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, Take 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.

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