|Miscellaneous||Cloak • Scarf • Gloves • Boots • Barding|
|Shields||Buckler • Kite shield • Tower shield|