Robe of protection

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robe of protection
Appearance randomized
Slot body armor
AC 5
Special (none)
Base price 50 zm
Weight 40
Material leather

A robe of protection is a type of body armor that appears in SLASH'EM, SlashTHEM and Hack'EM. It is made of leather, and has the randomized appearance of a "colored robe" when unidentified.

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Master mind flayers have a 110 chance of generating with a robe of protection.[1] Aligned priests, high priests, the Arch Priest, and player monster priests may also generate with a robe of protection.[2][3]


While worn, a robe of protection confers 5 base AC.


A robe of protection serves as the most effective body armor that is also martial arts-friendly for Monk characters. As a general source of AC, it is also among the better types of body armor, providing AC on par with an elven mithril-coat while being as light as dragon scale mail. Early Monks and other characters in casting roles such as Wizards and Healers may consider this robe desirable, but will likely have trouble finding one due to its rarity.

Encyclopedia entry

Robes are the only garments, apart from Shirts, ever to have sleeves. They have three uses:
1. As the official uniform of Priests, Priestesses, Monks, Nuns (see Nunnery), and Wizards. The OMT [ Official Management Term ] prescribed for the Robes of Priests and Nuns is that they _fall in severe folds_; of Priestesses that they _float_; and of Wizards that they _swirl_. You can thus see who you are dealing with.
2. For Kings. The OMT here is _falling in stately folds_.
3. As the garb of Desert Nomads. [...]

[ The Tough Guide to Fantasyland, by Diana Wynne Jones ]