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Name Robe
Size to wear Any
Armour Class 2
Encumbrance rating 0
GDR 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 casters. Moreover, robes, animal skins, and dragon armour 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 a decent bet for any character whose primary means of defense is going to be their EV. For many characters, a fire dragon armour will be preferable, given that it provides far better AC and GDR at a small evasion penalty. However, there are a number of reasons a robe may be better:

  • Small and little characters, such as halflings, kobolds, and particularly spriggans, suffer greater EV and spellcasting penalties from armour, and may prefer a robe.
  • 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 RobeAnimal skinLeather armourRing mailScale mailChain mailPlate armour
Crystal plate armourTroll leather armourSteam dragon scalesAcid dragon scales
Swamp dragon scalesQuicksilver dragon scalesFire dragon scalesIce dragon scales
Pearl dragon scalesShadow dragon scalesStorm dragon scalesGold dragon scales
Headgear HatHelmet
Miscellaneous CloakScarfGlovesBootsCentaur bardingNaga barding
Shields BucklerShieldLarge shield