Dwarvish iron helm

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[   dwarvish iron helm   Dwarvish iron helm.png
Appearance hard hat
Slot helm
AC 2
Special (none)
Base price 20 zm
Weight 40
Material iron

The dwarvish iron helm is a type of helm that appears in NetHack. When unidentified, it appears as a hard hat. It is the only helm with a base AC of 2.


Every dwarf (minus dwarf zombies) has a chance of being generated with a dwarvish iron helm, making them common in the Gnomish Mines.


The dwarvish iron helm's base AC is the best of all the helms; unless wearing a metal helm interferes too much with spell casting, this is usually the best helm available to players in the early- and mid-game. However, it is also the heaviest of the helms; as it is made of iron, it is also susceptible to rust traps or rust monsters, so rustproofing is necessary to preserve the AC it provides.

From the mid-game on, the dwarvish iron helm is often discarded in favor of other helms, especially for ascension kits. The helm of telepathy and the helm of brilliance both provide additional benefits beyond their head protection and lower AC. While the elven leather helm does not protect your head as well, falling objects are not nearly as concerning by that point; it also does not interfere with spell-casting and can safely be enchanted to +7.


In SLASH'EM, a dwarvish iron helm can be upgraded to a helm of telepathy or a helm of brilliance.

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