Steam dragon scales

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Name Steam dragon scales
Size to wear All
Armour Class 5
Encumbrance rating 0
Maximum Enchantment +5
Grants rSteam
Time to Wear 5

The scales of a steam-breathing dragon. Unlike the scales of some larger dragons, it does not provide its wearer with much protection (beyond a resistance to scalding steam), but it is extremely light and supple.

Useful info

Steam dragon scales are the lightest of the dragon scale armours, having an encumbrance rating of 0 (the same as a robe).


These scales provide more AC than a robe, making them appealing for casters aspiring to use higher level spells. But usually, armours such as acid dragon scales and troll leather armour are more useful and have negligible encumbrance. Steam resistance is virtually useless, especially since fire resistance also provides steam resistance. However, the maximum enchantment of +5 is high for armour with no encumbrance.

Many characters are able to handle the spellcasting and EV hit of heavier armour, like fire dragon scales -- check the success rates of your most important spells before ignoring bigger sets of armour.


  • Steam dragon armour was renamed to steam dragon scales in 0.19, which also removed steam dragon hides.
  • Prior to version 0.10, Steam dragon armour had 4 base AC instead of 5.
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