| 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
-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 armours are the only types of body armour that spriggans, ogres, and trolls can wear.
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.
|Robe of Augmentation|
|Robe of Clouds|
|Robe of Night|
|Robe of Folly|
|Robe of Misfortune|
|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 • Centaur barding • Naga barding|
|Shields||Buckler • Shield • Large shield|