Gold dragon scales

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Name Gold dragon armour
Size to wear Small, Medium, Large, Big
Armour Class 12
Encumbrance rating -27
GDR 44%
Maximum Enchantment +12
Grants rF+, rC+, rPois
Time to Wear 5



A magical armour made from the golden scales of a golden dragon. It is extremely heavy and cumbersome but confers resistances to cold, fire, and poison on its wearer.

Gold dragon armour is one of the heaviest body armours in the game, providing excellent physical defense as well as resistance to fire, cold, and poison. Unfortunately, it requires very high strength to wear effectively, and its encumbrance rating is massive enough to make magic very difficult and the Dodging skill much less effective. Although extremely rare, it can be created by enchanting a gold dragon hide with a scroll of enchant armour or, very rarely, given as an armour gift to Okawaru worshipers.

It takes 13 turns to wear or remove gold dragon armour.

Desirability

Although three guaranteed resistances and excellent AC and GDR may sound tempting, realize that few species can naturally have enough strength to wear it comfortably, and that ruining your evasion and spellcasting often isn't worth the tradeoff. These armours are more useful to trolls and ogres because they have difficulty finding resistances elsewhere, and their evasion score is already heavily penalized. Others can often find better performance elsewhere, though high-strength races such as hill orcs and minotaurs might still consider it. Consider yourself warned.

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Hide Gold dragon hide.png
Armour Gold dragon armour.png
Unrandarts
Unrandarts#Armour_of_the_Dragon_King Armour of the dragon king.png