|A leather suit covered with metal plates attached to each other in overlapping rows to provide full protection, but at the cost of reduced freedom of movement.|
Scale mail is a medium-weight form of body armour, offering moderate defense in exchange for a significant penalty to evasion and spellcasting success rates. Early on, high-strength characters may be grateful to find a suit of scale mail on the first few floors, with Fighters starting with it. With strength in the upper teens, many lower level spells should be castable.
However, the fact remains that scale mail's stats aren't terribly impressive. Most characters will prefer going lighter or heavier, while Acid dragon scales completely outclass it. Still, if found with a solid enchantment rating and ego, or in the form of an excellent randart, scale mail might be worth using for a while.
Prior to 0.16, scale mail had an encumbrance rating of 11.
|Body Armour|| Leather armour • Ring mail • Scale mail • Chain mail • Plate armour • Crystal plate armour
Robe • Animal skin • Troll leather armour • Steam dragon scales • Acid dragon scales •
|Miscellaneous||Hat • Helmet • Cloak • Scarf • Gloves • Boots • Barding|
|Shields||Buckler • Kite shield • Tower shield • Orb|