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Version 0.29: This article is up to date for the latest stable release of Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup.
It is very cumbersome, thus slowing your movement.

Ponderousness is an ego very occasionally found on plate armour, where it will be accompanied by a high enchantment to make the item not purely bad. The ego raises your movement delay by 1 (most species have 10 by default). Generally, a plate armour of ponderousness is not worth wearing; even a worshiper of Cheibriados will prefer to have some sort of resistance in that slot, and for everyone else, the slower movement is often not worth the extra AC.

The Hat of Pondering and the Black Knight's barding also have the ponderousness ego, but they both have a number of other positive properties that may well make them worth wearing.


  • Prior to 0.14, the movement delay penalty was 2.
  • Prior to 0.10, Cheibriados granted an ability to convert any piece of armour into an artefact, maintaining all its former properties but adding ponderousness. In exchange, Cheibriados would greatly increase your stats and provide some resistances, not to mention making the armour immune to acidic corrosion (as well as to further attempts to enchant it!).