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Name Robe
Size to wear Any
Armour Class 2
Encumbrance rating 0
Maximum Enchantment +2
Grants nothing
Time to Wear 5

A large, loose-fitting, wide-sleeved outer garment made of light cloth. It offers little protection against physical harm, but does not hinder evasion or spellcasting.

"CLEOPATRA: Give me my robe; put on my crown; I have
Immortal longings in me"

-William Shakespeare, _Anthony & Cleopatra_, V, ii, ca. 1605.

A robe is the lightest body armour in the game, providing 2 base AC with no encumbrance rating. Many classes start the game with one, including most spellcasters. Moreover, robes, animal skins, and dragon scales are the only types of body armour that spriggans, ogres, and trolls can wear.

Robes can carry many different egos, including rare and valuable ones such as archmagi and resistance. There are also artefact robes, including unrandarts ranging from the sublime to the notorious.


A robe is passible for any character whose primary means of defense is going to be their EV. But for many such characters, superior alternatives exist. Steam dragon scales are just as light, but provides better armour. Leather armour, troll leather armour, and other light dragon scales all provide greater AC for a relatively small penalty. However, there are a number of reasons a robe may be better:

  • Robes appear much earlier than most alternatives. Many backgrounds start with them.
    • Species that can't fit into standard kinds of armour will likely be stuck with a robe for a while.
  • Kobolds and spriggans, being small, suffer greater EV and spellcasting penalties from armour and may prefer a robe.
  • Robes can spawn with good egos:
    • A robe of the Archmagi is an excellent item for characters that rely heavily on spell power.
    • A robe of resistance is a very convenient way to gain resistances, particularly for slot-restricted races who otherwise have trouble getting them.

Mundane Robe1.png or Robe2.png
Magical Robe ego1.png or Robe ego2.png
Artifact Robe art1.png or Robe art2.png
Unrandart Robes
Robe of Augmentation Robe of augmentation.png
Robe of Clouds Robe of clouds.png
Robe of Night Robe of night.png
Robe of Folly Robe of folly.png
Robe of Misfortune Robe of misfortune.png
Robe of Vines Robe of vines.png
Body Armour Leather armourRing mailScale mailChain mailPlate armourCrystal plate armour

RobeAnimal skinTroll leather armourSteam dragon scalesAcid dragon scales
Swamp dragon scalesQuicksilver dragon scalesFire dragon scalesIce dragon scales
Pearl dragon scalesShadow dragon scalesStorm dragon scalesGold dragon scales

Miscellaneous HatHelmetCloakScarfGlovesBootsBarding
Shields BucklerKite shieldTower shieldOrb