Acid dragon scales

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Name Acid dragon scales
Size to wear Any
Armour Class 6
Encumbrance rating 5
Maximum Enchantment +6
Grants rCorr
Time to Wear 5

The scales of an acid dragon. Although it does not provide its wearer with as much protection as the armour made from the scales of some larger dragons, it is somewhat lighter and less encumbering. It is also remarkably smooth, letting corrosive slime flow off it like water.

Useful info

Acid dragon scales are a fairly lightweight armour and a decent armour choice for stealthy or spellcasting characters, providing decent AC in exchange for a very small encumbrance rating. Wearing these scales grants rCorr.

This item has a 1/3 chance to generate when you slay an acid dragon, like any other dragon scales.


The encumbrance rating of these scales is so small that even characters with a terrible Armour skill aptitude (such as spriggans or deep elves) can easily overcome it.

Some players will prefer the extra AC these scales provide, while others may find that a different property (such as that from robe of the Archmagi, troll leather armour, or even just a leather armour of fire resistance) is more useful. Trolls and Ogres may appreciate these as they hold over for a heavier armour to wear. Ultimately, it depends on your play style, how much rCorr matters in the moment, and what other equipment you have found.

Acid dragon scales Acid dragon scales.png
Faerie dragon scales Faerie dragon armour.png


  • Acid dragon scales replaced mottled dragon scales in 0.20.
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