|[ leather cloak|
|Base price||40 zm|
A leather cloak is a type of cloak that appears in NetHack. It provides MC1 and one point of AC when worn.
They are often generated on mercenaries as part of their starting inventory.
Though strictly superior to the more common dwarvish and orcish cloaks, leather cloaks are generally used as temporary coverage for body armor until you can procure a magical cloak such as a cloak of protection, elven cloak, or cloak of magic resistance.
The leather cloak was introduced in NetHack 3.4.0 - the buglist indicates that it was added to resolve the incongruity of human soldiers being generated with elven cloaks.
SLASH'EM gives dwarvish and orcish cloaks MC2, and various other items can provide MC2 or MC3. As such, almost any cloak is preferable to a leather cloak, as higher magic cancellation is considered to be well worth a point of AC - one exception might be for a character who already has MC2 or MC3, e.g., from SLASH'EM's cornuthaum or mithril-coats.
In SlashTHEM, the Crown Royal Cloak is an artifact leather cloak that acts as the first sacrifice gift for Drunks.