<color> dragon scale mail
|Appearance||<color> dragon scale mail|
<color> dragon scales
|Appearance||<color> dragon scales|
Dragon scale mail (commonly abbreviated to DSM) is the strongest single piece of body armor available. Its base AC reduction is 9, it weighs only 40, provides a useful extrinsic, is inherently erodeproof, and doesn't hinder spellcasting. It does not however provide any magic cancellation, and should hence be complemented by a high MC cloak.
Dragon scales are body armor that might be dropped by a dragon. They have a base AC reduction of only 3, but are otherwise identical to the dragon scale mail of the same color. They can be converted into dragon scale mail.
Colors[edit | edit source]
The following table shows the extrinsic abilities provided by each color of dragon scales or dragon scale mail:
Black, gray, and silver dragon scale mail have a base price of 1200 zm, and their scales are 700 zm. Other varieties are 900 zm for the mail and 500 zm for the scales.
Polymorph[edit | edit source]
Polymorphing while wearing dragon scales or dragon scale mail turns you into a dragon of the same color, with the message "You merge with your scaly armor". This will break your shirt and cloak, but will leave your scales or scale mail intact. However, if you are polymorphed again while in dragon form, there is a chance that you will turn into a different large monster, destroying your armor in the process.
Since scales and mail are never generated randomly, they cannot be obtained by polypiling.
Acquiring scales and scale mail[edit | edit source]
There are two main ways to acquire dragon scale mail: either wish for it directly, or obtain dragon scales and then upgrade them to scale mail.
There are two other ways to obtain DSM. The first is to find it in a bones pile, which is obviously unreliable. The other option is to kill one of the player monsters on the Astral Plane, who have a chance of wearing dragon scale mail. This method is almost completely useless, since any adventurer reaching the Astral Plane will probably have DSM already.
Making dragon scale mail from scales[edit | edit source]
Dragon scale mail can be easily made from dragon scales:
If the scroll is blessed, the mail gains 1 point of enchantment and becomes blessed.
Acquiring dragon scales[edit | edit source]
Dragon scale mail is simple to acquire: kill a dragon that drops scales of the color you want and make mail out of them as described above.
If you want to obtain dragon scale mail by killing a dragon, here are some methods for generating dragons:
- reverse genocide dragons, preferrably in an Elbereth-cage
- polymorph into a dragon of desired variety and hatch some eggs (#sit command), grow those babies (into non-baby dragons) over time, and get them killed (possibly with a passive attack or a trap)
- use undead turning on a dragon corpse (but note that a revived dragon has a only a 1/20 chance of dropping scales, as opposed to 1/3 normally.)
- seek out the dragons found in the castle, in Ludios, and in some quest levels
- repeatedly #loot a throne while confused, carrying gold, without a chest present. Lower dungeon levels work better, minimum is 15 (Castle, Vlad's Tower).
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If you reverse genocide for silver dragon scale mail, you likely don't already have reflection. Stand on Elbereth and use a ring of Elbereth squares to keep the dragons in melee range - that way, they cannot use their breath attack. In the diagram above, engrave Elbereth on the squares marked @,* and put a coin on * squares only. Under the coins, 6 intact dust-Elbereth are enough because you can smudge at most 5 letters during the one turn moving off. On the fighting spot (@), a permanent Elbereth, levitation, or at least a maximum length string of semi-permanent Elbereth is recommended (made with hard gems or some rings). As an alternative to an Elbereth cage, a 3x3 room can be used. These are trivial to hollow out with a pick-axe - the entrance can be sealed with wizard lock or an Elbereth square. 3x3 rooms with an existing door are common in Minetown.
Bad fighters and pacifists can either use a ring of conflict and tame/teleport/paralyze the last dragon, or let a powerful pet do the work. In the latter case, you want to protect your pet with semi-permanent Elbereth on all squares marked E,) in the diagram below. Use cursed objects such as darts on the ) squares to keep your pet from smuding the engraving. Your pet needs to be at least level 13 if reverse-genociding as a low-level player on dungeon level one, e. g. a pet vampire lord.
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Gray or silver?[edit | edit source]
Gray and silver are widely considered the two best types of dragon scale mail, but players disagree as to which is more useful in particular circumstances. Gray provides magic resistance which protects against monster spells and polytraps; silver provides reflection which protects against wands and breath attacks.
SLASH'EM[edit | edit source]
Getting dragon scale mail is a bit different in SLASH'EM. Baby dragons take much longer to grow up, and it is not feasible anymore to polymorph pets into dragons. However, there are many dragons in the Wyrm Caves, and there are the guaranteed gray dragon scales in the lawful quest and the gray dragon scale mail worn by One Eyed Sam. The last two may be somewhat difficult to liberate from their previous owners.
New Colors In SLASH'EM[edit | edit source]
Sporkhack[edit | edit source]
In SporkHack, all colors of DSM save gray and silver have some kind of secondary effect. Spork also adds an additional color, gold, which acts as a permanent light source.
|Color||Extrinsic||SporkHack secondary extrinsic|
|Black||disintegration resistance||passive blinding attack|
|Green||poison resistance||passive poison attack|
|Orange||sleep resistance||passive slow attack|
|Red||fire resistance||+1d6 to all melee damage|
|White||cold resistance||freezes water and lava under foot|
|Yellow||acid resistance||stun resistance|
New Colors In SporkHack[edit | edit source]
|Gold||radius 2 light|