One of the most popular items in Nethack
. One even worth expending a wish
on, though one may be created by wearing the scales of a gray dragon
and reading a non-cursed scroll of enchant
armor (for best results, T
ake off all other armor
before reading the scroll
). At +0, the scale mail grants 9 points of AC
decrease, which in the strange AD&D
armor system is a good thing
. This is a great improvement over the basic set of scales, which only grants 3. Both scales and armor grant intrinsic magic resistance
, a relatively rare intrinsic
quite helpful in the latter stages of the game.
With the advent of Nethack 3.3.0, many Hackers have come to use Silver Dragon Scale Mail instead, which grants reflection instead of magic resistance.